The Foundation for Democratic Process FODEP says speculations on whether president Michael Sata properly hand over power before living for Israel vindicates stakeholders calling for the new constitution as such speculations will never arise with a running mate clause included in the new draft constitution.
Speaking in an interview FODEP Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi said the drama that has engulfed the appointment of acting president should compel Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba to quickly release the draft constitution and curtail such unnecessary speculations in the near feature.
Mr. Chipenzi said the new constitution is a clear cut answer to these confusion and legal speculations taking center stage in the country’s political arena.
“This is why we always say that a new constitution could be the answer to these legal jargon, legal confusion or legal speculations on how things should run in the country and we hope that honorable Kabimba who is holding on to the document should see the agency of releasing the draft constitution to the zambian people and push for its enactment,” said Mr. Chipenzi.
He noted that Mr. Kabimba has been caught up in a situation that he should have prevented by way of pushing for the enactment of the new constitution which would spell out ones functions without any one having to explain it to the public.
Mr. Chipenzi also said the country should move from having such debates to discussing developmental issues something he says will only happen once the country has a new constitution in place.
“He thought he was being clever by playing politics with the document like that but now he is caught up with legal jargon by the end of day. So had we done a good job with the document we wouldn’t be talking about this; tomorrow he might be the president of this country does he want us to be solving confusions everyday? The answer should be no! He should be concentrating on developmental issues rather than debating on how did you get the power because the law should be very clear that when the president is incapacitated this is what happens,” Mr. Chipenzi said.
He noted that the new constitution should address these loopholes in the law hence the need for Mr. Kabimba to release the draft document so that the country can no longer be subjected to speculations on important issues such as the recent debate on whether the president properly handed over the instruments of power before leaving for Israel.