FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has refuted claims that he was part and parcel of the NCC sittings as claimed by communications director in the office of the MMD President Irene Musonda.
In statement, Mr. Mwanza says contrary to Ms. Musonda’s claims, he never sat on the NCC as he was not a delegate further adding that what the President will be signing today is not a people- driven document as a number of progressive clauses which the people submitted have been removed.
Below is a full statement as issued by the FDD spokesperson.
MMD IS LYING
Madam Irene Musonda the Communications Director in the office of the MMD President has issued a statement claiming that I Antonio Mwanza sat on the National Constitution Conference (NCC) in 2010 to draft the Republican Constitution.
Ms Musonda has further alleged that what President Lungu will sign today is a people driven Constitution.
Here are the facts:
1. I, Antonio Mwanza was never a part and parcel to the NCC. I never sat on the NCC. I was not a delegate on the NCC
2. It is a fact that what President Edgar Lungu will sign today is not a people-driven Constitution because some of the key people’s submissions have been removed from the bill.
Clauses such as appointment of cabinet outside Parliament which was meant to ensure Separation of Powers and improved service delivery; Provincial Assemblies which was meant to enhance Decentralisation and devolution of both political and economic power; Mixed Member Proportional Representation which was meant to enhance the representation of disadvantaged groups such as women and youth and the comprehensive Bill of Rights which would have guaranteed the people’s social, economic, cultural and political rights have all been removed from the Bill.
3. It is a fact that the MMD MPs voted with the PF in obliterating the people’s submissions that i have summed up above.
4. It is a fact that the MMD held a public media briefing to congratulate themselves for closely working with the PF in betraying the people’s trust by voting to delete what the people had submitted.
If the MMD is not happy with some of the clauses that have been removed as from the Constitution Bill that Mr Lungu will sign today as claimed by Ms Musonda, why then did they support this piecemeal amended of the constitution? MMD should learn that you cannot have your cake and eat it. Just own up. The people whom you have betrayed will remember your names in the next election.