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Sensitise citizens on constitution, CSOs told

MELODY MUPETA, Kitwe
GOVERNMENT has urged civil society organisations to be proactive in sensitising citizens on the new clauses in the amended constitution to enable them understand the content.
Kitwe acting district commissioner Peter Kasanda said on Friday that it is imperative for Zambians to understand the content of the new constitution to avoid being misled.
Mr Kasanda said every citizen should abide by all provisions in the amended constitution.
He was speaking during the inter-school debate, which was organised by the Democratic Governance and Human Rights advocates (DEGHA).
“The constitution guarantees the rights of people. This is a good move by DEGHA to sensitise the citizens on the amended constitution. It is important for other civil society organisations to do the same,” he said.
And DEGHA president Gerald Mutelo said the purpose of the debate was to create awareness on the constitution among the pupils.
“The debate is part of our awareness programmes on the constitution so that many people can understand its content,” Mr Mutelo said.
He said the signing of the Constitution Amendment Bill by President Lungu into law marked a new democratic dispensation for the country and that people need to understand its contents.
Pupils from Malela, Chamboli and Wusakile High School participated in a debate that saw Malela High School emerge overall winner.
On January 5, President Lungu assented to the Constitution of Zambia Amendment Bill, which saw the inclusion of clauses on presidential running mate, 50 percent plus one vote, among others.

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