PF central committee rejects Lubinda’s tricks on constitution

PF central committee rejects Lubinda’s tricks on constitution

*We warned Lubinda Mwanalushi (in photo) that you will be used and discarded like a condom by PF.

Just after being physically beaten up, minister of Justice Given Lubinda has suffered another humiliation. The PF central committee has rejected the clauses Lubinda and his partners were trying to push into the constitution. Lubinda, PF chairperson for legal Brian Mundubile using NGO surrogates and useful idiots such as Sakwiba Sikota, Highvie Haumududu wanted to reintroduce deputy ministers, take coalition government and other clauses that were aimed at undermining the people of Zambia. Lubinda and his clique were using the so called National Dialogue Forum.

But the PF central committee realised that Lubinda’s real intentions was to make President Edgar Lungu more unpopular and sat to reject Lubinda’s clauses. The PF realised from public reaction that the clauses Lubinda was pushing were in bad faith and taste.

Reading the PF central committee resolutions, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila said:
‘1. The proposal to amend the Preamble by the deletion of the word “multi religious” and substitution therefore of the word “Christian” is not supported and by the same token the proposal contained in Article 4 of the Amendment Bill to include the word Christian in the description of the Republic is also not supported. The Preamble, Article 4(3) and Article 8 of the Constitution are to remain as they are. The Bill of Rights still protects the freedom to religion.*

The proposal to amend the system on voting of the President to include the possibility of forming of a coalition government is not supported. In that regard Articles 101 and 102 are to remain as they appear in the current Constitution. The President should draw his or her mandate directly from the majority of the people.*

*4. The proposal to amend Article 103 and in particular to increase the time for the hearing of a Presidential Election Petition from 14 to 30 days is supported. This will afford the parties time to present their respective cases*

*5. The proposals to amend Articles 112 and include a new Article 117A so as to create the office of Deputy Minister is not supported. The PF Government is still committed to a lean Government.*

*6. The proposal to amend Article 116 by the inclusion of a new sub article 4 to entitle Ministers to continue holding office until a new Government is elected is supported. This will enable the Executive Government to continue performing its functions without any lacuna or

See the full statement by Mwila below:
Monday, 15th July 2019

*PRESS STATEMENT BY PATRIOTIC FRONT SECRETARY GENERAL HON.DAVIES MWILA FOLLOWING CENTRAL COMMITTEE’S SITTING ON 15TH JULY 2019*

*ACKNOWLEGEMENTS AND SALUTATIONS*

Members of the PF Central Committee Present

The Leadership of PF Structures,

Members of the Party

Members of the Press,

Ladies and gentlemen,

*INTRODUCTION*

On the 8th of July, 2019, the Central Committee of the Patriotic Front chaired by the Party and Republican President His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu met and deliberated on amongst other things the proposed amendments in the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019. The deliberations and resolutions were informed by the wide consultation that had been taken within the party structures as well as with the Zambian people.

The Party is aware of the lies, the malice and falsehoods being championed by the Opposition and their surrogates in the Civil Society and some sections of the media against Patriotic Front and its leadership regarding the various NDF Resolutions.

Let me state that as a matter of principle, Patriotic Front remains committed to the ideal that we embrace criticism in whatever form and shape it comes but we shall not glorify lies and cheap propaganda at the expense of truth.

From the onset, let me state that the Party salutes the men and women, including youth, from all walks of life that participated in the NDF and made the resolutions that they did. The NDF was not a PF gathering. It was a sitting of the people, the Zambian people. In this regard, let me announce that the Party shall appear before the Parliamentary Committee to give its official position as adopted by the Central Committee.

*PF POSITION ON RESPECTIVE RESOLUTIONS*

The Resolutions on the proposed amendments are as follows;

*1. The proposal to amend the Preamble by the deletion of the word “multi religious” and substitution therefore of the word “Christian” is not supported and by the same token the proposal contained in Article 4 of the Amendment Bill to include the word Christian in the description of the Republic is also not supported. The Preamble, Article 4(3) and Article 8 of the Constitution are to remain as they are. The Bill of Rights still protects the freedom to religion.*

*2. The proposal to change the electoral system for election of Members of Parliament under Article 47(2) by the inclusion of a mixed member proportional representational system to include marginalised groups such as the disabled and women is supported. This will foster greater inclusion and provide a platform for marginalised voices in our community to participate in Governance.*

*3. The proposal to amend the system on voting of the President to include the possibility of forming of a coalition government is not supported. In that regard Articles 101 and 102 are to remain as they appear in the current Constitution. The President should draw his or her mandate directly from the majority of the people.*

*4. The proposal to amend Article 103 and in particular to increase the time for the hearing of a Presidential Election Petition from 14 to 30 days is supported. This will afford the parties time to present their respective cases*

*5. The proposals to amend Articles 112 and include a new Article 117A so as to create the office of Deputy Minister is not supported. The PF Government is still committed to a lean Government.*

*6. The proposal to amend Article 116 by the inclusion of a new sub article 4 to entitle Ministers to continue holding office until a new Government is elected is supported. This will enable the Executive Government to continue performing its functions without any lacuna or disruption.*

*7. The proposal to repeal Articles 69, 70, 71 and 72 are supported and by variation, the Central Committee proposes that the period in which a civil servant is required to cease being a civil servant before seeking election to political office be reduced from 2 years to 6 months.*

*8. Local Government: The Patriotic Front believes in effective and efficient representation of the people through the councillors at a local level. The party is alive to fact that Councils are collectively run by Councillors who are responsible to the people in performance of their functions. We also cognisant of the critical role a mayor and council Chairperson must play in discharging the collective leadership of councils through councillors. The Party therefore supports the election of mayors and Council Chairpersons from among councilors as they will not only be answerable to people in a ward but also to body of councillors and MPs in the entire district who run the Council as whole*

*9. The proposal to amend Article 127 by the inclusion of the Chief Justice as a member of the Constitutional Court is supported and by this the Central Committee agrees that the two Courts should continue to exist as separate and independent Courts under the leadership of the Chief Justice.*

Patriotic Front wishes to call out and shame those politically inclined and hired civil society voices and armchair critics parading themselves as activists and opinion leaders without any mandate from anyone whatsoever and who are earning a living from misrepresenting PF’s position with regard to the NDF resolutions to give the Zambian people a break. Enough of your lies, falsehoods and fake news.

We hope that your misrepresentations of the Patriotic Front regarding NDF resolutions comes ends after this Press briefing.

We look forward to appearing before the Parliamentary Committee and we shall ensure that our appearance is live on radio, television and online in order to avoid distortions and falsehoods regarding our stance as a Party. The principle is that PF will at all times remain on the side of the people as we have demonstrated on several occasions even in the case of KCM!

Let me emphasize that we owe our mandate to the Zambian people, from all the ten (10) Provinces, including those who never voted for us. We owe our mandate to govern to the miners, farmers, marketeers, barbershop owners, salon owners, domestic workers, youths from all walks of life, students, teachers, nurses, suppliers and contractors and civil servants, among others to whom we owe our mandate to govern. We always take time to listen to our people including those who have been continuously fed on deceit.

*CONCLUSION*

Let me thank His Excellency the President Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, for keeping his word that our constitutional reforms will be people-driven at all times. We will never leave the people behind in this endeavour!

Thank you

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