Nawakwi defends RB on impeachment

FORUM For Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has said there are no constitutional breaches to constitute the impeachment of President Rupiah Banda.

In an interview yesterday, Ms Nawakwi said appointing of former Communications Minister, Dora Siliya and MMD national chairperson, Michael Mabenga as Minister of Education and Lands Deputy Minister did not constitute violation of the Constitution.

She said the proposed impeachment being initiated by the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) pact was vanity because it appeared to have no basis.

She said the president was also an MP and that impeaching him at this time would also mean dissolution of Parliament and wondered if parliamentarians would be willing to entertain such a motion.

She urged Zambians to focus on national development and wait for 2011 in which the next elections would be held.

And Citizens Forum executive secretary Simon Kabanda said the PF/UPND pact had not articulated the issue to make Zambians understand the reasons why they wanted President Banda impeached.

Mr Kabanda said it was difficult to understand why the parties wanted an impeachment when they had failed to articulate the reasons.

Former UPND vice-president, Patrick Chisanga also said the basis of the pact’s argument for the impeachment was difficult to understand.

Mr Chisanga said impeachment was a serious matter and those involved in moving such a motion should ensure the sovereignty and integrity of the country was not compromised.

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