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‘RELEASE CONSTITUTIONAL, INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS ROADMAP’

By SIMON MUNTEMBA

GOVERNMENT must urgently release constitutional and institutional reforms roadmap because the current apex law of the land has a lot of gaps, the Golden Party Zambia (GPZ) has demanded.

GPZ leader, Jackson Silavwe said the cancellation of the Kabwata Parliamentary by-election was yet another clear indication that the current republican constitution and subsidiary legislation needed urgent refining.

Mr Silavwe said it was generally acceptable among well-meaning citizens and stakeholders that the current apex law of the land had a lot of gaps and needed reforms. 

He said Zambians could not continue living with a constitution that has flawed clauses and expect a flawless governance system. 

Mr Silavwe said the silence from the Government in releasing the roadmap for constitutional and institutional reforms was now too loud to be avoided. 

He said it was imperative that the process starts in good time so that it was not rushed as it was with the infamous bill 10.

“As the GPZ, we are urging the UPND led Government to release a roadmap that will generate broad based consensus amongst citizens and stakeholders alike. Any roadmap that is exclusive to the elite few will not be accepted and will meet the same fate as Bill 10,” Mr Silavwe said.

He said Zambia needed a good Constitution and independent institutions before the 2026 general elections. 

Government, he said, has an opportunity to initiate this process and give people laws that will stand the test of time.

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