THE Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has said Zambians need a people-driven constitution because it will serve the desire and aspirations of Zambians and will help to protect the poor from the exploitative rich people who want to grab everything from the poor.
JCTR Programme Officer-Faith and Justice Programme Kizito Chalwe said a people-driven constitution was key to poverty eradication because the majority of Zambians would speak out on various issues including how national resources should be shared equally.
The JCTR Programme Officer-Faith and Justice Programme were speaking on Friday in Kitwe at Havmore Restaurant during the workshop on land issues which was also attended by councilors from the Kitwe City Council (KCC).
“The current constitution does not protect the poor from the exploitative rich people who use their position to grab everything from the poor; hence we need a people-driven constitution that will protect the poor from the exploitative rich people who want to grab everything from the poor.
“Zambians need a people driven constitution because it will have the desires and aspirations of Zambians. We believe a constitution is key to poverty eradication and so the PF government should give Zambians a people driven constitution,” Chalwe said.
Chalwe appealed to the councilors at the workshop to ask President Michael Sata to tell the nation why he had shifted goal posts on the constitution after promising Zambians that he would give them a people driven constitution within 90 days.He said Zambians were calling for the people driven constitution from the PF government because it had promised to deliver the constitution, adding that a good constitution would help to address the various problems the country was facing.
“We all know that President Sata was in the forefront calling for the constitution. He even constituted a technical committee, but what has gone wrong with our President that he can shift goal posts on the constitution?If you councilors have an opportunity or chance, please as the President to tell the nation why he has shifted the goal posts on the constitution,” he saidHe said JCTR was also saddened by the growing propensity of the few rich people to own big pieces of land when the majority of Zambians had no land to settle on, and were called squatters.He said the World was not given to rich people only, but was given to everybody, but it was sad that only rich people owned big pieces of land.