By SILUMESI MALUMO
UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) and its surrogates are being petty for fighting the amendment bill aimed at improving the welfare of the country, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has said.
Ms Nawakwi said most of the clauses in the Constitution Amendment Bill were about issues agreed upon at the Siavonga meeting.
Ms Nawakwi wondered why the UPND had teamed up with its surrogates to reject the same issues which were earlier agreed upon by all political parties. She said nothing was changed in the amendment bill because what was included were things agreed upon by the political parties.
Ms Nawakwi said that it was prudent for Zambians to have a culture of supporting issues that could bring about change in the nation.
Ms Nawakwi said political parties had mostly complained of political violence and many other issues which occurred during elections therefore amending the Constitution would help address such matters.
“I think my friends should one day appreciate what is being done to ensure there is change in this country. It is not good to be against everything that the citizens think mean well for the nation,” she said.
She said, “I remember all the political parties had sent their secretary generals to Siavonga to look on issues that could be included in the Constitution. The secretary generals agreed on a number of issues which have been included in the Constitution Amendment Bill.”
“Now some of us are shocked that UPND which had sent representatives who contributed to the Siavonga resolutions are now against the bill. What things are in the amendment bill that do not mean well for the country? I think we should be realistic on the things we do sometimes as politicians,” she said.
Ms Nawakwi urged the UPND and its surrogates to stop misleading the nation on the Constitution Amendment Bill. She said there was a number of clauses which were progressive in the amendment bill, stating that throwing out the bill completely would not work out.
Ms Nawakwi also urged the UPND and its surrogates to stop fighting the National Dialogue Forum resolutions as they were part of the meeting