Government denies plotting to manipulate draft constitution

Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya has dismissed assertions that the Patriotic Front (PF) government wants to manipulate the contents of the final draft constitution before it is released to the public.

Government’s move to print only 10 copies of the final draft constitution for ceremonial purposes before releasing it to the public has raised suspicions among different interest groups who have questioned government’s motive for doing so.

But Mr. Kapeya has told Qfm in a telephone interview that allegation that government wants to doctor the contents of the final draft constitution are not true but a product of rumor mongering.

Asked whether government has formally received the 10 copies requested from technical committee drafting the constitution, Mr. Kapeya declined to comment referring further queries to the Technical Committee.

But when contacted for a comment, chairperson of the Technical Committee Justice Annel Silungwe said he could not comment on the matter because he was attending a meeting. / QFM