GOVERNMENT has released a proposed road map for the final phase of the constitution review process and guidelines for public validation of the contents of the final draft Zambian constitution.
The road map, which was released by Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Patricia Jere yesterday, will facilitate the preparation of terms of reference for the constitution implementation team as well as to draft a bill that will protect and guide the remaining phases of the constitution review process.
The roadmap will facilitate for the finalisation of the printing of copies of the interim final draft constitution and interim final report for wide distribution to the public as well as continue with the distribution of the interim final draft constitution and interim final report to all parts of the country while working with stakeholders such as the church, non-governmental organisation and members of Parliament (MPs).
It will also facilitate for the consideration of the draft bill to protect and guide the remaining process by cabinet as well as table the draft bill for consideration and debate by the National Assembly.
The roadmap will further provide for the appointment of a small but representative constitution implementation team to oversee the final phase following the enactment of the bill by parliament.
It will also provide for the preparation of the work plan and budget for the remaining phase of the constitution making process as well as publish guidelines for the public validation process on the final draft constitution.
The representative constitution implementation team will also review and analyse the comments received from members of the public and experts as well as prepare the final draft constitution and final report to accompany the constitution.
The roadmap will provide an opportunity for the representative constitution implementation team to sensitise the public on the interim final draft constitution and the report.
The representative constitution implementation team will hold an orientation workshop for the independent group of eminent persons who will be appointed to spearhead the consensus building process.
The roadmap will further facilitate the presidential appointment of a referendum commission as well as facilitate for the drafting of the Constitution of Zambia bill.
And Chief Government spokesperson Joseph Katema said Government remains fully committed to a people-driven constitution-making process.
He said in statement yesterday that the proposed roadmap is labeled “draft” as it will only be adopted after input from members of the public.
Dr Katema encouraged members of the public to take keen interest in the roadmap by reviewing it and giving feedback to the Ministry of Justice by January 31, this year.
The Constitution Roadmap and Guidelines can be downloaded from the links below