The Citizens Committee (CC) is calling for the reduction of
the number of delegates to the National Constitution Conference(NCC). Committee Executive Director Gregory Chifire pointed out that paying delegates who have since concluded their work is an unnecessary drain on national coffers.
Mr.Chifire has challenged Justice Minster George Kunda to act on the matter.
Mr.Chifire says the move is meant to be a costing saving measure in the face of the global economic downturn.
Mr. Chifire told ZANIS in interview in Lusaka that there is no need for government to continue spending colossal sums of money on a bloated number of NCC delegates at the expense of national development.
He suggested that only committees that are still seating should be allowed to continue while those that have concluded their set mandate should not continue to draw allowances.
He said financial difficulties facing many countries have not spared Zambia thereby affecting many developmental efforts.
He said this is why government should come up with a clear policy on the issue of paying NCC delegates as the policy will assist government scrutinize the payment of allowances to NCC delegates.
Mr. Chifire further added that as much as the constitutional making process is important to the national development other activities should also be given equal opportunities of funding.
The NCC has concluded debates for over 15 committees that were mandated to consider different clauses from the Mung’omba draft constitution.