Inonge commended for constitution vote

PRESIDENT Lungu has commended Vice-President Inonge Wina for marshalling the required two-thirds majority vote in Parliament to pass two crucial bills in the constitution-making process.
The Constitution of Zambia and the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill 2015 passed the second reading on Wednesday after each was subjected to a vote following a heated debate in the House.
Speaking at State House yesterday, President Lungu said Mrs Wina had done a good job in the House.
“I want to thank all members of Parliament who supported our progressive approach towards the realisation of the ever-elusive goal of delivering a durable constitution to our people,” President Lungu said.
He said the passage of the Constitution of Zambia Bills demonstrates that there comes a time when a nation must be able to agree on common minimums.
“There are many things in that constitution and in the nation in general where there is broad consensus and we must be able to agree and move on without unnecessary confrontation.
“There is no benefit for anyone of us in priding as a nation that disagrees on everything,” President Lungu said.
On Wednesday, the two critical bills passed the second reading after receiving two-thirds majority vote in Parliament.
The bills were subjected to a vote following a heated debate in the House.
In the first vote on the Constitution of Zambia bill, 106 MPs voted in favour and 36 voted against it.
On the vote regarding the Constitution of Zambia (amendment) bill, 109 MPs voted that the bill should pass second reading while 35 rejected it.

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