President Edgar Lungu has deferred the assenting of the constitution amendment bill recently passed by parliament to January following the receipt of a petition from former Vice President and Heritage Party President Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda.
Speaking when Clerk of the National Assembly Doris Mwiinga presented certified copies of the documents to him at State House, the president said that he would have signed the document by Wednesday morning but wanted to look at the contents of General Miyanda’s petition before assenting to the Bill.
The President said that much as democracy is about following what the majority wants, it is still important to give the minority an opportunity to be heard.
The President assured that he will assent to the constitution Bill by the first week of January, next year.
President Lungu said that this will be done at an official ceremony to give the constitution the honour it deserves.
And presenting the documents, Mrs. Mwiinga said the Constitution of Zambia Bill and Constitution Amendment Bill have been certified by Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini.
Early this week, Heritage Party president Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda asked President Edgar Lungu not to immediately assent to the Constitution Amendment Bill as there were still contentious issues such as political party funding among 10 other issues that he raised. The full contents of Brigadier General Miyanda can be read at the link below