Five opposition political parties have announced the formation of a United Front for Democracy to champion the enactment of a new constitution before the 2016 general elections.
Speaking on behalf of the five parties during a media briefing this morning Tentani Mwanza said the UFD is purely for the sole purpose of ensuring the delivery of a constitution that will stand a test of time.
Mr Mwanza says the need for a united front and opposition voice on the constitution making process is pivotal and essential in achieving the desired enactment of the new constitution in the shortest possible time.
He says the five political parties recognize the importance of a strong political opposition front.
Mr Mwanza says the country is at a critical point with regards the constitution making process which demands resolutions befitting the peculiar circumstances.
He stresses that the UFD will ensure that it engages with government constructively before the proposed constitution bill is finally tabled before Parliament.
Mr Mwanza adds that in this regard, they have agreed to meet with the Minister of Justice next week and discuss clauses such as the 50 plus one, the running mate clause,the appointment of cabinet outside parliament and the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation.
He adds that the UFD also has intentions of meeting with President Edgar Lungu to discuss some specific clauses.
And the Grand Coalition in Eastern province has condemned political parties such as MMD that has joined forces with the PF make disjointed amendments to the constitution.