B Flow writes :
READ AND SHARE THE 10 REASONS WHY WE MUST SAY NO TO #BILL10
1. Bill 10 takes away the power of citizens to decide on whether government should contract debt or not. We vote for MPs to represent us in parliament. Bill 10 proposes the removal of parliamentary oversight (power to oversea debt on our behalf). A very small group of wealthy people will be deciding for us. They will be borrowing without consulting us yet it will be our responsibility to pay (they borrow, we pay). Imagine someone in your house borrowing (kaloba) without your consent and asking you to pay. We the youth and our children will suffer the consequences of the borrowing which was decided by a few ‘powerful’ individuals who might not even be around when it’s time to pay back. We must emphasise that cabinet must only have power to recommend, not to approve. Their children go to school overseas and might not be here to participate in paying back the debt that was contracted by their wealthy parents. Furthermore, with this Bill 10, oversight on Monetary Policy will be taken away from the Bank of Zambia.
2. Bill 10 allows Cabinet Ministers to stay in office after parliament is dissolved which disadvantages tax payers and those who wish to become MPs as it will be difficult for them to contest against those who are still holding power and still have access to national resources.
3. It is illegal for anyone to amend a country’s constitution without the participation of ALL citizens. Bill 10 does not represent the interests of ALL citizens because it was drafted by the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) which was attended by a small group of people. That small group decided that;
4. Bill 10 will reintroduce the unnecessary position of Deputy Minister which is clearly a scheme to give jobs to ‘friends’ at the expense of ordinary poor Zambians who are already paying too many robust taxes.
5. Bill 10 proposes the formation of a coalition government. This is a bad idea because it is already difficult for any candidate to reach the 50 +1 threshold. In my opinion, this is a recipe for anarchy.
6. Bill 10 threatens Zambia’s democracy. In a democracy, decisions are made by the people, for the people, NOT by a small group of people.
7. Citizens will not have a say in the creation, dividing or merging of provinces. Remember that the land on which provinces sit belongs to the people. Therefore, people deserve to have a say in what happens to their land.
8. On 13th October 2019, The Mast carried a story that explains that Bill 10 proposes the removal of the people’s power and authority to limit the power of the executive by deleting the entire part XVII which creates service commissions, and limits executive power to appoint and discipline civil servants and other public officers. This has the potential of weakening public institutions and compromising their independence from political elites.
9. Bill 10 proposes that Articles 69, 70, 71 and 72 be repealed. What this means is that Parliament will have power to decide how many Members (MPs) it can have as well as what decisions it can make.
10. Zambia already has a debt burden of over K140 billion to be repaid by YOU and ME. The money that we pay in taxes is already going to South Africa to mitigate the load shedding problem while the country is also trying to pay debt instead of investing in sustainable solutions to our energy crisis, for example, a solar plant. #debtconcernsme
WHAT SHOULD WE DO FOR OUR VOICES TO BE HEARD?
WE MUST USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY AND EVERY PLATFORM WE HAVE TO SPEAK UP AND LET GOVERNMENT/PARLIAMENT KNOW THAT THE ABOVE MENTIONED CLAUSES IN BILL 10 ARE NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY, NEITHER DO THEY REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE MAJORITY ZAMBIAN PEOPLE.
Don’t forget to sign this petition and stop parliament from passing bill 10: