Government against foreign interference of the Constitution making process, Kabimba tells Cubans.
Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba says the Patriotic Front (PF) Government is doing everything possible to guard against foreign interference in the on going republican Constitution making process.
Mr Kabimba reiterated Government’s commitment to ensuring that the constitution making process was not hijacked by foreign interests but that the final supreme law of the land needed to reflect the aspirations of the Zambian people.
Mr Kabimba who is in Cuba for a series of high level meetings with top officials of the Communist Party and Government of Cuba 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.
Mr Kabimba, who is also Secretary General of the ruling PF, emphasised that Zambians would claim legal independence by enacting laws for themselves that protected their collective interests, and pointed out that there was a clear link between a legal regime and the economic and social development of a country.
And Ms Reus told Mr Kabimba that her country was also undergoing constitutional reforms in order to bring the country’s laws and regulation in tandem with the economic reforms that would usher in a new economic order.
She disclosed that 97 new regulations had so far been introduced in line with the economic reforms.
Ms Reus said Cuba, like Zambia, was also guarding the legal reforms against what she termed as ‘pollution’ from external forces.
She explained that Cuba was making strides despite economic difficulties resulting from the United States imposed blockade and the global economic crisis, pointing out that the country was intent on achieving economic independence through high productivity, which would lead to import substitution.
Ms Reus said that Cuba had achieved sufficient progress in empowering women, adding that 48 per cent of all Members of Parliament in Cuba were women, while the womenfolk also accounted for 60 per cent of the country’s professional workforce.
She called on increased solidarity between Cuba, Zambia and Africa as a whole. And Mr Kabimba has 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 the Deputy Head of the International Relations Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba at the Party Headquarters in Havana.
He 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 the freedom and stability of its neighbours in order to carry out economic trade and development.
He urged Zambia and Cuba to build on the strong ties forged between the two countries by former leaders Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Commander Fidel Castro respectively, which he said had cooled off after Dr Kaunda left office and were only being revived following the PF’s ascendancy to power.
“We are happy to have the opportunity to renew our relations with Cuba and therefore hope that we can interact more often for the benefit of the people of Cuba and Zambia,” Mr Kabimba said.
And the Cuban Communist Party’s Deputy Head of International Relations, Oscar Martinez Cordoves said Cuba was grateful to Zambia for the solidarity with its people adding that Cuba had continued providing support to Africa in the areas of health and education despite economic challenges.
Mr Kabimba is in Cuba on invitation from the Communist Party of Cuba, to meet with senior Party and Cuban Government officials.