Constitution Amendment Bill to be tabled during the June –July parliamentary sitting

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Minister of Justice Given Lubinda
Minister of Justice Given Lubinda

Minister of Justice Given Lubinda says the constitution Amendment Bill will be tabled during the June –July parliamentary sitting.

Mr. Lubinda says for this reason government has not delayed in presenting the bill to parliament as sufficient time is required to follow the necessary steps.

He explained that the bill will be subjected to expert review before it is published to members of the public.

The Justice Minister was responding to a question from Mazabuka Central Constituency Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo who wanted to know when the Constitution (Amendment) Bill to address the lacunas in the Constitution will be presented to the National Assembly.

The Justice Minister disclosed that by May this year the amended constitution will be published a month before it is submitted to parliament.

“We will published this amended constitution in May 30 days before it is tabled in Parliament and any member of parliament will be at liberty to propose an amendment as long as they lobby for two third majority of member as I will also be lobbying for support to pass the bill,” he stressed.

Mr. Lubinda further bemoaned the low turnout of political parties who made submissions on the proposed amendment bill.

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  1. For the constitution to be amended the right way it must involve a referendum otherwise the greedy selfish politicians will only tilt it to their own advantage.

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    • I thought everyone including HH told the President to sign it the way it is. even members of parliament said the same thing. how can we trust this group of MPs who gave us the constitution full of issues to give us another one? maybe we should do something different.

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    • The amendment should as I expect remove a cap on the incumbent President having a ceiling of a 2 year term.

      This is the way forward and the right thing to do.

      I hold a PhD

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • @ governor

      Why are you spreading fake stories?
      There was uniform OPPOSITION against new Constitution from the outset. It was PF dominated parliament who has butchered “Peoples” draft constitution and we ended with this worthless supreme law.
      Are you trying to give spin to the incompetence of PF Members of Parliament led by the clueless leadership which wasted MILLIONS Kwacha in public enacting at the stadium?

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  2. We can’t wait for these proposed amendments, but I can assure you the very people (upnd) asking for amendments will be the first ones to cry & reject the same amendments they want. We saw it with the same constitution. They made noises to Sata that they wanted a new constition, after sata spent money on the review process & just parked then new constition we never slept from their noises. We want the new constitution, bla bla bla. All the tongas were up in noises. Sata died, bla bla bla new constitution bla bla. Lungu brot it to parliament, then they changed – “we don’t want the constitution! Bla bla!! And the Tonga’s sung this new song. So let’s all wait & see. There useless spokes person has requested for the amendments. Wait & c what happens when the amendments come.

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    • What is the guarantee that this time Plunderers Federation will comply with the wish of the People?

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    • No governor, actually I was referring to the People of Zambia, inclusive of those suffering from genetically induced !mbecility like you or Dudumwezs and the rest of contributors who comment using theirs sh!thole instead of brain

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  3. Yes remove immunity of a president to be prosecuted for theft…..that immunity is encouraging stealing and looting…

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  4. CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION AND WE WILL THEN BE THE SAME AS THE REST OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES – BOUND TO 1 PRESIDENT FOR LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF PEOPLE ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN DO NOT CRY WHEN ALL YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH, VOTING, GATHERING ETC ETC IS STOPPED – DO NOT CRY BECAUSE YOU HAVE ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. WHY DO YOU THINK GIVEN LUBINDA WAS MADE MINISTER OF JUSTICE ????????????? YOU ARE ALL SO BLIND AND SO DRUNK WITH LOVE FOR LUNGU THAT YOU FAIL TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. What ever changes are proposed, the presidential limit of 2 terms should not be changed. No Third term proposals please.

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  7. This president has abrogated the constitution on a number of occasions already. Its not enough to have a perfect constitutions if the highest authority in the land is not going to respect its provisions. We need strong institutions to enforce the provisions and the law. The immunity clause needs re – visiting with a view to revising it – for no citizen (including the first citizen) should be above the law!! A constitution that can be manipulated by those in power is slanted and does not serve the nation fairly.

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    • We wont allow a third term for ECL, he will just stand in 2021 as per the current Constitution.

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  8. Referendum required otherwise shelve it for future generation to review. We can not be dealing with the same problem political party after political party. Why can’t it be a ten page document?

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  9. We need experts in the amendment process of the constitution,people that understand and know the law, we need a constitution that stands a test of time,in order for the government to focus on developing the country,and not everytime it’s the constitution to be amended,we don’t need lacunas this time,in the constitution.

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  10. I like the timing of this Bill. First allow the impeachment motion to fail then bring the motion to bar Hichilema from contesting elections in 2021. I can the smile on GBM’s face. Ukushukila ichilonganino

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  11. Please don’t go back on something that passed! These guys had opposed the Bill of Rights being tackled but when the animalia kingdom found out later that this was hitting their kingdom hard they started to coming back to trying to change the same thing they had opposed! No wonder UPND is a party of ….!

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  12. To be reviewed by experts, Lubinda must think everyone is a f**l.
    Wasn’t the current Constitution reviewed by experts.
    You can not make a constitution with the sole purpose of fixing the opposition.
    Let people who manufactured this useless piece of trash, correct their mistakes including the head of state who should be ashamed as well for saying Zambian should learn to read.
    It is clear he didn’t read himself cause why should they amend already less than 5 years.
    Let’s be serious we not making a constitution for your house but a country.

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  13. I suddenly feel tired whenever I read anything smelling, looking or sounding upndeez. I feel like suffocating, as if they remove oxygen wherever they are. They never say or do anything good for the country, their whole world revolves around h.h, no care for Zambians. Lies, sabotage, fake news, twisted stories, which fortunately will never take h.h anywhere near the seat of power. Obn.oxious characters these chaps are!

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