Every job, role has minimum qualifications – Nevers



By Walusungu Lundu

FOLLOWING a proposal by the European Union to remove the Grade 12 certificate requirement by those vying for public office, MMD leader Nevers Mumba insists that the qualifications must be maintained.

In an interview with The Mast, Mumba said leaders must be able to read and intelligently analyse reports to do with the administration of the office they intend to hold.

He said the need for the public servants to be able to read is also the position in the European Union as well.

Mumba said there was no reason to believe that Zambian leaders must not be well educated.

“As we may recall, these two conditions were widely debated at the time of their adoption. The MMD placed its researched position on record and now wish to simply restate our original position,” he said.

“MMD supported this condition then and do so now. Every job or role has minimum qualifications. For instance, a candidate must be of a certain age and must have basic qualifications for the job he seeks. He must have a capacity to read and intelligently analyse reports to do with the administration of the office he intends to hold. This is the position in the European Union as well and there is no reason to believe that Zambian leaders must not be well educated. We insist that the Grade 12 qualification must be maintained.”

On the EU’s proposal to have the nomination fees reduced, Mumba described the high nomination fees as a retrogressive requirement which he said needed to be reversed.

“MMD did not support the exorbitant fees for nominations then and we don’t support it now. Money alone does not spell the suitability of the candidate and additionally our economy in no way supports the high nomination fees. Our view is that this is a bad and retrogressive requirement and must be reversed,” said Mumba.

The EU made the proposals while offering to help Zambia implement the recommendations of its Election Observation Mission.

Chief observer Maria Arena said the requirement for people wishing to contest elections to hold a Grade 12 certificate was limiting and contrary to Zambia’s commitment.

Arena also stressed the need for the repealing of the public order Act (POA).

She said POA had been selectively applied to restrict freedom of assembly, movement, and expression contrary to international standards.

Source: The Mast

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