Vote ‘yes’ in Bill of Rights referendum -Church

ALL registered voters must turn up in large numbers during the 2016 election and vote ‘yes’ in the Constitution referendum, says Independent Churches of Zambia (ICOZ) board chairperson Bishop David Masupa.

He observed that this would enable the Bill of Rights which had many progressive clauses meant to improve the living standards of Zambians guaranteed.

“We would like to urge all Zambians who are registered voters to stand up for this important document and vote ‘yes’ in the Constitution referendum during next year’s general election; it is important that they do this,” Bishop Masupa said.

He also saluted members of Parliament for passing the Constitution of Zambia Bill No. 16 and the Constitution Amendment Bill No. 17 of 2015 which await presidential assent.

Bishop Masupa noted that it was not an easy undertaking for members of Parliament to handle such an important national document.

“MPs have done a very commendable job by making sure that this process reaches this far, it requires commitment and it is not easy,  we thank God that everything is going well,” he said.

Bishp Masupa reiterated that what had been achieved in Parliament was unprecedented in the history of Zambia and would change the country’s governance system.

Bishop Masupa stated that the church mother body appreciated all progressive clauses that had been passed such as the 50+1 per cent, presidential running mate, dual citizenship and forbidding of crossing of the floor by MPs, among other clauses.

“As a Church mother body we would continue to support, criticize and give advice where necessary, that is why we are here. So we appreciate what’s on the table so far and our prayer is that Zambia have a new Constitution,” he said.