Push for referendum, says Chifire

Former Member of the National Constitution Conference (NCC) Gregory Chifire says there is need for all stakeholders to push the executive arm of government to make provision for the adoption of the remaining part of the constitution through the referendum and ensure that the provision is reflected even through a budgetary allocation.

Mr. Chifire says the bill is progressive in enhancing the country’s democracy citing that it is a big milestone in reflecting the wishes of the people of Zambia who have for a long time been calling for the inclusion of the clauses in the constitution.

He notes that the adoption of the 50% plus 1 clause is consistent with the people’s submissions of the people to both the Mung’omba Review Commission and the Mwanakatwe Review Commissions.

Mr. Chifire says the adoption of the bill is not the end in the quest to have a people driven constitution as the people of Zambia are now more eager to see that the contentious issues such as those contained in the bill of rights are also expeditiously are also considered by way of national referendum as provided in the law.

He has since commended Members of Parliament for passing the 2015 constitution amendment bill.

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