Opposition political party leaders have rejected the suggestion by NAREP president Elias Chipimo to have a neutral government run the country for a limited period of nine months to preside over the enactment of a new constitution and oversee fresh elections.
UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has told Qfm News that the priority for the country now is the having a new constitution.
Mr. Hichilema says what is needed is to mobilize the people of Zambia to get a people driven constitution and not the concept of having an interim government.
He says if the Patriotic Front government fails to give the people of Zambia a constitution, the next government come 2016 will be able to give the people of Zambia a constitution.
Mr. Hichilema says UPND’s agenda is very clear which is to remedy the evils of the Pf government but will do that in the right way, stating that his party will not take part in anything that will not solve any problem.
And People’s Party President Mike Mulongoti says suggestions outside the current constitution are not welcome much as people are entitled to their own opinions.
Mr. Mulongoti says the constitution does not allow for a neutral person to run the country for nine months.
Mr. Mulongoti says already there is an opposition alliance as a way forward for the opposition to fight an election as a united force.
He says he will take the suggestion by Mr. Chipimo as an opinion and not as the way to go.
And Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) President Frank Bwalya says the Idea by the NAREP leader is not workable.
Fr. Bwalya says politicians should begin to think of workable plans if Zambians have to get the final draft constitution released.
And Forum for Democracy and Development Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says the proposal is a non starter