NGOCC has called on the government to facilitate actualization of the amended Constitution by putting in place enabling legislation as President Edgar Lungu officially opens Parliament this Friday.
Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) executive director Engwase Mwale in a statement yesterday stated that there was need for the government to clearly spell out the road map for the harmonization and cleaning up of the amended Constitution of 2016 to eliminate the lacunas that were occasioned by the rushed enactment process.
“The Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) calls upon government to facilitate for the actualization of the amended Constitution by putting in place enabling legislation as Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu officially opens the Second Session of the Twelfth National Assembly on Friday, 15th September 2017. NGOCC expects the President to spell out when government will start the process of enacting enabling legislation for the full operationalization of the Amended Constitution,” Mwale stated.
“The amended Constitution has created a number of institutional mechanisms and processes that will require subsidiary legislation. Of interest to the women’s movement is the Gender Equity and Equality Commission which has not yet been operationalized. Further, NGOCC expects the President to announce when the government intends to facilitate for the holding of the National Referendum for inclusion of the expanded Bill of Rights in the constitution.”
She stated that the last general elections in 2016 left the nation largely divided with violence having been the main contributory factor.
“It is therefore our expectation that the President will give very clear indication in his address on how his government intends to promote national unity and peace which are critical for national development. We are however happy that there is an on-going process of dialogue by various stakeholders. NGOCC expects that all the stakeholders will commit to the process,” stated Mwale.
“In conclusion, NGOCC would also like to urge all the Members of Parliament (MPs) to put national interest first as the Twelfth National Assembly convenes this Friday 15th September 2017. As the people’s representatives, MPs should ensure that they put their people’s interests first and work in unison to shape the legislative direction of the nation. We wish to reiterate the need for our political leaders to focus on national development devoid of the usual politicking that mostly preoccupy national discourse.”