Scheme to deceive and deny Zambians a people-driven constitution – Fr.Cleophas Lungu

Fr.Cleophas Lungu
A Grand Coalition consisting of Civil Society Organizations, church mother bodies, opposition political parties and senior citizens has demanded the immediate release of final draft constitution.

Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka this morning, Grand Coalition Spokesperson, Fr.Cleophas Lungu says it’s now clear that there is a premeditated scheme to deceive and deny Zambians a people-driven constitution because of the serious disconnect between all promises that the PF has been making since 2011.

Fr. Lungu says the people now understand why the PF refused to bring to parliament a legislative bill to protect the process and content of the draft constitution.

Fr. Lungu, who is also Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) Secretary General, has appealed to all stakeholders to take a clear message across the ten provinces of the country in mobilizing people in demanding for a people-driven constitution.

He has since urged Zambians from all walks of life to walk in solidarity with one another and stop President Michael Sata and his PF government from abusing public trust and goodwill.

Speaking at the same event, UPND Parliamentary Chief Whip, Garry Nkombo, says the coalition will exert necessary pressure on the PF government to ensure that they give the people of Zambia what they want.

Mr. Nkombo says it is not necessary to use machetes in pushing for an agenda as seen from PF cadres, but that the coalition will use methods that will see to it that the constitution is released now.

Responding to a question on what the coalition will do if their needs are not met, Lusaka based Political Activist, Dante Saunders, says President Sata has no right whatsoever to deny the people their right to have a constitution that meets their aspirations.

Mr. Saunders says the content of the constitution reflects the will of the people, and that people should not allow President Sata to deny them the constitution which has gobbled so much money.