Dictators rising: Kabimba bans NGOs from meeting over constitution

JUSTICE minister Wynter Kabimba has directed that parallel workshops being convened over the constitution-making process by organisations other than the technical committee be stopped immediately.

And Kabimba has asked the technical committee drafting a new constitution to get government approval for any foreign funding towards the process.

He disclosed that in a meeting he recently held with the technical committee, both parties raised various concerns which were necessary to the people.
Kabimba said the technical committee, and not any other organization, should supervise the constitution-making process.

“…In view of the foregoing, the ongoing practice of convening parallel workshops on the constitutional-making process outside the supervision and structures prescribed by the Technical Committee by other organisations should be discontinued immediately.

The constitutional-making process shall be driven and supervised by and through the Technical Committee only,” Kabimba stated in his letter to the technical committee chairperson, justice Annel Silungwe, dated September 27, 2012.

“I raised the fundamental issue that the membership of the District and Provincial conventions must be clearly prescribed and closely guarded so as to prevent sponsored participants which may render the process non-participatory by the rest of the citizens. In this regard I demand on behalf of the government that the Technical Committee maintains comprehensive registers of all participants during these conventions.”

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