Lusaka – 03/11/20.
UPND Chairman for legal affairs and leader of the opposition in parliament Jack Mwiimbu says the levels of ignorance on constitutional making among senior PF officials is appalling and needs to be addressed for the sake of national development.
And Mr.Mwiimbu who is also Monze Central Member of Parliament has revealed that officials under the National Registration Department in most districts of southern, western and Central have been recalled from their satellite centres following the collapse of Bill 10 in Parliament.
Addressing the media this morning, Mr Mwiimbu said it was unfortunate that Justice Minister Given Lubinda and Chief Government Whip Brian Mundubile were attempting to share their ignorance on matters of the constitution with Zambians who have rejected the infamous Bill 10 by alleging that the fall of the Bill means Constituencies cannot be delimitated as the process was premised on the constitutional amendments.
“The levels of ignorance by justice Minister Given Lubinda and Chief Whip Brian Mundubile who purports to be a lawyer is alarming. Article 58 of the constitution provides guidelines under which Constituencies can be delimitated unlike the hallucinations being peddled by the PF. In 2016, an additional 6 constituencies were created using the current constitution without Bill 10.ECZ only has to bring a bill to parliament requesting for the amendment of article 58 and we are good to go. Let Lubinda and Mundubile not share their ignorance with Zambians”, he said.
He further added that the PF has no moral right to describe the UPND as acting irresponsible on Bill 10 as the party while in the opposition did walk out on the 2010 constitutional amendment Bill and had the audacity to expel 22 of its MPs who remained in the house and voted for the Bill.
Mr.Mwiimbu said the 2010 walk out was led by Given Lubinda who today wants to cry the loudest, adding that the UPND’s move was supported by the people of Zambia who included the three church mother bodies, labour movement, Law Association and other progressive Zambians who want to see the development of democracy in the country.
“The Ministry of Health has provided guidelines on the number of days one can mourn in view of the Covid pandemic and the maximum is 3 days. It has now been 5 days since the demise of Bill 10 but the PF is still mourning contrary to it’s own guidelines. What is the problem with them. As UPND, we would have had no problems had the PF spent all these many days mourning the ailing economy that has brought everything to a standstill. Maybe we would have joined them in mourning but not weeping with tears rolling the demise of a Bill which was brought in dead”, Mr Mwiimbu added.
He also wondered whether the appointment of five youths and women into Parliament would have changed or improved the condition of living for the millions of youths on the streets without tangible means of survival and the over 200,000 graduates that have remained unemployed in the country.
On the mixed proportional representation in Parliament, the leader of the opposition in Parliament said the manner in which Bill 10 wanted to implement this law would not have helped matters but should have instead used the Ugandan and Rwandan methods which leaves certain constituencies to be competed by women only.
On the 14 days Presidential petition for 2021,Mr Mwiimbu said the UPND will have no need to petition the election results as it would have won the elections and will remain up to the PF to petition using the 2016 amended constitution.
The constitutional amendment Bill number 10 of 2019 could not go through second reading on the floor of the house last Thursday as it failed to ganner the required two thirds of the majority in Parliament.
The Bill only managed 105 instead of the required 111 votes.
(C) UPND MEDIA TEAM