THE Constitution Amendment Bill that was passed by parliament last week has been presented to President Edgar Lungu with the Head of State reiterating that he would assent to the document in the first week of January, next year.
President Lungu said he would have signed the Constitution Amendment Bill yesterday but was only restrained by an early morning petition by Heritage Party president Godfrey Miyanda. President Lungu said he was going to study and reflect on the petition by Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda before assenting to the Constitution Amendment Bill but that did not mean he was not going to sign the document.
The certified document was presented to President Lungu by Clerk of the National Assembly Doris Mwiinga.
He said he was going to respect the will and voices of Zambians by ensuring that their wishes were taken care of.
The President said he was going to give Zambians what they wanted and was ready to assent to the Constitution Amendment Bill so that the new Constitution could finally be enacted according to the wishes of citizens.
“My task today is the simplest of receiving the Constitution Amendment Bill and I was going to sign it today (yesterday) but I will be delayed by a petition from General Miyanda.
I will study the petition and reflect on it but that does not mean I am not going to sign. In democracy, you cannot agree in everything and it is important that the majority should carry the day while the minority should have their say,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said in democracy, it was not possible to agree on everything but that it was important that the majority should always have their day while the minority should always be allowed to have their say.
The Head of State said he would have to sign the Constitution Amendment Bill at a special ceremony where Zambians would be able to witness the occasion because the Constitution that would be enacted belonged to them.
The President thanked Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini and the entire National Assembly Members of Parliament for their work during the time they were debating the constitution Amendment Bill.
President Lungu he was to honour Zambians and give them glory for their patience and commitment to have a new and people-driven Constitution by requesting that the signing was done at a special ceremony.