The Political Parties Bill has been withdrawn from the National Dialogue Forum following the resolution that article 60 of the Zambian Constitution be amended.
The objectives of the Bill were to provide for registration and regulation of political parties, the establishment of the board of political parties, the establishment and management of a political parties’ fund and the sources of funds for political parties.
NDF spokesperson Isaac Mwanza said Political parties at the Forum agreed that there is no need for them to be funded hence the decision to withdraw the Bill.
He said because of that decision, it was agreed that there is no need for a law on funding of political parties if that law has been taken away from the constitution.
And Mr. Mwanza told a Media briefing that Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kan’gombe remains innocent on the charges labeled against him despite being sent away from the Forum.
He said even as Mr. Kang’ombe or any member of the Public is appearing before the standing Committee, he is being treated as innocent until proven guilty.