Why we oppose Bill 10?

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By Sean Tembo – PeP President

  1. Someone posed the question of why we in the opposition actually are against Bill 10? He asked to say is it about the PROCEDURE by which it was derived or the CONTENTS? These are very pertinent questions which l believe deserve a pertinent answer.
  2. As PeP, we oppose Bill 10 because of both the PROCEDURE that was used to derive it as well as the CONTENT. On the issue of procedure, we decry the basis for identifying the list of delegates to the so-called National Dialogue Forum (NDF). Who came up with that list of delegates and what criteria was used? Suffice to mention that the list of NDF delegates was not representative of the various political and governance interest groups in this country and was clearly rigged in favour of the ruling PF and its myriad of vuvuzela NGOs and political parties. In other words, the procedure for the NDF and consequently for Bill 10 was rigged and cannot therefore be accepted as a genuine and sincere basis for amending our Republic Constitution, the most sacred law of the land. The overriding purpose of amending the Republican Constitution must always be the national interest and not narrow partisan interests of a ruling party.
  3. Coming to the CONTENT of Bill 10, our single biggest objection is the provision which introduces the establishment of a coalition government. That provision defeats all logic because Zambia is not a Parliamentary democracy where a coalition Government can be formed. To the contrary, we practice the first-past-the-post majoritarian system of democracy where a Republican President is directly elected by the people and not by Parliament as the case is with countries like South Africa, Botswana the UK etc. Therefore, a Republican President cannot negotiate his way into State House if he/she does not have the mandate of the majority of citizens that validly cast their votes in a presidential election. It is that simple really.
  4. If enacted into our Republican Constitution, the provision in Bill 10 which provides for the creation of a coalition government will definitely cause a Constitutional crisis in 2021 and undermine our national security and must therefore be removed without hesitation. From our point of view as PeP, we can live with the other ridiculous provisions of Bill 10 like introduction of Deputy Ministers, but the provision on coalition government is totally poisonous must be removed at once. As far as we are concerned, it was only put there in order to provide for a back door route for the PF to come back to power once they lose the general elections next year, which they shall definitely lose. The people of Zambia must not allow their votes to be legally stolen through Bill 10. We cannot allow such molestation of the most sacred law of the land just so as to suit the wanton narrow partisan interests of a select few members of the Patriotic Front party. Zambia is bigger than any individual or political party. I submit.

SET 19.01.2020

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4 Responses to Why we oppose Bill 10?

  1. I tend to wonder with such type of thinking. You are telling us that you are opposing Bill 10 .All opposition parties were invited to attend the conference but they refused to attend,and today he is crying foul.I am glad you don’t mean what you say because you agree with Bill 10 except for the two to which you submit ted now.

    Mika Phiri
    January 19, 2020 at 8:53 pm
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  2. I tend to wonder with such type of thinking. You are telling us that you are opposing Bill 10 .All opposition parties were invited to attend the conference but they refused to attend,and today he is crying foul.I am glad you don’t mean what you say because you agree with Bill 10 except for the two to which you submit ted now.

    Mika Phiri,
    January 19, 2020 at 8:54 pm
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  3. Sean Tembo, I am with as the whole entire reasonable people in Zambia that, we don’t want the coalition Government and we totally, don’t want bill 10 tabled. Through it away, or let it collect dust on the desk for Lubinda. Twakana sana ba Mika , you are useless person. Please don’t spoil our democracy.

    Jordan chulu
    January 20, 2020 at 1:51 am
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  4. Actually Mr.sangwa has opened our minds about bill 10…. The bill was introduced to give the president powers which were taken away with introduction of 2016 Constitution….so bill 10 is retrogressive
    ….we can’t allow it…

    kay1
    January 20, 2020 at 4:56 pm
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