Govt urged to grant Committee drafting constitution time it requested

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–The Oasis Forum has called on government to grant the Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution the extended period they have asked to complete drafting the document.


Oasis Forum Spokesperson, Cleophas, Lungu said this is essential in ensuring that the committee comes up with a document that is people driven.


Fr Lungu said while the Forum acknowledges the challenges associated with extending the process beyond the stipulated period, the key objective should not depend solely on adherence to meeting the set deadline.


He said national focus should be directed towards ensuring that the end product, which is the 2013 Republican Constitution, fully reflects the interests of the people of Zambia.

Fr Lungu urged all committed Zambians to continue monitoring the constitution making process in order to ensure that the country, this time around, produces a Constitution that would truly “stand the test of time!”


This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.


The Technical Committee drafting the Zambian Constitution has applied for a one month extension to the period they were given to complete drafting the new constitution.


The initial dateline the committee was given elapsed yesterday, on June 30, 2013.


Meanwhile, Fr Lungu disclosed that the Forum has finally completed the preparation of the Private Members’ Bill on protecting the constitution making process in the country.


Fr Lungu said the Forum will sponsor and is ready to present the Bill to Parliament, adding that it also intends to widely publicise the Bill to the people of Zambia.


The Oasis Forum comprises the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ), Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), Non-Governmental Coordinating Council (NGOCC) and the Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC).