Zambians urged not to entertain pleas for time on constitution

Zambia draft Constitution
Opposition political parties have urged Zambians not to entertain pleas for time by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government to come up with a road map for the enactment of the new republican constitution.

UPND Deputy Spokesperson, Edwin Lifwekelo, has told QFM News that the PF have had over thirty months to come up with a constitution which they pledged to produce within ninety days of coming to power.

Mr. Lifwekelo recalls that when the ninety days elapsed, Government asked for more time which was granted because the Zambian people understood the value of the document, but that there is no basis for asking more time now.

He says it is clear that the PF are scared of the fifty plus one clause and having the powers of the president reduced.

Speaking in a separate interview, Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Spokesperson, Antonio Mwanza, says the plea for more time on the constitution is a non starter.

Mr. Mwanza says Zambians have been taken for granted by the PF over the constitution and now stand up to demand for their constitution.

And National Restoration Party (NAREP) National Secretary, Reverend Jevan Kamanga, says government has had enough time already to enact a new constitution.

Reverend Kamanga says the PF government should realize that the constitution belongs to the people of Zambia.