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YALI commends Lungu, MPs over constitution changes

CATHERINE MUMBA & KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
THE Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has commended President Lungu and members of Parliament from both the opposition and the ruling party for passing progressive amendments to the constitution.
And YALI has urged the Grand Coalition on the people-driven constitution to stop misleading Zambians because Parliament has met their wish.
YALI president Andrew Ntewewe said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the amendments to the constitution which reflects the people’s will, will greatly contribute to the improvement of the country’s governance and increase levels of transparency and accountability.
“We particularly want to commend President Lungu, Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula and his entire administration for having listened to the voice of young people from both YALI and other citizens who proposed to the government a constitution roadmap which abides by the provisions of the law when enacting or re-enacting the constitution,” he said.
Mr Ntewewe said the Grand Coalition and the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) had continued to make unrealistic demands to adopt and enact the final draft constitution in its current form even if it lacked validation of the final draft constitution that had led to glaring inconsistencies.
“But YALI continued to provide guidance to the Zambian public as well as stakeholders,” he said.
He said YALI also engaged both government and opposition political parties to seek a win-win situation which has now been attained.
Mr Ntewewe said YALI has now been vindicated for speaking the truth



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