THE Grand Coalition says it will not accept any partial amendment to the Constitution and has called on relevant stakeholders, especially parliamentarians, to stop the process before it is presented to the National Assembly.
Grand Coalition on the Constitution chairman, Fr Leonard Chiti said the utterances from the Government were clear that the administration was pursuing a path of partial amendment to the Constitution.
Fr Chiti said Government should reflect seriously on its commitment to the referendum on the constitution-making process.
He said currently there was a clear testimony that the Government was not committed to pursuing a referendum as the mode of adopting the Constitution.
“If the national referendum is on this year, the national budget only provides K29 million, this raises questions as to where resources will come from and also the commitment of Government to honour its promise of prioritizing the Constitution delivery process,” he said. Fr Chiti said the Government’s roadmap of appointing the referendum commission before the amendment to the referendum Act would create problems.
“We suggest that the appointment of the commissioners be done after the amendments to the Referendum Act to avoid challenges considering that it was not clear what would happen if anomalies were discovered in the current referendum Act with regard to the appointment of commissioners,” he said.
The Grand Coalition accused the Government of trying to prolong the enactment of a new Constitution under the guise of refining the process.
He said the Coalition shall continue to sensitize Zambians on the need for a Constitution before 2016.