GOVERNMENT says it is pondering the Political Parties Act which will regulate the way political parties operate.
Justice Deputy Minister Keith Mukata said Government is working on introducing the Act. He said the political party Act would be introduced to regulate politics in Zambia.
“We are also looking at coming up with a political party Act to regulate politics. The policy is not yet in place but we are currently working on that,” he said.
Mr Mukata was speaking at the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in Lusaka today.
On the Constitution, he said Government had not evaded the holding of the referendum.
He said Government has taken leadership in the constitution process and would adopt the document in piecemeal and not its entirety.
He said the APRM tool is key to good governance.
Mr Mukata said the APRM is Africa’s home grown and innovative solution to one of the continent’s most important challenges of developing a culture of good governance on the continent.
He said APRM is therefore not just another externally imposed conditionality, tolerated in order to secure debt forgiveness or advantageous economic incentives, but the home grown initiative to take the destiny of Africa and its peoples into their own hands.
He urged the private sector and civil society to apply their minds to the necessary solutions to issues under APRM.
“The government cannot work alone, and needs willing and able partners amongst non-state actors to partner with it in deepening and widening efforts to include all Zambian’s in the country’s prosperity and economic development going forward,” he said.
The conference, which attracted civil society organisations, was organized by Common Cause Zambia and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).
Common Cause Zambia executive director Susan Mwape said so far a number of significant strides had been taken including Peer Review.
She said Zambia had made tremendous progress in building its democracy and promoting sustainable livelihoods for her people, and more still needed to be done.
She commended EISA for collaborating with Zambian Civil society since 2007 and supporting this conference and facilitating for the deliberation of key governance issues in Zambia.
The conference would discuss Zambia’s standing in socio-economic and democratic history, efforts to fight poverty, unemployment, securing a popular constitution, and corruption, among other issues.
“It’s time for measuring our achievements as a country, it’s time to seriously and openly assess our shortcomings and a time to reach consensus and find new solutions,” she said.