Uncertainty surrounds the Constitution

Uncertainty surrounds the constitution making process as the Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution fails to submit the document to the President.

Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba had told parliament on Friday June 28, that government has not extended the process and assured the Members of Parliament that the team will submit the document at the first day of the working day as the deadline, the 30th June was going to be a holiday.

But contrary to his assurance the technical team has not submitted the draft nor is there any indication that it might submit one this week.Technical Committee spokesperson Enerst Mwansa had  reiterated that the committee may only be ready with the draft constitution at the end of July a month after government deadline of June 30th.

Mwansa had also threatened that the team would submit an incomplete document if government insisted on its June deadline.

Meanwhile the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has described as unreasonable Kabimba’s orders for the committee to hand over uncompleted document.

CCZ Secretary General Reverend Suzan Matale said the call by the Minister to have an incomplete document raises questions on the commitment of the Patriotic Front government in giving the Zambians a people driven constitution.

Rev. Matale said in a statement on Wednesday that the CCZ who met on 28th of June resolved that the government gives the Technical team the requested one month period for them to complete the process. She said there is no need for government to rush in getting the  unfinished draft when it has already wasted time on the constitution.