Information that the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) wish to move an impeachment against President Edgar Lungu points to a bunch of people that just never learn anything from history.
The opposition UPND has in the life of many parliaments tried to use this trick but have come out short. If it had been a battle of conscience maybe they could have been worth of sympathy for their cause.
But raising an impeachment motion in the face of the reasons they are advancing points to lack of seriousness. Not to remind them that this battle would by far be tad too far for them given the numerical deficiencies that they have suffered ever since they were baptized in opposition politics way back in 1998.
A simple glance at the numbers points to the ruling Patriotic Front having 89 Members of Parliament with the combined opposition numbers coming to 63 while there are 14 independents with almost all of them aligned to the ruling party.
The PF as a party represents 53.6% of representation in parliament while the UPND has 34.9% with 8.4% going to independents.
If anybody is ambitious to challenge the PF outside this realm then they just better look at the reasons the UPND are advancing.
Hichilema in directing his MPS to move an impeachment motion told the jubilant gathering that President Lungu also confessed that he was voted out but refused to leave, among other grounds for impeaching him.
“The laws of Zambia require such an action. There are members of parliament here. Here are our instructions; you must commence the impeachment process now. Commence the impeachment process now. The man confessed that anyone who works anywhere could steal from the employers. How can you stop theft of public resources like that? This means where he is in State House he is stealing from the people who put him there, you the taxpayers.”
Well there you have it in case you missed the grounds for impeachment. We will not say much but leave it to our readers to judge.
Of course Hichilema added his favourite post-election grief in adding fuel to the fire.
“He’s stealing from you. That one account. Another account, he by his own mouth confirmed that in 2015 and 2016 he was voted out of office but he refused to go and he will refuse in 2021. I will tell you another ground, the law in Article 104/105 of our Constitution says that when a presidential petition is submitted, just mere submission, the Presidency, the executive powers must transfer from whoever is holding them to the Speaker of the National Assembly but he refused to hand over therefore, he abrogated the Constitution.”
We may not know a lot about the law but we know for a fact that Hichilema is clutching to anything to remain relevant in the Zambian political scene.
Has he not tried the ballot and failed five times? Has he not been to court and has not been successful? And now he is taken his grievances to parliament, will he succeed there?
Maybe this brother could learn something from better experienced politicians by just getting down to work and focus his energies on 2021 otherwise he could turn out to be a monumental failure.