Sondashi wants powers of the President curbed

FORUM for Democratic Alternatives (FDA) president Ludwig Sondashi says the constitution making process will be an academic exercise for as long as the Republican President is allowed to hold excessive powers. Dr Sondashi said that as long as the excessive powers of the President, provided under the Constitution, were not reduced in the current constitution-making process, Zambia would never have a constitution that would stand the taste of time.

“The draft constitution can never unite the country and ensure the much needed rapid economic development. Zambians can recall that I predicted earlier on that nothing progressive will come out of the exercise, and that its failure will derive from inability to curtail the excessive presidential powers and failure to introduce a federal state system in the provinces,” Sondashi said during the re-launch of his party in Lusaka.