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NDF Adopts 3 Proposed Bills, Throws ‘Ball’ to Parliament

The National Dialogue Forum has concluded its business, adopting three proposed Bills whose changes were discussed and adopted during the proceedings.

The Bills adopted are the draft Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the draft Electoral Process (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and the draft Public Order Bill, 2019.

“The Forum has sat for a total number of 16 days from the initial ten days that were provided for in the National Dialogue Act of 2019.  The Minister of Justice had to extend the sittings of the Forum in order to effectively attend to all the Bills that were before the Forum. As you may be aware members of the Press, the mandate of the Forum was to Facilitate the implementation of resolutions that were made on 12th June, 2018, in Siavonga by Secretaries-General of political parties relating to Constitutional and institutional reforms,” said Forum secretary Patrick Chisanga yesterday.

“The Forum was further to facilitate the Constitution refinement process and regulation of political parties, public order and electoral process reforms…”

Some of the amendments made to the Constitution Bill 2019 by the NDF include the revision of the preamble to confirm that indeed Zambia remains a Christian nation by removing the words multi religious, among others.

“[We have also] adopted the principle for formation of coalition government where the candidates fail to reach the 50% plus one threshold provided the parties to a coalition government manage to galvanize the total of 50 percent plus one; Confirm that the National Assembly shall only dissolve at the date of the general election to allow Members of Parliament complete their full 5 year term,” Chisanga said. “Provide for entry of women and marginalized groups in Parliament and Councils through the mixed member electoral system; Affirm our people’s right to freedom of conscience by removing Section 9 clause 1 of the Public Order Bill which penalized people who refuse to sing the national anthem. This means that it is not mandatory for any group to sing the national anthem except at public functions; Revise the period for hearing of a presidential petition to 30 calendar days from the 14 days; Provide for the appointment of deputy Ministers; further, civil servants intending to seek political office must resign from their jobs two years before elections.”

He said on the draft Electoral Process Bill, 2019, the NDF had recommended a reduction of the campaign period from three months to sixty days.

Other recommendation are that independent candidates should select their symbols from the list made available by the Commission and that the ECZ must publish the election time table in a national wide circulation in addition to the gazette.

They have also recommended the provision of a coalition government.

On the Public Order Bill, 2019, the proposed amendments made are that there must be the provision of the enjoyment of the right of freedom of assemble and association and regulation of the conduct of public gatherings for the preservation of public order.

“We wish to assure you that in the process of validating and refining the Bills, NDF has been very open and transparent as you may be aware that all the proceedings were live on Parliament radio and TV. The process has just started as I indicated earlier on that this is work in progress, the Bills will then go to parliament where they will be enacted into law,” said Chisanga.

“As a Forum, I am happy to inform you that we have completed our task and the resolutions have since been adopted as you have witnessed.”

24 Comments

  1. The saint

    Mwabombeni

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  2. Kapijimpanga

    Those who were bent to have the forum fail are now mad thanks to members of the forum for being Zambians of good will zambia is bigger than individuals who put pride first shame on you unproductive elements in our society I say thank you again

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  3. Kubeja Badala

    @kapijimpanga; don’t get excited. Wait and see when these bills go to parliament.You are going to swallow your own vomit.PF Parliamentarians will debate like they were not part of the NDF.St end of day, using so called arrogance of numbers, they shall pass the bills after voting. It’s too early to congratulate any one, besides all the delegates were not sitting there for free, they were being paid and feasted and therefore deserve no kudos!!

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  4. King cool

    So what are you saying, those people who have been sitting for the past 16 days to yesterday are dull and uneducated? My question… If bill passes whom are we going to congratulate! And if it fails, who are we going to blame? . The three bills that they were all looking at, if it will not work in Parliament, what next.

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  5. Truestory

    Ifibantu fimo fyaba kwati filoshi everything for them is rubish, mwanya mukasebana the MPs who were there can not change things they agreed on. Ninshi mashilu, kupena. As for me I congratulate all the NDF delegates and to those who shunned mwasebana mwe fipuba mwe.

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    • Idiocy Detector

      If you are not just dull, then you are foolish, who made the law that ministers shall vacate office when parliament is dissolved and who have defied the concourt judgement? Why do you want to pretend to support what cannot be supported?

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  6. Kapijimpanga

    Kubeja badala. You are a fool from your toes to your dull head

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  7. madam aphia

    this one truly is a witch. are you saying that 16 days were spent for nothing. unless if it was you and your family it was going to make sense.. eish some people sure imwe

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    • Wandi

      Can’t understand this thing for so called payment. Were delegates paid professional fees or amounts to support their travel and board and lodge. This is why civil servants travel for days without end and all they get is money for board and lodge. They end up sleeping and eating cheaply to keep change.

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  8. Mapesho

    Shame to those who shunned the process and congratulations to those who made it.

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  9. Elias mutawa

    to me i dont see anything wrong with ndf……….These people were execrising there right.Only dull people is against

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  10. Razor

    Wasted 16 days when the same thing could have been done by parliament. As it is now it is still going to parliament.

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  11. THE REGULATOR

    As for me, nothing was wrong for the dialogue.They discussed good issues and constitutional lucunas.The only issue am not comfortable and not understanding is the reintroduction of positions of Deputy Ministers.Sure!!!? May

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  12. THE REGULATOR

    As for me, nothing was wrong for the dialogue.They discussed good issues and constitutional lucunas.The only issue am not comfortable and not understanding is the reintroduction of positions of Deputy Ministers.Sure!!!? Maybe I

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    • Dude

      Yeah, I agree with you Regulator. I also don’t like the idea of deputy ministers and I think majority of Zambians don’t like it. I wonder how it was voted in favour of.

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  13. Chansa

    Why Should The Civil Servant Resigne 2 Years Before, is it the way of restricting them? Why Reintroducing Deputy Ministers who does not work when some civil servants have not been paid? I Can See More Jobs For PF Cadres. Why Selecting the symbols for the independet candidates because they are the ones who know what to promise the people? No Insults From The Dull PF Supporters Am Not Your Size AND AM NON PARTIZEN.

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  14. Man Jay

    Please we don’t want the position of deputy ministers it should be out of question period. Why waste tax payers money on deputy ministers the majority of Zambians are against the idea.

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  15. Ck

    Kudos but it’s not indicating that a president must be swearn in three times. You would have included because this is unfair he is concluding his term.then 2021 I Zambia is not allowing his excellence ECL standing in the presidential election

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  16. Concerned citizen

    Was this so called NDF only established to amend the constitution or not, because all the decisions are about constitution amendment ,maybe it’s a constitutional review commission,

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  17. TRUTH KILER

    IF YOU REINTRODUCE DEPUTY MINISTER POSITION LET THEM BE VOLUNTEERS BECAUSE THIS IS WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY.
    WHY CREATING JOBS FOR YOURSELVES DO YOU KNOW THAT THE ORDINARY ZAMBIA ON THE GROUND IS SUFFERING, PEOPLE ARE FAILING EVEN TO EAT THREE TIMES A DAY BECAUSE OF NO JOBS FOR YOUTHS.

    LET THE MONEY YOU INTEND TO BE PAYING DEPUTIES MINISTERS GO TO YOUTHS AS FORM OF EMPOWERMENT.

    SOMEONE OUT THERE JUST NEEDS K5000 AS CAPITAL AND EVERYTHING WILL BE BETTER FOR HIM.

    NOW HOW MUCH ARE YOU GOING TO PAY YOUR SO CALLED DEPUTIES MINISTERS A YEAR?
    DON’T YOU THINK THAT MONEY COULD BE DIVERTED TO OTHER USE.

    LET THEM BE JUST MPS THEIR GETTING MONEY WHY ADDING ANOTHER SUM WHEN THEY WILL BE DOING NOTHING.

    AM NOT IN SUPPORT OF THIS UTTERLY.
    😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

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  18. Mweemba Knowledge

    Mwabeleka That’s Gud

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  19. Da Costa Steven

    Wht if de MPs reject wht de NDF has said or concluded?????

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  20. Steven da Costa

    Am behind u

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