The Civil Society Constitution Agenda (CiSCA) would like to bring to the attention of the public a significant part of the former Presidential Spokesperson, Amos Chanda’s resignation speech in which he states that having seen the NDF resolutions he decided to resign than be caught up if in future he decided to run for public office.
What does that tell us? Under President Lungu Parliament is a rubber stamp! How can Amos be so sure that what came out of the NDF is going to be enacted even before the Bill is presented to the legislature for legislation? The man put this in writing meaning he had time to carefully think through it. He confirmed what the church mother bodies and all other people who have the best interest of the nation that the NDF was a scam, a scheme and a charade orchestrated to justify the circumventing of the will of the people of the constitution.
The NDF resolutions were a fait accompli even before the sittings begun. Like the Buddha said there are three things one cannot hide, the Sun, the Moon and the Truth! We now know the truth in black and white, Parliament under the current hegemony is only a hammer to nail down the executive’s wishes. Amos Chanda just confirmed that Zambia is currently a defacto autocracy. We strongly urge the MPs not to be used as a rubber stamp of State House but to send a stronger message to State House that you are there not only to represent your constituents’ collective will but to also provide the checks and balances by maintaining the doctrine of the separation of powers. When the Bill rears its head in Parliament, with a clear conscience, consign the NDF Bill to the dustbin where it belongs together with the NCC Bill.
Bishop John H. Mambo, Chairperson