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Constitution roadmap Bill on

JIMMY CHIBUYE, Lusaka
THE Ministry of Justice is preparing a draft bill to protect and guide the remaining phases of the constitutional review process, minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula has said.
And Government is formulating a Diaspora Policy aimed at integrating Zambians living abroad in the development agenda of the country and is expected to be launched in the third quarter of this year.
Dr Simbyakula said in a ministerial statement in Parliament yesterday that the draft bill will also provide for the composition and functions of the constitution implementation team.
“The bill is aimed at protecting the constitution-making process to ensure that at the end of the process, a constitution that reflects the will of the Zambian people is enacted,” he said.
Dr Simbyakula said Government finds it realistic and financially prudent to have the non-contentious provisions in the draft paper, which do not require a referendum to be incorporated in the constitution by Parliament, amending the current document at no cost.
He said amendment to the Referendum Act to bring it in conformity with the law has already been approved by Cabinet.
And minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba told Parliament in a ministerial statement that Government has already established a national steering committee to spearhead the formulation of the Diaspora Policy.
Mr Kalaba said the overall objective of the policy is to integrate the Zambian diaspora in the development agenda of the country by creating an enabling environment and platform for effective participation in national issues.
“The main focus of the policy will be to harness and maximise the efforts of the Zambian diaspora as a resource for development by increasing their participation in trade and investment opportunities,” he said.
Mr Kalaba said the document will also include facilitating their participation in the legislative and political process, expanding consular services in missions abroad and addressing challenges such as citizenship.


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