Constitution bills to be published tomorrow

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Government says the Constitution Amendment Bill 2015 and the Constitution of Zambia Bill 2015 have been drafted and that the two documents will be published on Saturday August 1, 2015.

Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula says the documents are expected to be tabled before parliament.

Dr. Simbyakula says priority was given to legislations that require urgent intervention measures such as tax reforms, retirement age, Tourism and wildlife sectors.

He says the Bill of Rights and Article 70 of the constitution will be subject to a referendum during the general elections in 2016.

Dr. Simbyakula has urged the house and members of the public to take time once the documents are published to study the contents and make their submissions to the relevant committee.

The Minister was responding to a question raised by Choma Central Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa who wanted to know why Government has not introduced in the House the Constitution of Zambia Amendment Bill.

Mr. Mweetwa also asked whether the contentious and non-contentious Clauses have already been identified.

And Dr. Simbyakula says President Edgar Lungu is still studying reports of Commissions of Inquiries on the Mongu riots, Oil procurement by the Energy Regulation Board and sale of ZAMTEL to Lap Green.

He told Parliament in a Ministerial Statement that the reports will later be tabled before Cabinet.

The Justice Minister says about 5 Million Kwacha was spent on the Mongu riots inquiry while the Zamtel and Oil Procurement cost about 4 Million Kwacha each.

He says a number of issues came up when the Patriotic Front – PF came into Government a move that resulted into appointment of the Commissions of Inquiries.

The minister’s statement follows a question raised on July 15th 2015 on when Government will release the findings of the three Commissions of Inquiry.

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