THE Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) says it is in support of Government’s stance to deal with contentions issues through parliament and enact the Constitution in piecemeal.
EFZ executive director Pukuta Mwanza said in a statement that his organisation was in support of a two tier approach of having some of the articles of the Constitution to be presented to parliament while the Bill of Rights goes to the referendum to be conducted with the tripartite elections in order to kill two birds with one stone and save resources and time.
“We bear in mind that the tripartite elections are due 15 months away and that conducting a referendum will require to be preceded by a voter registration exercise specifically aimed at meeting the referendum in the past,”
“Although, we stood firmly in the past for the referendum, this is impracticable at the moment considering the limited time available for all the processes. In this regard, we support the proposed piecemeal approach to enacting the constitution provided we get the expected results in having the constitution that the Zambian people have always wanted,” the EFZ said.
The EFZ did not see the possibility of holding a referendum before 2016 was impracticable as Zambia had already lost so much time already.
“We therefore support the piecemeal approach as long as the final result can guarantee that the will of the majority of the people who submitted in favour of popular articles will be respected,” he said.
Rev. Mwanza urged Government to hasten the Constitution process and conclude on time considering that the process had already gobbled huge sums of money.
Government should also ensure continued dialogue and engagement to promote transparency and accountability in the constitution making process