Rufunsa MP Kenneth Chipungu, Kanyama MP Gerry Chanda and Kabwata MP Given Lubinda follow the proceedings of the Constitution meeting at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka
Rufunsa MP Kenneth Chipungu, Kanyama MP Gerry Chanda and Kabwata MP Given Lubinda follow the proceedings of the Constitution meeting at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka

Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamambo II of the Busoli people in Chongwe district has said a referendum is a must if the current Constitution making process is to stand the test of time.

Speaking at the on-going Lusaka province constitution convention on Monday, Chieftainess Nkhomesha said that the current constitution making process, like many others, would be in vain if it did not go to the referendum.

The Lusaka provincial constitution convention is part of the 3rd and last round of constitution conventions currently taking place, with the other two being southern and eastern provinces.

“The referendum is a must. Experience is the best teacher. We have had so many Constitution making processes but they have not yielded anything so this current process is the only hope for the Zambian people,” Chieftainess Nkomesha said.

She said it was good that this time around there was no Government white paper which required the Constitution committee to hand over the draft constitution to the President for him to make changes before presenting it to the people.

Chieftainess Nkomesha said the people of Zambia had declined the Government white paper in preference for a referendum as the way forward.

“We must set a precedent and ensure that we contribute to a constitution that will stand the test of time,” she said.

Earlier Non Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC) executive director Emily Sikazwe, who is the newly elected deputy chairperson of the Lusaka constitution, said the content of the draft Constitution must be protected.

“The content must be protected but we are not sure if the referendum will be respected. Zambians need a Constitution. Let us give a legacy to the Zambians,” she said.

Meanwhile Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection executive director Father Leonard Chiti has been elected chairperson of the Lusaka province constitution convention.

Father Chiti won the election after beating Emily Sikazwe and Father Gabriel Mwanamwalye in the election that took place on Monday.

Dr Sikazwe was however later elected deputy chairperson of the convention.

In his inaugural speech, Father Chiti urged the delegates to do their best and ensure a good constitution as a lot of resources had been put in place for Zambia to have a good constitution.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. I cant stand men wearing double breasted suits
    Or men wearing suits with terrible colors for me its either black suit or Navy blue anything else , is no!

    Thanks

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  2. I thought Honourable Bo Lubinda was on his Annual Leave , as we were told by State House, hence not attending the AU summit. So did he take his annual leave to attend the Constitution Convention? He must be a heck of one patriotic Zambian indeed.

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  3. Of cos you have no perception on men’s fashion trends…you only see things in black and blue…….wake up and see the colors…!!!

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    • You don’t know? We have already done that referendum and kicked Burkina Faso in the backsides! Chris Katongo has said the only result is a win!!! Maybe I’m lying to myself, but our boys need all the support.

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    • lon, you are right, its just the soli people, you don’t add ba or bu, no, only when one is writting in local language can/she add that, ………….its like saying batonga people or babemba people, no one talks or writes like that, simply say tonga people or bemba people and move on.

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  4. Does the chieftainess understand that what she is talking about is what Michael Sata fears most, that Kabimba and Sylvier including Fred Mmembe are against it because it will give the Zambian people a people driven constitution which they are afraid of? Anyway i hope she does.

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  5. Thats my chief speaking sense always. unlike the other chieves with muselela kwakaba mentality. always speak with a price to receive. shame on sp and ep chieves

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    • The chief is has the right to speak because the person you call akwa has enabled her to do so. Otherwise, if it was others, they could threatened her with removing her from the throne. Great credit goes to the president. Speak objectively and not with biased views.

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  6. What is so difficult to understand about this: Asked if the referendum was a must since it was part of the roadmap, justice Silungwe responded: “In terms of the constitutional provisions, yes. Referendum is mentioned in the terms of reference, yes. And it’s also mentioned under Article 79 of the current Republican Constitution which talks about alteration of any part of the Bill of Rights is required to be submitted to a national referendum. Now the bill of rights has been altered extensively through the process to include economic, social and cultural rights. And we have also expanded rights relating to the gender equality, children and persons with disabilities.”

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  7. Mweo a mfumu dont bite the finger that is feeding you…zasi why bwezani enzo funa kukunyokolani….naye uyu aku chayeni mbama!!

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  8. Here is one woman who is not afraid to speak out for what is right. Bravo Chieftainess Nkomesha! Wish there were more women and men of steel as you!

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  9. Was the 50 + 1 percent issue pertaining to the election of the president taken out of the draft constitution? Any one knows? And has there been another province other than Luapula to have supported the dual citizenship clause?

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  10. Bravo Chieftainess Nkomesha, you are a woman of valor . ….
    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important
    of all the lessons that history has to teach.
    Politicians are never to be trusted. we need leaders like you Chieftainess who are steadfast and and with the people at all times.
    Wish this country had more leaders like Chieftainess Nkomesha…
    Long live the Chieftainess…

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  11. Twalumbu Kambo you are an inspiration to all the headman in our beatuful Chiefdom we will always support and defend the throne may God continue blessing and protecting you from all evil thing amen.

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    • Thanks banduna for that comment to our Royal Highness. Long live to our Chief! She fears nobody except God. For everybody comes and goes hence her boldness.

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  12. Referendum?

    Not with current levels of IQs averaging 50-60, with chaps voting under the influence of political gifts and intoxicating brew??? God forbid!

    We need to establish an Electoral College where only the well-informed are allowed to vote in important national issues!

    Minimum qualification should be a Bachelor’s degree!

    Sorry if I sound insensitive but this is crucial!

    Presidential candidates should have at least a PhD!

    MP candidates should have at least a Masters degree!

    Sorry! This is the way Zambia should go now!

    Time to put an end to senseless experiments is now!!!

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