NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
ZAMBIA has asked the Commonwealth to support the Ministry of Justice as it revises laws to align them with the amended Constitution.
Acting President Inonge Wina said following President Lunguâ€™s assent of the amended Constitutional, several legal issues needed to be tackled in line with the supreme law of the land.
Mrs Wina said this at her office yesterday when Commonwealth deputy secretary general for politics Josephine Ojiambo paid a courtesy call on her.
â€œWe revised our Constitution and quite a number of legal issues need to be tackled and there is pressure on the Ministry of Justice to revise some legislation to suit new clauses in the Constitution,â€ Mrs Wina said.
She thanked the Commonwealth for the help it has been giving the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) over the years.
Mrs Wina said Zambia appreciates the Commonwealthâ€™s role in promoting women participation in politics, and that this has resulted in many women taking up political posts.
â€œWe appreciate the role that the Commonwealth has played in helping the country address a number of issues in the country,â€ Mrs Wina said.
She said Government is committed to ensuring peopleâ€™s rights are protected and is sad that the national referendum on the Bill of Rights failed.
Mrs Wina, however, commended Zambians for maintaining peace after the general elections despite the tension which followed the petitioning of the election of President Lungu.
She said Government looks forward to more collaboration with the Commonwealth to address some of the countryâ€™s challenges.
Dr Ojiambo said Zambia is a valued Commonwealth member which had been advocating several human rights such as ending child marriages and promoting womenâ€™s rights.
She said the Commonwealth looks forward to engaging Zambia on a number of issues, including agriculture, to help improve the food security of the country.
â€œWe are grateful for the support you gave to our team which came to monitor the elections. We have since held meetings with the ECZ as well as the Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Matibini,â€ Dr Ojiambo said.
She said the Commonwealth would continue working with the ECZ on peace building until the next election cycle.
NANCY SIAME, Lusaka