A horde of PF MPs and some ministers on Monday night petitioned President Edgar Lungu not to assent to the constitution because the grade twelve qualification for councillors, MPs and Presidential candidates will disqualify most of them but Lungu is stuck, saying it would be costly to the PF not to sign the constitution. Lungu is not sure whether to sign the amended constitution or use the old one as he is not sure which one will favour him. The OP have told Lungu that even the 50 plus one requirement does not favour him.
According to the new constitution, all those vying to be councillors, MPs and President must have a minimum of grade twelve ‘O’ levels or equivalent but most PF MPs and councillors are either grade nine or grade seven by education. The affected MPs have pleaded to the President to save them because of their loyalty to him.
A State house source has named Lusaka province minister and Kafue MP Obvious Mwaliteta, Luampa MP Josephine Limata, Home affairs minister and Chipili MP Davies Mwila, Luano MP and Central province minister Davies Chisopa as being among those who petitioned the President.
But Lungu said that when they were crafting the qualification clause, he was misled and told the group that they should have told him earlier unlike waiting for the stage it has reached. He said that unless the bill was taken to parliament and then he quickly dissolves the national assembly but fears that the action would spell doom for the PF because they are not ready for elections. Prior to politics, Mwaliteta was a bus conductor at intercity, hence his wide connections to thugs.
We will update you on the list of PF MPs and some ministers with humble education and fear that they will lose out. Most of the low educated legislators have their occupations stated as businessmen in the national assembly records.
Most MPs have been lying that they have grade 12 or form 5 certificates to parliament that this time they would be required to produce these certificates before being put on ballot box.