Opposition United Party for National Development, UPND, has disassociated itself from the Zambia Centre for Inter-Party Dialogue ZCID’s roadmap as published in the post newspaper of July 16, 2007.
UPND chairperson for information and publicity Charles Kakoma said the Zambia ZCID
committed the UPND to a programme andÂ roadmap without consulting the party
Mr Kakoma said the UPND’s official position on the constitution reform process is
to support the adoption of the constitution through a Constitutional Conference
based on the understanding that theÂ ConstitutionalÂ Conference will function as
the Constituent Assembly.
He said the UPND does notÂ therefore agree with the ZCID’s position that the
Constitution Conference is different from the Constituent Assembly.
Mr Kakoma noted that there was no roadmap which was discussed and agreedÂ upon at
the summit ofÂ political party presidents recently.
He said the only agreement reached during the party presidents summit was to the
effect that government presents a Constitutional Conference Bill to parliament .
The UPND spokesperson said the issues of the roadmap and contents of the draft
constitution were supposed to to be referred to various political parties for
scrutiny before the areÂ presented toÂ the second summit of party presidents.
Mr Kakoma further said UPND is opposed to piecemeal amendments of the constitution
as suggested in the ZCID roadmap.
This is contained in a statementÂ received by Zanis in Lusaka today
Mr Kakoma further said the UPND’s position is that the contents of the new
constitution should be agreed uponÂ and adopted by the Constitutional Conferenc, and
later be subjected to a National ReferendumÂ before presentation to parliament for
enactment in total.
Mr KakomaÂ said the party is opposed to the amendment of the constitution because
that is what has been done to the constitution reviewsÂ since independence
resulting in the current constitution that is not acceptable to the majority of
Zambians in aÂ multi party democratic dispensation .
HeÂ said theÂ Constitutional Conference Bill should be publishedÂ and distributed
to all stakeholders including ZCID, political partiesÂ and Oasis Forum who should
agree on its content ,before it is presented to parliament.
Mr.Kakoma said the party does not agree with ZCID ‘s programmes of sensitising
people countrywide before the contents of the proposed Constitutional Conference
Bill are known and agreed upon.
He said his party is committed to an inclusive constitution making process that is
accepted to all stakeholders.
Mr Kakoma however assured that the UPND will continue to participate in the ZCID
activities current happenings nowithstanding.