‘Grade 12 critics unreasonable’


It is unreasonable to blame any single individual for the Grade 12 certificate and its equivalent clauses because the Constitution-making-process involved various stakeholders, says the Mbunda Royal Establishment spokesperson Kennedy Liale.

“The apparent controversy and debate over the Grade 12 certificate and its equivalent clauses in the amended constitution for those aspiring for elective office at councillor and member of Parliament levels in the much anticipated August, 11, 2016 general elections should not be blamed on anyone because various stakeholders were involved,” he said.

Mr Liale said for instance, it must be understood that President Edgar Lungu assented to the presidency when this clause and many others were already in the final draft Constitution awaiting a referendum.

He said the final draft Constitution whose contents were now law were the result of constitutional conferences which started at district levels culminating into a national convention in 2013.

“The Technical Committee on drafting the Zambian Constitution was appointed and sworn in by late president Michael Chilufya Sata and tasked to revisit submissions or demands made by Zambians to the previous Constitutional Review Commissions which were debated in the district and provincial conferences and finally in the national convention in Lusaka,” he explained.

Mr Liale said it was against that background that the Grade 12 and its equivalent clauses did not even generate any controversy as did other clauses such as the abolishment of the death sentence, the inclusion of the Barotseland Agreement 1964 in the preamble and the removal of the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation which were thrown out among others.

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