Technical Committee says don’t know how constitution will be adopted

The Technical Committee on Drafting the  Zambia Constitution has reiterated that it’s not within its mandate to discuss the mode of adopting the new Zambian Constitution which will be formulated after all consultative processes are completed.

Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution Chairperson, Annel Silungwe said the Committee’s Terms of Reference was very clear on the matter.

Justice Silungwe said the Technical Committee has Terms of Reference given by the Republican President, Michael Sata to draft the constitution and not to determine the mode of adoption of the document.

He said the committee will not go beyond its Terms of Reference given by the appointing authority but advised delegates to remember that the mode of adoption is addressed in the guidelines.

The Chairperson explained that the work of the Technical Committee will come to an end once the Final Draft Constitution is drafted and presented to the Republication President.

Justice Silungwe was reacting to attempts by a delegate representing the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Muhabi Lungu who wanted the House to add the mode of adopting the document on its agenda before splitting into Thematic Working Groups.

Another attempt to support the call to discuss the mode of adopting the constitution by Charles Kafumbo of the Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) was curtailed by Get Involved Zambia (GIZ) Executive Director, Father Frank Bwalya who raised a point of order to question whether it was orderly to repeat what the previous speaker had already raised.

The House was almost diverted into discussing the legality of the Convention after the Solwezi West MMD Member of Parliament, Humphrey Mwanza raised to ask but both National Revolution Party President, Dr Cosmo Mumba and the National Youth Chairperson for the opposition Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Antonio Mwanza defended the legality of the convention before Deputy Chairperson of the Technical Committee, Dr Julius Sakala responded to clarify the matter.

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    Ulemu ni Wabwino 5 years

    It rather alarming that at this stage we do not know the mode of adoption. I agree with Gen Miyanda that we have a “merry-go-round to constitution-making.”

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    give us the constitutions or else we shall site you for national planderling

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    Blago 5 years

    There is no way a country that has been turned a failed State by Sata and his group of retards can come up with a sensible constitution. Keep dreaming!

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    Kizto 5 years

    Muhabi Lungu was right. There was need to come up with the adoption mode and this would too have added a cream of legality and legal protection to the process.

    Remember there is no legal thesis of the whole process, innocent intellectual Zambians are just doing things to the dreams and yawning of someone! This shouldn’t have been the case if we had proper governance systems punctuated with rule of law.

    The President is suppose to be the driver and not always the initiator of everything. It is difficult to trust unpredictable and chameleon like people in such times.

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    andy mubs 5 years

    sometimes i get to wonder y pipo fill themselves wth prdjudice n pesimisim. do u know wat u talk about or u driven by hunger, hate n envy? de best mode of adoption of course is referendum bt wait n see wat de president will decide dats y u can coment, protest or seek judicial review.

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    Rusco 5 years

    The president is a realistic man and he was for the idea that the adoption be through referendum and he will never disapoint us in the name of JESUS the king of our land. The president know that if he betrays Zambians this time around, he will leave them in big darestress for generations to come. This is the only document that Sata will be remembered for in many years to come.

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    Justice Silungwe, wait until you present it to the President, it will be thrown back at you. Ask fellow lawyers, Sebastian Zulu and Rodger Chongwe.

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    I thought al these were supose to be don within 90day but alas, its al rubish and counterfeits. What a rubish pipo. Everything is fake.

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    The Silent One 5 years

    The issue of the mode of adoption is not debatable. The people have soundly said “REFERENDUM.”

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    Sway 5 years

    What do you expect from this tribal grouping? Shit and more shit.

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    Cry My Beloved Country 5 years

    That’s for Ukwa and Summer to decide after they have removed and added to suite themselves.

    Ati 50% + 1 Vote, kuti mwaimona naba chimbwi no plan epo baali!!!?

    Ya ku mbuyo na yeve ingeena pa constitution, wait and see, fred mumembe is not sleeping on this one.

    Penis = Anus
    Poopoo = Vagina

    What a shame! Heaven is watching!

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      Odya Mphafa 5 years

      lol, ok this is serious matter. It looks like this committee has gobbled all this money when the document produced is going to be adulterated once on Ukwa’s desk. What a waste of time and financial resources!

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    mwamba mutale 5 years

    The mode of adopting it should be through refrendum but its only the head of state who can announce that. More over refrendum is not a small exercise

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    Peter haakola 5 years

    If the final draft ends up on the desk of the president for a small group to screen certain matters e.g 50+1,then we are wasting our time!!

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    I urge fellow Zambians not to be too excited over what has been done so far and get cheated that we will end up with a people driven document. We went through this during MMD regime but nothing was achieved. A reckoning time will come on the mode of adopting the constitution. Until then nobody knows the PF plans. I was shocked to here a clergy being excited on ZNBC over what has been achieved so far. Shame on him. Just wait and watch what will unfold then.

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    Mubanga 5 years

    The Committee should not worry itself,
    We the People’s Republic of Zambia Know the Mode:
    REFERENDUM!!!!!

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    So Sad!! 5 years

    Even the people doing it have no idea??? Interesting…, Im sure Ukwa and Summer knows???