Minister of Justice Given Lubinda has disclosed that government has agreed to allow for more consultations on the draft constitution.
This follows consultations with President Edgar Lungu and various political parties under the auspices of the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue (ZCID).
Mr. Lubinda said after consideration of the various requests from various stakeholders, particularly ZCID, government has decided to delay the publication of the draft bill in order to give further opportunity for the stakeholders to make further submissions and to enrich the constitution making process.
Mr. Lubinda said as a consequence, the revised roadmap for the constitution making process will be made and communicated to the public in due course.
He said leading up to the request from the various stakeholders, government had undertaken the drafting work and consulted various stakeholders, before submitting the bill to cabinet for consideration.
Mr. Lubinda further stated that government printers was also ready to publish the draft constitution before the request for further consultation from ZCID.
He has since thanked the various stakeholders who have made inputs into this process this far and to invite the interested stakeholders make their submissions before the final Bill is tabled in Parliament for enactment.
The Justice Minister said this during a press Briefing in Lusaka today.