MMD warns govt on its alleged tricks to delay new constitution

MMD cadres sing outside DEC offices

Opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba has warned that the opposition will not turn the Patriotic Front (PF) government loose if it is planning some tricks to further delay the current constitutional making process.

Dr. Mumba’s warning comes in the wake of the directive that the Ministry of Justice has written to the Technical Committee instructing them to print only 10 copies of the final draft constitution.

In an interview with Qfm, Dr. Mumba has charged that the PF government should not dare to do any tricks to delay constitutional making process further as the opposition will demand whatever it takes to ensure that current constitutional making process yields a new constitution for the country.

Dr. Mumba says although the process of coming up with the country’s new constitution has taken two years instead of the earlier pronounced 90 days, it is important that the country still have a new constitution now.

Dr. Mumba says this why the Ministry of Justice should lay off its hands from the work of the Technical Committee as the committee’s mandate is under terms of reference.

Dr. Mumba says the Technical Committee is supposed to be guided by the terms of reference and that the continuous interference and delay in the constitutional making process has continued to be the major frustration on the part of many people in the country.

Dr. Mumba says the Ministry of Justice is supposed to cooperate with the Technical Committee and give them the directive that is within the terms of reference to hand over the final draft constitution to the Head of State and the public simultaneously.

He says this is in order to avoid manipulation of the document by the Executive.