Suspend constitution convention

The on-going Constitution making process should be suspended until a legal framework is provided so that Zambia can have a Constitution that will stand the test of time says a commissioner on the Willa Mung’omba constitution commission.

Commissioner William Harrington demanded that the constitutional process must have legal backing because if not it would be easy for the Patriotic Front to trash the whole document.

Mr Harrington said there was urgent need for the PF government to assure the nation that the Constitution would not be trashed.

He said President Michael could easily trash the document if he felt that most of the recommendations did not suit the aspirations of the PF.

“There is urgent need for the Patriotic Front government through Minister of Justice Winter Kabimba MP to assure the nation that the outcome of the on-going Constitution making process is not headed for the trash bin in the absence of a legal framework to provide legitimacy and roadmap.

“If indeed there is no legal framework for the Constitution-making process, the concerns raised that the Republican President will be at liberty to “trash” the report of the Technical Report upon presentation to him as he has done with Roger Chongwe-chaired Commission of Enquiry in the matter of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 and the January 14, 2010 Mongu disturbances, are valid than such sentiments,” he said.

Mr Harrington observed that the assertion by Heritage Party President Brig. General Godfrey Miyanda and many other concerned citizens were serious and should not

be disregarded or ignored by anyone who was concerned about the future of Zambia.

“The Zambian taxpayer has sacrificed so much in terms of funding the numerous attempts at Constitution making process and there is now need to ensure that the current so-called National Convention is backed by law so that a sustainable Constitution is produced for the benefit of present and future generations,” he said.

He said it would not be right to go ahead and later have the legitimacy of the document challenged in the courts of law for not having legal backing.

“We do not want a document that is a product of an illegal process. We desire, and demand a Constitution that will stand the test of time. It is also of serious concern that some Committees at the so-called National Convention are “butchering” the draft Constitution under their consideration,” Mr Harrington said.

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