HH announces Roadmap for a new constitution

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Hakainde Hichilema

Hakainde Hichilema

Opposition UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema has announced his proposed Roadmap to be used to enact a new constitution if elected in the January 20th Presidential election.

Below is the statement issued to Zambian Eye this morning.

We have proudly stated our commitment to deliver a new constitution before the 2016 presidential and general elections on several occasions.

In support of this commitment and in preparation for quick and efficient delivery, the UPND legal team has been working on a roadmap for the proposed constitution even as we are campaigning across the country.

We are taking our promise to the Zambian people to deliver a new constitution very seriously. In November I personally signed a Social Contract with the Grand Coalition putting our commitment in writing, with civil society as our witness.

We have not stopped there. We know there is work to do to make the new constitution a reality, and we are ready to take this on. By sharing a roadmap with the public and civil society even ahead of the election we demonstrate our seriousness in this matter.

PROPOSED ROADMAP
1.Within 7 days of taking office the President shall immediately appoint a Constitutional Delivery Team to oversee the validation of the proposed constitution.

2.The Constitutional Delivery Team will work with the Referendum Commission (which will be the Electoral Commission). This Commission shall be appointed immediately after taking office.

3.The Referendum Commission shall work closely with the Central Statistical Office and the National Registration Office to compile a national sample of all eligible voters for inclusion on the voters register.

4.The President will introduce for enactment by Parliament, a bill to protect the constitution making process. This shall be done during the Legislative Session of Parliament commencing early 2015.

5.The process will culminate in the holding of a referendum sometime in 2016 before the General Elections. To be preceded by extensive sensitisation programs led by civil society both for the referendum and the new constitutional process.

6.Government will continue to work closely with civil society in all aspects of operationalizing the adopted constitution after Parliament pronounces its commencement date.
Hakainde Hichilema

UPND President

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9 Responses to HH announces Roadmap for a new constitution

  1. When Sata took office, I said that even if he would not do anything else to the benefit of the masses but only implemented a people driven constitution, he would be a hero for present and future generations. Everything wrong with governance in Zambia is basically as a result of lack of a good constitution. We need a president committed to passing a constitution that will FORCE good governance and accountability. Viva HH! Viva UPND!

    Nox
    January 12, 2015 at 8:58 am
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    • kabolala, so he stole this document.

      kim
      January 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm
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  2. Check Zambia Reports. After reading this article, Edgar Mee-Too Lungu has published his roadmap for passing a people driven constitution also.

    MeeToo
    January 12, 2015 at 9:02 am
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  3. Indeed politics is serious business. While others are refusing to sign the social contracts, others have gone further to begin working on details….HH ..you are simply te best

    me
    January 12, 2015 at 9:06 am
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  4. At least UPND has a plan. Unlike the PF which went into government as chimbwis no plan. well done UPND. it does not matter whether your plan is realistic or not but at least you have a plan to work with. Vote HH!

    VJ
    January 12, 2015 at 9:09 am
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  5. God’s time is best in everything and Now is God’s time for zambians to get the best through H H

    Muntu
    January 12, 2015 at 9:44 am
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  6. Ooops sounds like we are back to square one. Once that “…Constitution Delivery Team” is constituted, it will take not later than six months before it completes its work. The draft constitution has some serious controversial issues that the team may hesitate to pass just like that – here we will see a going back to the drafting of a new constitution

    Mwamoneni
    January 12, 2015 at 9:46 am
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  7. Pipo of zambia whatmore do you want????
    HH is the man for the Job!!! This gives me more reason to travel to LSK to cast my vote. Viva HH.

    Ayebo
    January 12, 2015 at 10:22 am
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  8. I understand PF plans to reinstate nurses, reduce fuel price, reduce farming inputs prices, recognise the Chitimukulu, etc (meaning whatever HH has promised or still to promise) were/are also still under classified government documents that is why they were/are announced after UPND did/ does.

    Frank
    January 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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