The Zambian government said on Friday that it would delay plans to publish a draft bill on the amendment of the country’s constitution in order to allow for further consultations.
Minister of Justice Given Lubinda said the government has decided to take into consideration requests from various stakeholders who had requested for more time to make submissions in order to enrich the constitution making process.
“As a consequence, the revised roadmap for the constitution making process will be made and communicated to the public in due course,” he told reporters during a press briefing.
The Zambian minister said his ministry had made headways in the drafting of the bill which was ready to go for printing.
On Thursday, President Edgar Lungu directed the ministry to halt the publication of the bill in order to allow for more consultations with stakeholders.
The Zambian leader said this following a meeting he held with representatives from the Zambia Center for Inter-party Dialogue (ZCID), a coalition of political parties in the country.
Zambia’s current constitution was assented to by Lungu in 2015 but stakeholders have raised concerns over some clauses which were not clear and had been a source of concern, prompting the government to call for its refinement. Enditem