The opposition MMD has refuted media reports suggesting that it is no longer in support of the inclusion of the 50 1 clause in the country’s new constitution.
MMD presidential Spokesperson Muhabi Lungu has told Qfm news in a telephone interview that the position of the party has not changed on the 50 1 clause and that this is also the submission the party made during the provincial constitutional conferences the Technical Committee held in the country.Mr. Lungu says the statement attributed to MMD Liuwa Member of Parliament Situmbeko Musokotwane on the said clause as quoted in the media was made in his individual capacity and does not represent the position of the MMD.He adds that he spoke to Dr. Musokotwane over the issue who said he had been quoted out of context.
Mr. Lungu explains that Dr. Musokotwane was merely suggesting that he supports the fact that a government must be formed by a majority and not a minority except that he believes that perhaps the 50 1 clause was not the only way of forming a majority government.
And Mr. Lungu says the other position the MMD strongly holds is that the referendum on the country’s new constitution must be held next year.
Mr. Lungu says the country does not need a whitepaper as the mode of adoption of the new constitution.