SACCORD adds voice to query use of K44.2M for constitution

Boniface Cheembe
Boniface Cheembe
The Southern African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has added its voice to calls for government to tell the nation how the 44.2 million kwacha allocated to the constitution making process in the 2014 national budget has been utilized.

In an interview with Qfm News, SACCORD Executive Director, Boniface Cheembe says in view of the commencement of the preparations for the 2015 national budget, government should allocate more funds to the constitutional making process.

Mr Cheembe adds that if the 44.2 million kwacha allocated in the 2014 budget has not been utilized, the money should be added up to what will be allocated for the constitution making in the 2015 national budget.

Mr. Cheembe has also encouraged government to initiate dialogue meetings with different stakeholders so that if there are difficulties in funding the constitutional making process, ideas can be shared from among different stakeholders on how such funds can be sourced.

And Mr. Cheembe says much as his organization welcomes government’s decision to subject all contentious clauses in the draft constitution to public discussion, government should also give a timeframe and road map of how such discussions will be held.

He adds that SACCORD also hopes that the holding of such discussions will also include the release of the final draft constitution.