Grand Coalition disappointed with PF move to table Constitution Amendment Bill before Parley

The Grand Coalition on the Campaign for a People Driven Constitution has expressed disappointment at the move by the PF government to table the Constitution Amendment Bill 2015 before the National Assembly.

And the Grand Coalition has warned that it will closely watch members of parliament who will debate in support of a Bill that does not guarantee the rights of the electorates.

Grand Coalition Chairperson Fr Leonard Chiti said in a statement Wednesday that the tabling of the constitution amendment Bill 2015 before the National Assembly is a clear violation of democratic practices in the constitution making process.

Fr Chiti said the move was also in violation of the PF’s own manifesto having consistently promised to deliver a people driven constitution whilst in the opposition.

He charged that it was clear that the engagements that the government purported to have undertaken through the Ministry of Justice already had a predetermined position of usurping the power of the people to adopt their own constitution through a referendum.

Fr Chiti said the result of such a move will be a constitution made in the image of the Patriotic Front.

He further observed that the fact that President Lungu has failed to meet stakeholders despite promising the UNDP delegation that visited him at State House was testimony enough that the constitution making process is botched.

And the Grand Coalition has warned that it will closely watch members of parliament who will debate in support of a Bill that does not guarantee the rights of the electorates.

Fr Chiti said the Grand Coalition will follow the members of parliament who will support the Bill to their constituencies.

The Grand Coalition has meanwhile turned down an invitation from the National Assembly to make submissions on the constitution (Amendment) Bill before the Committee on Legal, Gender and Human Rights stressing that they do not want to be abused and used by the government.

Fr Chiti said all stake holders should refuse to make submissions should they be invited to avoid validating a fraudulent process.

The Coalition has also appealed to members of parliament to discard the Amendment Bill when it will be debated in parliament.

 

 

 

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