4 February 2013

Zambians Eager for All-Inclusive Constitution

CONSTITUTION Technical Committee chairperson Annel Silungwe has said Zambians are this time around intent on coming up with a Constitution that is not only people-driven but one that would also stand the test of time.

Mr Justice Silungwe said during the closure of the Eastern Province constitution convention that the holistic consultations would go a long way in enhancing the ownership of the supreme law of the land.

He said people had, thus far, demonstrated that they would come up with an all-inclusive document.

"It is self-evident that these holistic consultations will go a long way in enhancing the ownership of the supreme law of the land namely the Zambian Constitution once it is adopted and comes into force," he said.

In Lusaka, the week-long convention closed with the adoption of resolutions of the province being compiled for submission to the National Constitution Convention slated for April 2013.

The convention came to an end shortly after the election of four members in addition to the five nominated ones to represent the province at the national convention.

The elected members included a representative from the Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia Huzaifa Jada, lawyer Abraham Mwansa and two female delegates Deborah Taulo, a political science student, and another legal practitioner Nelly Mutti.

In the Southern Province, Permanent Secretary Chileshe Mulenga commended delegates for putting aside their personal and political interests during deliberations.

Dr Mulenga said during the closing of the convetion that it was evident that the holistic consultations would go a long way in enhancing the ownership of the supreme law of the land, once it came into force.

And Constitution Technical Committee representative Reuben Lifuka said delegates had exhibited patriotism during their deliberations.

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