The dangers of an elected Mornarch. The Zambian Presidency, its scope and limit

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Mwape, Kaira
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The problem of Presidential power in Zambia is one that has occupied the minds of many scholars. From Professors of Law, those of politics, politicians to the ordinary Zambian citizen. Forty-one years after independence, the problem of excessive Presidential power has not yet been resolved. Four constitutional changes have occurred all changing and strengthening certain institutions. However, it is old that one institution or organ has remained untouched, the executive and the powers that flow from this organ.This, however, is not surprising because all such constitutional reforms have been tailored to suit the leader in power. The constitution vests enormous power in the President, most of these to be exercised solely by him. This essay attempts to discuss Presidential power in Zambia, to try and define its scope, nature and limits. It will be observed that the extent of Presidential power goes beyond provision of the constitutions alone. The political system of the country that fuses into the legal regime also contributes to the excessive powers. The connection between the party and those elected to the National Assembly and the President's dominant influence over party affairs increases his influence in Parliament. Thus, over time this President elected by the People may well turn out to be a tyrant, an elected monarch, who may use his enormous power to violate basic constitutional and democratic principles. He may further use such power to his advantage and suppress his political opponents, at times, to the extent of violating basic rights and freedoms.
Executive Powers , Presidents-Zambia