Govt concerned with HH inciting MPS to disrupt Parliament

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Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya says government is concerned with media reports of UPND President Hakainde Hichilema inciting his Members of Parliament to continue disrupting Parliamentary proceedings.
Mr. Kapeya who is also Information Minister said Hichilema should desist from meddling and misleading his MPs on issues he least understands as he has never been an MP in his life.
He said Parliament has its inbuilt systems and procedures to unlock and resolve any impasse between opposing parties in the house hence it was worrying that Hichilema is disregarding Parliamentary etiquette and ordering the UPND MPs to continue with their protests on the constitution making process.
Mr. Kapeya said in a statement made available to ZANIS that the UPND leader should not escalate the MPs protest beyond the confines of Parliament.
He stated that government’s position as stated by the Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba is that the document is yet to be handed over to the President Michael Sata who is the appointing authority of the Technical Committee on the constitution.
Mr. Kapeya said government is determined to give Zambians a constitution that will stand a test of time saying this cannot be achieved by rushing the process.
He observed that it was strange that parties like the MMD that understands the process well and spent colossal sums of money on the National Constitution Conference (NCC) now wants to rush the government to quickly enact the new constitution.
Mr. Kapeya said government was mindful of the need for a good constitution hence the reason it revived the process immediately it came into power in 2011 and that it does not desire to embark on a process where huge sums of money will be spent but fail to yield any tangible results.
He has since urged all Zambians, political parties, civil society and all stakeholders to give government time to do a good job of coming up with a roadmap towards enacting the new constitution.
Mr. Kapeya stated that party leaders have a duty to restrain their members from doing anything that will jeopardize the constitution making process as opposed to leading the way in formenting anarchy and disunity.
He said it was important for political players to genuinely support a process in which they are not the only beneficiaries but a process which will also benefit many future generations.

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