Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba has once again trashed yet another progressive clause in the draft constitution saying he personally believes the 50 plus one clause is not suitable for Zambia.
Kabimba, who was speaking on ZNBC National Watch Programme, also trashed the much vaunted for proportional representation system saying it was not the best suited for Zambia.
The on-going constitution making process that saw about 500 delegates convene at Mulungushi International Conference Centre seems be headed towards a dead end after the recommendations pushed were left at the mercy of government that will dictate the roadmap.
The PF secretary general who has previously spoken against progressive clauses such as the running mate clause for the president to have a vice president who is elected by the people may have given the biggest indication yet as to the direction of the current constitution making process.
“Let me give you my personal opinion, I believe that 50 plus one makes the people who have lost the election win it. It makes people come through the back door,” said Kabimba who has yet to subject himself to an election since joining the PF.
“How many countries in Africa are on 50 percent plus one maybe just a small percent why is it so? It is because the other system has worked well this is my personal view and not as a representative of the party but in my personal capacity.”
Kabimba also criticized the proportional representation system that he said tended to breed leaders who never enjoyed the mandate of the constituents.
“Any system is achievable. Let me give you an example, in South Africa they have a proportional representation system the people now are saying that they do not agree with the proportional representation system ,” he said.
“Members of parliament who are given to them do not owe allegiance to the people instead they owe the allegiance to the party.”
Kabimba claimed the people of Kafulafuta where he just returned entrenching the PF agenda of inducing by-elections after receiving latest defector James Chishiba were ready to work with the ruling party.
The PF Secretary General who got his ministerial job thanks to a presidential nomination has a poor record at the few times he has attempted an electable contest but he is President Sata’s anointed successor whose agenda is pushed by a cartel led by Fred M’membe.