2021 polls: LAZ opinion sought
Published On January 13, 2017 » 1816 Views» By Diran Chama » Letters to the Editor
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I WHOLLY concur with Patriotic Front (PF) Malambo Member of Parliament Makebi Zulu’s counsel that Hakainde Hichilema and his UPND are mischievously misinterpreting the Constitution on the eligibility of President Edgar Lungu to run for presidency in the 2021 general elections.
This is because they are optimistic that the head of State remains the strongest obstacle to their desire to form the next government.
It was well-researched and mirrored the reality on the ground with clarity and exactitude.LAZ small
It is indisputable that sit-tight UPND top leaders, who after attempting and losing five-times in presidential elections to the detriment of their political party and supporters know nothing good can be expected to come out of this opposition party on the eligibility of the widely-endorsed PF presidential candidate in 2021.
But with the current political wave of change in the country, inspired by the amended Constitution, it remains to be seen how the likes and electoral-loss pedigree of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema would be able to solve this political jigsaw puzzle currently facing him.
A considered case and solution of constitutionally limiting the number of attempts at Zambia’s presidency to two perhaps?
The perpetual sit-tight election losing political leaders in the opposition are becoming an endangered species in the politics of
Zambia.
Since UPND’s perceived third term issue is very emotive, a lot of soul-searching is needed by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) on how to decisively resolve this issue and honestly counsel their inseparable soul-mates in the UPND over Article 106 of the Constitution.
For the sake of peace and harmony in the country, there is indeed an urgent need for LAZ to look for viable ways of resolving the UPND’s perceived third term issue once and for all.
Continual procrastination is clearly not a remedy.
Mubanga Luchembe,
LUSAKA

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