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President Lungu will be haunted – NGO Boss Mwape

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Lewis Mwape

Lewis Mwape

The Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) says President Edgar Lungu will be haunted by the spirits of the majority Zambians if he fails to enact a people driven constitution through a referundium.

Lewis Mwape Executive Director at ZCSD says in a statement that people have spoken loudly through various constitution making processes that were provided in the past that they want a new constitution and not peacemeal amendments.

“His Excellence Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu must instead listen attentively to the Zambian people from where he drives the mandate to rule today by delivering a People Driven Constitution through the National Referendum. This is the only way the President can avoid being haunted by the spirits of the majority Zambians that have spoken loudly through various constitution making processes that were provided in the past.,” says Mwape.

 

Mwape says his organisation the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) is disappointed with the behavior by some political parties, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and individuals who he accuses of wanting to sabotage the constitution making process.

“These CSO and political party leaders must have some level of integrity even when their souls have been sold off to the devil,” Mwape charges.”We have observed that those in power enjoy a flawed constitution and perceives that it will enable them to hold on power and thus do not want to be tested by a good constitution, hence they are ready to do all they can to mislead the majority Zambians.”

He however says on the other hand some opposition political parties perceive that the enactment of the new constitution before 2016 is the simplest way they will grab power from the ruling party.

“We therefore call upon all Zambians to exercise the spirit of nationalism and selflessness in the constitution making process, where we must all stand aside and remove our special personal or group selfish interests and look at the constitution making process from different lenses and consider the greater good of the constitution as an ordinary citizen that will enjoy the rule of good laws when someday, somebody will not be a republican or party president, minister or party cadre,” says Mwape.

With this in mind, President Lungu has an opportunity to act above board and show his integrity by ignoring any loud voices from selfish party cadres and those whose voices have been bought; who now are calling for a peace meal enactment of the Constitution.

Mwape says the ZCSD no longer trusts Parliament which he says belongs to the executive. He says he believe that in the current constitution, Zambia no longer has the legislative wing of government since it now indirectly belongs to the executive, who might decide to ignore the majority voices in the name of parliamentary privileges.

“We appeal to all Zambians to reject any maneuvers by the government to enactment the constitution in piecemeal.
We demand for a people driven constitution in which the rights and entitlements of the people are clearly enshrined in order to fight poverty and inequality and to achieve meaningful development, above all,” Mwape says.

Mwape reminds Zambians not to forget political parties, individuals and Civil Society Organisations that have betrayed the popular public cause on the demand for a people driven constitution.

 

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