GREEN Party president Peter Sinkamba has urged the public media not to be selective in its coverage ahead of the 2016 general elections, but to ensure that it attends all campaigns rallies of the opposition parties taking party in this year’s elections.
And Mr Sinkamba has charged that the new Constitution which President Edgar Lungu assented to recently was ‘‘naked’’ because it did not include the Bill of Rights. Speaking yesterday in Kitwe when he held a press briefing at his party’s office at Afcom House, Mr Sinkamba said the public media is owned by all Zambians and it should cover campaign rallies of every political party participating in the 2016 elections.
He said public media institutions like Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail should serve all Zambians.
“As we head towards 2016 elections, various political parties participating in the 2016 elections will be carrying out campaigns to sell their party manifestos. We expect the public media not to be selective in its coverage, but to cover all the campaign rallies of the political parties participating in the elections.
“ZNBC, Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail are public media institutions which should cover every political party. We don’t want to see a situation which we saw during the Presidential by-election where the public media was only covering the ruling party,” Mr Sinkamba said.
The Green Party president, who has been advocating for the legalizing of marijuana, said the current Constitution had left out the important issues like the Bill of Rights which were important to every Zambian.
“The right to education, good health and justice are some of the important things which should be contained in the Constitution, but the PF government has left out these issues.
“Yes, the 50 +1 may be a good clause, but if you vote and your candidate wins an election, what follows next? You go back to wallow in poverty and hunger. As Green Party, we want rights for citizens which would improve people’s lives,” he said.
He said he would soon launch the “Referendum 2016 Vote Yes” campaign where he would transverse the country explaining the importance of the referendum in making a people-driven Constitution.