It is irresponsible and a betrayal to the people of Zambia for the Patriotic Front (PF) government to sabotage the constitution making process by failing to complete the process with the stipulated time on account of finance, special assistant to UPND Hakainde Hichilema, Douglas Syakalima has said.
The truth he said was that government was broke having exhausted their first budget because of unnecessary and unplanned expenditures.
Mr Syakalima has charged that it was hypocritical for PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba to say that government would not allow the Constitution making process to be extended to December when money was being spent on induced by-elections.
The constitution making process he said was critical and required funding rather than by-elections which seemed to find budgetary allocation at all times.
PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba announced that government has rejected a fresh proposal by the Technical Committee Drafting the Zambian Constitution to have a six months extension to the constitution making process saying allowing an extension would entail that a further KR44 million would be spent on the constitution building process through a supplementary budget.
Mr Syakalima said the PF government has had their priorities completely upside down and this had resulted into expenditures that have seen the country’s purse looted.
Mr Syakalima explained that the PF had spent colossal amount of money in useless by-elections with the desire to having the two-third majority in Parliament so that they could find it easy to defeat the same constitution they have refused to fund to its completion.
“While it is unfortunate that Government has refused to extend the constitution a making process as was requested by the technical committee drafting the constitution, what is clear is that this government is bankrupt. They have spent all the money on their induced by-elections and now they are hiding their recklessness by refusing to fund important programmes like the constitution. PF are a group of crooks who have plundered the nation’s purse and we do not believe that they are being sincere when they say that they do not want to continue spending money on the constitution making process,” Mr Syakalima said.
He said the national budget had burst and that government was now in a confused state where they did not know what to tell the people where the money from the treasury had disappeared to.