Draft constitution out next week – Chipenzi

ZAMBIANS should remain resolute, vigilant, united and expectant to receiving the final draft Constitution during the independence week, says Grand Coalition on the people driven Constitution.

Grand Coalition spokesperson McDonald Chipenzi said yesterday that Zambians should be hopeful that Government would release the final draft Constitution next week.

Mr Chipenzi said at a press briefing in Lusaka that the assurance follows a successful meeting the Grand Coalition had with Minister of Justice Edgar Lungu on Thursday.

“The minister assured us that the Government had resolved to have the final draft Constitution released during the independence this week. Government has assured us and the nation at large that it is committed to the constitution-making process,” he said.

Mr Lungu was not available for a reaction.

Mr Chipenzi said Mr Lungu informed the coalition that a great deal of progress to have the final draft released to the public had been made.

He said the coalition was hopeful that Government would honour and not back-track on its own promises.

“Any back-tracking this time around would further erode public confidence which is already at its lowest ebb among the stakeholders in the Constitution process,” he said.

Mr Chipenzi said the coalition would remain resolved in demanding for high levels of accountability on the part of Government with regards to honouring its promises on the Constitution.

“We hope that this time around Government will meet the promised deadline to release the draft Constitution to the Zambian people who have been patiently expectant of it,” he said.