Chief Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Mwansa Kapeya has refuted media allegation that President Michael Sata has U-turned on the delivery of the new constitution. His Statement follows allegations quoting the president saying that the current constitution only needs amendments and that Zambia did not need a new constitution.
Mr Kapeya said that the president’s statement in Mansa was supposed to be understood within the context that the road map for the constitutional making process will only be determined after the Technical Committee on drafting the Zambian Constitution hands over the final draft constitution and the constitutional Bill.
Below is the full statement
Republic of Zambia
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services
STATEMENT BY HON. MWANSA KAPEYA, MP, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON THE CONSTITUTION MAKING PROCESS
Government takes this opportunity to reaffirm its position on the constitution making process following His Excellency President Michael Sata’s statement in Mansa at the weekend regarding the constitution making process.
The road map for the constitutional making process will only be determined after the Technical Committee on drafting the Zambian Constitution hands over the final draft constitution and the constitutional Bill.
Therefore, the statement by His Excellency the President in Mansa should be understood within this context.
President Michael Sata’s commitment to deliver a people driven constitution remains unshakeable and that position has not changed and it will not change.
The Government has requested the Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian constitution to ensure they hand over the draft Constitution and Constitution Bill on or before the 31st December, 2013.
There is, therefore, no need for some sections of society to interpret the President’s statement in Mansa as a change of position and lack of commitment to the constitution making process.
President Sata and the Patriotic Front Government still remain committed to ensuring that a people driven constitution is delivered to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
Hon. Mwansa Kapeya, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
2nd December, 2013
Meanwhile, the opposition MMD has lamented the Patriotic Front Government’s apparent u-turn on the new constitution following President Michael Sata’s statement that the current constitution only needs amendments.
Mr Simbao says it will be very unfortunate if President Michael Sata meant what he said by implying that there is no need for an entirely new constitution.
He notes that the need for a new constitution is a general requirement and that it is unfair for the Patriotic Front to u-turn on an agenda they pushed from the time they were in the opposition.
He adds that the government should stop riding on people’s mind but give the Zambian people a constitution that will stand a taste of time.
Mr. Simbao has since appealed to government to release the final draft constitution to the public than playing games which are not necessary.