Wednesday, July 24, 2024

GEARS advocates for a referendum on the stalled bill of rights and a cleanup of the Zambian constitution


The Governance, Elections, Advocacy, Research Services-GEARS Initiative Zambia is calling for serious advocacy for a referendum on the stalled bill of rights and a cleanup of the Zambian constitution.

The organization is of the view that Zambia needs a cleaned-up constitution in order to guide the operations of the state and government properly.

GEARS Initiative Zambia Executive Director Macdonald Chipenzi says the advocacy for the resumption of works on the stalled bill of rights and the holding of the national referendum and the failed constitutional amendments of the constitution in the previous administration must start now.

And GEARS Initiative is also calling on all stakeholders in the government sector to provide effective checks and balances to achieve transparency, accountability and efficiency in service delivery to citizens by the new dawn government.

He says the push for the realization of good governance and the pursuit of genuine democracy must be top on the national agenda in 2022.

Mr Chipenzi is hopeful that the governance stakeholders’ engagement in 2022 will be more meaningful, fruitful and progressive and must hit the ground running in advocating for true and practical democracy in the country.


  1. I’m not sure if it’s sensible to hv the great unwashed to also decide on complex constitutional issues. But since we committed the original sin of extending the right to vote to every Jim, Jack and Joana, I guess we’re now stuck with it. And look what a mess of a country we now have.

  2. U can give my posting all the thumbs down in the world. However, it doesn’t change the fact that there’s not a single old democracy, I repeat not one, that started life with universal franchise.

  3. #4 Nemwine Just fed up that’s all. I would rather drift on than get confused by all these experts who want to be heard. Argument? Have done that including protests.

  4. No need for a referendum just to make amendments to the,constitution. Just take your proposals to parliament through your local MPs and if there is any merit they will pass those amendments.

  5. This man and others de-campaigned this bill in 2016 when pf put it up together with general elections. You see it fit now that you are in power? fuseki man.

  6. #9 That’s what annoys me a lot. As an election educator during 2016 I was many times challenged by voters to confirm whether or not by saying YES to bill of rights was voting for PF. We tried but the damage had already been done. The rest is history.

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