Impeachment move heats up

The Zambia Union of Financial Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) and Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Dispute (SACCORD) have questioned the motive behind calls to impeach the Republican president by opposition political parties.

And Copperbelt Minister, Mwansa Mbulakulima has advised Patriotic Front (PF) Nchanga Member of Parliament (MP), Wilbur Simusa to concentrate on delivering the promises he made to the electorate and not championing the planned impeachment of President Rupiah Banda.

President Banda. Will he survive the impeachment bid?

President Banda. Will he survive the impeachment bid?

ZUFIAW president, Cephas Mukuka said while the MPs were at liberty to move a motion because of the privileges they enjoyed, it was important for them to follow the right procedures to avoid misleading the public.

Mr Mukuka said in Lusaka yesterday that the president could only be impeached if he had misconducted him or herself but even then, it was important that the channels were followed.

“One cannot just wake up and say we want to commence an impeachment process without stating the reasons and telling the electorate why such a move is being taken,” he said.

He said MPs should not abuse their powers, peace and democracy the country had enjoyed.

Last week, Mr Simusa said his party and the UPND would move an impeachment motion against President Banda for allegedly breaching the Constitution.

SACCORD executive director, Lee Habasonda urged MPs to use their energy on productive issues which would contribute to the development of the country.

“As SACCORD, I think we don’t see the value of impeaching the president because no proper explanation has been given on why such a decision is being taken,” Mr Habasonda told the the Times of Zambia in an interview.

He appealed to the MPs to consider highlighting issues affecting Zambians, especially those who voted for them in various constituencies.

He said MPs should also use their platform to ensure that the country came up with a Constitution that would make those in power accountable.

Mr Mbulakulima said time for introducing the impeachment motion was misplaced because the argument that President Banda had breached the Republican Constitution would be proved by the courts.
But UPND president Hakainde Hichilema told the Post newspaper that the move will go on.
According to the Post, Mr. Hichilema said the fact was that the Constitution was breached by Siliya and proved by the judge Dennis Chirwa-chaired tribunal. He said President Banda and the MMD had no moral ground to continue governing the country.

“It’s also biblical that when a leadership is going out, every decision they make is bad,” said Hichilema.

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