Pact not people driven-Chief Mukuni

SENIOR Chief Mukuni has said the Patriotic Front (PF)-United Party for National Development (UPND) Pact is driven by the leaders and has no support from the followers.
Describing the pact as a leader-driven arrangement that has no support of the followers, Chief Mukuni said it was the two leaders who seemed to understand it better.
And the chief has said it is surprising that PF leader Michael Sata who initially denied members of Parliament (MPs) from the party the opportunity to participate in the Constitution-making process is today agitating for the 50 per cent plus one clause.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, Chief Mukuni of the Toka-Leya people of Kazungula District in Southern Province said the PF-UPND Pact to him seemed to be a leader-driven one rather than follower-driven.
“For me the pact is leader-driven and not by followers. It is the two leaders who understand it better,” he said.
He said at present it was not even clear to the followers of the two political parties as to who between Mr Sata and UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was going to be the presidential candidate in the 2011 general elections.
On Mr Sata’s remarks on the 50 per cent plus one vote clause during the on-going Constitution-making process, Chief Mukuni said it was shocking that the PF leader was now making noise from outside the conference instead of having allowed his MPs to take part.
He said Mr Sata was being inconsistent in the manner he was dealing with national issues.
“It is a bit surprising that Mr Sata is now interested in the 50 per cent plus one vote clause when he does not want his MPs to be part of the process but he now wants the product of the National Constitutional Conference,” he said.
He said the best thing the opposition leader should have done was to allow his MPs to be part of the Constitution-making process.
And the traditional ruler has said there is no need to rush the Constitution-making process just for the sake of the 2011 general elections.
Chief Mukuni said formulation of the new Republican Constitution should not target the 2011 general elections but aim at coming up with the Constitution that would stand the test of time.
“The Constitution should be for the next generation and not just to target 2011 and certain individuals. If anything, the process should not be rushed,” he said.
Chief Mukuni said Zambia should emulate South Africa and Tanzania which took time to come up with good constitutions.
Courtesy of Times of Zambia

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