Wednesday, December 7, 2022


By Scoop Reporter

CHANCES are very high that Bill 10 may go through because the Patriotic Front (PF) is coercing Members of Parliament to support it if they are to secure re-adoption for the 2021 elections, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has claimed.

NDC Copperbelt provincial chairperson George Sichula says there is information circulating within the PF that the members of Parliament stand a risk of not been adopted if they didn’t support Bill 10.

Mr. Sichula says this has brought fear leading to compromise among the Members of Parliament.

“The number one enemy of empowerment is the fear of losing what we have. Almost all members of Parliamentarians are fully aware that Zambians are not happy, and that Bill 10 is a poison, except, MPs have been held at ransom by the President.

“The members of Central committee are also divided over the same but you know how they fear the President. All members are a rubber stamp with expired positions. They all know that it is the President who is pushing for a third term indirectly but are afraid to challenge him,” Mr. Sichula said.

He says most of the PF MPs challenging the Catholic Bishops are doing so to bargain for their re-adoption in exchange with securing Bill 10 for President Edgar Lungu and that chances are very high that Bill 10 may go through because PF needs it as a tool for continuation.

“They don’t care whether people want it or not, Bill 10 must go through. Pass the Bill and see the other side of Zambians. It’s a warning. We expect NDC and UPND MPs to walk out of Parliament and never to support the Bill.

“Two rams cannot drink from the same bucket at the same time; they will lock horns. When the right leader and the right timing come together, incredible things happen,” he said.

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