Opposition disappoint SACCORD over Indaba

The plan by the 16 opposition political parties to boycott the constitution indaba with government if implemented will be a missed opportunity to iron out the misunderstanding in the constitution making process, Southern African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) executive director Boniface Chembe has observed.

Mr. Chembe said that the decision by the opposition and the Grand Coalition to shun an organized Constitution Indaba slated for 30th April was an unfortunate and setback towards reaching consensus for a new constitution.

He said that his organization preferred that all the opposition political parties should take part in the Constitution Indaba in order to discuss the critical issues which have created mistrust and lack of progress in the making process.

Mr. Chembe said that he felt that the gathering would have resolved many issues which were seen to be undesirable to the stalled constitution making process. The 16 opposition political party leaders that include among others, that of the MMD, UPND, NAREP, ADD, FDA, PDP and ABZ announced on Friday at a media briefing in Lusaka that they would not take part in the SACCORD Constitution Indaba as it undermined their objectives of having the final draft constitution released.