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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Bill 10 to be Restored to Order Paper, MPs will be required to be Physically present to Vote

Feature Politics Bill 10 to be Restored to Order Paper, MPs will be required...

The National Assembly has announced that the Bill number 10 of 2019 will be restored on the order paper on October 29, 2020.

Clerk of the National Assembly Cecilia Mbewe said this in a statement to the media in Lusaka yesterday.

Mrs. Mbewe stated that members of Parliament will be free to debate the bill when it comes up using the stable internet facilities put in place and further advised members of parliament to be physically present at the main parliament buildings to facilitate voting.

“The Clerk of the National Assembly wishes to inform all Members of Parliament, the media and members of the public that the House will consider the Second Reading stage of the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill, National Assembly Bill No. 10 of 2019 on Thursday, 29th October, 2020,” the statement read in part.

The Clerk of the National Assembly advised members of the public to follow the proceedings on Parliament television, radio or Facebook.

“While Members of Parliament are free to debate on the Bill from any suitable location with good internet connectivity, it will be advisable for Members to be physically present at the Main Parliament Buildings to facilitate voting. Members of the public are advised to follow the proceedings on Parliament television/radio or Facebook,” she stressed.

She also mentioned that members of the public will be informed if there will be any changes.

Meanwhile, PF Parliamentary Chief Whip Brian Mundubile has said that amending Article 68 of the Republican Constitution to allow for the creation of new constituencies through delimitation is critical to the enhancement of development.

Mr. Mundubile said increasing the number of constituencies can only be done once the constitution is amended through Bill number 10 of 2019.

“Bill 10 seeks to answer to aspirations of the people on delimitation by amending article 68 which restricts the number of constituencies to 156. This is why we need the bill to be passed into law,” Mr. Mundubile said.

He observed that some Constituencies such as Chilubi have lagged behind in development due to their vastness and limited resources.

Mr. Mundubile added that delimitation is a catalyst in accelerating development hence the need for Bill 10 to be supported by Parliamentarians.

“Those against Bill 10 are simply denying the people in areas like Chilubi development because they are delaying the delimitation process. It is not easy for people in places such as Chilubi and Malole constituencies to appreciate development because the areas are too vast,” he said

The Parliamentary Chief Whip said this when he held a meeting with village Headmen and women in Chilubi District at which the traditional leadership called for delimitation of the constituency to enhance development in the area.

Irene Chibuye, who spoke on behalf of the over 100 village Headmen and women said it has been difficult to attain the much-needed development in Chilubi Constituency due to its vastness and terrain.

“We are seeing development in other areas because the size of those constituencies cannot be compared to Chilubi. The constituency is too big making it hard to implement developmental programs,“ she said.

She has since appealed to the government to consider the issue of delimitation as a matter of urgency.

7 COMMENTS

  1. ONLY RETARDED PEOPLE WILL GO FOR BILL TEN. AM NOT A POLITIAN BUT LOOKING AT THIS DRAFT, WILL JUST PULL ZAMBIA TO STONE AGE GENERATION. IT IS NOT SENSIBLE AND WILL NOT ADD VALUE TO THE BROCKEN ECONOMY.
    ZAMBIA IS NOW A CIRCUSS. REAL PF WILL NOT GO FOR IT ONLY BAMWANKOLE WILL VOTE FOR IT.
    CHIEFS WHO ARE ADVOCATING FOR IT ALSO SHOULD NEVER CRY THAT LAND IS REVOKED FROM THEM TOO. A CHIEF IS EQUAL TO LAND AND PEOPLE BUT IF THEY DO NOT, THEN THEY ARE DEAD.

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  2. THIS BILL 10 HAD EXPIRED.BUT,WHY BRING IT AGAIN?THEY ARE SOM SERIOUS ISSUE WHICH NEDS TO BE ATTENDED TO BUT NOW BILL 10.I THINK THIS IS A SURVIVAL TOOL PF WANT TO USE.AND THEN ON SUNDAY U WANT PEOPLE TO PRAY WITH U WHEN U ARE OPPRESSING THEM.THIS KALUKULUNKU KZ IS THE ONE BUSY MAKING CL LOOSE THE GRIP ON THE GROUND.

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  3. Let us get this done once and for all. We are tired of upnd acting like hippos on their menstrual cycle. Man up and face reality

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  4. is it a forcing matter now? Just shelve it after all elections are around the corner.

    Why not wait until after the 2021 elections

    …Furnish us with the reason why it has to be passed at all costs…

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  5. No doubt fro the heading one can tell that this *****ic bill either died or got lost, the question is, if it is not only in the interest of the *****s and those eating with them, why are they struggling and spending sleepless nights over it? For over 55 years we have lived without it, why has it suddenly become the means to the end? Icisushi cinunka fye, uumfwa bwino untu anyele. Ba serious and patriotic MPs, please do not force Zambians to love the smell of ico icisushi, reject it again and again mpaka ukununka kukaye no mwela.

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