Zambia: Lungu's aide wants presidential tenure extended

2016-10-29 17:00
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Lusaka – Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party lawmaker Paul Moonga has proposed that the country's presidential tenure be extended from the current five years to at least seven years, a report says.

According to the Zambian Eye, the PF Central Committee member claimed that the current five years tenure was insufficient for a state president and his cabinet to implement their policies.

He further said that the current tenure was too expensive as it required the state to hold elections every five years, thus having negative impact on the economy.

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Moonga reportedly said that these were his personal views not those of the ruling party.

Moonga remarks came two months after President Edgar Lungu won the controversial August 11 election by just over 100 000 votes. 

Opposition party leader Hakainde Hichilema, however, accused Lungu, the election commission and court judges of being guilty of fraud in the tightly contested vote.

Meanwhile, according to the Lusaka Times, Moonga told Hichilema to swallow his pride and accept defeat.

He added that Hichilema had failed to lead the opposition party, thus, his party the United Party for National Development (UPND) should recall him as party president.

Read more on:    upnd  |  hakainde hichilema  |  edgar lungu  |  zambia  |  zambia 2016 election  |  southern africa

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