Civil society resolves to mobilise, sensitise Zambians on referendum
By Prosper Miyoba
FATHER Richard Luonde says the government must find the money to hold a referendum.
President Edgar Lungu has said he is not in a hurry to hold the referendum because the country has no money for the exercise.
Lungu said he would call for a referendum when the country has enough resources to hold such an expensive undertaking.
In an interview during the launch of the Civil Society Constitution Agenda, Fr Luonde said the government must find the money to hold the referendum because it was the rights of citizens that were involved.
“How does he say the country has no money to fund the referendum while he was out in Israel with a bunch of ministers just to go and take pictures in the holy land? Is he saying a trip to take pictures in Israel is more important than the rights of the people? Money is there and money can be found. Government must look for money. Where they get money for by-elections and President Lungu’s unnecessary travels is where they are supposed to look for money for the referendum,” said Fr Luonde.
And Grand Coalition vice chairperson Pamela Chisanga said President Lungu had no choice but to give Zambians their rights.
She said her organisation would not sit back and watch rights of people being violated by politicians who did not mean well for the country.
“We will not sit down and watch the government sitting on people’s rights. The PF government is not in a hurry to hold a referendum because they have everything. If we stand up as Zambians, President Lungu will have no option but to give us our rights through a referendum. We will demand these rights no matter what it will cost,” Chisanga said.
She said the coalition was going to undertake a countrywide campaign to sensitise people on the importance of the referendum and how much the country needed it.
“We will go out to mobilise and sensitise the general public on the importance of the referendum. People have to understand what they are voting for. We had a failed referendum last year because there was no much sensitisation on the matter. So this time, we want to have enough time to tell our people out there how important these rights are not only to them but for generations to come,” said Chisanga.