The opposition Rainbow Party has charged that it preposterous for government to ask political parties to submit recommendations on the review of the Public Order Act(POA).
Party Secretary General Wynter Kabimba says his party is not interested in making such recommendations as it is a waste of time.
Mr. Kabimba says what needs to be amended in the Public Order Act is already in public domain.
In an interview with QTV News, Mr. Kabimba says by asking political parties to use the Zambia Center for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID) to make recommendations towards the review of the Act, Justice Minister Given Lubinda has only exposed his appointing authority.
He says there is no law that states that political parties in Zambia fall under the umbrella of the ZCID and therefore should use this avenue as a means to speak to government.
Mr Kabimba states that the fact that political parties are duly registered by the Register of Societies, they are also independent organizations that are supposed to speak on their own on any national issue.
Meanwhile, Civil Society Constitution Agenda Chairperson Bishop John Mambo has advised government to engage the Zambian people on which clauses in the constitution should be amended through a constituent Assembly.
Bishop Mambo says as government begins identifying clauses in the review process of the current constitution, it is important that it calls for an Indaba in order for various stakeholders to contribute towards the process.
He says calling for submissions through the media on which clauses should be reviewed may not yield the desired results.
Bishop Mambo who is also a former commissioner on the Mung’omba constitutional review commission agrees that the current constitution needs perfection because of the many errors it contains.
He has told QTV News that the decision by government to embark on the process of identifying clauses that needs to be amended is therefore a positive move, but that the process should be done by the people themselves.