President Edgar Lungu has said that said Government will consider putting in place a law that will take care of a transition period in case of the death of a president or member of Parliament (MP) in order to save money.
Mr Lungu said this at Statehouse yesterday when he was answering questions from journalists shortly after swearing in Vice-President Inonge Wina and some ministers.
“We want to do away with by-elections. It is a costly venture,” President Lungu said.
Mr Lungu further said that the Public Order Act (POA) has been a challenge to politicians.
“Now with the able Minister of Justice , we will revisit the POA further. The question is, why does the Act become a problem when it comes to political campaigns?” President Lungu wondered.
He appealed to the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to give Government options on the best way to handle the POA.
“POA is a necessary evil but if you can give us solutions, then we will put them on the statutes,” the President said.
President Lungu said no country can be governed without law and order, “otherwise there will be no difference with animals”.
“I am alive to the challenges of POA. That man you see, the Minister of Justice , is the best you can get. If you don’t utilise him, too bad,” Mr Lungu said.
And Mr Lungu has reaffirmed his desire to give Zambians a new constitution but said “a gun must not be put to his head” over the matter.
“I didn’t sign the social contract but I have pledged to give Zambians a new constitution. In fact, I was even thinking of calling Father Chiti to assure him that I will keep my word,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said he is committed to giving Zambians a new constitution even before 2016.
He said some people want to use the issue of the constitution to get to power through the “back door”.
President Lungu said democracy is an expensive undertaking.
Meanwhile, the distribution of hard copies of the final draft constitution will start next Monday, Ministry of Justice permanent secretary Patricia Jere has said.
Mrs Jere said in a statement yesterday that Government has started the printing of the draft constitution and the report of the technical committee.
She said that inserts of the final draft constitution will be made available in the three daily newspapers starting tomorrow.
She said electronic copies can also be obtained from the Ministry of Justice.
Mrs Jere said this is an opportunity for the public to study the final draft thoroughly to prepare comments that they might have for submission to the Ministry of Justice as a period of building consensus towards the finalisation of a people-driven constitution.