MOJ to guide govt on constitution road map

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—Parliament heard today that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General will advise on the roadmap and steps to be undertaken on the draft constitution once the document is tabled before Cabinet.

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Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mkhondo Lungu this afternoon threatened to send the entire members of the executive bench out for allegedly making noise in the House.

And Government has maintained that there is a functional constitution in place .

Acting Leader of Government Business in parliament Edgar Lungu says government would depend on the learned counsel of Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba and acting Attorney General Musa Mwenye on the roadmap to enacting a people driven Constitution.

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Mr. Lungu who is the Minister of Defence said the PF Government is keen to follow the legal framework without ‘injuring’ the Zambian people.

He said this when he presented a ministerial statement in Parliament today that  government is fully alive to the time-frame and will give Zambians a people driven constitution.

Last week, United Party for National Development (UPND) Mazabuka Central MP Garry Nkombo raised a point of order to find out an update on the draft constitution and which level the document was at.

Mr. Lungu reiterated that the issues of the constitutional making process is not a dead-one as government was addressing a lot of issues among them education, health, roads and others.

He added that the PF Government is determined to implement and fulfill its 2011 campaign promises as others have already been fulfilled.

He denied that the PF Government is changing goal posts on the draft constitution document but that the Zambian people would judge for themselves.

Mr Lungu said Zambia still has a functional constitution that can be used at the moment untill the draft was ready .

“The current constitution is still functioning and we can use it until the new constitution is out,” Mr. Lungu said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mkhondo Lungu this afternoon threatened to send the entire members of the executive bench out for allegedly making noise in the House.

Mr. Lungu in guiding the House observed that the front bench had made noise  for the second time translating that it had breached the parliamentary procedures.

“Please, order, order…..You risk the whole bench on my right being sent away from the House. This is the second time l’m saying observe order in the House,” the Deputy Speaker warned.

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