LAZ doubts durability of Constitution

 THE new and amended Constitution may not be durable and may undergo yet another process of reviewing it because it was not driven by the people but by the desires and wishes of the Patriotic Front (PF), the Law Association of Zambia has observed.

And civil rights activist Brebner Changala has praised President Edger Lungu for having been bold enough to deliver to Zambians a new Constitution which would see the enhancement of democracy and a turn round of the Zambian politics.

LAZ president George Chisanga said his association could not have avoided attending the signing ceremony of the new and amended Constitution by President Lungu because the function was not about personalities but about the nation.

Mr Chisanga said although LAZ had aggressively fought and objected to the manner in which the new Constitution was adopted, it had  the mandate to accord President Lungu the respect he deserved as Head of State.

He however said the new Constitution did not represent the views of Zambians as the process of amending the document was not universally agreed upon by all the stakeholders.

He said the durability of the amended Constitution would largely remain to be determined in the future but doubted that the supreme law of the land could fail to stand the test of time because of  the many unresolved issues in the law.

Mr Chisanga said the entire Draft Constitution should have been refered and celebrated through a referendum but that it was unfortunate that…”Our friends in the PF did not agree with the views of the majority of the stakeholders. Zambians must continue on this journey of perfecting their Constitution and we welcome the Constitution because it has taken away some of the powers from the presidency.”

And Mr Changala said Zambia had gone a step ahead by having a new and amended Constitution that had managed to meet many of the expectations of the Zambians.

He said it was elating that President Lungu had walked the talk over the Constitution which had more than decades eluded Zambians.

Mr Changala said he was happy that the parentage clause had been removed from the Constitution which was designed and targeted at selected citizens.

“This has been a momentous time for me and I had to come to witness this historic day. I have been fighting for the Constitution for a long time from the days of president Frederick Chiluba and I am happy that President Lungu has walked the talk. It is not possible to please every Zambians but the Constitution represents the majority of Zambians. Our democracy has been enhanced and we are going to see our politics evolving,” Mr Changala said.

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