Politics

CSOs Oppose Dialogue Bill

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have opposed the tabling of the National Dialogue Bill in Parliament in its current form and structure, saying it would not bring about the much needed reconciliation, consensus and national unity “so desperately required at present”.

The CSOs have, instead, proposed that the National Dialogue Bill of 2019 must not be regulated by law but be a standalone process facilitated by non-state actors from which principles to guide future interactions among different political parties and their respective supporters would be drawn.

The CSOs consisting Action Aid Zambia, Alliance for Community Action, Caritas Zambia, NGOCC, PANOS, Chikondi Foundation, GEARS, Pamela Chisanga, among others, convened at a joint press briefing on the National Dialogue Bill 2019 which is expected to be tabled in Parliament.

Other bills expected to be tabled together with the Dialogue Bill include the Political Parties Bill and amendments to the Electoral Process Act and the Public Order Act.

The CSO’s have since asked government not use the strength of incumbency and numbers to “walk a path this nation has walked before which leads only to wastage of resources and a flawed constitution requiring amendment as soon as it is adopted”.

They said it is in their considered view that while all these reforms were necessary, they must be undertaken as a distinct process involving the relevant stakeholders.

“Where it is an undeniable fact that the legislature has the mandate to enact laws in Zambia, constitution review presents a unique challenge since its legitimacy is directly derived from the people of Zambia and that in any democracy the people are Supreme and all power is reposed in them,” they stated.

They said the Bill does not provide an objective mediator in the national dialogue.

“…for instance, while the forum will consist of all members of Parliament, the Patriotic Front and its allies the MMD have more than 55 per cent representation, 8.5 per cent independents and 34.1 per cent opposition,” said the CSOs.

“…this would give the PF an unfair advantage and influence over the forum…the Bill seeks to cure mischiefs when it is a mischief in itself and will not achieve its intended purposes because it is a coercive Bill that, if passed into law, will create further mischiefs, deepen tension and divisions in the nation.”

 

10 Comments

  1. Mushala Mutambakyalo

    Wait and see

  2. Chanda

    THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE CHOSE THE PERSONS THEY WANTED TO BE REPRESENTING THEM IN THE AUGUST HOUSE AND TO BE MAKING LAWS FOR THEM. AND THESE ARE THE MPS. IF YOU CHOSE DULL MPS IT IS YOUR FAULT. IF YOU ONLY HAVE FEW MPS IN THAT HOUSE IT IS ALSO YOUR FAULT BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT IMPRESSED THE VOTERS.

  3. SAVIMBI

    BA PF TI ZAKUVIMBULANI

  4. Chanda

    WE CANNOT ALLOW A SITUATION WHERE NGOS OF ALL SHADES, COLOURS AND HUES, THROWING MUD AT THAT AUGUST HOUSE. THE ONLY LEGALLY CONSTITUTED BODY TO MAKE LAWS IS PARLIAMENT. AND PARLIAMENT CANNOT RELEGATE ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO NGOS WHICH WERE NOT ELECTED BY VOTERS.

  5. Marich

    Will it be possible to clean unwanted closes in this bill after saying yes to it?.

  6. Focks

    Its not true to state that CSOs have opposed the tabling of the Bill to parliament. It was a few CSOs, but the majority have accented.
    Its like saying “Zambians” have opposed the bill. Its some Zambians not all Zambians.

  7. Big hero archdukes

    dialogue nt even supposed to be practices as it can cause misunderstanding on trying to give response

  8. Kings

    Dull Zambians Are Driven By Any Form Of Wave, No Potential To Defend Their Rights. Zambia Is In Trouble To These Selfish Leaders Who Want Everything To Suit Their Will, God Help Us To Save This Nation From This Defaming Pf.

  9. Dc10

    Munakana referendum nizanu izo. Thts why we have parliament to make laws fr this country not ma NGOS na tu ma stand alone organisation’s all favoring one individual’s fight to get to plot one. Iyo yeve jst forget. Let’s follow lamulo. Ma Mps are representing us zambians thru out th country. Nanga aba benangu mentioned, who do they represent? The commission went round the whole country to receive submissions and you never contributed and jst ignored it, manje what more do you want?Whether you like it or not it’s going to parliament kwamene kupangikila malamulo. Remember that in life do not expect everything to go your way, never. That’s why you keep on losing ma votes all the time.

  10. Lisa

    As general elections approach, that is when constitution anomalies become visible. Unpopular and corrupt leaders manipulate the constitution to prolong their stay in power. Can you channel the kasaka ka ndalama to improve the economy

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