SACCORD urges UPND to allow debate on proposed Bill to limit number of times individuals appear on the presidential ballot

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The Southern Centre for the Constructive Resolutions of Disputes (SACCORD) has called on stakeholders to be civil in their discourse on the proposed Bill to limit the number of times an individual can appear on the presidential ballot.

In an apparent reference to the UPND who have taken the issue with the proposed motion SACCORD executive director Boniface Cheembe said there is no need for individuals and stakeholders to use violent communication when debating the issue but that people should be given an opportunity to understand the merits and demerits of the proposed Bill.
UPND chief whip Garry Nkombo on Wednesday during a press briefing held at their party secretariat described the motion as discriminatory and rubbish.
Nkombo said that the proposed motion that seeks to limit the number of times someone stands for presidency is discriminatory and aimed at clamping UPND president Hakainde Hichilema from being on the ballot in 2021.

“Frank Ng’ambi has been squeaking about a private member’s motion which seeks to discriminate against certain people. The unfortunate people of Chifubu should be embarrassed to have such a representative.

“When a Member of Parliament brings a stupid motion like a motion that goes against the constitution then he is an embarrassment. In case you do not know Ng’ambi runs a small company called Fatmols where prostitutes meet. Running a small company is not the same as running a party,” he said.

But Cheembe said his organisation has taken note of the demeaning statements towards individuals who are for the motion and that deliberations should be conducted in a civil, constructive and informative manner so as to allow the public understand and choose which side of the debate they should belong to.
“As SACCORD we have taken note of the motion that has been proposed to limit the number of times that an individual can run for the presidency. We believe that the debate that has ensued arising out this has to be deliberated in a constructive manner that allows for input from all concerned stakeholders or relevant stakeholders in their political process.

“What we want to appeal as SACCORD is that in a democracy were debate is concerned it is important that our leaders avoid using violent communication as we engage in debate. It is important our leaders avoid engaging in character assassination as we debate. What is paramount is that the merits and demerits of the motion be discussed in a constructive manner that allows for people to have an understanding of exactly what it is that various people and groupings are calling for and on that basis to allow our people an opportunity to make an informed decision in terms of which side of the motion they want to belong to.

“We hope that some of the negative violent communication that has been reported coming out various stakeholders is a thing that our leaders will take note of and avoid as much as possible but instead focus on the importance of discussing an issue in a constructive manner otherwise we believe that it is important to allow all individuals, all stakeholders to be able to be heard so that out of it our people can build consensus, out of it we can drive the nation in the direction that the general populace would like the nation to go,” he said.

The UPND has become apprehensive with the debate which was first started by a young politician from the MMD, Prince Ndoyi who said there was need for the country to curtail the creation of dictators and anarchists within political parties.

Ndoyi also explained that the proposed law would help the nation stop power hungry individuals who continue to abuse the country’s democracy for their own selfish interest.
A private member’s motion is in the pipeline that seeks to limit the number of times a person can contest elections.
The debate has drown support from various stakeholders including LAZ, NGOCC and YALI among other prominent organisations who have seen the need to curtail power hungry individuals.
The outspoken young politician has gone further to say the situation in Kenya where Raila Odinga inaugurated himself is as a result of the non existence of such laws that prevent power hungry individuals from over contesting elections.

8 Responses to SACCORD urges UPND to allow debate on proposed Bill to limit number of times individuals appear on the presidential ballot

  1. This will be the most stupid debate ever. It must be stopped forth with.

    February 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    • Great to see that certain institutions are committed to seeing Zambia develop it’s democratic laws and institutions.

      On the other hand it is interesting to see others getting annoyed to hear of the possible motion that encourages democracy at party level.

      They want to train dictators at party level and launch them as democratic presidents at national level.


      February 10, 2018 at 8:15 am

  2. Are these not amoung the groupings that chewed donor money meant for election monitoring?

    February 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm

  3. ONLY A TONGA MUST LEAD UPND says Sejani.Why UPND are the only opposition party making the loudest noise about this motion, why these other parties are quiet? Does it mean that UPND is HH and that he is irreplaceable or they don’t have enough man power to lead the party to the state house apart from HH? suppose HH dies today does it mean they will still insist that he leads the party from his grave? or is he a god who is worshipped by UPND followers or he is WAMUYAYAYA? come on guys gone are the UNIP days with this kind of syndrome

    saimbwende saimbwende
    February 9, 2018 at 5:13 pm

  4. It’ s very painful to see this country which was a haven of unity and peace now degenerating into a disturbed nation. I want to quote from Hon Kalaba’ s comment that we should not allow this country to be overtaken by foreigners instead this country should be administered by true Zambians of Zambian identity. I have been to Eastern, Northern and Muchinga provinces before and in fact very recently and nobody can cheat me what happens there. Most of these people who claim to be Zambians from Chama, from Lundazi, Chipata even Muyombe or Tendere are not true Zambians but foreigners from either Malawi, Tanzania or Mozambique. Nobody can cheat me that there are entry restrictions in and out of Zambia in these areas because you don’ t even need a passport to do this. As a result, we have got quite a huge number of such characters and these are the people who are engaged in promoting such laws so that it shall be to their advantage. Such names like Banda, Pyela, Nkunika, Munthali, Lungu, Ng’ambi, Ndoyi and so on and forth, most of them are not Zambians but only a few. If one was to go deeper in trying to investigate the true origins of these people including the president himself, you may not be surprised to discover that these people originate from either Malawi or some other countries. So fellow Zambians, let us be careful with what is happening in this country. I am not telling a lie, I have been to these areas and I am fully aware of what happens there. I know quite a good number of people who claim to be Zambians but actually who are not because I can even take them to their places of origin in Malawi or Tanzania. There are a lot of cardinal issues that parliament is supposed to be engaged in their debates but what is the value of bringing such FOOLISH debates that have got nothing to do with the well being of an ordinary Zambia ? It’ s very true that we have got a lot of foreigners even in senior government positions and these are the culprits who have got no heart for this country as they would like to tarnish the image of this counrty. The freedoms which true Zambians of this country should enjoy does not come from Edgar Lungu, Ndoyi, Mwanza or anybody else who may be there to serve and achieve their selfish ambitions but from us who would like to live in unity and peace.

    Sortine Ngiyathanda
    February 10, 2018 at 6:20 am

  5. I berg your pardon Gary Nkombo is not UPND chief whip ,useless.

    UPND chief whip
    February 10, 2018 at 8:17 am

  6. Very shocking that these are the issues that should be debated in parliament at the expense of serious developmental issues. Even NGOs have lost direction.

    How many countries in the World do you know have such limits? Such clause is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Even in a lot of countries where you find hard-core dictators you don’t find such clauses. Limits only apply to public office and not to private citizens who want to occupy or aspire for public office.

    PF fear of plunder of public resources is the cause of all this. Fear of being jailed is the cause of all this. There is too much mediocrity in Zambia. Does it mean that anything that has no sense should be taken to parliament. How can Parliament be guided? PF is a disaster to Zambia.

    February 12, 2018 at 11:24 am

  7. God’s desire is not to limit somebody.s capacity but to improve individual’s standing. In Zambia, if you hate Dr. you bring in a law that ban individuals whose parents were not Zambians not eligible to stand as President.Every Zambian condemned that law.
    To day if PF hates Hakainde they want to fix him by bringing a stupid law because they have a majority in Parliament. It will not work. There are laws in Zambia and there are a few principled Judges still available in the judiciary.
    If Frank Ng.ambi is a serious law maker, why is it that up to now we still have colonial type laws? Why can’t he have a motion to change those laws than going for individual.s freedoms? If an individual has the desire to be President, it is his birth right. We are coming from the constitutional making process. Zambians did not see the need to cutail individual’s freedoms.Why is Ng;ambi being used by Lungu? Mr. Ng’ambi don’t go ahead. POSTERITY might judge you harshly for generations. Do not hurt the people of God or you will be hurting God and you may have a generational spiritual torment for your family.

    February 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm

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