Lawyer Sakwiba Sikota
Lawyer Sakwiba Sikota

Prominent Lusaka Lawyer Sakwiba Sikota says holding a referendum on the constitution before 2016 general elections is no feasible.

Mr. Sikota said an interview that lack of resources coupled with voter apathy recorded in recent elections makes it impossible for Zambia to hold the referendum any time before 2016.

He said the practical thing to do is to hold the referendum alongside the 2016 general elections as proposed by government.

‘The most logical thing to do is now the two processes together at the same time, that way we can save on time and money and ensure that they are both successful,’ he said.

Mr. Sikota has charged that those calling for the referendum to be held before the 2016 general elections are being unrealistic.

‘I think it is important that even those that are opposed to government proposed roadmap take time and reflect on what they are demanding for because i think they are not being realistic in their demands,’ he said.

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23 COMMENTS

    • The brown envelope Saki got from PF is dripping oil.

      By the way Bo Saki, which party are you voting for? Seeing that your one member party is nowhere to be seen, yet again to be heard on campaign arena.

      The “oil” from PF is making pandemonium. Its this same PF which was ululating of a people driven constitution in 90 days, & have lambently FAILED!

      PF is BANKRUPT whilst Kaizer is swiftly finishing the $200,000 dubiously facilitated by PF visionless BANDITS.

      So Bo Saki, the brown envelope will soon disintegrate. PF has failed the people & therefore, this is clear testimony that PF are pathological hypocrites & liars~BANDITS. Now Saki is shielding after receiving the olive oiled envelope. 5 years no constitution, crooked PF.

      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • Voters are apathetic because of the failure of the political parties to develop local and lasting relationships with their voters that transcend specific elections. Of course the voters do not trust politicians, because they know politicians will basically say what is necessary to get elected or to stay in office. If we truly wanted a referendum we could have had it a long time ago.

      Unfortunately, in the absence of efforts to build genuine political leadership that compete on the basis of ideas, you-know has reverted to tribal identities as foundations for political competition.
      Nobody knows this better than pf that has often exploited tribal loyalty to advance personal gain, parochial interests, patronage, and cronyism.

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    • UPND HAVE NOTHING TO DO. THEY JUST BARK LIKE DOG EVEN AT THEIR OWN SHADOWS JUST TO TELL THE PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE STILL IN EXISTENCE.

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    • Would rather get a lawyer from metro , then Siko and lungu . Most dull lawyers in Zambia . If those are the qualifications at UNZI the please close it and stop waiting money .

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  1. EVEN A USELESS UPND SYMPATHIZER SAKWIBA SIKOTA HAS SEEN SENSE IN WHAT GRZ IS SAYING. WHAT IS BLINDING UPND IS THEIR DESIRE TO REMOVE PF FROM POWER AT ALL COSTS.

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  2. Zambia should’ve been the best country in Africa, governance, economy, education, infrastructure etc But guess what, KK was the worst visionless. He brought down the country to dogs. Simon Kapwepwe had great vision. Zambia is in a mess, you saw from the recent election how everyone’s dream is just to be government. It’s a shame to have been forced travels home and not looking back. By now, I could’ve been selling tomatoes too.

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    • What’s better, selling tomatoes or cleaning toilets in restruants in diaspora? I choose the former and in my country.
      Shala wambe!

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  3. Ba Sikota, just say Lungu has oiled you with a bribe. You are very bloc lawyer.

    Whatever desparate measures he takes, Edgar Lungu is biding farewell to State House.

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    • @Hilda Malama
      U must know that bo Saki has on average handled more cases than any other lawyer in Zambia in the last 3 years. Thus, he is loaded! I think he is being sensible and logical unlike many of u who paranoic and unrealistic. In as much as I do agree that EL is a weaker opponent politically, he is far better than the next strongest opposition political party leader (HH). How do u explain UPND’s failure to unseat PF at this year’s presidential bye election despite the confusions that rocked PF. PF was at its weakest prior to this year’s bye election yet the ruling party emerged victorious. Stop being delusional and accept the fact that EL’s PF is here to stay, atleast until 2021.

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    • Ba Hildah naimwe muleibwelamo? It appears you have no man in your life! HH stinks and will never rule us the ZAMBIANS, NEVER.

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  4. Correct Saki!!plus tell tribal HH that with or without a new constitution,he will still lose for a record 5th time!!AND SINCE HIS FELLOW BANTUSTAN SAY HH IS RICH,LET HIM FUND THE REFURENDUM!!!IFINTU NI LUNGU 2016!!!

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  5. @ Hildah Malama: Although we oftenly collide for our divergent views, this is one of the rare occasions our views resemble. Failure to offer a new constitution is just sheer lack of will and zeal by the govt. Give all reasons but the writing is clear on your faces. A reputable lawyer can dare betray his vows to serve with justice for an undue cause. Pathetic! Lets just wait and see the turn of events.

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    • Imwe namwe ndimwe achikopo monga iyi ihule iHildah? Simuona kuti referendum siyi ngachitike before 2016. Nkalani chabe ngati muliye zochita. Shaaa!

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  6. Boring, boring, Sakwiba Sikota! This fake political lawyer is up to another mischief!
    He is the lawyer for Rupiah Banda is not? You cannot expect him to say something different otherwise he will lose fees for defending the criminals i.e. Henry and Rupiah Banda?
    With lawyers of Saki type who have fake qualifications (same as Masumba) there is no honour or morality – he has sold his soul to the highest bidder – Rupiah & Sons Incorporated Criminals!! We might as well forget about him!!

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    • when it does not suit u he is a bad lawyer unless it suits your ego.

      You need to grow up and accept reality

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  7. @9 Mr Ganda, are you confirming that in UPND you cannot read anything except through tribal specs?

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  8. IT SEEMS THIS LAWYER HAS LOST HIS SENSES. THE DEMAND FOR THE RELEASE OF THE CONSTITUTION STARTED A LONG TIME AGO AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN DELIBERATELY BEEN DELAYING. WHY DO YOU WANT NOW TO START SAYING IT IS UNREALISTIC TO CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF THE CONSTITUTION? THAT IS WHY SOME OF YOU POLITICIANS CAN NOT REALLY MAKE IT BECAUSE YOU CHANGE LIKE CHAMELEONS. YOU ARE VERY INCONSISTENT WITH WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH POLITICALLY AND IT SEEMS YOU ARE STILL BITTER THAT YOU ARE NOT AN UPND PRESIDENT.

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  9. the story on the constitution is clear all mature people understand the story UNDP please come to terms

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