SACCORD constitution Indaba to go ahead despite boycott

The Southern African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) says it is disappointed with the decision by the opposition political parties along with the Grand Coalition on the Constitution to boycott the constitution Indaba meant the address the impasse on the constitution making process.

SACCORD executive director Boniface Chembe said that despite some opposition leaders shunning the event, the constitution Indaba scheduled for today would go ahead because a number of civil society organizations had expressed willingness to attend..

Mr Chembe said that about 60 civil society organisations had so far confirmed their participation and that he was hopeful that the vent would be a success.

“We are happy that so far 60 stakeholders ranging from the church, CSOs and the government that would be participating in this constitution Indaba. We want to find a solution to the constitution impasse and we believe that dialogue is the best way of resolving challenges. It is unfortunate that the opposition political parties and the Grand Coalition have decided to boycott the event that would have given them the opportunity to state their position. We are however happy that our intention to have an indaba will be a success,” Chembe said.

Mr. Cheembe said his organization would continue its commitment to providing a forum where people engaged each other as the alternative means of resolving challenges and differences.

He said that his organisation was motivated to call for a constitution Indaba because of the raging debate that had been going on since the constitution making process stalled soon after the Technical Committee completed its work.

Mr Chembe said that it was encouraging to hear that a number of stakeholders were willing to attend the national debate on the constitution making process.

“These are important events that should be supported by all those who mean well for the country and it would be important that such kind of fora and dialogue sessions should take place all the time,” he said.

He said that Zambia was a democratic nation and people chose what they wanted adding that it was the reason SACCORD did not want to coerce organisations to attend the Indaba.

About 16 opposition political parties and the Grand Coalition on the Constitution have resolved that they would not attend SACCORD’s organized constitution indaba expected to take place today.