Thu. Aug 22nd, 2019

No Deputy Ministers, Coalition Govt-PF

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By JOHN SAKALA
Patriotic Front says it will not support the resolution of Deputy Ministers as well as the proposed possible coalition government amendments in the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019 proposed by the by the NDF.

Announcing the development PF Secretary General Davis Mwila said the party Central Committee sat today July 15, 2019) in a meeting chaired by the Party and Republican President Edgar Lungu.

Mr Mwila said President Lungu deliberated amongst other things the proposed amendments in the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2019.

Mr Mwila said the positions of the party has been reached at after wide consultation within the party as well as the general public in which he emphasized that the party will in no way support the possibility of forming a coalition government.

“The proposal to amend the system on voting of the President to include the possibility of forming of a coalition government is not supported. In that regard Articles 101 and 102 are to remain as they appear in the current Constitution. The President should draw his or her mandate directly from the majority of the people.

Meanwhile, PF restated its call not to entertain a bloated government and hence will not support the call to reintroduce Deputy Ministers.

“The proposals to amend Articles 112 and include a new Article 117A so as to create the office of Deputy Minister is not supported. The PF Government is still committed to a lean Government. The Party is aware of the lies, the malice and falsehoods being championed by the Opposition and their surrogates in the Civil Society and some sections of the media against Patriotic Front and its leadership regarding the various NDF Resolutions,” he announced.

He said the party shall from here before the Parliamentary Committee to give its official position as adopted by the Central Committee.

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