Republican President Edgar Lungu has been called upon to give a clear roadmap on the constitution making process as he opens Parliament on September 18.
Some stakeholders talked to by QFM News feel this is a golden opportunity for President Lungu to tell the nation how the country will come up with a new constitution either before or after the 2016 polls.
Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi says the country is in the dark with regards the constitution making process.
He says this is the opportunity for the Head of State to clearly state how his government will come up with a new constitution.
Mr. Chipenzi says President Lungu should tell the nation through Parliament what will happen if the constitutional bills taken to Parliament fail to go through.
And Political Activist Dante Saunders says President Lungu should tell Parliament how he will address all the challenges the country is going through and not make mere political pronouncements.
Mr. Saunders says President Lungu should also tell the nation through Parliament how he will address the high fuel prices, load shedding, high cost of living, the depreciation of the Kwacha against major currencies and other challenges facing the country.
Meanwhile, FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza feels it’s high time President Lungu inspired confidence in the minds of Zambians by coming up with a legal framework that will explain how the constitution making process will be concluded.
Mr. Mwanza states that Parliament cannot be trusted to deliver a new constitution.
He says people have lost confidence in Parliamentarians and thus the need for the Head of State to state clearly how the country will come up with a new constitution.