It’s Sata not me who wants 10 copies of the draft constitution – Kabimba

Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba says the Technical Committee drafting the Republican Constitution will be defying President Michael Sata’s directive if they do not sign the 10 copies of the documents.
Mr Kabimba said the directive to the Technical Committee to print 10 copies was not from his own making but from the Head of State and that the stance not to sign the documents would be going against Mr Sata’s position.
At the weekend, Technical Committee spokesperson Ernest Mwansa said his team would not sign the document because doing so would be going against the terms of reference.
Mr Mwansa said the Justice Minister had asked the Committee in writing to print 10 copies, which should be signed before handing them to Mr Sata.
But Mr Kabimba explained in an interview yesterday that the 10 copies were meant for handing over purposes.
“I did not make that directive myself, that is the President’s directive. So if that is their stance then they will have to offer an explanation to the President himself as the appointing authority,” Mr Kabimba said.
He said he did not understand the statement by the Technical Committee that Government had changed direction on the Constitution because it was clear that those 10 copies were meant for handover purposes only.

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