Justice Minister Given Lubinda
Justice Minister Given Lubinda
Government says the outcome of the political dialogue process will determine when the Constitution Amendment bill will be published.

Minister of Justice Given Lubinda said the directive by President Edgar Lungu to suspend the constitution amendment process is meant to create room for political players to deliberate on provisions in the Constitution so that their submissions and recommendations can be taken on board.

“President Lungu has been magnanimous and Government has been open and does not want to fall into the trap of living anyone behind. We want all those who have views on the constitution to bring them on board, but if you ask me when the constitution amendment bill will be published, I don’t know and only the dialogue process will determine the way forward,” Mr Lubinda said.

The Minister also said the dialogue process will also decide whether to open the constitution making process to further submissions from other stakeholders outside political parties or not.

He said Government had however intended to publish the Constitution Amendment bill in May but did not do so considering that some stakeholders such as political parties had not actively participated in the process.

The Minister said this in Ethiopia when he transited to Rome to attend the pallium ceremony for Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lusaka Bishop Rev. Dr Alick Banda.

The Pallium ceremony is a ceremony where the Pope officially gives authority to newly installed Archbishops.

Mr. Lubinda is also expected to meet with the Holy see on Wednesday as arranged by the Nuncio in Zambia.

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    • The People’s driven Constitution was signed at Disaster Heroes Stadium by the Edgar who is at State House, just recently. Sue him for signing a junk document.
      So which other unpublished Constitution is Lubinda telling you people about? Did Kabimba handover the original copy he kept when he was the hard-core Justice Minister?

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    • Lubinda over compensates for his humble education or lack thereof. What should interest him is how educated will Zambians be after PF leave office.

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    • Humble education? A diploma in agriculture is far much better than a PhD in economics or law

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    • shu shu shu – Really laughable there is a lot of work that goes into a PhD and I dont mean the one from University of Lusaka. Lubinda is ill equipped for this role…Lazy Lungu is merely an empty suit.

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    • The biggest part of this Constitutional Amendment should focus on moving governing power more closer to the people.

      1. Provincial Governors – elected at provincial level not appointed by the President.

      2. Provincial Assemblies/Parliaments with elected legislators from within provinces.

      3. Provincial jurisdictions to collect local taxes such as provincial sales tax, property taxes, etc. to enhance local fiscal responsibility and local income generation.

      Provincial Governors with mandate to appoint and replace dying or removed MPs. The appointed to finish the term of the replaced incumbent until the general elections are held.

      Such things would help the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise focus more on leadership and development while cutting down on politicking and cost…

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    • Continued…

      Such things would help the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise focus more on leadership and development while cutting down on politicking and cost for by-elections.

      Provincial Governors can test their popularity before they even launch for the highest office in the Land. Traditional leaders such as the Barotse Establishment can impact regional areas and create local reverence centers.

      More details to come later but this should be the biggest part in terms of constitutional review in my opinion.

      Zambia Is Greater Than Any Single One Of Us ~ B R Mumba, Sr

      Original Content, No Copyrights Reserved.

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  1. Good decision. Hopefully, parties will agree not be acrymonious for nothing. Let them internally start making proposals for constitutional amendments not to wait for the meetings. Also hopefully ZCID will be taken out of the equation so that this ZCID thing does not continue being the bottleneck for holding of genuine interparty meeting, especially between PF and UPND.

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  2. The role of opposition is like brakes in a car. It ensures that government is not going over the top. As the breaks would have, opposition works with a critical eye to ensure all gaps are plugged. However what happens when breakers themselves have fault? Then they would oppose any move and doesn’t let country move forward. This is perhaps what we are seeing now. The opposition is losing strength because of its own omissions and commissions. The continuous stalling of Parliament by the opposition on flimsy grounds have made the smart Zambians lose trust in them.

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    • CONT’D …
      The metropolitan archbishop has powers over dioceses other than his own are normally limited to:
      (1)Supervising observance of faith and ecclesiastical discipline and notifying the Supreme Pontiff of any abuses,(2) carrying out, for reasons approved beforehand by the Holy See, a canonical inspection that the suffragan bishop has neglected to perform;(C)Appointing a diocesan administrator if the college of consultors fails to elect an at least 35-year-old priest within eight days after the vacancy of the see becomes known;(D)Serving as the default ecclesiastical court for appeals from decisions of the tribunals of the suffragan bishops.
      ****The metropolitan is obliged to request the pallium, a symbol of the power that, in communion with the Church of Rome, he possesses over…

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    • CONT’D
      ****The metropolitan is obliged to request the pallium, a symbol of the power that, in communion with the Church of Rome, he possesses over his ecclesiastical province. It is the responsibility of the metropolitan, with the consent of the majority of the suffragan bishops, to call a provincial council, decide where to convene it, and determine the agenda. It is his prerogative to preside over the provincial council. No provincial council can be called if the metropolitan see is vacant. As of April 2017, 508 archdioceses were headed by metropolitan archbishops, 27 archbishops lead an extant archdiocese, but were not metropolitans, and there were 89 titular archbishops. The pope is the bishop of Rome. He is also, by virtue of that office; Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the…

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    • CONT’D..
      The pope is the bishop of Rome. He is also, by virtue of that office; Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the Latin Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God. Mwanvela tu Pentecostal aka Tu Pente…

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  3. The inter-party dialogue framework is like an ad hoc committee. An ad hoc committee to compile proposals for amendment of the Constitution is a step in the right direction. Stakeholders must not miss the opportunity to devise constitutional mechanisms of strengthening democracy in the country. However, political ambition remains a threat to progress. It is better to focus on non contentious issues. Contentious issues would require the Constitution Review Commission. The CRC is a relatively long haul with no ending in sight. It is advisable to concentrate on priority key issues rather than to open the Pandora box. Campaign and win or lose elections. What matters is to make a public statement about the governance of the country.

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  4. “Dialogue is a misnomer!” It is a way to distract you from real issues. Let the chronic loser go away! Far away! Do you think he will get satisfied when you amend anything? No he won’t! He will change the goalposts Hagain! All he wants is that position of Lungu at all costs. Please don’t waste time with him.

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    • Times of Zambia,2 August 2010
      PF Lawyer Banned Over Client Funds
      PATRIOIC Front chairperson for the committee on legal affairs Edgar Lungu has been suspended from practising as a lawyer with immediate effect on allegations of misappropriating money meant for retirees of Lafarge which was formerly known as Chilanga cement plc.

      This is according to a letter dated July 30, 2010 and signed by Law Association of Zambia(LAZ) honorary secretary Musa Mwenye and copied to all relevant institutions and individuals that deal with lawyers.

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  5. Umfweni nabo ba jj, lelo bali pa University of Lusaka, this chap his brain is full of….
    no I will not finish, you know what I wanted to say.

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  6. #6.1 Spaka like upnd cow dung,

    “….PATRIOIC Front chairperson for the committee on legal affairs Edgar Lungu has been suspended from practising as a lawyer with immediate effect on ALLEGATIONS of misappropriating money meant for retirees of Lafarge which was formerly known as Chilanga cement plc.

    This is according to a letter dated July 30, 2010 and signed by Law Association of Zambia(LAZ) honorary secretary MUSA MWENYE and copied to all relevant institutions and individuals that deal with lawyers”.
    Note the capitalisation, for a change I will assume that you are normal and give you a chance to practise “thinking outside the box=h.h”

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