The Educated and the Elite of Zambia at the Service of the Common Good!

Dear Editor,
Please find below my short reflection on the PF general secretary and minister of Justice’s assertions on the sunday interview. I comment as one who teaches dogmatics and social ethics but also as a clergyman committed to holistic societal transformation.
The Educated and the Elite of Zambia at the Service of the Common Good!
Having actively participated in process of drafting the constitution I feel morally obligated to comment on the current constitutional impasse. The assertion by the honourable minister of Justice and PF secretary general Mr Winter Kabimba, during a ZNBC TV Sunday interview, that the educated and elite are trying to hijack the constitution making process does not inspire confidence in the PF government’s commitment towards a “people” driven constitution. In my humble opinion, the PF government has at least two options regarding the current impasse over the constitution making process. They must either apologise to Zambians for having failed to deliver on the promise of a new constitution within ninety days or to simply release the draft constitution and effect its subsequent enactment. The simple reason that the poor man and woman in the streets of Zambian towns and the rural communities is bogged by the technical issues of process and related jargon does not mean that they do not understand the need for the constitution. The technical committee on drafting the Zambian constitution played its role and one wonders why the release and subsequent enactment of the draft constitution has become a highly problematic issue for the PF government. In my interpretation of the Justice Minister’s assertion regarding the constitution, I think that the educated and “elite” have been vilified as enemies of the common good. Would one then say, on that basis, that all educated Zambians are disappointed with the PF? Is this what the minister is saying?
Contrary to assertions that vilify those calling for the release and enactment of a new constitution, I argue that “educated” are at the service of the common good. Zambia needs a new constitution! It will not help to keep finding reasons for not fulfilling what the PF promised to the people. In light of this, I would like to commend all the educated and “elite” who are trying very hard to ensure that the PF government delivers on its promises. I further pay particular gratitude to the “Grand Coalition” championing for the speedy enactment of the new republican constitution for its laudable efforts. The churches too, as institutions – i.e from a sociological point of view – that champion the total liberation of human person’s have a critical role to play in supporting calls for the release and enactment of a new constitution. Needless to note: the church exists always as an integral part of human life in the world. It is interwoven always with public life in society and community. As such, collaboration on the common good with others citizens of goodwill is instrumental to building a more democratic and progressive Zambia.
Kindest Regards,
Rev Teddy Chalwe Sakupapa

Lecturer: Dogmatics and Ethics
United Church of Zambia University College

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