INFORMATION and broadcasting services Minister Mwansa Kapeya notes that Government has observed with dismay at opposition Heritage party leader Brig-General Godfrey Miyanda’s growing appetite for cheap publicity by issuing inflated and misleading statements which he cannot substantiate.
He was reacting to a press statement issued recently by Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda.
In reaction Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting services Mwansa Kapeya said Government has observed with dismay, opposition Heritage party leader Brig-General Godfrey Miyanda’s growing appetite for cheap publicity by issuing inflated and misleading statements which he cannot substantiate.
“His allegation that the ongoing constitution review process is illegal and a waste of money is a case in point, the utterances are unfounded and uncharacteristic of a man who once held a high position of responsibility as Republican Vice President which demands a high level of integrity and honesty in dealing with serious national issues,Contrary to Gen. Miyanda’s assertions, the current Constitution Review Process is a build-up on the previous but futile attempts by the MMD Government when they were in office,”Kapeya said
He In constituting the Technical Committee Drafting the Zambian Constitution, President Michael Sata acted within the powers vested in him by the laws of Zambia, in particular, Articles 33 and 44 of the Republican Constitution.
“There is no basis whatsoever that in appointing the Technical Committee Drafting the Zambian Constitution, the Republican Constitution or any other law was breached, the absence of a piece of legislation, especially designed to deal with the aspects of the constitutional reform being undertaken under the auspices of the Technical Committee Drafting the Zambian Constitution, does not in any way subtract from the legality and constitutionality of the ongoing constitution review process.”
“We challenge Gen. Miyanda to specify any illegality in the ongoing Constitution Review Process and how the absence of a legal framework, as he alleges, will hamper the successful delivery of a new Zambia Constitution, Unlike the previous Governments, the Patriotic Front Government has demonstrated its utmost commitment to a people driven Constitution as evidenced by the process so far which has been highly transparent and participatory by the people of Zambia from all walks of life” said Kapeya.
Kapeya said Gen. Miyanda and his Chairperson for Mobilization Godfrey Milambo, are delegates at the ongoing National Convention on the new Republican Constitution at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre, It was therefore an act of extreme dishonesty and hypocrisy for Gen. Miyanda to play to the gallery by pretending to condemn the ongoing Constitution Review Process in which he is a participant.
“Looking at the number of participants and the diverse sectors they represent ranging from youth and women organizations, students, traditional leaders, academia, the clergy, the labor movement, civil society, civil servants to political actors and other stakeholders from all corners of Zambia, Government is confident that the product that will come out of the ongoing National Convention on drafting the new republican Constitution, will meet the aspirations of the Zambian people,” he said.
He said Government further restates its commitment to delivering a people-driven Constitution and will not be swayed by undue and unwarranted criticism.