President Levy Mwanawasa has urged all Zambians to ignore calls for mass demonstrations over the constitution because they have a selfish agenda that will not benefit the people..
Mr. Mwanawasa says Zambia will not solve its economic problems by people engaging in protests over enactment of the new constitution.
“It is surprising that some people are making useless demands over the constitution-making roadmap.
The Constitution roadmap will not feed the people.
The President says civic organisations inciting people to demonstrate have nothing to offer and are just wasting people’s time.
He has called on all Zambians to rally behind the government in its quest to move the country forward.
We haven’t refused that the constitution will be adopted through a Constituent Assembly. Very soon we will be starting the process,” Mr Mwanawasa said.
Mr Mwanawasa appealed to Zambians to rally behind Government so that the country could get out of the current difficult economic situation.
“We will not get out of the economic quagmire through demonstrations.
The small and useless demonstrations are only good for their nuisance value,” the President said.
The President said this yesterday when he commissioned the Lusaka-Mongu road at a ceremony held at a place called Situmbeko, some 65 kilometres west of Lusaka.
Meanwhile Copperbelt Province Minister Mwansa Mbulakulima has called on the Constitution Coalition 2008, an organisation championing the enactment of the constitution by 2008 to re-examine itself, as it was irrelevant to the people.
Mr Mbulakulima said Coalition 2008 should stop misleading the people because it was of no use to the cause of the Copperbelt.
He said their failed rally in Kitwe demonstrated that it was irrelevant
to the people on the Copperbelt and the nation as whole.
Mr Mbulakulima said in a statement in Ndola yesterday that it was not the
first time their rally had failed to attract people.
He said Government commended the people of the Copperbelt for shunning the rally because it did not promote any development.
He said such rallies must continuously be shunned because they were up
to no good.
“Every time they have called for a rally it has always been a flop,” he said.
He said it was a pity that they were blaming the police and yet the
same police had always granted them permits every time they asked.
He said Government has made a commitment to complete this process before the next elections.