HH demands release of draft constitution
Kitwe, August 6, 2014, ZANIS… Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Leader Hakainde Hichilema has demanded that government should immediately release the draft constitution before there can be any meeting over its roadmap.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kitwe today, Mr Hichilema said the opposition parties and members of the public can only dialogue with government on the constitution making process based on the contents of the draft constitution.
Mr Hichilema was reacting to a statement made by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba during a ZNBC ‘Sunday Interview ‘ programme that government was now ready to dialogue with the opposition on the constitution making process.
Mr Hichilema said at the moment Zambians cannot dialogue because they do not know the contents of the document.
He added that in an event that government is genuinely willing to dialogue on the process, there was need to avail the contents to the public and also to give the process a legal backing that will protect it from manipulation by anyone which he said was currently lacking.
The UPND leader also noted that there was need to put a time frame to the process so that it is done within a specified period.
And Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) president Father Frank Bwalya said there was no need for any dialogue or meeting between government and the opposition on the constitution making process.
Father Bwalya said this is because the Zambian people have already spoken and expressed their views on the constitution through the stakeholders meetings that have been previously held on the process.
The ABZ Leader said the only thing remaining was for government to release the draft constitution and enact a constitution that reflects the aspirations of the Zambian people.