HH says UPND will only support good constitution

The United Party for National Development -UPND- has challenged the Patriotic Front government to ensure that the new constitution it has promised to give Zambians within 90 days contains all the contentious issues people have been crying for.

UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema says Zambians have been calling for inclusion of the 50-plus one percent vote for the winning presidential candidate, a coalition government clause and an independent electoral commission.

He says Zambians have also been agitating for a proportional representation system of government to be included in the constitution.

The UPND leader says Zambians also want social and economic rights such the right to education, health, employment, housing and water to be included in the constitution.

Mr. Hichilema says if these progressive expectations of the Zambian people are included in the new constitution, then the UPND will vote for the new constitution.

He says the UPND will not vote the  constitution if it is manipulated and does not meet the expectations of the Zambian people.

Mr. Hichilema was speaking at a media briefing held in Lusaka on Thursday.

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