Despite some of them being beaten up and arrested by police for refusing to submit comments to the draft Zambian constitution the people of Western province have again refused to take part.
Last time the draft constitution being written by the PF regime was taken to Western province for people to make submissions, the people refused and even tore it into pieces.
The government consoled itself in self-deceit that the people of Western province did not submit because the draft constitution was written in English. They sent more copies of the constitution but this time written in Lozi.
But when the government officials opened the vernacular submission boxes for Mongu Central Constituency office, they were shocked to discover that not even a single submission was made.
According to the Mongu Parliamentary office authorities who opened the submissions boxes at a Consultative Forum in Mongu District, the office received 500 copies in which 437 were collected but no submissions have been made.
This is despite the Technical committee drafting the constitution’s tireless effort to give enough publicity despite the worrying results.
Since the start of the process, people of Barotseland had shown no interest in taking part in the process which they say does not concern them.
Residents have attributed their growing cold shoulders to take part in the process to the unfulfilled promises made by Zambian president Michael Sata during campaigns of restoring the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 and the rubbishing of the findings of the Roger Chongwe Commission of enquiry.
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