Politics

Kafue UPND MP Champions Dialogue Boycott

Kafue Member of Parliament Miriam Chonya says she will stay out of the National Dialogue Forum that has commenced in Lusaka today.

Chonya is among some opposition UPND lawmakers that have obeyed the party position to boycott that dialogue process that is meant to iron out some lingering constitutional clauses.

Some UPND MPs have defied the party position and are in attendance at the National Dialogue Forum.

“Doing so would be operating within the confines of a law which is in conflict with the supreme law of the land, the Republican Constitution. The Act has flaws which we were concerned about and remained unresolved despite the recommendations of many stakeholders,” Chonya said.

“The 10-Day Forum is meant to look at Constitutional amendments, the Public Order Act, the Political Parties Bill and the Electoral Process Act. It was a submission of many stakeholders that the timeframe allocated for the exercise was inadequate, and the undertaking would therefore be another futile exercise at great national expense, which is imprudent and undesirable with our current economic situation.”

Chonya said that key stakeholders like the church mother bodies have been left out the process taking away from its integrity.

She said that she would risk the consequences of boycotting in order to respect her conscience.

“Interestingly, the Act provides for penalties through a fine or imprisonment for a period up to six months, or both, for anyone who fails to attend or appear before the Forum when required to do so. It further provides for a jail term for anyone influencing someone not to attend or interfering with the proceedings of the Forum for a period between 1 to 3 years!” she said.

“Where is the constitutional guarantee of the Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Choice, the right to share ideas, the Freedom of Conscience, and all those rights enshrined in  the  Bill of Rights?”

26 Comments

  1. Hammer

    Even electorates in Kafue know that the MP only serves her bosses interest and not the people’s Interest. They proved it in the last election by rejecting her candidate of choice, the beauty of the NDF is that whever this woman attends or not it will go ahead and laws will be improved and she is a beneficiary of those laws.
    And she shouldn’t confuse the NDF with the HH dialogue , these are 2 different dialogues

    • Bk

      WE are TIRED of you SLAVES and boot LICKERS of HH Stay and go to HELL with the STOLEN party

  2. SOKONEZA

    I have been a darling of upnd.but now decided to completely left it for good. Instead of them defending the poor by providing genuine checks and balances they are busy shunning important things things.This is primative politics. Shunning everything is a disservice to the people. Change the way you practice politics please

  3. mulobezi

    Let chonya creat her own Zambia that will lack principles just like the party sh belongs 2

  4. 2021

    Upnd yalilubana!!#

  5. tamba sichu

    what kind of politics are we witnessing in our nation,gone are the days of manifestos that really had the nations interest at the core,now we have made the zambian political platform to attack each other’s camp.

  6. One zed manex

    Why not attend the meeting & iron out the problems in the Constitution & public order act.after you don’t attend then you start complaining saying it’s the PF tempering with the constitution.yet you can play a part by arguing out some bad law’s.

  7. Mr. BJ.

    What ever one does in the national interest is for the good of us ZAMBIANS. The one Zambia one nation can only be meaningful when all it’s pipo show real LOVE for mother Zambia. The Love you show will take you to your heart’s dream land. Ndeloleshafye!!!

  8. MM

    SLAVES OF HH STAY AWAY that is WHY GBM has left he didn’t want to be brainwashed by HH

    • Bk

      Upnd should not TALK about bill of Rights these are Fools didn’t support this in the Last election

  9. Kwind

    No Don’t Do That, Instead, Be There To Voice Out What You Have On Your Mind, If You Fail To Be There It Will Mean That You Are The Worst Coward Of An Mp, We Sent You There To Represent Us, But Why Are Doing Things Your Own Way? Go And Do The Job For Us, Thats My Humble Advice To You.

  10. Wakishale

    Does opposition really mean to do the opposite of what the sitting government proposes to do for the benefit of the people. Since HH came into the opposition, he has never supported anything from all successive governments including the very progressive referendum on the very rights he is pretending to champion now. In my view, he is creating a very great political failure in himself. Watch him!

  11. R C M

    We only have one Zambia, ba M P. Your voice & view is very very important in this exercise, that is why you are needed. Leaders be the ones to strengthen one Zambia one nation. U might be the one with the best view, think about it Madam

  12. R C M

    We only have one Zambia, ba M P. Your voice & view is very very important in this exercise, that is why you are needed. . U might be the one with the best view, think about it Madam

  13. Imjustsaying

    UPND is just a selfish party, all they want is people to dance to their tune, as for me and my house (Zambia) we will not dance to your song, it had a bad tune and only nitwits will dance to your tune.
    Change your strategy otherwise you will never see the inside of State House until 2040 borrowing GBM’s words 😬😬😬😂😂🤣🤣

  14. INDETU

    Nobody winds by staying away. Ask UNIP and they will tell you, that’s how they dwindled!
    When our Hon Kafue mp says “views of many stake holders”, she is talking of that group of opposition leaders who met with HH. Of course they were not many but we recall HH saying what the PEOPLE have recommended, will now be sent to parliament to be enacted into law without ammendments!
    You can see the flaws in approach and therefore the dilemma our Hon mp is suffering from.
    Please, Please don’t kill UPND. A few times, I had tea with Mr Mazoka by the fish ponds at Ridgeway hotel ( always after 17:00 hrs), and you could see his passion for Zambia.
    He must have thought his views on how Zambia could realize his vision would be through UPND.
    But now, what is going on? How can anyone go into politics, then refuse to participate? How can you achieve your political goals while standing and shouting from your verandah?
    No, no. Impossible!

  15. CM

    It’s true boycotting won’t take us anywhere, and my advice to my fellow electrodes is note these mps who shunning the national duties, let us kick them out power in 2021 , they are not fit to be leaders they are retrogretive to our nation.And you who are attending make sure you present us without dear or favour tekukonkafye n.a. allowance nokulya ukwabula ukulalanda ninshi nabashele bawamapo

  16. MWENDENDE

    I FEEL PIT FOR THOSE POSTING UNCIRCUMSISED COMMENTS AGAINST KAFUE MP FOR SHUNNING THE NDF.WHEN YOU HAVE LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OR PERCEPTION ON CERTAIN TOPICS OR ISSUES BETTER CONSULT OR RESEARCH IF KNOWLEGEABLE ENOUGH BEFORE SHOWING OFF YOUR IGNORANCE.RATHER WAIT FOR THE NDF OUTCOMES BEFORE BECOMING OUTRAGEOUS ON SOMEONES HUMAN RIGHT.

  17. reub c

    Madam you are discless you disappointed the all kafue people whom you promise to be there voice to the people but you choose your leader your master instead of your people who elected you to that office, come 2021you will see how things will tone down your total fail and you will cry like your leader who always cry in every election….. come 2021 you will see.

  18. Pascal Chola

    Madam that is the way to go. Leave them go and give themselves the Constitution which suits the elite

  19. Man G

    This is the true colors of the selfish people like this it’s good that people of Zambia we are getting reson now before 2021 by by UPND chagwa nabanaya

  20. KAUBAY

    My Guidance to UPND and those boycotting national dialogue forum. Those the exercise seem to have a predetermined end u should have been there to be vindicated. The PF and some some ethnic group who think they are not tribal, remember the PF boycotted NCC and called those PF MP and members who participated as rebels. The PF should very well this and they accused the UPND about this.
    Late Mwanawasa (rip) said “Zambians forget easily” and it is true even the media can’t bring out such issues.

  21. KAUBAY

    My Guidance to UPND and those boycotting national dialogue forum. Though the exercise seem to have a predetermined end u should have been there to be vindicated. The PF and some some ethnic group who think they are not tribal, remember the PF boycotted the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) and called those PF MP and members who participated as rebels. The PF should very well this and they accused the UPND about this.
    Late Mwanawasa (rip) said “Zambians forget easily” and it is true even the media can’t bring out such issues.

  22. Jon

    As Kafue resident,i think we have no problem with her ,hh and upnd are going to employ her come 2021.

  23. Henry

    To the mp of kafue , madam please we know and you know that laws are laws with money or no money. So the plot you got by force to us please do something

    • Doubt Katwishi

      The problem with HH is that as long as he is not in power, what ever the ruling does is wrong.That should not be the case. Yes you can oppose but do it responsibly. The idea of opposition is to give checks and balances not to oppose for the sake of it. It looks childish! Please HH as the main opposition change your tactics or lose relevance. Otherwise these small parties like NDC will take over from you.

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