Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Bill a must, says Kamba

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By BEN­NIE MUNDANDO IT is im­por­tant to en­act the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties’ Bill to safe­guard na­tional se­cu­rity as hid­ing fun­ders of po­lit­i­cal par­ties puts the sovereignty and se­cu­rity of Zam­bia at risk, Kennedy Kamba has ob­served.

Mr. Kamba said the is­sue on po­lit­i­cal party spon­sor­ship had been long over­due hence the need to pass the bill.

Mr Kamba, the Lusaka Prov­ince youth chair­man was com­ment­ing on calls by some stake­hold­ers to halt the on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tive process on the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties' Bill and wait for the out­come of the di­a­logue and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process fa­cil­i­tated by the Com­mon­wealth as the two pro­cesses may come up with dif­fer­ent re­sults if ran con­sec­u­tively.

He said while the spon­sor­ship of po­lit­i­cal par­ties by for­eign en­ti­ties seemed a harm­less un­der­tak­ing on face value, there were glar­ing con­se­quences that came with the con­ceal­ment of such fi­nan­cial aid on the se­cu­rity of the coun­try.

Mr Kamba said it was im­por­tant for Zam­bians to know who was fund­ing which po­lit­i­cal par­ties so that they un­der­stood the ba­sis of a given party's ex­is­tence to al­low them make sound de­ci­sions which had a good bear­ing on the gov­er­nance of the coun­try.

"The po­lit­i­cal Par­ties' Bill is im­por­tant. We can­not con­tinue to have a sit­u­a­tion where for­eign en­ti­ties which we do not know con­tinue fund­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties es­pe­cially when such have a hid­den agenda on what they in­tend to get out of this coun­try for their sup­port.”

He said it would be dan­ger­ous if peo­ple with a hid­den agenda con­tinue to fund po­lit­i­cal par­ties with­out the coun­try know­ing them.

Mr Kamba said openly declar­ing who is spon­sor­ing which po­lit­i­cal party will en­hance trans­parency in the way we do our pol­i­tics in Zam­bia.

“We don't want to sell this coun­try to for­eign­ers who have the fi­nan­cial mus­cle to aid some po­lit­i­cal par­ties to get to na­tional lead­er­ship and in turn help them loot our re­sources," Mr. Kamba said.

He called on Zam­bians to push for the en­act­ment of the bill be­cause it was pro­gres­sive and will pro­vide a level play­ing field which hinged on trans­parency.

Mr Kamba

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