ZAMBIANS must put aside political affiliations and take a nationalist by turning out in numbers to witness the signing of the constitution amendment Bill by President Edgar Lungu, UPND Youth Coordinator Ephraim Shakafuswa.
He said today marked a very important day in the history of Zambia as the President would assent to the amended Constitution.
“It is important that we the people of Zambia must put aside our political affiliation and take a nationalist one by turning out in numbers to witness the signing of the constitution amendment bill by the Head of State,” Mr Shakafuswa said.
He said politics aside, President Lungu had fulfilled what all past presidents failed to achieve.
“In as much as it is not the constitution in full, but it is a step in the right direction like the proverbial ‘first step in a journey of 3,000 miles,” Mr Shakafuswa said.
He said the document was not a PF document but a document for Zambians hence the reason for sending it to a place where magnitude could witness its assent like was the case in Kenya.
Mr Shakafuswa said the constitution assent should be a pride of every Zambian as it represents 80 per cent of what the Zambian people wanted.
He said the move to assent to the document was a selfless act on the part of President Lungu as most of his loyalists had been put on the chopping board.
“As an advocate for a political mind set change for the youths in Zambia I am happy with the 50% +1 vote clause which will evidently remove regional voting blocs depending on whom one choses to be running mate,”
He said the youths were yet to see political leaders descending
from the pedestal to meet other leaders as equals in national development.
“As a nation we need to run away from the mentality where anyone from the opposition or ruling party must be perceived as an enemy,” he said.
Mr Shakafuswa said Zambians stood to win from the enactment of the constitution amendment Bill as they would no longer have unnecessary by-election.
“We are also assured of educated representatives of the people who will be able to articulate issues in Parliament,” Mr Shakafuswa said.