On Saturday yesterday the Technical Committee disclosed in a statement that it has resolved not to sign its report on the final draft constitution following the directive by the Ministry of Justice to print only 10 copies of the final draft constitution as such a directive was against its terms of reference.
Mr. Kabimba who is also Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General has told journalists that the Technical Committee was appointed by the government and therefore if they choose to defy the directive by his Ministry, the Technical Committee is in fact defying President Michael Sata who appointed them.
Mr. Kabimba however notes his Ministry is not exerting coercion on the Technical Committee to carry out the directive to print only 10 copies of the draft constitution because the committee works under terms of reference.
Mr. Kabimba has further told journalists that the Technical Committee however has right to do whatever they want as per term of reference.
And when asked whether there will be room for dialogue between the Technical Committee and government over the misunderstanding, Mr. Kabimba said it is up to the Committee to decide as government is always ready to dialogue.