VJ hopes Kabimba’s sacking will move constitution making process
Time Posted: August 31, 2014 6:52 am
Veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga says he is hopeful that the sacking of Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba will help move the constitution making process.
Dr Mwaanga said many stakeholders believed that Mr Kabimba was a stumbling block to the process of enacting a new people driven constitution.
He said the recent changes that have been made in Government should result in progressive achievements in the people’s demands for a new constitution.
Dr Mwaanga was speaking in Lusaka Saturday afternoon when he delivered a solidarity speech during the general meeting for the Grand Coalition for a People-Driven Constitution held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
“With the recent changes in government, we can only be hopeful that finally we will be able to see the draft constitution,” Dr Mwaanga said.
Dr Mwaanga also challenged Zambians to rise about their fear and demand that a new people driven constitution be enacted.
“We should not become victims of a culture of fear, you should not fear to demand what is constitutional right. It is now 11 years since Willa Mungomba was appointed to come up with a new constitution by the late President Levy Mwanawasa and today we are still grappling with the issue of constitution,” Dr Mwaanga said.
He added, “The Chinese have a saying that a journey of thousand steps starts with one. I say the time for Zambians to complete the journey on the constitution is now.”
Dr Mwaanga recalled that on 14th October 2011, President Sata went to Parliament and promised that his administration will enact a new constitution within 90 days which will be subjected to a referendum.
“It is 30th August 2014, Zambians have not seen the new constitution and the final draft has not been seen. As a people, we have to start holding our leaders accountable to these grand promises they make.”