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US Ambassador backs constitutional amendments

General News US Ambassador backs constitutional amendments

US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz
US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz

US Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz says the route Government has taken to table non contentious constitutional amendments in Parliament is arguably the most realistic chance to make meaningful changes to Zambia’s constitution.

Mr Schultz said it is therefore up to the people’s representatives in Parliament to discern and execute the people’s wishes.

He said the process of making changes to the constitution must be completely transparent and fully inclusive in order to maintain public confidence.Mr Schultz said that after constitutional amendments have been made, a referendum tied to the Bill of Rights can be linked to the 2016 general elections.

Mr.Schultz said while a referendum might be preferable for passing all of the amendments, referenda are costly.

He said constitutional amendments are vital to helping countries grow over time and broaden protections for their citizens, especially multi-ethnic societies such Zambia and the United States.
Mr Schultz noted that the United States and Zambia share much in common such as respect their democratic heritage, peaceful changes of power, and distinction as voices for constitutionalism in their respective regions.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. So far an eerie silence, not a single comment from opposition and Grand Alliance.
    Does it have to take a foreigner and a possible financier of referendum to tell us what is supposed to be common sense?

    – Simusamba mulumbwana, ko ambaula we! Naa HH has not given you permission to yap?
    – LAZ, what say ye?
    – As for Nawakwi, she has solied herself and no one expects much or anything sensible from the poor madam.
    And Past news, what can we expect tomorrow in terms of twisting the Ambassador’s words? kikikikikiki

  2. So far an eerie silence, not a single comment from opposition and Grand Alliance.
    Does it have to take a foreigner and a possible financier of referendum to tell us what is supposed to be common sense?

    – Simusamba mulumbwana, ko ambaula we! Naa HH has not given you permission to yap?
    – LAZ, what say ye?
    – As for Nawakwi, she has soilelied herself and no one expects much or anything sensible from the poor madam.
    And Past news, what can we expect tomorrow in terms of twisting the Ambassador’s words? kikikikikiki

  3. Timely words of wisdom from someone who has no particular interest in this process but simply to see us do the right thing as a country. When I read the Constitution Bill and see the positive & progressive transformation it attempts to achieve in the governance of this country I can’t understand why someone would resist any chance of having such good law in place. This is probably going to be the 1st Constitution that attempts to be politically neutral without favoring any party including the one in govt. to level the playing field and equally afford opportunities in this country to those outside & inside politics. Why would anyone seriously stand in the way of this progressive attempt? MPs, all Zambians, please take off your political blinds and see this law for what it is, our supreme…

  4. Opposition politicians, have you gone into hiding? What! Even HH’s cadres and bloggers and cheer leaders?
    Ba Past news we know you now, you are so predictable. Tomorrow you will twist the story or ignore it altogether. As for Nawakwi the poodle dog of the Past news, she can only comment when the master commands her to bark.
    Simusamba again, let’s hear from you please ndakulumba ndime!

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