Lusaka - A Zambian opposition party has described as a "sham", the country's newly amended constitution, saying it's an instrument designed to bring back the dreaded one party state system, reports the Post.
Rainbow Party's secretary general, Wynter Kabimba, slammed President Edgar Lungu for signing the amendments, saying he wanted to cling on to power through the reintroduction of an already discredited one party system that Zambians rejected in 1991, the report said.
"This Constitution is intended to entrench and consolidate PF and Edgar Lungu’s position to remain in power. That is the intention; there is nothing legal about this document. It is a political document. PF wants to indirectly introduce a one party state which the Zambians rejected in 1991,” Kabimba was quoted saying.
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Kabimba referred to a clause within the newly amended constitution that allows the president to dissolve Parliament if it (Parliament) does not objectively and reasonably discharge its functions.
"...Who is the judge of those benchmarks? They can circumvent or usurp the power of the people of Zambia because they think that Parliament is not doing what they want it to do…" Kabimba said.
But, according to the Zambia Reports, president Lungu defended the amendments, saying that they will revolutionise the entire governance system in the country.
"Many people have focussed on the political side like the 50% plus one vote but there are many other things involved like the executive, judiciary and legislature have to change which will call for costs," Lungu was quoted as saying.
- News 24