The sixteen opposition political parties that boycotted the Southern Africa Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) constitution Indaba have written to President Michael Sata reminding him about the inter-party dialogue on the constitution making process that has since stalled.
In a letter dated April 30th 2014 and signed by Alliance for DemocraCY AND Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi, the opposition political parties have asked President Sata to urgently convene an inter-party meeting to discuss the constitution making process impasse.
Mr Mulupi said that the opposition political parties had earlier written to President Sata requesting that the Head of State should consider granting them a meeting on the issue of the constitution making process.
He said the opposition political parties had wanted among other issues to be discussed, the facilitation by President Sata of the simultaneous release of the final draft constitution to all stakeholders.
The opposition political parties also asked President Sata to have on the agenda of the dialogue meeting the constitution road map that would lead to the adoption of the new constitution through a referendum and the subsequent enactment of the constitution through an Act of Parliament.
Mr Milupi said the opposition political parties were of the view that President Sata would respond to them in the shortest possible time given the urgency of the matter.
He stated that the opposition political partiies found it expedient to remind President Sata about the urgency of the matter by writing him another leeter.
“On 16th April, 2014, we wrote to your office, Mr President, to grant a meeting with opposition political parties presidents on the issue of the constitution making process whose agenda included the facilitation of the simulteneous release of the final draft constitution to all stakeholders.
We also wanted the agenda of the meeting to include the road map leading to the adoption of the constitution through a referendum and the subsequent nenactment through an Act of Parliament.
We were of the view that you would respond to us in the shortest possible time given the urgency of the matter. Seeing that the shortest possible time has elapsed, we find it expedient to remind you about the same.
We enclose a photocopy of the said letter,” Mr Milupi said.