Non-Governmental Coordinating Council (NGOCC) board secretary Grace Manyonga says stakeholders are panicking with the continued existence of the technical committee which was appointed to draft the country’s constitution.
Ms Manyonga questioned the technical committee’s continued existence when they have completed their work.
She explained that the terms of reference were that once they completed with drafting the constitution they hand over the document to both the president and the public but wondered why they have continued to exist when their job is done.
She said the committee should hand over the document to the executive and the public and be disbanded as their continued existence is a cost to the tax payers and that their work was completed 4 months ago.
“We are panicking because immediately the technical committee completed its work of drafting the constitution it should have been released to all of us so why are they keeping it for 4 months? This is were the panic is “.
“Our fear is, are they doctoring it? Because this document we all subscribe to it through the various process so yes we are panicking and we are fearful”.
She further wondered were government officials had seen certain closes in the draft constitution which they have been commenting on when the document has not been released yet.
“We are hearing conflicting statements from the party in government that they don’t want certain things that are contained in the draft constitution which makes one wonder if the have received the document”.
Meanwhile Ms Manyonga called on the public to take keen interest in the affairs of the country and ensure that people running the country account for their actions.
She said people should not only vote and forget about providing the necessary checks and balances to the party in office.
“It is not enough for people to just vote every 5 years and forget about their responsibility of ensuring that the people they put in office account for their decisions and promises, there is need for everyone of us to ensure that these people deliver on their promises, its our social responsibility”. Ms Manyonga said
She further reiterated that stakeholders will use every channel and platform available to demand for the constitution as long as they will not be causing anarchy.
And political activist Dante Saunders said the fight for the release of the constitution is for everyone in the country.
He said Civil Society Organizations, Churches and other stakeholders can only help in directing how the public should go about the process of demanding for the constitution but the fight was for every Zambian to participate in as the document belongs to them.
He said waiting for document to be released by government is a waste of time as the PF are determined to continue ignoring the demands of the people as can be concluded from the statements that senior party and government officials have been making.
“We call on everyone to participate in this crusade because without people’s participation Dante Saunders, the NGOs, the Churches, we are wasting our time” Mr Saunders said.
And Mr Saunders said he will never see eye to eye with republican president Michael Sata due to the many broken promises that the president made to the people.
He said he campaigned for president Sata during the 2011 election campaigns because he believed that president Sata would give the people the constitution once elected into office but like many others was deceived.
Mr Saunders further advised the PF not to be delusional in thinking that the people are not ready to have their constitution.
He said people do not need the PF to give them their constitution because they don’t need permission from anyone to give themselves a document that will ensure that everyone is protected.
The duo said this when they featured on Muvi TV’s the Assignment program on Sunday.