ZAMBIANS FOR EMPOWERMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (ZED) QUESTIONS PRESIDENT SATA’S MOTIVE FOR DIVIDING THE CHURCH MOTHER BODIES ON THE CONSTITUTION.
As a party, we are questioning President Sata’s motive for dividing the church mother bodies on the constitution. The three main church mother bodies have an established tradition of working together on matters of national interests as evidenced in the numerous joint pastoral letters that they have co-authored in the past.
We raised a very simple, yet profound issue of balanced representation of key stakeholder interests on the technical committee to draft the constitution. We have no other motivation besides wanting to see a successful outcome to the constitution-making effort.
This, however, will not happen if we fail to learn from past mistakes. It is to be expected that in a Christian nation like ours the majority of the people will be Christians. It is not enough, however, for President Sata to appoint born-again Christians to the committee if they do not carry institutional mandate.
EFZ is the recognized umbrella body which represents the interests of the majority of many born-again Christians. EFZ has very clearly articulated views on the type of constitution that born-again Christians would like to see enacted. Therefore when we demand that EFZ be represented on the committee we desire to have representatives that carry an institutional mandate. This will balance the fact that CCZ is already represented by the Secretary General while ZEC will nominate three bishops.
What is president Sata’s motivation to try and divide them now?
Dr. Fredrick Mutesa
Zambians for Empowerment and Development (ZED)