PF Trying To Introduce One Party State Charges Hakainde Hichilema-Access Full Details Below
Hakainde Hichilema says the UPND is proudly standing in the way as the governing PF tries to introduce a one party State through the Constitution amendment bill of 2019.
Meanwhile, Hichilema, the UPND leader, says he does not spend sleepless nights wanting to become Republican President.
On Friday, UPND members of parliament walked out of Parliament, in protest to the government’s unprocedural attempt to table the Constitution amendment bill of 2019.
The Constitution amendment bill of 2019 has since been referred to a 15-member select committee appointed by Speaker Dr Patrick Matibini.
During Prime TV’s Oxygen of Democracy programme on Monday night, Hichilema said Dr Matibini should be ashamed of himself for tolerating a “sham” process in the House.
He said the Constitution belonged to Zambians and not the PF, as a party.
“Friday’s Parliament sitting was such a sham [and] I don’t even understand what Matibini was trying to do. This Constitution is sacred and to change anything in the Constitution, you have to go through two minimum steps. The first step is to put a motion on the floor of the House that we intend to touch this sacred document to amend it,” Hichilema explained.
“There must be a vote and you must get two thirds of members of parliament, not those who are in attendance on that day but all the members of parliament. If you get two thirds majority, which PF doesn’t have, then you can go to the next step and bring the bill, demonstrating the specific changes you want to make. [But] what these fellows tried to do, in a cheeky way, is to circumvent this process and bring the bill on the floor of the House directly.” He said.
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