Zambians should support anticipated referendum-JCTR

Zambians must seriously support the anticipated referendum in order to come up with a good Constitution that will be beneficial to all citizens,  says Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) national coordinator,  Fathers Leonard Chiti .

Speaking during the official opening of a ‘Yes Vote’ campaign orientation workshop in Lusaka, Fr Chiti said that the civil society organisations had a pivotal role to ensure the constitution that would be  adopted would stand the test of time and be of benefit to the people of Zambia.

Fr Chiti called on Zambians to seriously support the much- anticipated referendum in order for the country to come up with a good constitution that was going to stand the test of time.

“Civil society organisations in the county have been carrying out various programmes on the importance of adopting the national constitution through a referendum to reflect the will of the people and promote ownership of the document, and it is up to the people of Zambia to give support,” he said.

The sensitization exercise would also be extended immediately when the final draft Constitution has been released to people.

“All this sensitising of members of public is on the importance of the Yes Vote campaign for adopting the new constitution,” he said.

Fr Chiti explained that if the referendum was to take place, it was necessary to have 50 per cent of those entitled to vote during the process, to participate so that the final document reflected the will of the Zambian people.

He said that it was important that government allowed the adoption of the national constitution through the referendum as promised to the Zambian people prior to the 2011 general elections.