CSOs rile AVAP

 

it is ‘‘utter nonsense’’ for some civil society organization (CSO) to advise Government to put up a technical committee to look at the issue of Referendum when the exercise had just flopped less than a month ago. Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) Copperbelt coordinator Poster Jumbe has said.

Mr Jumbe said it was sad that some CSOs who had taken a partisan stance and were de-campaigning the 2016 referendum were now advising the Government to put up a technical committee to look at the issue of the failed Referendum.

The Copperbelt AVAP chief said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the CSOs and political parties who were misleading people on the referendum on the Bill of Rights should not call for a technical committee to look at the issue but should celebrate at its failure because they have achieved their goal.

“Calls by CSOs that Government should put up a technical committee to look at the issue of the referendum do not make sense because the referendum on the Bill of Rights had just flopped less than a month ago.

“So if our donors hear that after a failed referendum, we want another referendum, what are they going to think of us? They think we are not serious people. They will think we are jokers.

“The same CSOs where they when political parties were misleading the public about the referendum on the Bill of Rights? Where were they when political parties were de-campaigning the referendum? We expected them to sensitize the people, but they were quiet,” Mr Jumbe said.

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