‘UPND wanted coalition with MMD’ — Kunda
with Vice-President George Kunda
Vice-President George Kunda feels
betrayed by UPND's failure to support the enactment of the Constitution
Vice-President Kunda revealed that UPND wanted a
coalition government with MMD.
"I further wish to state that the
inability of the opposition political parties namely the United Party for
National Development (UPND) and the Patriotic Front (PF) to support the
enactment of the Constitution Amendment Bill which was a procedural bill is a
betrayal of the Zambian people," said Vice-President
Vice-President Kunda made the assertion yesterday when he
addressed the press at his office.
"UPND wanted government to include the
concept of 50 per cent+1 and a possibility of forming a coalition government
with MMD, a proposal which could not be accommodated in a procedural bill and
which required consultations between parties," he said.
Kunda said the UPND
wanted the government to concede by reinstating the 50 per cent+1 when the
voting was going on over the Constitution of Zambia Bill in
He indicated that the government would present the bill to
Parliament should the MMD be given another mandate during this year's general
Vice-President Kunda said the failure to enact the Constitution
of Zambia Bill No. 60 of 2010 and the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill
was a very unfortunate development as it deprived the nation of an opportunity
to reform the governance system.
He said the Constitution could not
garner the required 106 members of parliament in order to proceed to the next
Vice-President Kunda said this meant that the Constitution of
1991, as amended in 1996, shall continue to apply in the nation.
current Constitution, by which the country is governed, still continues to have
progressive provisions such as the declaration of Zambia as a Christian Nation
and the provisions relating to governance and the protection of human rights,"
Vice-President Kunda said the throwing out of the Bill meant
that provisions such as the establishment of the Supreme and Constitutional
Court and the Court of Appeal to determine disputes between state organs or
state institutions and constitutionality of the bills before the National
Assembly would not be enacted.
He said the Constitution would have also
provided for the right to a person to defend the Constitution and to be entitled
to compensation for defence of the Constitution where this resulted in
Vice-President Kunda said the establishment of the Parliamentary
Service Commission would have been provided for and the opportunity for Zambians
to acquire dual citizenship, as well as the enhancement of representation of
women, youth and persons with disabilities in Parliament through the increase in
the number of members of parliament.
He said a proportional
representation system would have been provided for.
said there would have been a revision of the electoral system and the principles
in order to ensure greater representation of the people and increased
accountability of the elected leaders.
He said despite the setback caused
by the failure to enact the Constitution of Zambia Bill, the government remained
committed to continuing the constitutional reform process for the benefit of all
Zambians, in line with democratic tenets and principles.
Vice-President Kunda said the bill could only be brought back for re-enactment
after a period of six months as per parliamentary practice and