UPND in Constitution march

THE Grand Coalition, a consortium of church mother bodies, trade unions, political parties, NGOs and students,  yesterday joined the United Party for National Development (UPND) in a peaceful march past demanding for the enactment of a new Constitution.

The procession, which started from the Main Post Office in cairo road proceeded to the Freedom Statue along independence Avenue in Lusaka.

Addressing marchers, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema said he had told his Members of Parliament to reject the piecemeal enactment of the constitution suggested by Government.

Mr Hichilema cautioned his MPs against being used in Parliament by the PF to accept a piecemeal enactment of the Constitution.

“When the PF were campaigning in 2011, we didn’t agree to have a Constitution through a piecemeal enactment of a Constitution and now that they are in Government they have decided to change because they are now eating,” he said.

Mr Hichilema accused Government officials of putting their stomachs first and ignored the enactment of a Constitution which they had promised Zambians.

And Mr Hichilema said the One Party State which was suggested by PF secretary general Davies Chama was real and should not be taken lightly. Meanwhile, Grand Coalition representative, Sara Longwe demanded that Government must facilitate for a national referendum and enactment of the Constitution before the 2016 general elections.

Ms Longwe opposed the Patriotic Front (PF)’s proposed piecemeal enactment of a new constitution.

And the demonstrators warned PF Government not tamper with the draft constitution by enacting it piece by piece through a parliament which they said was dominated by unprincipled MPs.

Among those attracted officials who included Fr. Leonard Chiti, Hakainde Hichilema, Charles Milupi, Susan Matale, will address the procession.

Others included Bishop John Mambo, Sara Longwe, George Chisanga and the Labour Movement.