By CHARITY MOONGA –
JUSTICE Minister Edgar Lungu has described his meeting with the Grand Coalition on the new Constitution as a step in the right direction, meant to build consensus in the Constitution-making process.
The Grand Coalition also described the meeting as fruitful with a call for the release of the Draft Constitution and the setting up of a referendum commission, among other issues.
In an interview after the meeting which was held at the Ministry of Justice headquarters in Lusaka yesterday, coalition chairperson Leonard Chiti described the meeting as the best way to go towards having the new Constitution for Zambia.
Fr Chiti said at the meeting, the Coalition presented their roadmap to the Government, while the Mr Lungu presented the State’s roadmap to the coalition.
Mr Lungu, who is Defence Minister and Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general, had invited the Grand Coalition for the meeting following an earlier meeting he had with Attorney General Musa Mwenye on the Constitution-making process.
Other issues discussed at the meeting with the Grand Coalition were timeliness to the Constitution-making process with the coalition members asking the Government to immediately release the Draft Constitution.
The coalition also called for a national census which would lead to the proper hosting of the referendum to adopt the new Constitution.
He said the civil society organisations would next week hold a strategic meeting.