Leave politics to youths, veterans told

ELDERLY politicians jostling for various positions in the August election must give chance to youths if they do not have the Grade 12 certificates instead of faking the results, says Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga.

Mr Mulenga said politicians caught trying to cheat the Electoral Commission of Zambia by presenting forged Grade 12 certificates must be prosecuted.

He said Zambia had a lot of young people who could do a good job and that the Grade 12 certificate requirement should compel politicians who did not have it to step down.

Mr Mulenga said reports that the Examination Council of Zambia had unearthed numerous cases of forged certificates by politicians during the verification exercise left much to be desired and showed how some of the politicians were hungry for power.

“We thank the President for giving us the Constitution that will see people who are not qualified to be in those public offices leaving them for people who will be able to articulate issues of national interest,” he said.

Mr Mulenga said that President Lungu had done a great job to bring sanity among politicians who only wanted to benefit themselves at the expense of delivering to the expectation of the country.

Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) was reported having said that a lot of aspiring politicians jostling to contest various positions in the forthcoming general elections allegedly submitted fake Grade 12 or Form 5 certificates. The institution had threatened to report such cases to the police.

Clause 162 of the Constitution Amendment Act states that a person qualifies to be elected as councillor if that person is not less than 19 years of age and has obtained, as minimum academic qualification, a Grade 12 certificate or its equivalent.


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