Parley committee commends UNIP

UNIP Cadres sing during a rally in Lusaka’s Chawama township. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

THE Parliamentary committee on legal affairs, governance, human rights, gender matters and child affairs yesterday expressed disappointment with the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) for failing to appear before it.
The committee which is headed by Choma Central Member of Parliament (MP) Cornelius Mweetwa, has been receiving views from various stakeholders on the Constitutional Amendment Bill and concludes its work today.
Mufumbwe MP Steven Masumba, who is a member of the committee, said it is disheartening that the UPND has shunned the sittings when the opposition party has been calling for a people-driven constitution.
“I wish to commend UNIP for coming. Some parties like UPND and PF did not appear before us despite being invited,” Mr Masumba said.
And speaking in an interview at Parliament, Mpongwe MP Gabriel Namulambe said the PF did not need to appear before the committee because it is the PF government that took the Bill to government.
“This is a PF paper through Government,. so PF did not need to be here,” Mr Namulambe said.
And making a submission to the committee, UNIP deputy national secretary Alfred Banda said the country’s oldest political party is committed to seeing a new constitution that will stand the test of time.
Mr Banda said UNIP is in agreement with almost all the clauses in the draft constitution.

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