President Edgar Lungu has invited all Zambians from across the country to be part of the signing of the constitution amendment bill at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium slated for Tuesday January 5,2015.
The President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda has revealed that Mr. Lungu has also invited people from all the ten provinces to attend the momentous ceremony.
He has told ZNBC News in an exclusive interview in Lusaka that the President is delivering a promise that has been eluding Zambians for many years.
Mr. Chanda adds that President Lungu’s decision to sign the constitution bill which contains the 50 percent plus one , running mate and dual citizenship clauses is the most courageous decision taken by a Zambian President.
He has since appealed to all Zambians to turn up for the festivities meant to start at 11:00hrs with the signing slated for 15:00hrs.
Mr. Chanda adds that Cabinet has informed the President that preparations have already started and will also include military honours.
He says the amended constitution when signed into law will preserve money which would have been used on protracted conversations regarding the constitution.
Meanwhile Some governance stakeholders have welcomed President Edgar Lungu’s assenting to the constitution amendment bill, set for Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
Zambia Center for Inter-Party Dialogue -ZCID- Executive Director, Harace Chilando says the President’s decision to assent the constitution amendment bill is progressive.
Mr. Chilando has since advised people not to disparage what has been achieved this far in the constitution making process, saying it is good that contentious issues have been absorbed.
He was speaking to ZNBC news in Lusaka.
And Anti-Voter Apathy Project -AVAP- Executive Director, Richwell Mulwani has supported Mr. Chilando’s position, however calls for violence-free elections this year.
Mr. Mulwani has further praised President Lungu’s decision to assent the constitution amendment bill, as promised when he was voted as Zambia’s 6th head of state.