The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has expressed disappointment at what it termed as a confrontational and antagonistic behaviour by the Patriotic Front over the constitutional making process.
UPND Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Charles Kakoma said today that his
party was not happy with the PF vice president, Guy Scott’s remarks on the UPND’s
stance over the Constitution Conference.
In yesterday’s post newspaper, Dr. Scott is said to have insinuated that the UPND
has committed itself to the issue of the Consitution Conference without comprehensively studying it.
Mr. Kakoma said in a statement to ZANIS that the UPND was not supporting the
Constitutional Conference blindly.
“While we do not want to engage in unnecessary confrontations with the PF, we find
the outbursts attributed to the PF vice president, Guy Scott in the Post Newspaper
of July 11, 2007 on UPND and the constitution rather unfortunate. To suggest that
the UPND is blindly supporting the Constitutional Conference is wide off the mark,”
He alleged that the PF now wanted to be seen as one which was championing the
Constitution making process when it had condemned the UPND for demonstrating
demanding that the Constitution be enacted before 2006.
He said his party did not see any difference between the Constituent Assembly and
the Constitution Conference, adding that what was of interest to UPND was not the
semantics but the process, inclusiveness, objectives and the contents of the bill
Mr. Kakoma pointed out that the presentation of the Constitution Conference Bill to
Parliament would help speed up the Constitution making process because Parliament
would then have the given powers to the body adopt the Constitution.Â
“It is therefore sad that PF have engaged in some unnecessary confrontation. For us
as a party, we shall ensure that Zambians have a constitution that will stand the
test of time, a Constitution that will be adopted through a popular mode,” he