CCZ’s attacks on Govt unfair – Kapeya

Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Susanne Matale
Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Susanne Matale

ATTACKS on Government from the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) over the on-going Constitution-making process are unfair and unjustified, Chief Government spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya has said.

Mr Kapeya has called on all stakeholders to be patient with the Government as it awaits the Technical Committee on Drafting the Constitution to hand over the draft Constitution on December 31.

He said in a statement yesterday that attacks from the CCZ were unjustified as the Government had not yet received the draft Constitution from the Technical Committee.

Mr Kapeya, who is Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said Government was waiting to receive the draft Constitution in line with the December 31 deadline to enable it to determine the way forward.

He said Government granted the request, including additional resources to the Technical committee, to ensure the country comes up with a durable Constitution.

Mr Kapeya also disputed allegations by the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) that Government had underperformed on its programmes and promises for the year ending 2013.

He said contrary to the assertions, Government was on course in implementing its programmes as indicated in the Patriotic Front manifesto.

Mr Kapeya said Government abolished subsidies on maize and fuel as they did not benefit the poor, but was currently working on better social cash transfer schemes to benefit the people.

JCTR executive director Fr Leonard Chiti last week said 2013 had been the most painful period for Zambians.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba has refuted claims that the Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution has written to request for support to print more copies of the final draft Constitution.

Mr Kabimba said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that he had not received any request for support from the Technical Committee to print the said documents.
Technical Committee spokesperson Ernest Mwansa said on Thursday that the Committee had written to Government requesting it to provide the necessary support in printing adequate copies of the final Draft Constitution for the simultaneous handover of the document to the President and the general public.

But Mr Kabimba denied the claims, saying he had not received any such request from the Technical Committee.



SOURCE: Times of Zambia