Father Bwalya awaits government response on contentious clauses in draft constitution

Outspoken Catholic Priest Father Frank Bwalya says his organization still awaits government’s official stance on most of the progressive clauses that have been included in the draft constitution.

Father Bwalya who is also Executive Director for ‘Get Involved Zambia’, a local Non-Governmental organization has observed that there was no need to extend the period for public submissions on the draft constitution regardless of the slow inflow of submissions from the public because the constitution making process should be expedited.

He added that there was even no guarantee that people would overwhelmingly make submissions if they are given an extension when it is not known why they are not making submissions at the moment.

Father Bwalya however said if the technical committee working on the Constitution feels there was need for an extension, it should only be done on the basis of the fact that there has not been copies of the document in the local languages yet. The Catholic Priest was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kitwe.

And Father Bwalya has cautioned senior government officials against commenting on certain critical clauses so that the general public can be free to debate the contents of the document.

He pointed out that comments on certain clauses issues by senior government officials are likely to curtail free public debate on the draft Constitution.

Father Bwalya said this in reference to Vice President Guy Scott who was quoted in some sections of the media as saying the Draft Constitution clause which proposes that the Republican Vice President should be a running mate to the President may not be workable in Zambia.

ZANIS

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