Govt appeals for time on constitution

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MINISTER of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Mwansa Kapeya
MINISTER of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Mwansa Kapeya

Government has appealed for time from all Zambians, political parties, the Civil Society and all stakeholders in coming up with a roadmap for enacting the new Constitution.

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Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya says political expedience on this crucial matter will not help the country in any way.

Mr Kapeya says it is important that politicians rise above board and objectively help the process as opposed to a partisan stance witnessed in the past few days.

He says political party leaders have a duty to restrain their members from doing anything that will jeopardize the Constitution making process as opposed to leading the way in fomenting anarchy and disunity.

Mr Kapeya says UPND President Hakainde Hichilema is disregarding parliamentary etiquette by ordering UPND Members of Parliament to continue with their protests on the constitution making process.

He says Mr. Hichilema should desist from meddling and misleading his Members of Parliament on issues he least understands.

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Mr Kapeya in a statement issued to QFM News says Government is determined to give the people of Zambia a constitution that will stand the test of time, but that this cannot be achieved by rushing the process.

He says it is strange that parties like the MMD who understand the process very well and spent colossal sums of money on the National Constitution Conference (NCC) can now want to rush the Government to quickly enact the new Constitution.

Mr Kapeya adds that a good number of UPND Members of Parliament were also part of the failed attempts by the MMD to come up with a constitution.

He says the Patriotic Front Government is mindful of the need for a good Constitution hence the reason it revived the process immediately it came to power in 2011.

Mr Kapeya further states that it is not the desire of the PF Government to embark on a process where huge sums of money will be spent but fail to yield any tangible results.

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