Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

28 June 2013

Zambia: Sata Forced to Dispute Eight-Year Term Plan

President Michael Sata was last evening forced to come out of his hole and dispute Patriotic Front secret plans to alter the Republican Constitution by extending the presidential term of office from five to eight years describing his own motive as retrogressive and selfish.

Sata, the proponent and chief campaigner of the Frederick Chiluba third term motive, was forced to respond to opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema a loose canon.

He claimed in a statement issued by State House press aide George Chellah that the assertion was groundless because the PF administration was planned to manipulate the draft Constitution and 'sneak' in a clause that would extend the presidential term to eight years.

President Sata stated that Hichilema should conduct a self-introspection and assess if his endless slander, pessimism and bitterness were adding value to the country's political discourse.

"Nobody within or outside Government has ever contemplated or lobbied for such a retrogressive and selfish agenda," Sata claimed.

He said it was clear that Hichilema lacked political civility or basic decency and was resolved to harm mature, rational and constructive discourse on matters affecting the country.

"In fact, we are eager to give the opposition a chance to test their popularity in 2016. We have no doubt that the Zambian people will judge us on the basis of the unprecedented massive infrastructural and other developmental projects, which are being done in the interest and for the benefit of the Zambians.

"These kinds of careless claims only prove that we are dealing with a desperate loose cannon who is constantly in denial and determined to display his fallacious notion, just to massage his ego," the statement reads.

Hichilema, commenting on media reports gathered from Office of the President officials, recently accused the Government of planning to alter the Constitution and extend the presidential term to eight years.

Sata also he will not stop inducing by-elections because the opposition parties whose members of Parliament were currently serving in Government were not being allowed to contribute without intimidation.

"Every responsible Government world over will make sure that it consolidates itself to be in a position to deliver on the promises that got it elected into office, especially if faced with injudicious and unpatriotic leaders of the opposition who are recklessly resolved to undermine Government's ability to deliver services to the people," he said.

Sata, who has shown tremendous appetite to disrespect the rule of law by ignoring the separations of powers, claims he has personal commitment to deepening democracy, equality and respect for the will of the Zambian people.

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