Some Non – Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have maintained their stance to boycott the National Constitution Conference (NCC) citing among other reasons their mistrust of Parliament in enacting the constitution.
The Non Governmental Organisation Coordinating Conference (NGOCC)Â Â Representative Emily Sikazwe stated that past experience has shown that ParliamentÂ Â has jurisdiction to alter what people have proposed.
Speaking on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) National Watch
programme monitored by ZANIS, Ms. Sikazwe stressed that through various laws that
Members ofÂ Parliament (MPP) have enacted against the will of the people have
indicated ofÂ what the MPs are capable of doing.
She stressed that the women movement would only participate if government aggress to take on board the social economical rights as reflected in theÂ Mun’gomba ConstitutionÂ Review Commission (CRC).
Ms. Sikazwe statedÂ by government refusing to consider the economic social aspects,
it wasÂ neglectingÂ the core values of the poor children and women whose
Transparency International Zambia (ITZ) President Reuben Lifuka stated thatÂ NGOs
were not comfortableÂ with the composition of the NCC , which he saidÂ was dominated
by Political parties.
He also expressed surprise that government has now agreed to piece meal amendments
of the constitution which it had refused to undertake before the 2006 tripartite
But Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ) Rev. David Masupa appealed to theÂ civil
society not to pull out saying they are safe guards measures which haveÂ been put in
place to ensure thatÂ the process is conducted professionally.
Finance and National planning minister ruled out fears that government would not
take on board the social economic aspect.
HeÂ pointed out thatÂ part six of the draft constitution deals with bill ofÂ rights
which would be among components to be discussed by the NCC.
He however said it would not be right for people not to have confidence in
parliament because the house was mandated to enact laws.
Lusaka Laywer Chifumu Banda said all participates will be given chance to discuss
the whole report and the Mun’gomba Draft Constitution.