Constitution under threat -Fr Bwalya

The government is scheming to butcher the popular will of the Zambian people by deliberately creating confusion in the constitutional making process, Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) president Frank Bwalya has observed.
Father Bwalya has charged that his party was aware that the stand-off between the technical committee drafting the new constitution and PF government was part of the scheme to create confusion and lay ground for butchering the will of the people in the new constitution.
He has stated that tempering with the constitution making process by the PF government would be an act of the proverbial adage of driving the final nail into their political coffin.
Fr Bwalya said the PF government had realized that progressive clauses such as the 50+1 percent for a presidential winner and the presidential running mate which have been included in the first draft would work against them.
Fr Bwalya told the Daily Nation that government was deliberately procrastinating on the constitution making process because it was looking for a way out to cheat Zambians.
He explained that the confusion had been created so that under the cover of the current constitution, government could manipulate the process and throw out all the progressive and good submissions the citizens had made to be included in the new constitution.
Fr Bwalya has warned that the PF government would soon be shown a red card if they arrogantly refused to respect the will of the people by manipulating the process and failed to deliver a peoples’ driven constitution.
“As Alliance for a Better Zambia, we know that the stand-off between the technical committee drafting the new constitution and the PF led government is part of the scheme to create confusion and lay ground for butchering the will of the people in the new constitution.
The PF government has realized that progressive clauses that were included in the first draft constitution would work against them and they are now looking for the way out. Against this background, we are reminding the PF government that the red card is awaiting them.” Fr Bwalya said.
He said the PF was an arrogant government that was not listening to advice and views of other citizens.
He stated that the PF with its arrogance had failed to read the political mood in the country adding the government had even failed to realize that the people had changed.
Fr Bwalya said the people of Zambia had become more enlightened than two years ago and that they were appreciating the value of making governments accountable. “… And the constitution is one issue that over which this PF government will be made accountable when the time comes,” Fr Bwalya said.
Uncertainty has engulfed the constitution making process because of the absence of a legal framework to protect the process and following the lapse of the June 30th 2013 deadline imposed by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba that the technical committee should have completed its work and hand over the document to government. The technical committee is said to have defied Mr Kabimba’s order to hand over the document because they did not want to give Zambians a document was incomplete after a lot of money had been lost in the process.

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