UNITED States Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz says it is acceptable to make amendments to the constitution through parliament if the majority of Zambians are comfortable with that.
In an interview with journalists after the launch of the electronic bus ticketing system in Lusaka, Mr Schultz said adoption of the constitution should be done in a transparent manner involving all Zambians.
“If that is what Zambians want, it is okay because the will of Zambians should prevail since the constitution vests power in people,” said Mr Schultz when asked to comment on the proposed amendments to be done by parliament.
On the Access to Information Bill, Mr Schultz said some concerns over the matter are legitimate and journalists should behave in a responsible manner.
“In the USA, we did it in the 1960s since it encourages open society and it is something that has worked well for us. And hopefully, it will work well for Zambia, especially that there is a bill to move the matter forward,” he said.
And three Zambian companies have entered into a partnership aimed at improving efficiency in the passenger transport sector through introduction of an electronic bus ticketing system that will address challenges faced by time-conscious travellers.
Bus Tickets Zambia, Zamtel and PostDotNet have entered into partnership to provide travellers with an integrated ticketing platform that is decentralised and efficient.
“This will enable travellers to purchase tickets at PostDotNet and Zamtel outlets without going to Intercity Bus Terminus,” said DotCom Zambia managing director Mawanu Kambeu.
“Besides accessing the tickets from PostDotNet and Zamtel outlets, the service is time-saving in that customers are also able to instantly purchase tickets online by visiting the official Bus Tickets Zambia website.”
Officiating at the launch, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe said Government was excited about any technological advancement that enhances the ease of doing business.
“This is most impressive. A Zambian not only solving a Zambian problem, but one that is, arguably, a perennial African transport problem. This is good to have problem solvers who are true entrepreneurs and making money in the process,” she said.
A representative for bus operators, Mbachi Nkwazi, said the partnership should be expanded to include many transporters and enable passengers experience seamless services.
And Mr Schultz said Zambia has what it takes to become a huge economic success if the human capital is fully developed.
Minister of Youth and Sport Vincent Mwale said there is need to believe in young people since they have the ability to improve Zambia’s economy.