By MOSES SINJWALA
MEMBERS of Parliament should fully support the process of amending the Constitution to remove lacunas in the Public Order Act and Electoral Process Act, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia Representative Reverend Chongo Phiri has advised.
Rev Phiri said calling for the withdrawal of the Constitution Amendment Bill would not resolve the defects which people were complaining about in the Constitution.
She said the window was still very open for those with grievances to appear before legitimate representatives in Parliament and make their voices heard.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Rev. Phiri said the proposals which were now contained in the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill No. 10 of 2019 were a step in the right direction.
“Much as we respect the grievances from those who have misgivings from the last process which was all-inclusive in discussing our national laws, we want to state clearly that there must be sobriety in this debate and recognise that the majority have already made their voices heard on this process,” she said.
Rev Phiri said the process of constitution-making was work in progress and had not yet reached its finality.
She said despite the discontent from certain sections of society, including opposition over the amendment process, there was wide support from all sections of society who believed in the NDF.
She said the Amendment Bill presented an opportunity for all stakeholders to deliberate the amendment process in an effort to come up with a constitution that could stand the test of time.
Rev Phiri said there was no reason for the continued antagonism and bickering being witnessed between the two opposing sides of the process.
“Our firm view is that in a democratic society like ours, it is not possible for all of us to agree on everything, hence the need for all the stakeholders to embrace the spirit of give-and-take.
“It is for this very reason that constitutions all the world are made on the basis of consensus of the majority as opposed to wishful thinking of total agreement on all the issues,” she said.
Rev Phiri said the church reaffirmed and was happy to be associated with the NDF resolutions which entrenched the Christian declaration by including principles and national values.