Justice Minister Given Lubinda
Justice Minister Given Lubinda

SACCORD has welcomed the directive by the Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to the Minister of Justice Hon. Given Lubinda to move the constitution amendment process to September to allow for the dialogue process.

Reacting to the yesterdays directive by the president to have the amendments to the constitution halted so as not to undermine the dialogue process Executive Director Boniface Chembe said the directive was welcome as some stakeholders had raised concerns over the timing of constitutional reforms.

Cheembe observed that the directive by the President’s is an indication that there are efforts being made to take on boars concerns from various stakeholders.

“This directive comes against a background where some stakeholders in the national dialogue process had raised some concerns over the timing of the constitution amendment. The President directive is an indication that there are efforts being made to take on board concerns arising from various stakeholders on the national dialogue process.

“In addition, the directive also gives stakeholders extra time for them to consider making additional suggestions on that which needs to be done to perfect the amended constitution,” he said.

He also expressed gratitude that the President was committing to dialogue without any conditions.

“It is also encouraging to note that the President has committed himself to unconditional dialogue which is important as this will assist stakeholders to plan accordingly on how to address the matters of concern to the nation. The national dialogue process is now on course and it is important that all stakeholders continue to be engaged whether foreign or domestic,” Cheembe said.

Cheembe also expressed happiness at the President’s insistence for dialogue to be led by local institutions.

He said stakeholders with issues as regards to ZCID capacity should open up and identify their areas of concern so that they can be worked on to ensure that the process is accepted by all stakeholders.

President Lungu on Thursday directed Justice Minister Given Lubinda to halt the constitution amendments process so as not undermine the dialogue process.

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      IMAGINE SHE WILL BE MAKING LAWS AND YET THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION HAS CONDEMNED HER!!
      EXCEPT HH AND KAMBWILI OF COURSE.

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  1. Misleading headline, nothing of substance worth spending time to read in the article apart from unsubstantiated hero worshiping

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  2. suppose the under 5 mr ( He He) says he will not participate in the dialogue process unless the Commonwealth chairs the process, are we still going to halt the constitution amendment process? I salute you your HE but looking at the prevailing situation in our country, the Up and Down party will NOT participate in any meaningful developmental agenda of this country, hence the need to left them in the limbo. Let us move forward please.

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  3. Does the Bill include:
    1. Removal of Presidential Immunity;
    2. Provincial Assemblies:
    3. Election of Provincial Governors/Premiers:
    4. Cabinet Outside Parliament;
    5. Chiefs’ Participation in Active Politics;
    6. Limitation of Presidential Office to two Holdings;
    7. Abolishing of Office of District Administrator;and
    8. Decentralisation and Federalism?

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  4. New constitution should include making the national development plans as part of the law to avoid lies during campaigns. Defamation and public order laws must be abolished although this can be done at parliamentary level. Corruption, abuse of office, nepotism must be criminalized at another level never seen in Africa. Interference in law enforcement should also be criminalized. All in all, the three institutions of democracy i.e. judiciary, legislature and executive should share power equally. This means getting powers from the executive and spreading th across the other two institutions. This is called offsetting power with power.

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  5. Bo Lubinda is in a hurry to prove he is work. He wants to give Zambians raw deal again. That is not agriculture you are dealing with legal issues sir.

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