The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has reaffirmed pledged to stand alongside the civil society, the Church and the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) in the demand for a new constitution.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says it also for this reason that his party commends all opposition Members of Parliament for the bold step they are taking in mounting pressure on the Patriotic Front (PF) government to deliver a new constitution.
Speaking this morning at media briefing held in Lusaka Mr. Hichilema has also observed that as the head of the legislature, the Speaker’s leadership in Parliament is also desirous in the constitution debates to ensure that this debate that started about 50 years ago reaches a conclusive end.
Mr. Hichilema has also called on President Michael Sata to stop alleged executive interference in the Parliamentary debates as was observed when Police officers on Friday last week surrounded Parliament when the House has its own rules and procedure of regulating conduct of business.
And the UPND leader has further warned that if the Police deny its rights to demonstrate persistently at Parliament over the constitution, his party will be left with no option but to demonstrate without recourse from the Police.
Meanwhile UPND Deputy Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa has assured the Party President that he will convey the message to his fellow opposition members to carry on with their good behavior in parliament over the demand for the release of the constitution.