3 political parties endorse social contracts

The enactment of the new Constitution and the reorganization of the judiciary are among the programmes UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has committed himself to implement in the social contract he has signed with the Grand coalition on the constitution making process.

And the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) and National Restoration Party (NAREP) leaders have also committed themselves to giving Zambians a new Constitution if voted into power during the January 20, 2015 presidential by-election.

Mr Hichilema has pledged to implement all items in his social contract if elected.

He said when he featured on Millennium Radio on Tuesday evening that the UPND was committed to give the people of Zambia a new Constitution before 2016.

Mr Hichilema said if Zambia had a good Constitution it could have avoided two presidential elections that had happened within six years.

He said by-elections cost taxpayers’ money and that Zambia in the last two presidential by-elections spent about US$700 million.

Mr Hichilema said the current and previous political leadership had no ability to save the money which could have been being spent on other sectors such as agriculture, education and health.

He said if UPND was in office it would have delivered the new Constitution long time ago, saved some money used in the two presidential by-elections and used it to purchase drugs in hospitals, give out student loans and bring down prices of fuel.

Mr Hichilema said he has signed a social contract with the Grand Coalition to deliver a new Constitution before 2016.

Mr Hichilema said there was need for the reforms in the Judiciary so that it could be fair, balanced, impartial and efficient.

He said if the Judiciary was not reformed to enable more people to access justice, judges and magistrates would settle cases in the way they wanted.

Mr Hichilema said failure to have an independent judiciary would increase crime incidents in the country.

He however said he would not pursue former leaders accused of corruption once he is voted into government but he would fight corruption in a professional manner.

Mr Hichilema said he wanted to stop the myth that whenever a new president came into government he must pursue former leaders for their alleged corrupt practices.

And FDD president Edith Nawakwi said the current Constitution provided for corruption and excessive power in the presidency which makes the system completely corrupt.

She was addressing members of the Grand Coalition on the constitution making process.

Ms. Nawakwi said since no-one was perfect, there was need for a Constitution which would limit the powers of citizens, including the President.

“There is no good or perfect person among those contesting for the position of President of Zambia. There is no good person amongst us. The current Constitution provides for corruption, excessive power in the presidency which makes our system completely corrupt,” she said.

Ms. Nawakwi said time had come for Zambia not to believe in the benevolence of individuals but to trust the institutions of governance.

She said there was no need for the people of Zambia to put their trust in individuals but rather in the constitution.

And NAREP president Chipimo said it was sad that presidents who enter State House develop a habit of forgetting their promises.

He said politicians seem to have amnesia because they forget what they promise the people of Zambia during campaigns just like the PF did on the constitution.

Mr. Chipimo said power did not make an individual a better person but simply concentrated qualities one had for leadership.

“Power does not make you a better person but simply concentrate qualities one has and there is only one person who can handle power who is the creator. As human beings we only have a responsibility to be accountable and the current constitution gives power authority but it does not impose responsibility and accountability,” said Mr. Chipimo.