Draft Constitution Goes Public
AFTER several months of anxiety and speculation among members of the public, the Constitution Technical Committee will today release the first Draft Constitution.
This is a breakthrough after the initial schedule to release the document at the end of February this year was staggered to today.
There have been varying voices on the document with some sections of society expressing doubt while others have embraced the process with confidence.
Committee spokesperson Simon Kabanda said in Lusaka yesterday that the chairperson Justice Annel Silungwe will today unveil the working document of the new Constitution.
Mr Kabanda said the consultation period on the Draft Constitution would last for 40 days.
“The chairperson of the Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution (TCDZC), Justice Annel Silungwe, SC will today launch the period for public consultations on the contents of the working document of the new Republican Constitution,” Mr Kabanda said.
Mr Kabanda said the committee has lined up several activities aimed at sensitising members of the public on the contents of the draft constitution in order for them to make informed decisions.
Activities lined up include discussion programmes on the Constitution-making process on both radio and television stations throughout the country.
The committee will also place copies of the working document in the three daily newspapers. Members of the public have been urged to take advantage and make comments.
Mr Kabanda said the Draft Constitution would be transcribed into braille and large print for the benefit of the visually impaired.
He said that the working document would also be translated into seven major local languages namely Lunda, Chitonga, Kaonde, Silozi, Chibemba, Chinyanja, and Luvale.
Zambia has attempted four times to review its Constitution but this had not resulted in expected results.
[Times of Zambia]