NDF bill should not be entertained in Parliament – HH

By Staff Reporter

 

OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema said that the just ended National Dialogue Forum (NDF) bill process should not be given chance to enter Parliament for further debate.

And HH says the liquidation of Konkola Copper Mines shall hurt the economy, suggesting it required pragmatic and competent leadership to deal with the issue.

Speaking during a live program on Radio Christian Voice this morning doubled chartback, Hichilema said some of the resolutions from the (NDF) not mean well to Zambians.

“The National Dialogue Forum must end here. Members of parliament and Zambian citizens must not allow this bill to be debated on the floor of the house. We know that they want to use opposition and independent Members of Parliament and bring all ugly things that are against the wishes of the people,” said Hichilema.

“They are going to sneak in some Clauses on the floor of the House which they didn’t include in the bill because specific closes can be changed in parliament by simple majority and bring in many Clauses that are damaging to the country”.

Hichilema claimed that extension of presidential term of office, blocking certain candidates from contesting the next elections clauses were all earmarked for introduction in parliament.

“It must end now, you have seen that even public opinion is against it including PF members of parliament and  President Lungu is begging them to accept – that is wrong,” said Hichilema.

Meanwhile, Hichilema said the PF government should be condemned for some of the challenges the mining sector was going through.

“The liquidation of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) is basically a huge damage to the company. There was need for PF government to find a lasting solution to the problem before taking any action. KCM has been messed up and PF government under the leadership of Lungu is responsible for that,”  said Hichilema.

“Lungu should know that it is difficult for the government to run the Mines and PF government has no capacity to do that. There was need to find an investor who was going to manage KCM and protect employees who worked for the Mines in the Copperbelt”.

 

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