GOVERNMENT has presented the Referendum Amendment Bill to Parliament. The bill seeks to amend the Referendum Act of 1967 to bring it in conformity with the constitution on the eligibility criterion for voting in national referendums.
Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula presented the bill to the House on Tuesday.
Dr Simbyakula said the bill is aimed at amending the Referendum Act of 1967 to bring it in tandem with the Zambian constitution.
And Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has referred the Referendum Amendment Bill to the committee on legal affairs, governance and human rights.
Dr Matibini has also ordered the committee to present the report on the Bill to the House on June 26, 2015.
He also asked members of Parliament (MPs) willing to make submissions to the bill to do so.
Parliament also heard that no Zambian died during the recent xenophobic attacks in Durban, South Africa.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Rayford Mbulu said government worked with staff at the Zambian mission in South Africa to sensitise citizens on how to avoid being caught up in the attacks.
“We also informed Zambians who intended to travel to South Africa during this time to report their presence in that country to the High Commission with a view to securing their lives,” he said.
Mr Mbulu also said Government has put in place measures to ensure safety of Zambians in the diaspora.
Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Christabel Ngimbu also presented the Forests Bill.