‘Help print Draft Constitution’

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THE Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution has appealed to Government to provide support in printing adequate copies of the final Draft Constitution for the simultaneous handover of the document to the President and the general public.

Committee spokesperson Ernest Mwansa said in a statement yesterday that enough copies of the draft Constitution would facilitate a meaningful validation process of the work done by members of the general public.

Mr Mwansa said the Committee had written to Government requesting it to provide the necessary support to enable it print the required copies.

“In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of debate on the form and nature of the hand-over of the final Draft Constitution and the other accompanying documents.

“It is still our desire to have the stated documents handed over simultaneously to the appointing authority and the general public,” Mr Mwansa said.

He said the Committee had already prepared the final draft Constitution, the report of the Technical Committee, which explains the approach and decisions taken by the Committee on various articles, and the Constitution of Zambia Bill.

Meanwhile, the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has urged President Michael Sata to redirect the Constitution-making process to its original plan of releasing the draft Constitution simultaneously to the Executive as well as to the people of Zambia.

CCZ communications officer Graze Zulu said the President would be held accountable if the current Constitution-making process failed because he was on record promising the Zambian people a Constitution that would stand the test of time.

“We believe, as a Church, that Mr Sata must issue fresh directions of releasing the draft Constitution simultaneously as earlier planned.

“The recent statements have halted the whole procedure. We urge him to do so urgently or people will hold him accountable if it fails,” she said.

Ms Zulu said the Patriotic Front’s manifesto stated that it would respect the people’s wish on the Constitution.

She said the Church believed that the Constitution-making process was a justice issue.

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