The Grand Coalition on the campaign for a people driven constitution says Members of Parliament betrayed the Zambian people by passing the Constitution Amendment Bill.
Grand Coalition Chairperson Fr. Leonard Chiti has told QFM News that Members of Parliament have denied the Zambian people an opportunity to have a new constitution adopted through a referendum.
He says it is disappointing that some MPs who claim to represent the people went ahead to support a route the Zambian people rejected.
Fr. Chiti says Zambians have been very clear that they want the new constitution to be adopted through a referendum.
He states that the passage of the constitution amendment bill has given the ruling PF the leeway to amend any of the 366 clauses in the final draft constitution when the bill comes up for consideration this Thursday.
Meanwhile, the people rejecting the adoption of the Constitutional Bills in Parliament are not sincere because they are the same people who are only good at criticizing and not providing solutions, says Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga.
He said the same group advocating the constitution-making process had several times failed to commit themselves to the process.
Mr Mulenga said it was important to give support to the Government because they deserved to be heard as well.
He said going for a Constitution referendum was costly because of the global crisis which had not spared Zambia.
“It is awkward for some opposition and NGOs to continue agitating for Government to spend colossal amount of money amidst current economic situation when the national coffers are bleeding.
‘‘If at all our colleagues still feel the referendum is the only way we can have the Constitution adopted, then let them canvas for resources to fund this exercise,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said Parliament had women and men of integrity who had what it takes to formulate laws that would stand a test of time. He said the country was going through difficult times, adding that those were issues the people of Zambia should consider before pushing for any agenda.
The passing of the two Constitutional Bills in Parliament last week saw some civil society organizations and the opposition members of Parliament opposing the action, saying it was against the wish of the Zambian people. He said it was wrong to politicize everything especially issues which were in the best interest of the country.