Law experts in the Ministry of Justice have cautioned people who are spreading false information on the proposed Bill of Rights that it has enshrined homosexuality.
Senior Parliamentary Counsel, Kevin Mweemba, dispelled the rumours in Isoka district of Muchinga province yesterday during the ongoing country wide sensitisation campaign on the referendum.
Mr Mweemba explained that under further and special rights a person who has attained the age of 19 has the right to choose a spouse of the opposite sex and marry.
He challenged Heads of Government Departments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) civil society and church leaders to explain in depth the need for voting for the referendum on August 11, 2016.
Mr Mweemba said people should be realistic and just turn up to vote on August 11 .
He stressed that the Bill of Rights has eliminated early marriages as one will be allowed to marry only when she or he attains the age of 19 years or above.
And Isoka District Administrative Officer, Gershom Jere, has praised government through the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services for sensitising the people in the district.
Mr Jere said people now are equipped with information on why they should vote for yes or no in the referendum.
He said the question for the referendum is already set … “Do you agree to the amendment to the constitution to enhance the bill of right contained in part 3 of the constitution. Of Zambia and to repeal and replacement. Article 79. Of the constitution of Zambia ?”
A team of lawyers has been on a marathon referendum sensitisation tour of Eastern and Muchinga provinces.