UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says Zambians must be alert and ready to voice out against manipulation of the constitution by the National Dialogue Forum (NDF). Hichilema said the NDF was attempting to legitimise criminality and dictatorship.
“As citizens, we must not allow another mutilation of our country’s constitution by the PF regime like they did in 2016. We urge all citizens to be alert and not be afraid to peacefully voicing out their concerns against this violation and manipulation of a sacred document that will ultimately affect all of us in future,” he said.
“We insist on an all-inclusive constitutional making process that must be chaired by a neutral and credible arbitrator who are, in this case, the three church mother bodies who have previously shouldered this responsibility during critical and uncertain times in our nation’s history.”
Hichilema added that the withdrawal by some members from the NDF was the reason he did not want to participate in the first place as it was a PF club.
“The withdrawal by some participants from the ongoing PF engineered and doctored so-called National Dialogue Forum (NDF) has clearly vindicated our long held view that this whole process is a sham, mockery and a dubious attempt to legitimise dictatorship and criminality on our nation,” he said.
“We cannot subject the constitutional making process to an exclusive club of the PF to the exclusion of other key stakeholders who have a broad based agenda for the greater good of all Zambians.”
Meanwhile, Hichilema said the NDF was not going to yield any positive results.
“This country’s treasury is literally on its knees with no resources worth talking about yet the PF are once again on a spending spree. This is a futile exercise that is already being discredited and will clearly fail to yield the much desired national consensus,” said.
On Wednesday, there were fits of anger at the ongoing National Dialogue Forum, with opposition political party leader Charles Chanda walking out of the deliberations.
The United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) leader believes the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) will not produce a Constitution but a document synonymous with a party manifesto.
Before his walkout, Chanda accused Forum chairperson Professor Muyunda Mwanalushi of biasness.