An important (and accurate) assessment of how the MMD in the last two decades of rule have used the constitutional process to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor :
The question I have for the Zambian people is : where is the anger? You can read more via the Post.For 20 years, the MMD and its successive governments have failed to come up with a constitution that is acceptable to the great majority of our people as truly reflecting their wishes and aspirations. Why? It is simply because successive MMD governments have tried to impose a constitution that is tailored to meet their own political desires on the Zambian people.In 1996, the MMD leadership of Frederick Chiluba imposed on the Zambian people a constitution whose provisions were decided upon by Chiluba and the men and women he had handpicked as his cabinet ministers. The wishes of the people, as reflected in the report of the Mwanakatwe Constitution Review Commission, were ignored or rejected. A gigantic sum of money was spent on this commission to gather the people’s views as to what type of constitution they wanted for their country. But when the exercise was completed at a huge cost to the taxpayer, the Chiluba-led MMD government rejected or ignored the findings of the Mwanakatwe Constitution Review Commission, and instead put in the constitution what they wanted to see in it....In 2003, another constitution review commission was initiated by the Levy Mwanawasa-led MMD government. The Wila Mung’omba Constitution Review Commission went round the country, at a gigantic cost, to gather the views of Zambians on what type of constitution they wanted. A very good job was done by Wila and his team but when this was tabled to Levy’s MMD government, there was reluctance to move and move in the suggested manner.Levy died and Rupiah Banda took over from him the management of this process with the help of George Kunda. And it’s important to mention here that even when Levy was around, it was George who was in charge of this process and this continued when Rupiah also appointed him minister of justice and Vice-President.... Rupiah put up a National Constitutional Conference (NCC) at a very high cost to the taxpayer and in total defiance of strong opposing views from the main opposition, the Church and civil society in general. The end of this exercise is well known. Rupiah’s term of office ended without a constitution in place. The only thing he left the Zambian people with was a bill of over K200 billion spent on this futile process.And to this, add the expenditure of the Levy and Chiluba regimes on the constitution review process. A huge amount of money that could have changed the lives of our people in so many ways was wasted. No one has seriously been taken to task, politically or otherwise, for this wastefulness and recklessness....It is also important to note that so far there has been no apology from the MMD leadership to the Zambian people on the time and money wasted on a constitution review process that was clearly destined to fail because of the autocratic and single-minded approach they had taken from the very beginning – where it was only their views, and no one else’s, that had to prevail, that had to dominate.So far Rupiah and his friends in the MMD have shown no remorse or contrition over what they have done with the constitution review process. This is not a small issue. It is a very important issue that needs to be on top of our election agenda because, as we have already stated, the rock upon which a democratic government rests is its constitution.