Political dialogue key to constitution amendment process – Lubinda

By Staff Reporter

Government says the outcome of the political dialogue process will determine when the Constitution Amendment bill will be published.

Minister of Justice Given Lubinda said the directive by President Edgar Lungu to suspend the constitution amendment process is meant to create room for political players to deliberate on provisions in the Constitution so that their submissions and recommendations can be taken on board.

“President Lungu has been magnanimous and Government has been open and does not want to fall into the trap of living anyone behind. We want all those who have views on the constitution to bring them on board, but if you ask me when the constitution amendment bill will be published, I don’t know and only the dialogue process will determine the way forward,” said Lubinda.

He said the dialogue process will also decide whether to open the constitution making process to further submissions from other stakeholders outside political parties or not.

“Government had however intended to publish the Constitution Amendment bill in May but did not do so considering that some stakeholders such as political parties had not actively participated in the process,” he said.