There will be no Patriotic Front in 2016 if President Michael Sata refuses to give Zambians a people driven constitution, says National Restoration Party president Elias Chipimo.
In an interview, Chipimo said that the refusal by the PF to give Zambians a constitution was as good as telling Zambians that they (PF) would not participate in the governance of the country in 2016 because the party was dead.
“We shall not allow the PF to drag its feet because the party is as good as dead. What President Sata has done by refusing to give the people a constitution as promised is telling Zambians that the PF will not run government again,” said Chipimo.
Chipimo said that the latest delaying tactics were nothing short of comical, adding that in any normal country such an admission would be immediately followed by a resignation from public office and an apology to the nation.
“The fact that nobody has been reshuffled or fired for losing such an important document confirms that this sorry and sad state of affairs has the full backing of the President who normally needs no prompting to fire civil servants.
“So we ask the question, why has no one been fired for losing such an important document? We ask: why has no one in the PF simply requested that new copies be printed?” asked Chipimo.
He said that it was sad that the PF would do everything within its power legitimately or illegitimately to prevent Zambians from ushering in a people driven constitution before the 2016 general elections.
Chipimo observed that the new lies by the PF suggesting that they wanted to prioritise development instead of the constitution would not help them because such undertakings depended much on a good constitution.
“They argue that people need roads, hospitals, clean water, schools and jobs before a new constitution can be enacted. What they fail to admit is that ordinary Zambians are lacking these things mainly because our current constitution gives too much power to politicians whose selfish aim is to retain power at any price. When politicians focus on enriching themselves, development suffers and so do the people,” said Chipimo.
Chipimo reminded President Sata that a new constitution was intended to give more power to the people through the establishment of provincial parliaments which would be more directly accountable to local communities in order to ensure that national development was not selective or based on the tribe of the President in power or the party that the Member of Parliament in an area belonged to.
“Developing our country should not be a lottery awarded only to those who happen to support the party in power. We are all Zambians and therefore we are all entitled to development. Only a new constitution can guarantee this, not the false promises of a heartless party.
“We urge all Zambians to do everything in their power to demand a people driven constitution that will reverse the years of incompetence that have seen the kwacha deteriorate to its lowest value in our nation’s history and that has forced ordinary Zambians to experience the chaos of panga-wielding PF cadres and illegal land grabbing without a single word of condemnation from our head of state, not even on his Facebook page. Let us collectively demand a new constitution with the unified cry: ‘‘No Constitution No PF’’ Chipimo said.
Meanwhile, Chipimo said that the probe against Kambwili by ACC was fake.
“We remain staunchly unimpressed by the PF’s purported fight against corruption following the decision by the Anti-Corruption Commission to probe Chishimba Kambwili for allegedly allowing his government ministry to spend money on congratulatory messages for his personal development.
“What the PF would like to present as a continuing example of its solid credentials in the fight against corruption is nothing more than the evidence of continuing wrangles and instability within their ranks,” said Chipimo.
He said that Zambians were yet to see any real demonstration of a commitment by the PF to fight corruption and given their track record so far, “we are unlikely to see any serious steps in the future.
The ACC should, by all means, probe Kambwili but Zambians should not be hoodwinked into thinking this showed commitment to the fight against corruption, but that the PF was prepared to fight perceived disloyalty at any cost.”