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Saturday, 6 September 2008

Sakwiba "dangerous" Sikota..

The man who brought us sakism, has now come back with more sakwibaisms with this story via ZNBC :

ULP appeals to other parties United Liberal Party President Sakwiba Sikota has advised president's of opposition parties to let MMD's Rupiah Banda assume the Presidency without an election. Mr. Sikota says this will save the country colossal amounts of money which can be used for national development. He said national interest should override ambitions of becoming president.

Mr. Sikota observed that the MMD has majority of members of parliament and that in the event of opposition party winning, parliament would have to be dissolved and elections called. He said in Lusaka that he is aware of the constitutional requirements for the presidential by-election but parties should put national interest first.

But United Party for National Development UPND Vice President, Richard Kapita said the dictates of the constitution should prevail. He said in the event that an opposition political party presidential candidate wins, opposition MP's can be appointed to cabinet like Dr. Mwanawasa did.

It appears the ignorance of our politicians knows no boundaries. Unfortunately, his latest statement is not only foolish but also intentionally dangerous to the peace of our nation. There's a good reason we have a constitution, its precisely to keep the likes of Sakwiba on the leash. If we want Zambia to thrive we have to realise that economic development depends on much more than natural resources, technical skills and money. Far more important are certain intangible factors, such as trust, the rule of law, respect for property rights, and a reputation for dependability. Sakwiba's foolishness would have us abandon any strides we have made in this direction. Its one thing to argue that the constitution as it currently stands comes at significant cost, indeed I argued that here. Its quite another to make misguided pronouncements that we should now disregard the law of the land so that we can avoid those monetary costs.

3 comments:

  1. It is unbelievable that Zambia, a 44-year-old country, would be grappling with problems associated with leadership succession. It is also surprising that any Zambian in his or her right frame of mind would be advocating the subversion of the Republican constitution in order for a presidential candidate to rule the country without being subjected to a contest in a by-election.

    A presidential by-election will need to be held as provided for in the 1996 Republican constitution. And, to circumvent the costs associated with presidential and parliamentary by-elections in future, the national Constitutional Conference (NCC) should include the following in the new Republican constitution:

    1. A constitutional clause requiring each and every candidate for the Republican presidency to have a running mate, who would provide leadership until the next scheduled general elections in the event of incapacitation, resignation, impeachment, or death of the President. Besides, the Presidential responsibilities of presiding over the Cabinet and/or governing the nation in the absence of the President are too consequential to be assumed by a Vice-President who is appointed by the President rather than elected popularly by the people.

    2. A constitutional clause providing for a political party that loses a Member of Parliament due to death or incapacitation to appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the incumbent’s term.

    3. A constitutional clause providing for a Member of Parliament who loses a parliamentary seat through a nullification of his or her election by a court of law to be replaced by a candidate from another political party who secured the second highest number of votes to serve the remainder his or her term.

    4. A constitutional clause providing for a parliamentary seat that becomes vacant due to an incumbent’s expulsion from his or her political party, or due his or her decision to voluntarily leave his or her party, to be filled through an appointment of another member of the political party to serve the remainder of the term.

    5. A constitutional clause providing for a parliamentary seat that falls vacant due to a dissolution or de-registration of an incumbent’s political party to be replaced by a candidate from another political party who secured the second highest number of votes to serve the remainder his or her term.

    Besides, Articles 46(2) and 47(3) of the Republican constitution -- which restrict an incumbent Republican president to make ministerial appointments from members of Parliament -- to provide for Cabinet-level appointments from the Zambian society at large needs to be repealed. This can afford an incumbent President a larger pool of people from which he or she can constitute a Cabinet, as well as provide for greater separation of the legislative and executive branches of the government.

    Appointment of Cabinet Ministers from non-Members of Parliament can also afford presidential aspirants enough time to identify potential ministerial appointees well before tripartite elections rather than waiting for Parliamentary elections to be concluded.

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  2. Shame on you mr saki for proposing something which we loving people of Zambia will not going to accept.What has gone wrong with you mr saki? what has changed in the recent months that what you perceived right now is wrong.He respected the law more than anything but now you have no respect for the law of the land called zambia.

    I felt bad when i saw on ZNBC TV altering those words,i thought was dreaming .We laws to guide us not to do away with them in order to save money.You can have money but if you do not follow laws and rules of the land then it does not make sense.We do not need politicians like you saki who have no regards for the laws but have regard for money.
    APPOLOGIES TO NATION FOR YOUR MISLEADING STATEMENTS.

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  3. Kyambalesa,

    "A constitutional clause providing for a political party that loses a Member of Parliament due to death or incapacitation to appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the incumbent’s term"

    Of course one way of avoiding unnecessary bye-elections is to simply intro proportional representation.

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