Opposition MPs have presented a bill in parliament to compel the PF regime to enact a new constitution within a given time frame.
But the led by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba are opposing the move saying the PF cannot enact a new constitution because there is too much poverty in Zambia. Imagine, a normal person saying that?
UPND Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo on moved the motion on Friday, March 6, 2014. MMD’S Chembe MP Mbula Kulima seconded the motion, showing how committed the opposition are to this cause.
Moving the motion, Nkombo said that there had been too many conflicting statements between President Michael Sata and his Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba on the matter, a situation he described as worrying especially that the two are the most ‘powerful’ men in the PF government.
Nkombo who gave a detailed background of the constitution making process dating back in 1972, said the PF was elected on the promise that among other things would deliver a new constitution within 90 days of their being in office.
He regretted that noble people who had lead Constitution Review Commissions in the past such as Mainza Chona, John Mwanakatwe, Dean Mungomba and Willa Mungomba have all died without seeing a good constitution.
He said it was sad that these gallant men were being awarded by government posthumously instead of appreciating their services when they still alive.
The Mazabuka MP explained that the recent statements by the PF president Michael Sata do not offer any hope that the PF was still committed to delivering a new constitution. He quoted the three instances President Sata has said that there was no need to have a new constitution.
Nkombo said there was total confusion in the way the PF were currently proceeding with the constitution process. He said the PF had a chance to restore the lost confidence by enacting the new Constitution.
He urged MPs from both ruling party and opposition to support the motion saying failure to do so posterity will judge them harshly MMD.
But in oppostiong the motion, Kabimba who earlier in the week went into parliament carrying juju said could not produce the expected new Republican Constitution within a period of 90 days after assuming power in 2011.
He said this was because the PF as a party in power had lacked clear knowledge on the sufferings of the Zambian people.
Kabimba told parliament that levels of corruption, poverty, un-employment among the youths, poor access to education and health care services among others in the country high perpetrated by the previous MMD regime.
He said PF could not just act on mere figures but needed to make its own analysis before it could empower the Zambian people.
He could not say how this related to enacting a constitution.
“Mr. speaker sir, producing the new constitution in 90 days by the PF could not have been possible because we lacked knowledge about the Zambian people.
“ We inherited a government were poverty, corruption, unemployment levels were too very high and also people experienced poor education and health caused by the previous MMD administration.
“ It’s out of this realisation that figure alone did noting to empower the people in the country,” Kabimba said.
He said the PF Government was elected to redeem the people of Zambia and to address cross-cutting issues of life expectancy, provide good governance, equality participation and accountability and crop marketing issues for the farming community.
He waffled on and said the Zambian people did not only elect it on the basis of the enacting a new constitution but to uplift the general welfare of the people in a holistic manner.
“PF is people centered and this government was not elected on constitution alone but uplift the welfare of the citizens in a holistic manner,” the minister said.
Kabimba further castigated the opposition MPs for what he described as causing anarchy in the House due to the disruptions on two occasions saying progress could been achieved in the on-going constitution making process.