Political activist Dante Saunders says he does not believe that the dismissal of Wynter Kabimba as Justice Minister means that the enactment of a new constitution is now in sight.
Mr. Saunders says this is because Mr. Kabimba was not the only obstacle to giving the people of Zambia a new constitution, but that it is a collective responsibility of the entire Cabinet to fulfill the promise of giving the Zambian people a new constitution.
Mr Saunders has told Qfm news that it is for this reason that he thinks the meeting which Justice Minister Edgar Lungu is expected to hold with the Grand Coalition this week is only another smokescreen of wanting to delay the constitution making process further.
He says the only way the PF government will make the people of Zambia believe that they will stick to their promise of delivering a new constitution is by allowing people to start debating the Mung’omba Constitution Review Commission recommendations.
Mr Saunder says this is especially that government has not up to now unveiled the final draft constitution to the public which the Technical Committee was working on.
Mr. Saunders has further suggested the need to give more powers to institutions such as the Police, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) even before the new constitution is enacted.
He says these institutions and other public institutions such as the Office of Auditor General and the Judiciary are supposed to be constitutionalized in such way that the republican President is not the appointing authority of the presiding office bearers.
And Mr. Saunders has reminded President Michael Sata to be mindful that he is President for all Zambians and not only members of the ruling PF as he governs the country.
He says now that the President has shown to the nation that he is well and working by taking part in the ruling party’s campaigns for the forthcoming by-elections, what people expect from him is to deliver on the promises he made to the people of Zambia as well as bring an end to corruption in the country.
( Tuesday 09th September 2014 )