President Michael Sata has named a 20-member Technical Committee to draft the new Republican Constitution. This is contained in a statement released by the press aide to the President George Chellah.
The President said in carrying out its functions, the Technical Committee shall refer to all previous Constitutional Review Commissions.
“There are expected to refer to the Chona Constitutional Review Commission, Mvunga Constitutional Review Commission, the 1991 Constitution of Zambia, and the Mwanakatwe Constitutional Review Commission Report and Draft Constitution,” the President said.
“The Technical Committee will also review the Mung’omba Constitutional Review Report and Draft Constitution as well as the Zaloumis Electoral Reform Technical Committee Report and the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) Report and Draft Constitution.”
President Sata emphasised that the Technical Committee shall review the Mung’omba Draft Constitution and use it as the basis upon to develop the new constitution.
The Head of State said the Technical Committee is also expected to consult widely and take into account the submissions forwarded.
The President said the committee shall draw up its programme of work and submit the same to the Secretary to Cabinet within 7 days of its first sitting.
“They are expected to consult local and international experts on constitutional law and practice, the members of the public at all provincial centres and incorporate in the new national constitution the views of the people as resolved in the provincial constitutional conventions.”
The committee is furthermore expected to consult and take into account the submissions of sector groups.
“The Technical Committee shall draft the national constitution based on its findings from the review process and best international constitutional practices and provisions of international conventions on human rights,” the President said.
“They shall also draft the Constitution of Zambia Bill to set the commencement date for the new Constitution, deal with transitional and other issues for the effective transition into a new constitutional regime under the Fourth Republic to be enacted by Parliament.”
The President said the committee shall draw up its programme of work and submit the same to the Secretary to Cabinet within 7 days of its first sitting. The President has also directed the committee to submit the whole report to him.
The Technical Committee shall be composed of the following eminent experts:
1. Hon. Justice Annel Silungwe, SC Former Chief Justice shall be Chairperson
2. Dr. J.B. Sakala JB Sakala and Company shall be Vice- Chairperson
3. Rev. Susan Matale Council of Churches
4. Mr. Willa Mung’omba Mungo’omba Associates
5. Hon. Sebastian S. Zulu, SC Minister of Justice
6. Ms. Charity Mwansa Permanent Secretary-Lusaka Province
7. Professor Patrick Mvunga Mvunga and Associates
8. Chief Luchembe Northern Province
9. Prof. Margaret Munalula University of Zambia
10. Mr. Ernest Mwansa Mwansa Phiri and Partners
11. Dr. Rodger Chongwe Chongwe and Associates
12. Mr. Paulman Chungu Law Association of Zambia
13. Mr. Simon Kabanda Citizens Forum
14. Mr. Reuben Lifuka Transparency International-Zambia
15. Mrs. Mwangala Zaloumis Dove Chambers
16. Dr. Winnie Sithole-Mwenda Ministry of Justice
17. Mrs. Thandiwe D. Oteng Ministry of Justice, who shall be the Secretary to the Committee
18. Three Catholic Bishops
The Technical Committee shall be supported and advised by the following draftspersons:
- Mrs. Eva Jhala Bemvi Consultants
- Mrs. Patricia D. Jere Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Ministry of Justice
- Mr. Andrew Nkunika Acting Principal Parliamentary Counsel,