Grand Coalition Ready to Support MPs Protest on Constitution
The Grand Coalition on the Constitution says they will support planned constitution protests by the opposition Members of Parliament in the house if government remains adamant on releasing the draft constitution.
Coalition chairperson Father Leonard Chiti said the coalition was fully behind any form of pressure that would push government to yield on the demands for a new constitution.
He said it was unfortunate that the executive as one of the critical arms of government had not followed on their promise to deliver a people driven constitution.
The grand coalition has laid out a number of pressure activities including the time tested green ribbon constitutional demand tool and honking as part of piling sustained pressure.
“Any action expended towards the release of the second draft constitution is welcome. The basis is that our national leaders have gone and made promises.”
“Therefore, we will support any action aimed at reminding our national leaders of the commitments they have made in one of the institutions which is the third arm of government unless our leaders do not respect our own institutions unless our leaders are lying to the Zambian people we feel that they should be made to account so we support it 100%.”
The Patriotic Front government had been hitherto to taking over power stood as a lead advocate of a people driven constitution but backed down upon assuming office.
President Michael Sata and the PF manifesto had both listed the constitution as top of the 90 days action plan but have since turned as the harshest critics of the calls for the new constitution.
Civil society organizations in league with the church and opposition political parties are champions the calls for the release of the second draft constitution with pressure acts like the time tested green ribbon campaign and also honking on Fridays.