The National Constitution Commission (NCC) will submit its report and draft constitution to the Minister of Justice this year for onward transmission to parliament for adoption.
NCC chairperson Chifumu Banda said this morning that he was supremely confident that by July this year, the constitution-making body would have completed its task and submit its report and draft constitution as required by the NCC Act of 2007.
Mr. Banda was speaking when British High Commissioners to Zambia, Thomas Carter and Carolyn Davidson paid a courtesy call on him at his office today.
The NCC chairperson was pleased that the British government had offered to engage experts to assist with the editing of the final draft constitution.
He expressed confidence that this would add value to the NCC work.
He said six of the eleven NCC committees had already completed their work while the remaining five would complete theirs by next month.
Recounting the NCC calendar, Mr. Banda said the main conference would be summoned in April 2009 to consider and adopt the recommendation of all the reports in readiness for their submission to the Ministry of Justice.
“We are anxious to deliver a good constitution to the people of Zambia and we are sufficiently geared to deliver the task despite the challenges we are currently facing,” he said.
Some of the challenges included insufficient funds to translate the report and draft constitution into Zambia’s various local languages as well as publicizing the two documents for 60 consecutive days in the media as required by the NCC Act.
Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to Zambia, Thomas Carter said his government was committed to helping the NCC to draft its report and constitution.
On additional assistance, Mr. Carter said he would discuss the issue with donors and cooperating partners.
The meeting was attended by NCC vice chairpersons, Leonard Hikaumba and Faustina Sinyangwe as well as NCC Secretary, Russell Mulele and chief rapporteur, Davison Mendamenda.