Committee drafting constitution refuses to print only 10 copies for Sata

 

REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE DRAFTING THE ZAMBIA CONSTITUTION
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8th NOVEMBER, 2013

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE RESOLUTION ON THE HAND-OVER OF THE
THE FINAL DRAFT CONSTITUTION

The Technical Committee:

Recalling its Terms of Reference that mandated it to consult and take into account submissions from local and international experts on constitutional law and practice, the stakeholders and members of the public at large, and sector groups,

Further recalling that the Terms of Reference mandated the Committee to make full public disclosure of the outcomes of the constitution-making process and that through-out its interaction with the Government and other stakeholders, the Committee had consistently maintained that the hand-over of the Final Draft Constitution, the Draft Constitution of Zambia Bill, 2013 and the Final Report of the Technical Committee to the President of the Republic of Zambia (hereinafter referred to as “the Appointing Authority”) and to the public, simultaneously,

Acknowledging receipt of a letter from the Ministry of Justice directing the Technical Committee to print ten (10) copies of the documents for hand-over to the Appointing Authority, therefore, leaving no copies for hand-over to the public and to retain individually as members of the Technical Committee,

Reaffirming its determination to comply with the Terms of Reference and to keep its promise to the public as a way of enhancing public confidence in the current constitution-making process,

Resolves:
1. not to sign the Report until clarification has been given on how the Final Draft Constitution, the Draft Constitution of Zambia Bill, 2013 and the Final Report of the Technical Committee will be distributed;
2. to issue a statement to inform the public that the Committee has been instructed to only print ten (10) copies for hand-over to the Appointing Authority and has, therefore, found it inappropriate to sign the Report; and
3. to mandate the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee to seek audience with the Appointing Authority with a view of communicating the Committee’s obligation to abide by its Terms of Reference, which are at variance with the new directive from the Ministry of Justice on the procedure of handing-over the Final Draft Constitution, the Draft Constitution of Zambia Bill, 2013 and the Final Report of the Technical Committee.

Mr. Ernest C. Mwansa
SPOKESPERSON
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON DRAFTING THE ZAMBIAN
CONSTITUTION

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