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People in rural areas are not interested in the constitution – Kambwili

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Kambwili Chishimba

Kambwili Chishimba

Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili says the people in rural areas are not interested in the new constitution that the opposition and NGOs are demanding.

Kambwili says the demand for a new constitution is just along the line of rail and hence risk failing if it is taken to a refrendium to enact the final draft of the constitution. He says it is against this background that the PF government is proposing to have the referandium together with the 2016 General elections.

“People in rural areas are not interested in the new constitution. They dont even understand the constitution in the first place. All they want is to know when they are going to get their farming inputs,” Kambwili explained.

He said the PF government would like to have all those articles that do not need a referandium to be taken to Parliament for enactment. He said this can be done now without waiting hold for a referandium which he says is costly.

Kambwili said the PF government is still committed to deliver a new constitution but was alive to the fact the country did not have enough resources hence it is pushing resources to most needy sectors. He said there was no constitution crisis and that government was functioning with the existing constitution.

The Government Spokesperson says Parliament was a true representative of the people of Zambia and would therefore be a best placed body to make the articles that needs changing before 2016 General election. He said the NGOs who are pushing for the new constitution did not have a mandidate of the Zambian people.

“NGOs do not have the mandidate of the Zambian people. Which people do they represent? Parliament is the only body with the mandidate. Decisions made in Parliament are bidding to the 150 MPs representing the 150 constituencies in the country, not only PF,” Kambwili explained.

Kambwili admitted that the PF had realised that running a government is not as easy as they thought when they were in opposition.

“Running government is not an easy thing. You don’t just work up and start a programme. You need money and it is misplaced of priority to take money to the referandium now which can be done next year together with elections,” Kambwili said.

Kambwili was speaking on Sunday Interview programme hosted by ZNBC Television.



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