UPND advises Kabanda against issuing statements on behalf of his Citizens Forum

United Party for National Development (UPND) has advised Citizen Forum Executive Director Simon Kabanda to desist giving statements on behalf of his organization concerning the constitution-making process.

Party Secretary General Winston Chibwe told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that as a member of the Technical Committee on the constitution-making process, it is wrong for Mr. Kabanda to continue issuing statements on the process as Citizen Forum Director but as a member of the Technical Committee.
Mr. Chibwe stated that this if not stopped will compromise his position as a member of the Technical Committee entrusted to come up with a constitution of the country.
He said Mr. Kabanda should wait for the final report which would be submitted to the Zambian people before he starts representing his non-governmental organization.
Mr. Chibwe said if the latter fails to adhere to his party’s advice, the constitution-making process will be seen to be unfair and biased.
He said the path Mr. Kabanda has taken to comment on the constitution-making process as Citizen Forum Director is dangerous and that it should be condemned by all well-meaning Zambians.
But when contacted for a comment Citizens Forum Executive Director Simon Kabanda denied allegations that his Non Governmental organization will be involved in matters of the constitution-making process.
Mr. Kabanda, who is also spokesperson of the Technical Committee on the drafting of the republican constitution, explained that during a radio programme in Kitwe recently, he spoke on matters concerning the constitution-making process as Committee spokesperson.
He described allegations by the UPND as false and malicious.

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