Milupi says committee of experts for constitution process is shameful

Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) President Charles Milupi says the appointment of the 20 member technical committee of experts for the constitution making process by President Michael Sata is a disgrace.

Speaking in an interview, Milupi challenged the head of state to explain why he appointed individuals who had opposed the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) to be part of the technical committee.

He also wondered why President Sata included 3 Catholic Bishops in the committee of experts when there are a lot of credible clergymen and women in the country.

Milupi said there is need for the President to engage proper experts to sit on the committee so that it can be one that is in line with the expectations of the citizens.

Meanwhile, Centre for Elections and Governance Board Trustee Gershom Musonda charged that the technical committee given the responsibility of making the constitution is not inclusive and will not produce a people driven constitution.

Musonda noted that a lot of interest groups have been sidelined in the committee so the process will not be inclusive.

He said the President should have consulted widely prior to appointing members of the technical committee.

Musonda claimed that the move by the head of state is a wrong way of handling the process as the constitution is the supreme law of the land.

He further said there is need for the committee to accommodate new individuals with fresh ideas and not engage the same people who voted against clauses in the NCC as such will make it difficult for Zambia to have a constitution that will stand the test of time.

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