Blame opposition if Amendment Bill fails-Lungu


PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has information of a plot to sabotage the the constitutional bill before parliament and has charged that Zambians should blame the opposition if the constitution-making process faild as he has done all he could to ensure its succeess.

President Lungu said he and the ruling Patriotic Front should not be blamed if the Constitution Amendment Bill failed to go through in Parliament but  should instead blame the opposition members of Parliament.

The President said  this was so because he has information that opposition members of Parliament were scheming to shoot down the Bill when it goes to Parliament next week.

Speaking on arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone yesterday where he went to officially open the International Bar Association conference, President Lungu said the ‘‘PF means well’’ to the people of Zambia.

“I know when I am loved and when people are pretending. I want to tell the people of Zambia that we mean well as PF.

‘‘Zambians have cried over the issue of a running mate; Zambians have cried over the issue of the Bill of Rights  and you Zambians have cried over the Constitution.

“My heart now is at Parliament as the Constitution goes there for amendment. I have done my part as a President to cut down on the costs by taking the Bill to Parliament so that our Constitution can be enacted.

‘‘But I have information that some opposition members of Parliament want to kill the Constitution,” he said.

“I want to wash my hands if efforts being done by PF on the Constitution fail in Parliament. They (opposition MPs) don’t mean well and they don’t want the amendment Bill to go to Parliament,” he said.

Mr. Lungu said that if opposition members of Parliament shot down the Constitution Amendment Bill, then the people of Zambia must judge them in 2016 because they cannot continue to change goal posts.

“If they refuse to amend the Constitution Bill in Parliament, you should judge them in 2016. Why should they keep on shifting goal posts?” he wondered.

President Lungu said: “I am pleading that you tell your MPs and your ministers to support the Constitution Amendment Bill. We have wasted a lot of money on the Constitution since the days of late president Mwanawasa,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Southern Province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu thanked President Lungu for personally securing a K26 million for the completion of the ultra-modern market in Livingstone.

Mr. Mubukwanu said that the contractor has moved on site and the works will be completed in the next six months.