Constitution making process a farce – TIZ

Lee Habasonda
Lee Habasonda
Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has observed that the constitution making process is slowly being reduced into nothing but a farce by senior Government officials.


TIZ President Lee Habasonda in a statement issued to QFM News says the current constitution review process lacks leadership.

Mr Habasonda states that the conduct and utterances of senior government officials on the constitution making process such as the Vice president is a clear demonstration of this.

Mr Habasonda laments that President Sata has insulated himself from this ensuing debate instead of stepping in and providing direction to the nation.

He adds that it is ironical that a Government that is calling for consensus and unity on the constitution is nonetheless actively involved in casting aspersions on the technical committee.

He says it is slowly becoming evident that the PF Government and its agents have adopted a strategy of maligning the Technical Committee in the vain hope that this will in turn bring doubt in the minds of the Zambian people on the suitability and appropriateness of the draft constitution prepared by the Technical Committee.

Mr Habasonda says it is only the Zambian people in their majority who can pass this judgment through a referendum and that it is for this reason that government is being called upon to immediately release the final draft constitution as well as the final report of the Technical Committee.

He has since urged the Government to focus its energies on preparing for the Referendum.