THE draft Constitution should not be amended in piecemeal fashion through Parliament, as voting by members of Parliament is done on partisan lines, says the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ).
Speaking on Millennium Radio’s “The Interview programme” yesterday, LAZ vice president Linda Kasonde said Zambians could not depend on the goodwill of lawmakers to come up with a new Constitution.
Ms Kasonde said LAZ would continue to advocate the enactment of the country’s new Constitution through a referendum.
She said a referendum was the only democratic way of coming up with a people-driven Constitution.
Ms Kasonde said the Draft Constitution should go to the referendum for Zambians to decide before it could be taken to Parliament for enactment.
She said the referendum would give an opportunity to Zambians to participate in the constitution making-process by debating and speaking out on what they thought could be included and changed in the Republican Constitution.
“It’s up to Zambians to choose, not Parliament. Therefore there is need for the Draft Constitution to be taken to the referendum for Zambians to air their views,” Ms Kasonde said.
And Ms Kasonde has called on Government to sensitize people on the content of the Constitution.
She observed that Government had not been doing its job in terms of educating the public on issues regarding the constitution.
Ms Kasonde noted that the majority of Zambians do not have an idea of what was contented in the Draft Constitution, hence the need for sensitization.
“Government should ensure that the people are educated on what the Constitution is all about and what it means to the country,” she said.
Ms Kasonde said LAZ had made some efforts in sensitizing the public by visiting chiefdoms and talking to traditional leaders.
She, however, said limited resources had proven to be a challenge.