Retired veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga says Zambia’s failure to come up with a new constitution over a period of more than 11 years has turned the country into a laughingstock in the Southern African region.
Dr. Mwaanga says the process of coming up with a new constitution therefore requires more than just the momentum Justice Minister Edgar Lungu has given the process.
Dr. Mwaanga has told Qfm news in a telephone interview that he is also particularly disappointed that the President Michael Sata did not provide a clear roadmap in the constitution making process during the official opening of Parliament.
He notes the need to come up with very clear guidelines and a clear roadmap with regards which direction the constitution making process will take once the final draft constitution is made public and when the national constitution referendum will be held.
Dr. Mwaanga says this is in order that the Zambian people should know exactly what is going to happen particularly that these are issues they were promised by the Patriotic Front government.
He adds that it is important that these promises are fulfilled so that the current constitution making process can have a clear roadmap before the 2016 general elections.
Dr Mwaanga says his appeal, therefore, is that the Grand Coalition on the Demand for a People Driven Constitution and all political parties should continue engaging government through the Minister of Justice so that there is a clear way forward on the enactment of the country’s new constitution.
( Saturday 04th October 2014 )