The Her­ald

50 years ago

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Leader & Comment -

LUSAKA, 13 Jan­uary 1966. — Pres­i­dent Kaunda at­tacked what he al­leged was adul­ter­ation of par­lia­men­tary democ­racy in “coun­tries to the south of Zam­bia” when he opened the new Par­lia­men­tary build­ings in Lusaka.

“In those coun­tries the so-called lead­ers have cho­sen a cor­rupted form of par­lia­men­tary govern­ment which de­lib­er­ately de­nies mil­lions of peo­ple their in­alien­able rights to par­tic­i­pate in an ef­fec­tive man­ner in the choos­ing of their gov­ern­ments,” he said.

He said that Zam­bia be­lieves in par­lia­men­tary op­po­si­tion, but that op­po­si­tion must be re­spon­si­ble and ca­pa­ble of of­fer­ing what is nor­mally called “con­struc­tive crit­i­cism”.

On the other hand, he said, “our be­lied in op­po­si­tion does not im­pose a duty on us to take de­lib­er­ate steps to form or main­tain an op­po­si­tion, whether in Par­lia­ment or else­where.

“We have al­ways main­tained that the choice whether or not to have an op­po­si­tion lies not with the Govern­ment, but with the peo­ple at the polls.”

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