Existing constitution should not cause constitutional-making to fail – Cheembe

Zambia draft Constitution

The Southern African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) says Zambia is fortunate to have a business as usual approach of enacting a new constitution that allows a parallel process of enacting a new one while existing one still remains functional.

SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe says his organization is of the view that this business as usual approached has been made possible by the peace and unity the country continues to sustain.

Mr. Cheembe says this is why government should ensure that this business as usual approach is used to the best interest of the people so that the country does not have situation where the enactment of the new constitution ends up failing.

Mr. Cheembe has told Qfm news in an interview this is especially that people are still hopeful that with this approach they will have a new constitution.

He says in using this approach for the best interest of the people government should start by releasing the final draft constitution after which it should also avail the road map of how the country’s new supreme law will be enacted.

The SACCORD Executive Director, who has just completed a three weeks constitutional building in Africa course at Central European University in Hungary, has also noted the need to make use of the wider public participation to come up with a consensus of how the new constitution can be enacted.

He says this is in view of the fact that the country has now moved beyond constitutional making and now is focusing on constitutional building.

QFM News Zambia