Government says it will introduce amendments to the constitution in the next sitting of parliament scheduled to open to resume sitting in June.
Justice Deputy Minister Keith Mukata says pertinent issue in the draft constitution such as the proposed presidential running mate and the election date are among others that cannot wait for a referendum.
Mr Mukata said this when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to Malawi Salome Mwanashiku on the sidelines of the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of offenders Conference.
He said government settled for a piecemeal amendment of the constitution before the 2016 general elections because it is impossible to have a new constitution through a referendum given the huge cost involved.
He said holding a referendum will also require that the country conducts a census to meet the constitutional requirement of the minimum threshold of the people to participate in it.
This is contained in a statement released to ZANIS by First Secretary for Press in Malawi Chansa Kabwela.
And High Commissioner Mwanashiku said Zambia’s relations with Malawi remained cordial and the mission will continue to work for the betterment of the people.
The Commissioner underscored the need for peace, tolerance and unity in Zambia without which it will be impossible to steer the country to greater prosperity.