Constitution needs fine-tuning, says Lungu


IT is unfortunate that Zambia had to endure the long and tensed wait of the Constitutional Court process following the petitioning of his re-election and has since directed relevant ministries to fine tune the Constitution to avoid a recurrence.

State House chief analyst Cecelia Mulenga stated that President Lungu said this when Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic Foreign Affairs minister Salem Ould Salek paid a courtesy call on him.

The Head of State said that valuable lessons had been learned from the critical period that the country faced following the petitioning of his re-election in the Constitutional Court and he had since directed relevant ministries to fine tune the Constitution.

Mr Lungu also assured the minister of Zambia’s continued commitment to strengthening relations with the Saharawi Republic for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

He further assured that country’s President Brahim Gali that Zambia was in solidarity with that country and its people’s emancipation.

The President stressed that Zambia could not undo its contribution to the Sahrawi people in their quest to being a sovereign state.

President Lungu advised Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic to seek peaceful solutions by embracing dialogue in an effort to pursue its emancipation.

“We are truly behind Saharawi for the emancipation of the country and its people,” the President said.

And Mr. Ould Salek hailed President Lungu for exercising patience during the long petition of his re-election after the 11th August general elections.

Dr. Salek informed the President that he was in the country to convey a congratulatory message on behalf of the President Gali and the people of Sahrawi on the re-election of the Zambian Head of State.

However, the minister expressed concern at the long period of time that Zambia remained in a predicament after the general elections.

Dr. Salek observed that the position of the Head of State should not be subjected to such a prolonged court process because it allegedly created a power vacuum in the country.

“You can go to court but you cannot stop the winner from carrying out the mandate,” Dr. Salek said.

And the minister has said the people of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic held Zambia in very high esteem for its enviable record of democracy.

Dr. Salek extolled Zambia for playing a leading role and making immense contribution in the liberation struggle of the African continent.

“Zambia has been leading processes of liberation of our continent. The contribution of Zambia historically is very huge and we are looking forward for you to continue,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Salek also paid a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba and said the Saharawi government would continue fostering and enjoying good relations with Zambia.

And Mr Kalaba reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the principles of the Constitutive Act of the African Union that underscores the resolution of all conflicts through dialogue.