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CSOs to hold mass demonstrations to press for Government to release the final draft Constitution

Time Posted: January 1, 2014 6:10 am
Technical Committee:TECHNICAL Committee on Drafting the Constitution spokesperson Ernest Mwansa speaking during a media briefing, as other members (from R to L) Patrick Mvunga, Reuben Lifuka, Suzanne Matale, Simon Kabanda, Chief Luchembe (third from left), Mwangala Zaloumis and Lubinda Aongola listen in

Technical Committee:TECHNICAL Committee on Drafting the Constitution
spokesperson Ernest Mwansa speaking during a media briefing, as other
members (from R to L) Patrick Mvunga, Reuben Lifuka, Suzanne Matale,
Simon Kabanda, Chief Luchembe (third from left), Mwangala Zaloumis and
Lubinda Aongola listen in

CIVIL Society Organisations (CSOs) have threatened to hold mass demonstrations to press for Government to release the final draft Constitution by tomorrow.

Speaking on behalf of the CSOs Judith Mulenga said stakeholders who included the church, student movement, human rights activists and the general citizenry accused the Patriotic Front (PF) government of being averse to values of transparency, participation and openness going by the manner it had handled the Constitution.

“We are disappointed and frustrated by the turn of events where the technical committee has been compelled and harassed into submitting the final draft of the Constitution to President Michael Sata alone, a clear deviation from the Terms of Reference that were developed by the State itself, we are going to mobilise stakeholders and gather at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross,” she said.

Ms Mulenga at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday appealed to President Sata to release the final Constitution.

They also demanded that a legal framework, clear road map and the matter of referendum be clearly stated and communicated to the Zambian people immediately.

The CSOs reminded Mr Sata to fulfill the promises he made to the people of Zambia to deliver a people driven Constitution within 90 days.

“Please President Sata give us a new Constitution as our deserved 50 anniversary gift saying anything contrary to this regarding the constitution would be an act of treachery, dishonest, insincerity and betrayal of the worst kind,” said Ms Mulenga.

Those that attended the meeting included, Non Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC), Action Aid, Foundation for Democratic Process, (FODEP), Oasis Forum, (SACCORD), Students activists, MMD and UPND officials.

Others were Operation Young Votes and Young African Leaders Initiative (Yali), People’s Party President Mike Mulongoti and political activist Dante Saunders.

THE Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution was on Monday expected to hand over the final draft Constitution to President Sata.

Addressing a press conference, Committee spokesperson Ernest Mwansa admitted that the Technical Committee had failed to simultaneously hand over the document to both members of the public and the President.

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    flag Gen says: Gen
    January 1, 2014 at 6:21 am |

    Threats don’t work. learn to negotiate

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      flag YAMI VISION 2030+ says: YAMI VISION 2030+
      January 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm |

      ACTION, ACTION needed we have talked enough.As Mao famously said, “a revolution is not a dinner party.” But if its leaders are as wise as Mandela, at the end of the day they can find a way for everyone to sit down at the same table and deliver the constitution. Its time to change the strategy, mobilise the people and resources and deliver what is rightly our own- Our Zambia, our constitution

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      flag Zamali says: Zamali
      January 1, 2014 at 8:08 pm |

      Negotiations can only work if we have a listening president. The president knows that in 2016 he will not stand for reelection, therefore he has nothing to lose. To him the constitution means himself. Let us just put everything in the good hands of the almighty God, we had Kaunda and Chiluba . Today is the day of Sata but for how long?

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    flag Chimbwi says: Chimbwi
    January 1, 2014 at 6:22 am |

    It is sad development that the ruling has continued breaching its promises it made in the 2011 run-up to elections. It is also time to pay tribute Chanda Chimba II who in no un compromising terms warned Zambians about putting Michael Chilufya Sata as a republican president. As Guy Scot once said it is difficult if not impossible to teach an old dog new tricks.

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    flag malcom marshal says: malcom marshal
    January 1, 2014 at 7:00 am |

    Waste of time. Looking for cheap publicity.

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    flag Dim Wit says: Dim Wit
    January 1, 2014 at 7:14 am |

    Zambians are not good when it comes to mass action!
    Too many cowards!
    What we need is to just impeach Sata and PF!
    Nothing good will come out of PF.
    Even the roads and other infrastructure they keep talking about are just substandard and will prove costly to maintain. These are also conduits for enriching self and friends.
    Sata did swear to uphold the constitution. He has now suspended the constitution and perverted justice in the land. What is the reasonable thing to do to such a president? Demand for the release of a doctored constitution or to have him impeached?

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    flag Albert Chinyama says: Albert Chinyama
    January 1, 2014 at 7:40 am |

    Bunch of time wasters. Exert your energies towards economic n food issues.

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    flag Never in my Era says: Never in my Era
    January 1, 2014 at 8:15 am |

    Please let us learn from Kenya. Sata does not know what we want but we know it ourselves . so let us get what we want through mass action. To those in areas where there are bye elections do not vote for PF because doing so is denying your self a constitution that will grantee you your rights including economic social rights . we have the power . Viva peoples power .

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    flag SEE says: SEE
    January 1, 2014 at 8:15 am |

    Time has come for President Sata to release the final draft Constitution. We the people of Zambia have appealed to President Sata, and the minister of Justice to release the final Constitution several times, but they have hardened their hearts – like that of King Pharaoh. MMD was in power for 20 years and failed to give us a new constitution. We SHALL NOT wait for the next government to give us a new constitution, PF will give us one. If the draft is not released this January, we have no option but we shall hold mass demonstrations throughout Zambia. We can no longer stand lies from PF government- 90 days, now is 2 years. Zambians stand for what is right. God has not given us a spirit of fear to demand what is right. No one will do it for us. Lets cry out to the LORD.

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    flag howsyak says: howsyak
    January 1, 2014 at 9:38 am |

    Its time to show that peolpe’s rights are not inflinged. That’s the best method to go as the whole country and region Wll hear.
    I will join you

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    flag mwlkala mushi says: mwlkala mushi
    January 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm |

    The hour has come to kick ass! I am in

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    flag kapuli wa ng'ongo says: kapuli wa ng'ongo
    January 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm |

    NGOCC key activity in their 1st quarter workplan is a demonstration over the release of the draft constitution the second activity will be a demonstration demanding the release of the Final Constitution.

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    flag Jungle boy says: Jungle boy
    January 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm |

    Go ahead CSOs

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    flag Tiyende Pamodzi says: Tiyende Pamodzi
    January 2, 2014 at 12:09 am |

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Sata became president in September 2011, since that year that year was already gone, we gave him 2012 to turn things around. 2012 came and went and things got worse. 2013 is now gone and things were at their worst. And we are hoping for a better 2014 under him? C’mon this man is incapable of changing anything for the better but for worse. He has antogonized everyone. Look western, eastern and southern provinces are on fire. Now he has even put matches to northen province. What next? Sata gave up ruling years ago, he just wants Zambia to go down with him. Whoever heard of a committee he chose himself go up against him like this, I mean the constitutional committee. Now even GBM has abandoned him. Sata needs to be stopped in 2014.

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    flag KK says: KK
    January 2, 2014 at 7:18 am |

    This is important and every well meaning Zambian must take part in the demonstrations. This president has gone too far. Zambia will soon be like Zimbabwe if we keep hoping for the better without demanding change.

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    flag sheep skin jacket says: sheep skin jacket
    January 2, 2014 at 10:56 am |

    The GRZ will no listen. Too many Ministers, PSs, Directors, Service Chief’s and their immediate junoirs six-deep have too much too lose. They will crush whatever protest with the utmost prejudice.

    Taxing NGO’s means taxing the people funding you. The people funding you are governments and they won’t want double taxation so they will refuse to fund. This will lead to reduction of funding and less CSO “Noise”.

    Also this action will play directly into the hands of the “anti – peoples constitution” gang. You NGOs will be so busy fighting for your lives in court and the streets that they will sneak the “ammended” constitution right by your faces. Just wait…

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