The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has described as unreasonable an order by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba for the Technical Committee of the Constitution Review process to submit an incomplete draft constitution as a way of sticking to the earlier timeline of completion by June month end.
This is contained in a statement released to the media and signed by the General Secretary Rev Suzanne Matale.
A resolution passed at the end of CCZ Board meeting held in Lusaka’s Makeni Ecumenical Centre on 28th June, 2013, described the development as unfortunate and sad.
“This raises questions as to the sincerity of the Patriotic Front government to deliver a people driven constitution. The action is to say the least malevolent and intended to derail the effort of Zambians to give unto themselves a good constitution, ” read the statement
“The church believes that the constitution review process which is currently underway is a justice issue and the Zambian people demand, justice, honesty, righteousness, fairness and integrity.
CCZ demanded that government allows for the extension of the Technical Committee’s mandate to allow for the completion of the draft constitution before it is handed over to the minister of justice at least up to end of July, 2013.
CCZ said that he constitution making process in Zambia has been on going for 17 long years, and extending the period of this particular process for another one month was not too much to ask.
“Allowing for an incomplete draft to be submitted will not only be unfair and unreasonable but also a waste of both time and resources, ” read the statement.
“The church is therefore calling on government to release required additional financial resources towards the completion of the constitution review process and extend their mandate for the required one month up to 31st July, to allow them deliver a complete and satisfactory draft constitution according to the will of the people, ” concluded the release.