16 February, 2014
His Excellency The President,
Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata,
THE NEED FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION
We write again on behalf of many Zambians on the above captioned subject.
We are happy that you answered our call and you are back from where you were to face the challenge of delivering a new constitution.
We put it to you that there is growing national consensus among the citizenry that the delivery of a people driven constitution should be your administration’s number one (1) priority in this jubilee year.
We have however noted with great concern your unpatriotic and divisive comments on the constitution. During your last address to Parliament in October 2013, you stated that there was no need to rush the constitution making process because Zambia was not facing a constitutional crisis.
Most recently, on Wednesday 12th February 2014, at State House during a swearing in ceremony, you stated that people who spoke about the constitution should be ignored because Zambia already has a constitution.
We have studied your comments and our response is as follows:-
1. Your clueless policy of ignoring citizens is creating unnecessary tension and acrimony in the country. In a functioning democracy, Presidents do not give citizens the “silent treatment” but engage them. We demand that you come out of your new hideout facebook and address the nation directly on the constitution.
2. Your battle cry for the September 2011 election that lifted the hopes and aspiration of Zambians was the promise to deliver a people driven constitution within the first ninety (90) days of the Patriotic Front’s administration. Reneging on this pledge after getting the vote istantamount to obtainig electoral victory by false pretences. It is criminal!
3 Your hypocrisy has reached alarming proportions. A few questions will help illustrate our point:-
a. When you were campaigning in 2011 and promising voters a new constitution, didn’t you know that Zambia already had a constitution?
b. When you were opening parliament on 14th October 2011 and promising Zambians a new constitution, didn’t you know that Zambia already had a constitution?
c. When you set up a technical committee to spearhead the drafting of a new constitution,didn’t you know that Zambia already had a constitution?
The answer to the above questions is that you knew, therefore your recent utterances only confirm your hypocrisy
4. Your current position on the constitution if taken seriously implies that you orchestrated plunder of national resources to the tune of K154 million (K154 billion old currency)
5. Finally we find your current position to be illogical. Life is all about improving what you found. Yes we do have a constitution , but this does not stop us from seeking a better one
In conclusion, your administration’s u-turn on the delivery of a people driven constitution is a direct assualt on the people’s jubilee dream. Zambians demand that your administration quickly re-aligns itself with the aspirations of the majority on this matter and facilitate the delivery of a people driven constitution.
Cc. The Executive Director, NGOcc
Cc. The Exective Director, Zambia Council for Social Development
Cc. The Executive Director, FODEP
Cc. The Executive Director, ZaCoMef
Cc. The Executive Director,Operation Young Vote
Cc. The Executive Director, Oasis Forum
Cc. The Executive Director, Panos Institute, Southern Africa
Cc. The Executive Director, YALI
Cc. The Executive Director, Zambia Episcopal Conference
Cc. The Executive Director, Christian Council of Zambia
Cc. The Executive Director, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia
Cc. The Country Director, Action Aid
Cc. The President, Law Association of Zambia (LAZ)
Cc. The President, Movement For Multi Party Democracy(MMD)
Cc. The President, United National Independence Party (UNIP)
Cc. The President, Forum For Democracy and Development(FDD)
Cc. The President, Allaince For Democracy and Development(ADD)