State to deliver people-driven constitution – Lungu

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Vice-President Guy Scott (right), Zambia Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Erick Chimese, Defence Minister Edgar Lungu, Ministry of Defence PS Rosemary Salukatula and Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba (left) - by STEPHEN KAPAMBWE
Vice-President Guy Scott (right), Zambia Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Erick Chimese, Defence Minister Edgar Lungu, Ministry of Defence PS Rosemary Salukatula and Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba (left) - by STEPHEN KAPAMBWE

ACTING leader of Government Business Edgar Lungu has dismissed assertions that government is not serious about delivering a people-driven constitution.
And Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda disclosed that over K70 million worth of affordable loans has been disbursed to 4,000 public service workers in 74 districts by the Public Service Microfinance Company.

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Giving a ministerial statement following a point of order by UPND Mazabuka MP Gary Nkombo, who wanted an update on the constitution -making process and if Cabinet has had an opportunity to prepare a memorandum to discuss the matter, Mr Lungu said Cabinet deliberates on several matters in accordance with its agenda.
UPND Bweengwa MP Highvie Hamududu asked if Government was aware that Zambians want a people-driven constitution while Lubansenshi Independent MP Patrick Mucheleka asked for a time frame, with MMD Chavuma MP Kenneth Konga questioning the budgetary consequences of the delays.
In response, Mr Lungu said Government would meet the aspirations of the people.
“Once everything is done, people responsible will draft the budget and present it to finance ministry. Whatever we are doing is part of the road map and we are on course to give Zambians the constitution they want,” he said.
And TEDDY KUYELA reports that Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba says his office has not received any notification of a legal action anywhere in the world between the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and the Zambian government over the Barotse Land Agreement of 1964.
Mr Kabimba said Government has not received any summon indicating that it has been sued by anyone regarding the issues surrounding the Barotseland Agreement.
He said this in parliament yesterday in response to Lukulu member of Parliament (MP) Misheck Mutelo (UPND), who wanted to know whether there is a legal action anywhere in the world between the BRE and the Zambian government over the 1964 agreement.
“Mr Speaker, the Zambian government has not received any notification indicating that there is a legal action anywhere in the world between the Barotse Royal Establishment and the Zambian Government over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
“My office has not received any summons regarding this issue,” Mr Kabimba said.
He said Government is actively studying the findings of the Rodger Chongwe-led commission of inquiry on the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Mr Kabimba said the report has been tabled before Cabinet and Government will reveal the findings to the public.
He said Government is not underplaying the Barotseland Agreement issue, hence the reason President Sata set up the commission of inquiry to investigate the matter.
The minister was responding to a question from Choma Central MP Cornelius Mweetwa (UPND), who wanted to know when Government will release the findings of the commission of inquiry on the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said Government will soon construct hospitals specialising in kidney and heart problems.
Dr Chilufya said although Government is currently providing such services, it is considering investing in the construction of ultra-modern hospitals that will be offering specialist treatment of kidney and heart problems.
He was responding to a question from Nangoma MP Boyd Hamusonde (UPND), who wanted to know whether Government has any plans to construct a hospital that will be specialised in kidney and heart problems.

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