LUSAKA diocese archbishop Telesphore Mpundu is wrong to say Zambians had been dribbled over the constitution making process because it was too early to make such conclusions.
National Constitution Conference (NCC) spokesperson Mwangala Zaloumis said it was too early for anyone to condemn the constitution-making process because Zambians
will still be given an input before the final draft constitution is presented to Parliament.
Ms Zaloumis in reaction to a statement by Archbishop Mpundu who was quoted in the media as having said that
Zambians had been dribbled over the constitution making process said it was wrong to arrive at such a conclusion this time when the process was still ongoing.
Archbishop Mpundu also said the degree clause adopted by the NCC on the qualifications for the presidential candidate was retrogressive and that it was sad the NCC delegates had chosen to represent themselves other than the ordinary Zambians.
But Ms Zaloumis said the NCC was not constituted to look at the degree clause alone and that there were several other clauses that had been adopted which the Zambians would have to look at before the final document was presented to Parliament.
“The NCC has done a lot of work and it has adopted several other clauses other than the degree clause and all the Zambians will be given chance to look at the document, and analyse it and give their input before the final adoption,” She said.“Therefore saying Zambians have been dribbled and that the NCC delegates had chosen to represent themselves is not right,” Ms Zaloumis said.
She said, however, that it was good that the Archbishop had now realised that he was supposed to be one of those that should have given guidance in the constitution making process from inception.
“I mean we expected the guidance from people like the Archbishop from the time the NCC started. It is also good that the Archbishop has realised that the NCC still had some work to do before concluding business,” she said.
Ms Zaloumis said it was sad that the issue of a degree as a required qualification for those eyeing the position of presidency had received negative comments from some members of the public.
She gave an example of Singapore as one country where the degree as a qualification for the presidential candidate had worked well. This qualification, she said, had been extended to ministers in that country.