PRESS STATEMENT ON THE DEMANDS BY HONOUABLE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FOR A NEW CONSTITUION-27th February 2014
The Law Association of Zambia welcomes the demands by Members of Parliament for the enactment of a people-driven constitution following the Ministerial statement by the Minister of Justice on the status of the constitution-making process in Parliament. We agree that the Minister’s Statement did not do Justice to the issue considering that the Republican President Mr. Michael. C. Sata has clearly stated that there is no need for a new Constitution.
For as long as the President and his government will continue to trivialize this matter they should expect that Pressure will continue to come from all well-meaning Zambians who are simply demanding what they are entitled to. What is being asked for is exactly what the PF promised; nothing new! We dare say that the President should not be surprised that even his own Ministers and Party officials who he has declared useless have already and or will soon see sense in this whole matter and equally demand that a new constitution be enacted or at least that the process be allowed to run its natural course
We are pleased that finally the Members of Parliament have taken this fight right into the House. Our MPs are elected to stay in the house and debate and not to walk out The demands of the Member of Parliaments, who represent various constituencies in Zambia echo the growing discontent and waning tolerance of the Zambian people over the failure by the Government to expedite the constitution-making process. The Association again urges and pleads with the government to take swift action to remedy the situation and respond to the People’s cry for a new constitution.
James Banda President