By-elctions meant to extend PF rule to 2019 – Mulongoti

The PF government is inducing by-elections in order to have more numbers in parliament to amend the constitution to extend the current parliamentary term of office from five to eight years, says opposition People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti.

Such a change he said could not pass the vote in parliament where the PF has less than two thirds majority, “That is why they are inducing these by-elections to increase numbers in parliament.”

Mr. Mulongoti said that the PF wanted to change the law on the number of years parliamentarians should stay in office from the current five to eight years and that was a reason they wanted to gain more numbers through induced by-elections.

Featuring on Five Fm radio ‘burning issues’ radio programme, Mr. Mulongoti said that it was highly questionable the PF’s desire to manipulate the constitution making process in order to allow for amendments to the current law that allows MPs to stay in parliament for five years in office.

“There is a rumor that the PF wants to extend the life span of the National Assembly from five years to eight and that is why before they could take that law to parliament, they want to firstly ensure that they have enough numbers in the house. But we have to warn them that Zambians will not allowed,” he said.

Daily Nation

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