28 February 2014

Zambia: PF Can No Longer Delay Constitution - Mucheleka

Lubansenshi Independent lawmaker Patrick Mucheleka says the Patriotic Front can no longer delay the constitution making process any longer.

Mucheleka, who is one of the lead advocates of the push for the immediate release of the draft constitution in Parliament, said it appeared the Patriotic Front government had resorted to trivializing the constitution.

He said the people could no longer wait as they had been cheated for a long time.

The Lubansenshi lawmaker said the push in Parliament which has seen business suspended twice will not stop until the PF budged on the constitution.

"We will continue pushing for a new constitution because it seems the MPs from the ruling party have failed to understand the need the new constitution," he said.

"It is the constitution that is going to protect resources, it is the constitution that is going to guarantee quality jobs, it is the constitution that is going to ensure good governance so there is no stopping this fight."

Mucheleka said no one should make bad jokes about the constitution anymore or talk about animal constitutions.

"Can we take responsibility and give Zambians a constitution instead of making bad jokes or comparing Zambians to animals," he said.

The PF government has come under fire following the failure to deliver a people driven constitution.

President has recently given to saying the constitution is not urgent and has praised the current one that he routinely dismissed as faulty while in opposition.

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