The Grand Coalition for People- Driven Constitution says information that government has secretly drafted a constitution bill with intentions to ignore the demands by the masses on the enactment of the constitution is alarming.
Speaking at a media briefing to Grand Coalition Chairperson Fr. Leonard Chiti said the coalition is alarmed that there is a draft bill titled “the constitution of Zambia Bill, 2014 for the enactment of the of the new constitution”
Fr. Chiti said the secrecy surrounding the Bill seems to suggest that the country is moving towards the enactment of the new constitution without a referendum as there is no mention of the referendum in the said Bill.
He explained that the Coalition enacting the Constitution through a Bill is tantamount leaving the destiny of the entire nation to a few politicians who might manipulate the document as they are always serving their own interest.
Fr. Chiti who lamented the lost opportunities and resources which has gone towards the same process, said the current process should be protected all Zambians and that the public should be allowed to choose its own destiny by enacting the document through a referendum.
And Fr. Chiti has challenged the PF to show their commitment towards delivering a people driven constitution by enacting a legal frame work which will protect constitution making process from interferences.
He added that in the interest of transparency and accountability the Coalition will continue to call on Presidential candidates who have not yet signed the social contracts to do so because the contracts binds whoever gets to plot 1 to deliver a people-driven constitution in a manner outlined to avoid any uncertainties.
Fr. Chiti was flanked by NGOCC Board Chair who is also the his vice and LAZ Vice President Linda Kasonde among other coalition members.