UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says he will give Zambians a new Constitution next year if elected as Republican President in next week’s elections.
Mr Hichilema said yesterday that he was committed to giving Zambians a new Constitution before the 2016 presidential and general elections.
He said the UPND legal team has been working on a roadmap for the proposed Constitution.
“We are taking our promise to the Zambian people to deliver a new Constitution very seriously. We know there is work to be done to make the new Constitution a reality, and we are ready to take this on,” he said.
The opposition leader assured that within seven days of taking office of the President, he would immediately appoint a constitutional delivery team to oversee the validation of the proposed Constitution.
Mr Hichilema said the same team would work with the referendum commission, which would work with other stakeholders, adding that his proposed Constitution roadmap shared with the public and civil society ahead of the election demonstrate how serious their intention were to ensure the people of Zambia had a people-driven Constitution.
“The referendum commission shall work closely with the Central Statistical Office and the national registration office to compile a national sample of all eligible voters for inclusion on the voters register,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said the Government would continue to work closely with civil society in all aspects of operationalising the adopted Constitution after Parliament pronounces its commencement date.
And the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) president Andrew Ntewewe has commended the UPND for finally proposing the roadmap on the Constitution reform process.
Mr Ntewewe said the UPND leader had demonstrated some level of commitment to put the roadmap on the table for consideration by other stakeholders.
He called on other candidates and stakeholders to also unveil their roadmaps on the Constitution.