Debate on constitution heats up in Parliament

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MAZABUKA Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo (centre) with colleagues from UPND and other opposition members of parliament who have been boycotting Parliamentary proceedings from last week ponder on their next course of action. The MP’s were found standing outside Parliament buildings yesterday afternoon. – Picture by ANGELA MWENDA.
MAZABUKA Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo (centre) with colleagues from UPND and other opposition members of parliament who have been boycotting Parliamentary proceedings from last week ponder on their next course of action. The MP’s were found standing outside Parliament buildings yesterday afternoon. – Picture by ANGELA MWENDA.

Heated debate got underway in Parliament today on a motion meant to urge government to provide a roadmap for the enactment of a new constitution.

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UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo moved a private member’s motion for the house to urge government to provide a roadmap for the enactment of a new constitution and also to expedite the process considering that the work of the Technical Committee on Drafting the Constitution has been completed and is ready for submission.

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In moving the motion, Mr Nkombo outlined the country’s history of constitution review processes starting with the Chona Commission of 1972, the Mvunga Commission of 1990, the Mwanakatwe Commission of 1993, to the Mung’omba Commission of 2006.

Mr Nkombo said there was need for the government to posthumously honor the people who led the processes of constitution review but have since passed on.

Mr Nkombo further made numerous references to statements on the constitution by President Michael Sata while in the opposition including the promise to deliver a constitution within 90 days.

He stated that President Sata’s statements on the constitution lately have been worrying.

He says there is need for the PF government to respect the process of constitution making which they started on their own.

And seconding the motion, MMD Chembe Member of Parliament Mwansa Mbulakulima urged the PF government to fulfill all the promises President Michael Sata made on the constitution making including when he made his first address to the National Assembly.

Mr Mbulakulima says President Sata has shown a lack of interest in the constitution making process considering the statements he has been making.

And contributing to the debate on the motion, Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba said the promise to deliver a constitution in 90 days was made out of knowledge as to the levels of corruption and mismanagement of the affairs of the state by the MMD government.

 

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