The Citizens Forum and the Zambia Media Women Association (ZAMWA) have urged Zambians to demand for commitment on the National Constitution Conference (NCC) from each of the four presidential candidates in the forthcoming elections.
The commitment would aim at facilitating for the review of the NCC Act.
Citizens Forum Executive Secretary, Simon Kabanda, said the Act should be in conformity with the recommendations contained in the report of the Mung’omba Constitutional Review Commission.
This is why the social contract has been entered between the presidential candidates and the people of Zambia.
He said this at a press briefing in Lusaka toady.
Mr. Kabanda noted that it was clear that the people of Zambia opposed the increments in salaries and allowances for the constitutional office holders hence Acting President Rupiah Banda refused to sign them.
He said the forum delivered the social contracts to all four presidential aspirants and various responses have since been given.
Mr. Kabanda said United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema agreed to the terms of the social contract on the constitution making process and that of the salary increments.
He noted that the UPND leader has indicated that once he was voted into power, the constitution making process will be give only up to June 2009 to conclude its business.
The UPND leader and his party further indicated that a referendum would be made without any amendments to the constitution.
Mr. Kabanda further noted that Mr. Hichilema said even when he is elected into power, he will continue to oppose the salary increments for constitutional office holders by not signing the bills for that.
He noted that the Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata said he had not yet seen the social contracts forms that were delivered to his office.
Mr. Kabanda has since appealed to the PF leadership to avail the social contact forms to their presidential candidate before the 30th of October presidential elections.