Lungu and Sampa ‘ineligible’ to contest January polls-Alliance for Good Governance

The Alliance for Good Governance (AGG) has charged that the two claimants to the Patriotic Front (PF) presidency Edgar Lungu and Miles Sampa do not qualify to contest the republican presidency as long as they remain members of parliament.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Alliance for Good Governance (AGG) has argued that according to Article 65 of the constitution of Zambia, ‘a person who holds, or is a valid nominated candidate in an election for the office of the president shall not qualify for election as a member of the national assembly.’ read the statement.
The alliance has expressed fears that this may mean holding of a by-election in either Chawama constituency or Matero constituency depending on which PF faction will file in.
They have since appealed to the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to help interpret Article 65 of the constitution.
And the alliance has called on the new government to be elected on 20th January to address the constitutional reform process and do away with the NGO Act NO 16 of 2009 which they said has brought anguish among the civil society.
They have further demanded for the review of the public order Act to bring it in line with democratic tenets.
Other demands that have been raised include the reversal of the wage freeze, employment freeze, reversal of the retirement age from 65 to 55 and government interference in traditional affairs.
The alliance has also called on the new government to be elected to relocate the Road Development Agency (RDA) from State House to the responsible ministry because presently it was difficult to account for the agency’s dealings.

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