Ignore constitution debate -Sata
PRESIDENT Michael Sata has said Zambia already has a Constitution in place and that public officers should not be part of the debate about a new Constitution since they swore to uphold the current document.
“Don’t talk about the Constitution,ignore those who are talking about the Constitution every day. We already
have a Constitution in place which you swore to uphold,” the President said.
The President was speaking at State House this morning during the swearing ceremony of former Kitwe Town Clerk Ali Simwinga as Zambia’s Ambassador to Egypt, Godwin Phiri as Commissioner of Police at State House and Pride Kabuswe and Robert Kasezya as public policy specialists, policy analysis and coordination division at Cabinet Office.
The President insisted that there is no Constitutional crisis in Zambia.He said Zambia already had a Constitution in place.
“If there was no Constitution, we would not be here. We are running three arms of Government under the same Constitution some people want to keep talking about,” he said.
Meanwhile the Law Association of Zambia has demanded the release of the draft constitution by whoever is holding on to the document.
LAZ president James Banda whose association is one of the conveners of the Oasis Forum told Qfm in an interview that they have been able to confirm that the technical committee has finished its work hence government should release the document.
Mr. Banda said that it will be irresponsible for the constitution making process to fail at this stage considering the time and resources invested in the process.
He says responsible people should behave in a responsible manner, stating whoever is holding on to the document should release it instead of having scenarios where the document has to be leaked through the media.
Mr. Banda added that government should release the draft constitution and state clearly what the next step is in the constitution making process.
He stated that the next stage of the constitution making process should not be a mystery as government had promised to inform the Zambian people of next step once the technical committed had completed its work.
The LAZ president added that as the draft constitution is being released, the referendum commission should be put in place stating that the Electoral Commission of Zambia can be converted into referendum commission so that they start preparing for the referendum.
Mr. Banda is optimistic that the country will have a new constitution as long as Zambians do not relent in demanding for their constitution.