Constitutional Committee insists on extending deadline to July 31

Constitutional Committee insists on extending deadline to July 31

The Technical Committee drafting the country’s Constitution has pledged to work without pay if its latest request to extend its work to July 31st is approved by government

Government earlier this week announced that it had rejected a six months request by the Technical committee for extension of its work.

Speaking during a media briefing on Friday, Technical Committee Spokesperson Ernest Mwansa disclosed that the draft persons are confident that they will finish their work by July 6th ,2013 to allow consideration of their work by the Technical Committee.

Mr. Mwansa says this will follow the editing of the final draft constitution and final report of the Technical Committee by Independent Editors, and thereafter the adoption of the edited final draft constitution and final report by the Technical Committee.

Mr. Mwansa notes that the printing of the adopted final constitution and Technical Committee’s final report will be followed by the actual handing over of the final draft constitution and Technical Committee’s final report to President Michael Sata and members of the public by July 31st this year.

Meanwhile Mr. Mwansa has maintained that the failure to beat the June 30th deadline is attributed to delay by some districts to submit their comments and recommendations on the popular version of the draft constitution.

And Mr. Mwansa has also clarified that the Technical Committee has spent only ninety nine point eight million kwacha rebased from its hundred and fifteen million kwacha rebased budget line.

Mr. Mwansa notes that the key expenditure has been on the initial set up of the Secretariat, purchase of office equipment and furniture, purchase of motor vehicles and operational overheads.

He further states that the Technical Committee has had only ninety eight sittings from 2011 to date.

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