Govt is implicating itself over constitution – Tayali

Chilufya Tayali
Chilufya Tayali

The Zambian Voice has observed that Government is implicating itself and thereby attracting confrontation and criticisms with other stakeholders by suggesting ways and modalities under which the new constitution should be enacted.

Executive Director Chilufya Tayali says his organisation is startled that the Government has continued making statements on the Constitutional Making Process (CMP) instead of progressing by putting up an inclusive team to oversee the process.

Mr Tayali says Government must realize that the Constitution making process is a national agenda which should include all stakeholders along the way and at each stage.

He says Government must only facilitate and not to unilaterally or exclusively make suggestions in abyss, unless within a well-defined structure so that other citizens can debate appropriately on the process.

Mr Tayali states that it is therefore important that Government quickly appoints an inclusive and reasonable team of citizens’ representatives to start looking at the way forward on the Constitution making process.

He explains that this team should then sit and decide on issues like the roadmap, legal framework, time factor, budget and other related matters.

And Mr Tayali says his organisation notes with concern that there are people or groupings that want to claim monopoly on the Constitution making process by dictating how the new constitution must be enacted.

He has called upon all those claiming supremacy of knowledge to humble themselves and realize that there are many citizens out there who may have alternate views which must be taken on board.