Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) Livingstone District chairperson Gideon Musonda said there was need for the new Government to find ways of implementing progressive issues contained in the draft bill of rights.
Mr Musonda said the country had missed out on a progressive document and hence the only way was for the new administration to seek means of implementing progressive clauses contained in the document.
He said this in a press statement released in Livingstone at the weekend following the failure of the referendum vote.
Mr Musonda said there was need to need to build consensus on important national issues going forward.
“As FODEP, we are very disappointed with the results of the referendum vote. The people of Zambia have missed a huge opportunity that would have enhanced their standard of living.
“However, our appeal to the new government is that they should find means of implementing progressive issues contained in the draft bill,” Mr Musonda said.
He said the country had lost a progressive document that could have added value to the well-being of so many poor Zambians.
“The failure of a referendum is attributed to the politicisation of a non-political issue. We had the main opposition party campaigning against it and urging their followers to ignore it.
“Some political parties and members of the civil society were campaigning for it to succeed. It has failed because we were divided as a people,” Mr Musonda.
Last week, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) announced that the referendum vote was not successful.