ZAMBIAN PRESIDENTS SIGNS BILLS FOR COUNTRY’S NEW CONSTITUTION

LUSAKA, President Edgar Lungu has signed the Constitution Bills giving effect to Zambia’s new Constitution at colourful ceremony held at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium Tuesday.

This means that in about seven months’ time, Zambia will hold its first election under a new Constitution.

President Lungu, accompanied by First Lady Esther, assented to the Bills amidst jubilation from the who turned up to witness the historic moment.

Several opposition political party leaders, including the Nevers Mumba of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD, Mike Mulongoti of the Peoples’ Party, and Dan Pule of fChristian Democratic Party were present.

People from all parts of the country attended the historic event.

The Constitution Bills have a number of clauses among them the 50 plus one winning threshold for the presidency, the presidential running mate and the dual citizenship.

Parliament last year passed the Zambian Constitution and Constitution Amendment Bills after lengthy deliberations.

Meanwhile President Lungu has assured the nation that the remaining contentious parts of the new Constitution will go to a referendum when financial resources allow.

President Lungu explained that his Patriotic Front (PF) government wanted to uphold the people’s aspirations in the entire Constitution-making process.

The president added that a referendum will therefore be held to address some contentious issues and even part 3 of the Constitution, which contains the Bill of Rights.

Source: ZNBC