30 January 2013

Zambia: Nkomeshya Backs Referendum Calls

CHIEFTAINESS Nkomeshya Mukamambo II of Chongwe District has said a referendum should be held for the current Constitution-making process to stand the test of time.

Chieftainess Nkomeshya said the Constitution-making process would be in vain if the referendum was not held to amend part three of the Constitution.

She was speaking at the Lusaka Province Constitution convention on Monday.

"The referendum is a must. Experience is the best teacher. We have had so many Constitution-making processes but they have not yielded anything, so this current process is the only hope for the Zambian people," Chieftainess Nkomeshya said.

Meanwhile, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection executive director Leonard Chiti has been elected chairperson of the Lusaka Province Constitution convention.

Father Chiti beat Emily Sikazwe and Fr Gabriel Mwanamwalye in an election that took place on Monday.

And Livingstone lawyer Solomon Muzyamba has been elected chairperson of the Southern Province Constitution convention.

Mr Muzyamba got 43 votes against his closest rival Fr Spencer Nyendwa of Monze Catholic Diocese, who received 35 votes out of 156 votes cast.

United Church of Zambia Livingstone Reverend Jane Kaluba was elected as vice-chairperson with 60 votes while her closest rival, Rosemary Mudaala got 26 votes out of 155 votes cast.

Speaking after his election, Mr Muzyamba said Constitution making was a difficult process and urged delegates to ensure that no stone was left unturned in considering all the 300 articles.

Meanwhile, Technical Committee chairperson, Annel Silungwe has assured that the final Draft Constitution would be without political interference.

He said on Breeze FM Radio in Chipata that the Draft Constitution was a reflection of previous constitution review processes, which represented the interests of all Zambians.

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