Power and Politics

Political group, ZAWAPA, calls on lawmakers to be vigilant over reported moves to amend constitution


The opposition Zambia Wake-Up Party (ZAWAPA) president, Howard Kunda, has opposed the government’s plan to amend the Constitution.

Justice Minister, Mulambo Haimbe, announced that the government planned to facilitate the amendment of the national constitution and would hold a referendum to amend the Bill of Rights.

Haimbe alleged this was to include economic, social and cultural rights during the implementation of the Eighth National Development Plan.

Kunda in a statement issued on Thursday in Lusaka, however, said the United Party for National Development (UPND) government cannot be entrusted with the process of amending the constitution because it was not a trusted regime.

“These are serious matters that a truthful group of people or government come together and present a truthful conversation with the people but these are people who are bent on lies,” he said.

The former Muchinga Member of Parliament claimed that the UPND Administration may put clauses in the Constitution to prolong their stay in government.

Read More: Patriotic Front (PF) Shiwang’andu Member of Parliament has accused President Hakainde Hichilema and the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) of planning to increase the term of office for the President from the current five to seven years.

He told Members of Parliament to block the proposed amendment of the Constitution when taken to the house.

“There are talks that the UPND governments has seen that it is being voted out in 2026 so they would want to change the constitution so that they go for seven years.

But it is suicidal for the people of Zambia to go with this government for seven years. We can’t allow the UPND government to prolong its stay in power,” Kunda said.

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