PF lacking political will on new constitution making process

By Nason Msoni

The initial political will and zeal exhibited earlier in the constitution making process by the PF before going into government appears to have slowly fizzled out and died down giving way to skepticism and suspicion that they no longer share and believe in the same values and principled position with which they had so eloquently articulated prior to assuming charge of the state craft.

It is apparent that the newly found political fortune has everything to do with this cold feet and lukewarm approach. Given this scenario in our country we are back in the same old same old position as before where nothing really gets to happen and so it is business as usual and we are back in political deceit. The point is we will never get past over this point because every party once in government will always rekindle their partisan interests and clearly if past experience is anything to go by we are back on the same merry-go -round.

The logic of time has taught us that where you experience such constant costly failure the answer lies in demanding for a transitional political process which brings on board all legitimate political players and stakeholders for a period of time with a view to enact a new constitution accepted by all players and thereafter call for elections.

Arguably in demanding for a transitional  government we have a case in point were two countries have most recently successfully managed to come up with durable and acceptable constitutions namely Kenya and  Zimbabwe. A transitional government will no doubt help Zambia breath a new lease of life and give the necessary thrust to the future of our country. A transitional process will always have a short life as this merely facilitates for stakeholders to agree on fundamental sticking points were partisan interests always derail the constitutional making process.

As a country we can’t afford this luxury of spending colossal sums of money on doing the same thing over and over leaving priority areas of our social service delivery critically lucking. By all means the current constitutional making process has a dimension of illegality which cannot be cured by parliament. There is currently no law that sanctions this process and therefore there is the obvious danger that this amounts to abuse of state resources and individuals receiving this money maybe required to pay back to the state, otherwise this could be tantamount to plunder of state resources by un illegal body.

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