President Michael Sata must act decisively on the Constitution by announcing the date when he will release it the Zambians since he has reaffirmed his commitment to the process of its review, Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ) overseer Bishop David Masupa has said.
Bishop Masupa said that all the confusion experienced in the country was as a result of the Constitution and that it was only the President that could bring an end on the matter.
He said that he (President Sata) should be open with the people of Zambia over the Constitution, adding that now that he had promised, he should fulfill without fail, if Zambia was to continue to enjoying peace and unity.
The Head of State reaffirmed government’s commitment to the process of Constitution review, during a closed-door meeting with members of the Diplomatic Corps and international organisations accredited to Zambia, on Thursday.
President Sata assured the nation and various stakeholders including diplomats that government was still committed to the process of Constitution review.
He said that after the receipt of the report from the Technical Committee, government would consider the recommendations, because it had factor the logistical and financial repercussions in order not to derail other pressing developmental projects.
Bishop Masupa said the Church was eager to see that the people of Zambia got what they wanted at the end of the day hoped the republican President would this time give the people of Zambia the Constitution.
“As the Church we hope the President of Zambia is going to give the people of Zambia the Constitution immediately as he has promised in his meeting with the diplomats. He must face the people and announce when the document is going to be ready,” he said.
And Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) spokesperson Antonio Mwanza charged that it was clear that the President was surrounded by wrong people looking at the manner he had handled national issues with particular reference to the Constitutional making process.
Mwanza said that it was baffling that the President had time to hold closed door meetings with foreign dignitaries on the issue of the Constitution but he had no time whatsoever to directly address the people of Zambia on this very important national issue.
“The Constitution we are talking about is not for foreigners but for Zambians thus addressing foreigners and ignoring the Zambians to whom the President has sworn allegiance to simply defeats common sense,” he said.