By Christopher Chisi
The University of Zambia Lecturers’ and Researchers’ Union has threatened to galvanize support against the Ruling Patriotic Front government if it does not withdraw the Proposed Constitutional Amendment Bill.
The Constitution Amendment Bill is likely to be tabled during the current seating of parliament.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka Union General Secretary, Kelvin Mambwe says failure by the government to withdraw the constitution bill will mean that it is not concerned about the welfare of its citizens.
Speaking earlier Union President, Evans Lampi noted that a number of provisions contained in the bill do not only affects their workers but are also retrogressive.
He cited among others the bill seeking to amend Article 186 by inserting a sub-Article 3 which requires workers in the public sector seeking election to public office to resign at least two years before the date of the election in order to be eligible describing it as discriminatory.
The Union President is concerned that the proposed amendments are against the good provisions in the current constitution hence the need to reject the amendment bill in its entirety.
He has since appealed to Members of Parliament to think twice when debating the Constitution Amendment Bill as it has the potential to affect the future generation.