MMD backs PF on constitution amendment

STEVEN MVULA, Parliament
THE MMD has backed Government’s decision to table the Constitutional Amendment Bill in Parliament saying it is a progressive decision.
MMD spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda yesterday told the Cornelius Mweetwa-headed Parliamentary committee on legal affairs, governance, human rights, gender matters and child affairs that Parliament is best suited to enact the constitution.
“Parliament is in order to look at the constitution and so we are in agreement with this process embarked on by the Patriotic Front government,” Mr Nakachinda said.
He said the MMD understands the mistrust the PF has faced over the constitution-making process because it faced similar opposition when the party tried to put in place a new constitution.
“As MMD, we hope members of Parliament will rise above partisan politics and support the Bill. We now see a ray of hope because the PF has taken it to Parliament. Do not shoot the Bill down because it is progressive,” Mr Nakachinda said.
He submitted that the PF has done a noble thing by taking the constitution Bill to Parliament.
Mr Nakachinda said the MMD does not want the PF to fail in its quest to give Zambians a lasting constitution because, when it (MMD) was in power, the party wanted to give Zambians a people-driven constitution.
“We hope PF will learn from us and not repeat our mistakes,” Mr Nakachinda said.
Earlier, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) appealed to the MPs not to alter the Bill.
“Parliament, you have a noble duty to ensure that the Bill passes. Please do not let Zambians down,” said FDD administrative executive, George Phiri.

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