Attempt to prolong sitting of parliament fails

Attempt to prolong sitting of parliament fails

Outgoing President Edgar Lungu is said to be regretting signing the amended constitution because it has put him in a fix,  State House sources have disclosed.

A source says President Lungu and his tandem of thieves as State House called Special Assistants had been planning of devising a way to prolong the sitting of parliament in order to deprive the opposition UPND adequate opportunity to campaign but the new constitution fixes PF.

” What they were planning was to dissolve parliament only a month or so before elections so that Lungu can use the Police through the Public Order Act to stop the opposition while he campaigns,” the source said.
The source said it has however been discovered that the amended constitution stipulates that parliament dissolves itself three months before elections.
Further, the source said Lungu and Justice Minister Ngosa Syambikula’s strategy was to  table several bills in the last sitting of parliament to prolong it but the new constitution demands that parliament dissolves on or before May 11, 2016.
” There are 46 bills that the Minister of Justice was supposed to table in the [last sitting before parliament is dissolved to pave way for elections]. These they hoped was going to drag. The Vice President was then going to ask the Speaker to continue with the business of the house until everything on the order paper is concluded, ” the source said.
The source said Lungu then told Kaizer Zulu that he regrets having signed the new constitution.
” He regrets. Actually he even said the President does not even need to dissolve parliament because it automatically dissolves itself three months before elections. Their worry is that after dissolution of parliament, the Electoral Act kicks in so they can not use the Public Order Act to restrict the UPND,” the source said.

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