6 September 2012

Zambia: Kabimba Promises People-Driven Constitution

JUSTICE Minister, Wynter Kabimba has pledged to ensure that Zambia produces a Constitution that will reflect the aspirations of the people.

Talking to journalists after being sworn-in as Justice Minister and attending his first Cabinet meeting, Mr Kabimba said he would ensure that the process of coming up with a new Constitution was people-driven.

"We will not import the Constitution but we will make it ourselves so that it can meet and reflect our ambitions and aspirations as a people,' he said.

He said the PF manifesto was very clear on the Constitution and legal reforms because it wanted a justice system that was accessible and affordable to all people.

Mr Kabimba said as Justice minister, he would ensure that Zambia did not import a Constitution but that the people produced their own document that met their aspirations.

On judicial reforms, Mr Kabimba said Government did not want reforms driven by the Judiciary itself but by the people who accessed the services it provided.

'There is no way a system that we are trying to cleanse can dictate the reform process," he said.

He said he would not comment on the judicial reforms as an individual but as a Government minister.

On the registration of the London High Court Judgment involving late president Frederick Chiluba and others, Mr Kabimba said he would wait for a report from technocrats in the ministry.

Asked on how he was going to work as Cabinet minister and as PF secretary-general, Mr Kabimba said he would work as a servant of the people as a minister and as a servant of the party as secretary-general.

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