The Technical Committee Drafting the Constitution has disclosed that the final draft constitution will be handed over to President Sata alone.
Addressing a media briefing in Lusaka Monday afternoon, Technical Committee Drafting the Constitution Spokesman Ernest Mwansa revealed that efforts to request government to allow them print more copes failed to yield positive results.
Mr Mwansa however failed to state exactly when the final draft constitution will be handed over to President Sata.
“In accordance with our mandate to be accountable to the Zambian people and also precedents set by the Mwanakatwe and Mungomba Constitution Review Commissions, it was our desire to have the stated documents handed over simultaneously to the appointing authority and to the general public, further, it was our desire that government prints adequate copies of the final draft constitution as well as the accompanying documents and this facilitate a meaningful validation process of the work that the technical committee has done by members of the general public,” he said.
He added, “Our request to the government in this regard has however not yielded ay positive results. The technical committee has not been given the mandate by the government to print adequate copies of the final draft constitution, report of the technical committee and the constitution of Zambia Bill to facilitate hand over to the appointing authority ad simultaneously general public. The committee is therefore left with no option but to hand over the documents to the appointing authority alone so as not to delay the conclusion of the constitution making process any further.”
Mr Mwansa also announced that the journey of drafting a new constitution that the technical committee embarked upon two years ago has now come to and end.