PF Government Spokesman Chishimba Kambwili has confirmed that Government will amend clauses in the draft constitution that ‘are not in the interest of the people of Zambia’.
Reacting to Zambian Watchdog revelations that the PF has amended the running mate clause in the draft constitution, Kambwili claimed that he was not aware of any such a move by the Government.
‘We have got our own position as a party and Government on certain clauses. The clauses that we feel are not in the best interest of Zambia, we will go ahead and amend, we have got the right, they also have the right to amend. That is why the Bill is in Parliament for us to debate so that we agree to disagree,’ Mr. Kambwili said.
He added, ‘That is the whole purpose of debate. It is not the question of approving the draft the way it is. If you look at that constitution, if it is approved the way it is, all the money we collect in Zambia will go towards governance, there will be no money to pay civil servants, there will be no money to run the hospitals, all the money will go to pay constitutional office holders and we are not an irresponsible government, we have to be responsible.’
‘We have to look at other issues in the economy so we cannot continue creating political positions at the expense of our people.’
Apart from tampering with the the running mate clause, the PF will discard key provisions such as the Provincial Assemblies, the mixed Member proportional system, appointment of Cabinet outside Parliament and appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries form the draft Bill.
In short, all the important clauses will be removed.