The Non Governmental Organizations Coordinating Council says it is deeply alarmed by media reports that Cabinet office has instructed the Ministry of Justice to call for a caucus of all PF Members of Parliament to decide which articles in the draft constitution should be considered contentious and non-contentious.
NGOCC Executive Director Ngwase Mwale said the Government must be reminded that the Republican Constitution does not belong to PF members for PF MPs to decide what is good for all the Zambian people.
Ms Mwale said the constitution belongs to all Zambians and therefore it is totally unacceptable that Cabinet office can relegate such an important national affair to a political party.
“NGOCC, and on behalf of the women’s movement in Zambia, has been opposed to the suggested phased roadmap on the constitution making process by the Government precisely because we do not want the ruling party or any other grouping to hijack the process and “cherry pick” what clauses best suit their narrow-partisan interests,” she said.
“The Zambian people made their wishes well known as to what they want in the new constitution through the various