Zambian president confident on signing National Dialogue amendment bill

President Edgar Lungu to sign National Dialogue amendment bill. Photo : Lusaka Times

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The Zambian President Edgar Lungu has assured the country that he will sign into law the National Dialogue amendment bill which Parliament passed on Tuesday this week.

The bill which was first tabled in Parliament last month, seeks to provide a forum to facilitate the amendment of the constitution, public order act, electoral laws and regulation of political parties.

The Zambian Parliament on Tuesday passed the National Dialogue Amendment Bill after a heated debate by Members of Parliament from the Opposition, Independent and ruling parties.

According to Lusaka Times, Lungu who was on the Copperbelt Province for a three day working visit said upon arrival at the ZAF Airforce Base airport, that he will straight away sign the National Dialogue Amendment Bill.

One hundred and forty six (146) MPs participated in the voting session of the bill, with 91 MPs in support of the bill, while 52 MP’s voted against the bill.

Meanwhile, the President has expressed disappointment that both the ruling and opposition MP’s on the Copperbelt are not delivering to his expectations.

“Implementation of projects have slowed down because the lawmakers are not being accountable to the people who voted them into power,” said Lungu.

“I expect MP’s to be in touch with the grassroots in their areas which was not the case on the Copperbelt.”

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