The Oasis Forum is resolved to ensure that Zambians get a new people driven constitution by mobilizing masses and put this pressure on the Patriotic Front government to release the final Draft Constitution.
Oasis Forum spokesperson Father Cleopus Lungu in his statement said that delivering a people driven constitution was the best way to celebrate Zambia’s Golden Jubilee.
Fr. Lungu said that the Oasis Forum had bemoaned what it described as the retrogressive and uninspiring statements recently issued by President Michael Sata, Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya and Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba over the current constitution making process.
He questioned the integrity of politicians who find it prudent to lie and take for granted the people of Zambia by promising falsehoods.
“Indeed, we must begin to call into question the integrity of our political leaders who find it prudent to take Zambians for granted. They often promise falsehoods during their political campaigns, say things that they do not mean, promise actions that they have no intentions of taking, unashamedly make political U-turns and arrogantly pretend that they did not say what they said. The day of reckoning is surely coming,” said Fr. Lungu.
He pleaded with the people of Zambia saying, “Let us remember that “All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to stand by and do nothing.” We therefore urge all well-meaning Zambians to stand firm and strong in the resolve to deliver unto ourselves a new constitution that will give us a good cause to celebrate our Golden Jubilee. We cannot afford to slumber. Now is the time to wake up, speak, act and so determine the destiny of our beloved nation. Yes, we shall overcome “for nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).”
Fr. Lungu said that the Oasis Forum had observed with sadness attempts by the PF government to abort the constitution making process, warning that the forum was resolved to mobilise the masses at the grassroots and campaign in a peaceful manner for the immediate release of the final draft of the constitution and its enactment through the referendum.
The Forum also prayed to God the Almighty to, ‘Help us God’, “The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.”
Fr. Lungu said that Forum supported observations made by Reverend Suzanne Matale from the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) that it was difficult to see the “joy” of the Jubilee-Year in Zambia when people, including freedom fighters, were wallowing in abject poverty and being subjected to fear and intimidation by their own leaders. “Indeed, we do appreciate the many sacrifices made by our gallant freedom-fighters and do surely salute them for paying a high price in order to gain us the hard-won independence. In fact, these patriotic men and women had a vision to build a nation in which all its citizens would enjoy freedom not only from colonial oppression but freedom from hunger, poverty, curable diseases, every form injustice and exploitation,” said Fr. Lungu.
He said that the Oasis Forum strongly believed that the best way to honour national heroes was to put in place a new constitutional order that would ensure that their noble aspirations of having a free, prosperous and democratic Zambia were realized. Fr. Lungu said, “we are not opposed to genuine Golden Jubilee celebrations. However, we should never forget that having mere ceremonial celebrations for the sake of celebrating is not worthwhile.”