Various political parties in Luapula Province have resolved that there be a provision in the constitution to allow for use of local languages in the National Assembly by Members of Parliament (MP) during debates.
The Political parties unanimously agreed that the use of local languages would enable the general public to understand the policy issues easily.
The parties argued that MPs would also express themselves more elaborately during debates in Parliament.
They cited South African National Assembly as one that had no restrictions on language and dress code.
The Political parties made the resolutions during the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID )forum held in Mansa.
The Political parties in attendance included the ruling Movement for Muity Party Democracy (MMD) , Patriotic Front ( PF) ,United National Independence ( UNIP),United Party for National Development ( UPND) , United Liberal Party ( ULP) and the Forum for Political Parties.
ZCID is currently holding held sensitising meeting to gather more views from political parties at the grassroots level for submission to the National Constitution Conference (NCC ).
The parties also resolved that all MPs who defect to other political parties should not be allowed to re-contest their seat until the tenure of their office elapses.
They also agreed that the tenure for MPs be limited to two terms of five years in office after which they should not seek re-election.
And the ZCID has refuted recent media reports that it resolved to amend the NCC Act to allow for broader representation.
ZCID Executive Director Chomba Chellah stated that the amendments would take aback and delay the constitution making process.
“This resolution was arrived at by the political parties at a forum recently not the ZCID secretariat and it was just one of those resolutions we gathered from the forums,” Mr Chellah said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chellah has urged political parties and the general public to take advantage of its Constitution Sensitisation regional meetings and submit their views on the content and formulation of the national constitution.
Mr. Chellah said the forums being held at all provincial capitals across the country had been organised to sensitise and gather more views from political parties at the grassroots level for submission to the National Constitution Conference (NCC).
He said ZCID would soon organise open forums for the general public at district levels to obtain substantial views on the formulation and content of the National Constitution.
He said that the ZCID was organising meetings across the country to sensitise the public on the constitution content and formulation to enable them hold their representatives at the NCC accountable.
‘we are getting views from the political parties on the bill of rights, separation of powers and the electoral systems and we intend to extend these forums to the civil society and the general public,’ Mr. Chellah said.
Mr. Chellah said that the ZCID affiliated political parties through their General Secretaries would advise on how to present the views collected from the forums the NCC.
He said the forums were also aimed at affording various political parties to debate and reach consensus on important constitutional issues.