Kabimba blames MPs for constitution delay

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Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General and Honourable Minister of Justice, Mr Wynter M. Kabimba, SC, ODS, MP
Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General and Honourable Minister of Justice, Mr Wynter M. Kabimba, SC, ODS, MP

Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba has shifted the blame to opposition Members of Parliament for the delay in coming up with the new constitution.

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Mr Kabimba says opposition Members of Parliament protesting in parliament over the constitution should be held responsible for the delay in the constitution making process.

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Addressing a media briefing today during which he refused to take questions from Journalists, Mr Kabimba said if the opposition Members of Parliament had not resorted to the avenue of demanding the constitution through protests in parliament, government would have by now made remarkable progress on the matter.

Mr. Kabimba says the opposition Members of Parliament should consequently take the blame for this delay.

He states that it is clear that the behavior exhibited by the opposition MPs has nothing to do with the constitution as they claim because the constitution making process is not a responsibility of the Speaker of the National Assembly until such a time when the Executive presents the constitutional bill to Parliament.

Mr Kabimba explains that under the Laws of Zambia, the Speaker does not have any power to order the Executive to bring such a bill Parliament.

And Mr. Kabimba says the continued disruption of parliamentary proceedings by opposition Members of Parliament is not only against the standing orders of the house but also an offense under the laws of the country.

He says government has also been taken aback by those supporting what he described as the misconduct of the opposition MPs by praising them as heroes.

Mr Kabimba warns that any attempt therefore, to justify the breach of the rules of parliament which derive its efficacy from the constitution is not only partisan but an act of advocating for anarchy without due regard to the security and peace prevailing in the country.

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