Retired veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga has said that Zambia’s failure to come up with a new constitution over a period of more than 11 years has turned the country into a laughingstock in the Southern African region.
Dr. Mwaanga said that the process of coming up with a new constitution requires more than just the momentum Justice Minister Edgar Lungu has given the process.
Dr. Mwaanga told Qfm news in a telephone interview that he was also particularly disappointed that the President Michael Sata did not provide a clear roadmap in the constitution making process during the official opening of Parliament.
He noted there is need to come up with very clear guidelines and a clear roadmap with regards which direction the constitution making process will take once the final draft constitution is made public and when the national constitution referendum will be held.
Dr. Mwaanga said it is important that the Zambian people should know exactly what is going to happen particularly that these are issues they were promised by the Patriotic Front government.
He added that it was important that these promises are fulfilled so that the current constitution making process can have a clear roadmap before the 2016 general elections.
Dr Mwaanga said that his appeal, therefore, is that the Grand Coalition on the Demand for a People Driven Constitution and all political parties should continue engaging government through the Minister of Justice so that there is a clear way forward on the enactment of the country’s new constitution.