MINISTER of Justice Wynter Kabimba says Government will subject the final draft constitution to public discussion once Cabinet looks at the document.
Mr Kabimba says Government has not taken any position on any clause in the draft constitution.
“Cabinet will subject the whole document to the people of Zambia, who are the owners of the supreme law of the land. We have not yet looked at the document,” he said.
Mr Kabimba said this during a live phone-in programme on Petauke’s Explorer Radio on Tuesday.
He said Zambians are the major stakeholders in the process and will therefore choose what they will retain in the new constitution and reject what they do not want.
The minister was responding to a caller who sought clarification on the issue of the final draft constitution.
“We are very happy that you, as Minister of Justice who is also chief executive officer of the PF, are here. We want to know the truth from your own mouth on the constitution,” Nsangu Phiri said.
Mr Kabimba said there is no need for people to worry that the draft constitution will be tampered with by the government because it has taken a long time to be released to the public.
He said the process is ongoing and government is following laid down procedures so that the final document can be owned by the people.
The minister further assured all stakeholders in the constitution-making process, dialogue and consensus will continue being a key factor.
“Yes, the final draft constitution is now at the ministry of Justice but I have not read it because I am waiting for the matter to go before cabinet. I am a disciplined member of a collective grouping called cabinet,” Mr Kabimba said.
He said once cabinet gives him directives on the issue of the draft constitution, he will then table the document before Zambians for scrutiny.
“I want to assure you that the process is on and no one is playing delaying tactics,” Mr Kabimba said.