Constitution Bills go through to next stage in Parliament

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Parliament on Thursday evening passed the Constitution of Zambia Bill Number 16 and The Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill Number 17 when they came up for second reading after heated debates from both sides of the House.

This was after Speaker Patrick Matibini had called for electronic voting shortly after the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs Chairman Cornelius Mweetwa had presented the Committee reports which called for the withdrawal of the two bills as they did not meet the aspirations of the nation.

Mr Mweetwa said the Committee recommended that bills be withdrawn in its entirety to allow for further consultations and areas that need amendment.

But MMD Chief Whip Reuben Phiri Mtolo said the former ruling party has decided to vote for the bills as it will give Parliament a chance to thoroughly debate the draft constitution.

After the debates, 106 MPs voted in favour of the Bill Number 16 while 36 voted against with 4 abstaining.

109 MPs voted for The Constitution Amendment bill 17 of 2015, 35 voted against while two MPs abstained.

Both bills will be taken at Committee stage next week Thursday.

And Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula has thanked the MPs for the support and said Zambia is now on its way to having a new constitution.

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4 Responses to Constitution Bills go through to next stage in Parliament

  1. HH how did PF managed to get 109 when they only have 87 MPs? Where did the 22 MPs come from? I am sure it included MMD & UPND MPs. Bravo MPs for being above partisan politics. You well represented us instead of representing your party presidos.

    HaHa 2016
    November 26, 2015 at 9:01 am
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  2. Well done MPs. That is the best way forward and good luck…
    Of course hardest luck for the opposition…
    AND thank you for your senseless arguments Mr not Dr Mweetwa…

    The black woman not pink
    November 26, 2015 at 9:08 am
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  3. Only time will tell whether parliament did it for Zambians or their own ego.

    Mainza
    November 26, 2015 at 10:49 am
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  4. Very selfish MPs went to suport the pf, the Hungry Lions. However, it is a matter of time, pf is going out.

    Jata Noiluma
    November 26, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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