Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has advised stakeholders not to waste time to continue crying over spilt milk but soldier on as some progress has been made in the Constitutional making process that the country has been failing for many years.
The organization has also called on stakeholders to now focus on ensuring that they have a campaign that will ensure that the 2016 national referendum adopts the remaining clauses and articles that were left out.
In a statement made available to QFM News today, TIZ Acting Chapter President Joseph Sampa Kalungu notes that many progressive articles have been given to the Zambian people which for a long time they have been longing for.
On the dual citizenship, Mr. Sampa says this is progressive in that it gives chance to Zambians abroad to participate in decision making processes that were in the past not open to them by virtue of being citizens of other countries.
Mr. Sampa says it is also gratifying that under the electoral system, elections to the office of President shall be conducted directly, under a majoritarian electoral system, where the winning candidate must receive more than fifty percent of the valid votes cast, and in accordance with Article 101.
He believes that the clause will do away with the much despised regional politics that has slowly taken centre stage of this country and to a large extent; this clause will help to promote oneness in Zambia by producing a popular President elected by majority Zambians.
He says as an organization that promotes good governance, they can now confirm that once assented to, the 2016 General elections will be held on the 11th of August 2016 which will accord both ruling and opposition political parties time to plan their campaigns unlike in the past when it was dependent on the president to decide the election date, a situation which was heavily criticized by the opposition political parties.
Mr. Sampa feels that through the constitution court and specified time given, issue of petitions shall lessen the processes and time taken to have these electoral issues sorted and will accord the nation chance to get back to other important national issues.
Mr. Sampa feels his organization is vindicated on the point that they had raised that the Parliamentary route would still leave out some progressive clauses such as the definition of a public officer, having Cabinet from outside Parliament to enhance checks and balances between the Executive and Parliament as what was maintained means there is no actual separation of powers as Parliament and the Executive are largely the same people.