8 December 2012

Zambia: Opposing Views Affect Progress for Constitution Body

THE Constitution Technical Committee says it has a challenge in bringing differing points of views from delegates into a common position.

Spokesperson for the committee Ernest Mwansa said in Ndola yesterday during the ongoing Copperbelt Constitution Convention that the process had an aspect of dealing with diverse interests, hence the challenges in synchronising them.

"People have different interests they want to put into the Constitution and these things are contradictory. You find that one group wants this and the other group wants another view.

"Our challenge as the Technical Committee is to bring them into a position where both sides feel that although everything has not been taken from them, they have been heard and the resultant provision meets them half way," he said.

Mr Mwansa said he was happy that the participants were scrutinising every position in the Draft Constitution and not just looking out for what they want.

He said the Constitution works well if all the contents synchronise, adding that the resolutions that would come from the provincial convention would be valid.

Mr Mwansa said so far, the committee was satisfied with the input from the Copperbelt Constitution Convention and that the views were representative of the masses.

He said he was confident that the current process would accommodate all the views.

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