The Zambia National Student Union has challenged Parliament to take the task of reforming the laws seriously.
Union President Misheck Kakonde says the duty to make laws in this country is the preserve of Parliament while the Executive arm of government has a duty to provide leadership on reforms.
Mr. Kakonde has since called on the Executive to discharge its executive functions by submitting the bills to Parliament so that members of the legislature from the opposition UPND and FDD and ruling party can begin debating them while the rest of the public must come through to make submissions to a Parliamentary Committee on legal and governance.
He said the process of amending laws can no longer be delayed any further especially that three years have lapsed since the talk for reforms started.
“On the other hand, we strongly suggest that the church-led and Zambia Center for Inter Party Dialogue must harmonise, find common ground and proceed to focus on substantive issues around the implementation of the Seventh National Development Plan and how stakeholders can get fully involved in tracking the attainment of set goals as well as Vision-2030.
He has also called for national dialogue that directly affects 16 million Zambians and transcends partisan divisions and personal egos.
Mr. Kakonde has also proposed to the nation and all stakeholders that the 7NDP becomes the agenda for any national dialogue.
“In the meantime, we call on Government to continue governing by taking reforms on the constitution, electoral laws and public order Act to Parliament adding that if any substantive submissions arise from the national dialogue that could as well be passed on to the drafters for possible amendments.
He said his Organisation agree with the UN Resident Representative to Zambia, Janet Rogan who stated that “the 7NDP must be the basis for peaceful and respectful national dialogue.
“Just as it is the job of the leadership of the country to create the space for that peaceful, respectful national dialogue, it is equally the responsibility of all others to step into that space to chart the way forward peacefully and respectfully, together”, he said.
He has since asked the church mother-bodies and ZCID to quickly resolve their differences and realign its focus to matters around implementation, tracking and attainment of goals in the Seventh National Development Plan and Vision 2030.
“We also agree with suggestions from stakeholders that the Registrar of Societies must begin to evaluate all political parties to find out whether the objective of contesting elections to form government is embedded in their constitutions or in order to minimise having on-the-paper only political parties who not don’t participating in elections save for endorsing other parties’ candidates and appearing on the dialogue”, he said.