4 December 2012

Zambia: Draft Constitution Indabas Receive Warm Response

THE Constitution Technical Committee has received overwhelming response from members of the public during district and provincial conventions, vice-chairperson Julius Sakala has said.

Dr Sakala said Zambians had so far shown interest in the process as evidenced by the high number of people responding at every turn.

He was speaking in Ndola yesterday during the opening of the Copperbelt Province convention at the Savoy Hotel.

Dr Sakala said the committee believed that it had adhered to the terms of reference and would ensure that the process was people-driven.

"We have proceeded with the consultative process to obtain views of Zambians on the Draft Constitution. Throughout the formal and informal consultative process, the committee has facilitated public discussions in the media and other public fora to educate and sensitise Zambians," he said.

Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge urged participants to play their role in recommending changes to the first Draft Constitution.

Mr Musenge said it was of absolute necessity that the participants put aside their personal interests and work for the common good of the country.

In Kabwe, Central Province Minister Philip Kosamu said the Patriotic Front (PF) Government's vision was to come up with a people-driven Constitution.

Mr Kosamu reminded delegates attending the Central Province convention to come up with widely-accepted resolutions.

At the same function, Constitution Technical Committee member Reuben Lifuka assured Zambians of his team's commitment of coming up with a people-driven constitution.

The official opening was attended by Central Province Permanent Secretary Anne Sinyangwe, lawyer Rodger Chongwe, and Simon Kabanda.

Meanwhile, chairperson of the Committee Drafting the Constitution Annel Silungwe said his committee was mandated to ensure that the provision of basic needs and economic growth was established through an equitable framework in order to benefit all Zambians.

He said in Solwezi yesterday that the committee would draft a national document that would stand the test of time.

North-Western Province Minister Steven Masumba said the Government was committed to providing the nation with a people-driven Constitution.

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