Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) wish to advise both the Executive and the Movers of the Motion, mainly the UPND to debate the Impeachment motion on the floor of the house- in the Parliament.
The attempt to engage in in unregulated clarifications or responses to the content of the motion outside parliament will kill the spirit of democracy and undermines the very essence of the existence of legislature as separate arm of government.
We are therefore of the view that the motion must be allowed to be tabled in parliament without any undemocratic agenda to prevent the motion from being debated in parliament.
The impeachment process is an operation of law as stipulated in Article 108 of the republican constitution.
Impeachment is an accountability mechanism exercised by a member or members of parliament when they feel the elected president has failed to govern or believed to have breached the law.
In other countries it is called a recall vote or vote of no confidence like in South Africa.
An impeachment doesn’t necessarily mean removing a president but to remind him/her of his/her vows at the swearing in occasion, where an elected president is sworn to protect and defend the constitution of the Republic of Zambia.
Therefore, impeachment is within the constitutional confines and no one should be vilified for exercising their constitutional rights.
In view of a petition by a concerned citizen to strike out certain grounds, the National Assembly of Zambia (NAZ) should be allowed to exercise its mandate on the matter without undue influence or pressure.
NAZ has legal minds who are able to determine the merits and demerits of the grounds raised by the Movers of the Impeachment Motion.