As Forum for Democratic Alternatives (FDA) party, we have carefully studied the National Restoration Party (NAREP)’s Blueprint for the Restoration of Zambian Democracy and wish to observe that, while we welcome new ideas that are meant to enrich our young democracy, we are at pains to understand or appreciate NAREP’s blueprint for the restoration of Zambian democracy.
We are unable to understand whether NAREP proposes the suspension of the current constitution or if they mean to apply the current constitution, then we still cannot understand where the envisaged interim president to be elected comes in. In an event where the constitution is suspended, it shall constitute a clear coup d’état as such an act shall abolish all constitutional offices, in short, grounding the entire government establishment. However, if NAREP wishes to argue otherwise in that the constitution currently in force remains the governing document, then the proposal is illegal because the current constitution does not cater for any interim arrangement even in an event that the Republican President dies in office.
What NAREP seems to fail to appreciate is the fact that the current impasse in the constitution making process has everything to do with the absence of political will by the Patriotic Front government who are in charge of the constitution making process.
Therefore, the antidote to the failed constitution making process is as simple as mobilizing the masses to vote out the Patriotic Front government. However, to ensure that the in-coming government does not take the nation to where the PF government has brought us in the constitution making process, all opposition political parties should be asked to commit themselves in writing that they will enact the final draft constitution into law in 90 days of their assumption of office, failure to which they will relinquish office at the end of 90 days without the need to be forced out.
In summary, the blueprint for the restoration of Zambian democracy by NAREP is all but an academic exercise in futility which generates more questions than it provides answers.
Ludwig Sondashi (Dr.)