Zambia should seriously reflect on why African countries remain economically and politically underdeveloped, says Grand Coalition on the Constitution chairperson Fr Leonard Chiti.
Fr Chiti charged that the spirit of unity of purpose by the fallen heroes in the liberation struggle should be a driving force for all Zambians to unite in demanding for a people driven constitution.
Fr Chiti said in a statement that a new constitution would guarantee proper separation of powers would reduce presidential powers, expand bill of rights and establishment of a democratic legal framework.
“As we remember the liberation of Africa from colonialism and the energies that our fallen heroes invested in liberating the continent from the evils of political servitude, there is need to seriously reflect on why African countries remain economically and politically underdeveloped,” Fr Chiti said.
He said the Grand Coalition believed that Africa Freedom Day was an opportunity for every Zambians to reflect on the sacrifices of the fore fathers who fought for the liberation of the country and a number of other Southern African countries.
“Africa Freedom Day is a time for us to reflect on how we can collectively work hard to restore the civil and political liberties which successive governments have tried hard to curtail using archaic laws,” Fr Chiti said.
He said for Zambians, Africa Freedom Day was a special one because it had come at a time when Zambians were demanding for the enactment of a people driven constitution that could spur economic, political and social freedoms for all citizens.
Fr Chiti said a constitution would strengthen the Zambian democracy, promote the observance of good governance, human rights and the rule of law.
“The enactment of a people-driven constitution will enable all citizens of this country to fully enjoy the freedoms that our fathers fought for,” Fr Chiti said.
The Grand Coalition has since called on all well-meaning Zambians to promote love, unity and strong desires for the new constitution.