VJ regrets unnecessary, costly bye-elections

VJ regrets unnecessary, costly bye-elections

Veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga has observed that there is an urgent need to address the political defects in the country’s political system that support unnecessary by-elections.

But president Michael  Sata says those criticising the resignation of Msanzala
Independent Member of Parliament George Lungu, should bear in mind that the constitution provides for such. He says concerns on the cost of holding by-elections must be left to government which has provided money to hold these polls in an event that an MP dies or resigns.

Mr. Mwaanga notes with sadness that the country has already witnessed three by-elections with the forth one looming following the resignation of Msanzala constituency Independent Member of Parliament (MP) ColonelJoseph Lungu who has since joined the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

Mr. Mwaanga has also advised the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to come up with a system that will scrutinize politicians resigning from their positions to seek political greener pastures there by creating unnecessary by-elections at the expense of the Zambian people.

The veteran politician was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today in reaction to the looming by-election created by the resignation of Msanzala constituency MP col. Joseph Lungu.

“Our country should emulate other countries such as South Africa whose electoral system does not support by-elections no matter the situation,” Mr. Mwaanga said.

Meanwhile the Southern African Centre for Constructive Resolutions of Disputes (SACCORD) has joined other civil society organizations in condemning the resignation of Col. Lungu from his position to join the PF.

SACCORD Information Officer Obby Chibuluma said the move is disappointing and a share waste of tax payer’s money which could have been utilized on other important national issues.

And the People’s Party (PP) says the continued resignation of politicians from their parties to join the PF is robbing the country of a strong opposition.

PP National Coordinator Edwin Sakala has, however, accused the ruling PF of spearheading the resignation of opposition members in an effort to kill off the opposition.

Mr. Sakala has since revealed that his party will field a candidate in the by-election once the ECZ sets the date.

Msanzala Independent MP Col. Joseph Lungu resigned as MP to join the ruling Patriotic Front.

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