The Young African Leaders Initiative has revealed that it will lobby the international community to exert pressure on the PF government to produce a people driven constitution.
YALI President, Andrew Ntewewe says the Zambian government has betrayed its own promise made to the international community when it went to lobby for financial support to allow people participation in the constitution making process.
Mr. Ntewewe has charged that the Constitution reform Process is slowly turning into a national crisis and causing serious divisions among Zambians because of government’s failure to listen to people concerns.
“The option remains for us to petition the international community to intervene on this issue because the PF government was clear when it went to the international community to seek funds for the constitution making process, they promised that there will guarantee the full participation of citizens, they also promised that they will ensure prudent utilization of funds for this process,” Mr Ntewewe said.
He added, “The international community was very generous, they heavily supported our efforts to have a people driven constitution and now the government seems to be back tracking on that promise and this is the reason we want the international community to come in and tell this government what the right thing to do is.”
“We have information that the Justice Minister intends to set up a ten-man committee that will review the work done by the technical committee. We are also aware that these are just one of the many maneuvers aimed at delaying the enactment of a people driven constitution.”
He has since reiterated his call on President Michael Sata to immediately give direction to the technical committee on the constitution making process to avoid further delays.
He said, “We therefore demand that President Sata addresses the nation and gives direction to the technical committee on the way forward. This issue of constitution reforms is a very delicate one which requires full commitment, if not well handled, this issue has the potential to divide the nation and plunge this nation into chaos.