Sata should not gag people over constitution

President Michael Sata should not gag those calling for the enactment of the new constitution but engage all stakeholders through a focused dialogue, says Grand Coalition spokesperson Rev Jevan Kamanga.

Kamanga said the Grand Coalition of opposition political parties was disappointed with the manner the Head of State casually approached the issue of a people driven constitution

He said it was regrettable that the ‘man of action’ had turned around and was now betraying the people of Zambia by trivializing the enactment of a new constitution.

“We totally condemn his instruction to the Ministers and Members of Parliament to ignore calls for a new constitution,” Kamanga said.

He said in a democratic dispensation, no one expected the president to behave as if he was above the law.

Kamanga said the Technical Committee which was appointed to draft a people driven constitution did a good job by receiving and respecting the wishes of the people of Zambia.

Kamanga said when President Sata was in the opposition he opened the eyes of many Zambians and pointed out wrong articles and clauses contained in the current constitution to an extent where he suggested that the present document was not worth the paper it was written on.

He said that was why he had promised Zambians a people driven constitution within 90 days.

“For sure President Sata honoured his word and after assuming power as Head of State, he quickly appointed the Committee to undertake the drafting of a new constitution, a process that has gobbled billions of hard earned tax payers’ money,” he said.

Kamanga said it was against such background that the opposition political parties in the Grand coalition on enacting the New Constitution now demanded for seriousness from the head of state and consideration of the wishes of the people that put him in office.

“Mr. Sata must realize that Zambia is way above him, much bigger than any political party and indeed greater than any sitting government,” he said.

Kamanga further demanded that the President engage all the stakeholders through dialogue on the best way possible to handle the impasse.