‘Kabimba wanted to hijack Constitution’

FORMER Justice minister and Rainbow party leader Wynter Kabimba should be the last person to talk about the Constitution because he was the reason why the document was delayed and wanting to condemn those that have put effort to have it passed through Parliament is not acceptable, says the Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga.

Mr Mulenga said it was unjustified for individuals like Mr Kabimba to talk about the constitution-making process because the document had once been lying on his table unattended to for a long time at the Ministry of Justice.

He wondered why people like him (Mr Kabimba) could condemn the Constitution process now after it had been concluded by President Edgar Lungu.

Mr Kabimba was reported in the media as having openly opposed the new amended Constitution and specifically singled out the running mate and 50 plus one clauses, arguing that they were divisive.

“And as we spearhead for the good governance, those remarks justifies that he cannot make a good leader because it is the same person by then Justice minister who delayed this process and trying to condemn what has been achieved so far shows his failure,” he said.

Mr Mulenga claimed the Rainbow party general secretary had allegedly attempted to hijack the constitution-making process with other known people when he was Justice minister.

‘‘One cannot forget the fact that the country has lost a lot of resources to fund such an expensive exercise through sacrifice and it is not fair for some individuals to start demanding for things that could not be achieved now when the country, like any other countries in the global village, were facing economic crisis.

“Zambia is part of the global world; hence whatever we do is copied from other nations, and therefore we should spend more time finding solutions and not just condemning from without as such will continue to expose one’s ignorance,” he said.

Mr Mulenga implored the PF and President Lungu ‘‘not to entertain hypocrisy but honour what Zambians have always wanted by accenting to the much awaited Bill so that it becomes law’’.