Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) should continue mounting pressure on government to release the final draft constitution so that the country could have a new constitution before 2016, Zambian Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali has said.
Tayali said MPs should continue chanting for the new constitution in the House because President Michael Sata and the PF had refused to listen to the demands of Zambians to have the new constitution.
“As at now, the view that the PF government would deliver a people-driven constitution was off the mark because President Sata’s statements on the document were clear. Therefore, the MPs should use Parliament sessions to continue demonstrating until the document released. Zambians have placed their hopes in the opposition MPs to ensure that the constitution is enacted. The MPs should not stop calling for the new constitution because Zambians believe that, through them the document will be released,” Tayali said.
He said the MPs should continue with their demonstrations until President Sata succumbed to their demands for the quick enactment of the new constitution through the constitution to the owner and the Zambian people had a people driven constitution.
Tayali said the ruling party should swallow its pride and admit the mistakes they had made in handling the issue of the constitution.
He said the PF should avoid acrimony and antagonism in the constitution making processbecause Zambians would judge them harshly in the next general elections.
“What government should realise is that, from parliament, the demonstration would go in the streets which would cause chaos in country and the country would easily nbecaome ungovernable. President Sata would be held accountable if the country would be thrown in chaos because of the inability by government to honour its pledge and deliver the new constitution that hhas met the aspirations of citizens,” Tayali said.
Tayali said government had an opportunity to win the trust of Zambians if it could deliver the constitution.
“If this matter is not sorted out soon and if it resulted to people losing lives, the Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba would have to face arrest for causing the death of citizens. If the issue of the constitution is not dealt reasonably, it would bring chaos which might result in the loss of life,” Tayali said.