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Zambia: Constitution-making process hijacked, says Zambian President

Lusaka, Zambia - Zambian President Michael Sata says it is unfortunate that the constitution-making process has been hijacked by individuals whose objective is to embarrass, humiliate and politically undermine the sovereign will of the masses.

President Sata said Wednesday that the recent biased political manoeuvres surrounding the process confirm the ill-intentions of the persons at the helm of this misplaced crusade.

“Right from the start, this government has been dedicated to the process, no wonder the committee handling the matter was left without any interference. But it’s clear that the well intended process has been hijacked to embarrass, humiliate and politically undermine the will and interest of the majority of Zambians,” President Sata said in a statement released by State House. 

“Thus, as elected representatives and custodians of the Zambian people’s interests, we feel duty bound to protect the masses from those that have hijacked this noble process. We contend that with the current political schemes and ill-intentions, it will be highly irresponsible for us as people’s representatives to authorise the release of this document before it goes through Cabinet.”

He said the country already has a functional constitution and the state will not be pushed into fast and reckless conclusions by individuals with dubious agendas.

On Saturday, a prayer meeting attended by political party leaders, civil society groupings and church leaders, among others was held to press government to deliver a new constitution.

Political party leaders, civil society groupings, church leaders, the student movement and ordinary citizens joined hands in prayer, song and dance calling on the PF government to release the final draft constitution.

And the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) on Wednesday said there is no reason why the final report on the constitution and the final draft constitution cannot be released to the public immediately in the interests of transparency and accountability to the Zambian people.

LAZ president James Banda said in a statement that the association is concerned that a simple matter of printing and distributing the final draft constitution to the people of Zambia has suddenly become a complicated and contentious venture.

Pana 08/01/2014