14 February 2013

Zambia: 'We Won't Allow Foreign Influence in Constitution'

JUSTICE Minister Wynter Kabimba says the Patriotic Front (PF) Government will continue to guard against foreign interference in the ongoing Constitution review process.

Mr Kabimba, who is in Cuba for a series of high level meetings with top officials of the Communist Party and Government, said Zambians would ensure legal independence and enact laws that protected their collective interests.

He said this on Tuesday when he met Cuba's Minister of Justice Maria Esther Reus in Havana.

"The new Constitution will reflect the culture, norms and values of the Zambian people and that the new set of laws will be an instrument for social and economic transformation for the country," he said.

This is according to a story posted on the PF website.

Mr Kabimba, who is PF Secretary General, said there was a clear link between a legal regime and the economic and social development of a country.

In response, Ms Reus said her country was also undergoing constitutional reforms in order to bring the laws in tandem with the economic reforms that would usher in a new economic order.

She said Cuba was making strides despite economic difficulties resulting from the United States imposed blockade and the global economic crisis.

Ms Reus called for enhanced relations between Cuba, Zambia and Africa as a whole.

Meanwhile, Mr Kabimba said Cuba has been Africa's all-weather friend and commended that country for the significant role it played in the liberation of Southern African countries.

He said this when he met Deputy Head of the International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Mr Kabimba said Cuba's contribution to the liberation of countries such as Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique was in Zambia's interest as a landlocked country which depended on freedom and stability of its neighbours.

Mr Kabimba is in Cuba on invitation from the Communist Party to meet with senior Party and Cuban Government officials.

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