JUSTICE Minister Given Lubinda says government has started the process of consultation with stakeholders on holding another referendum on the enhanced Bill of Rights following the failure of the one held alongside the elections.
Mr Lubinda told Parliament in a ministerial statement that once consultations have been concluded, a comprehensive statement on the way forward will be issued with regards the adoption of the enhanced bill of rights through a referendum.
He says it’s imperative that the bill of rights is enhanced in view of the amendments made to the constitution.
Mr Lubinda states that the PF Government remains committed to ensuring that the will of the Zambian people is respected and that citizens are given another opportunity as soon as it is practically possible to vote in a referendum and give themselves an enhanced Bill of Rights.
He adds that it is government’s intentions to continue sensitizing people on the importance of participating in the referendum and having an enhanced bill of rights.
Mr Lubinda says the responsibility of government to sensitize the people on the importance of the referendum and the Bill of Rights does not end merely because the referendum of August 11 did not succeed.
Mr Lubinda has since urged stakeholders to get engaged in the sensitization of the people as the country prepares for the next processes.