Zambian government proposes controversial constitutional amendments

8 July
Preident Lungu assenting to last round of extensive amendments (photo credit: The Mast)
Preident Lungu assenting to last round of extensive amendments (photo credit: The Mast)
On June 21, 2019, Attorney General Likando Kalaluka issued the Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Bill, 2019 whose object is to amend the Constitution of Zambia so as to – (a) revise the Preamble in order to reaffirm the Christian character of Zambia; (b) revise the principles and values of the Constitution; (c) revise the electoral system for elections to the National Assembly; (d) revise the period for dissolution of the National Assembly; (e) revise the period of hearing and determination of a presidential election petition; (f) revise the manner of election of mayor and council chairperson; (g) establish the office of deputy minister; (h) revise the composition of the Cabinet; (i) revise the provisions relating to the establishment of commissions; (j) revise the provisions relating to the payment of pension benefits and retention on the payroll; (k) provide for the membership of Members of Parliament in councils; (l) establish the Drug Enforcement Commission as the Anti-Drugs, Economic and Financial Crimes Agency and redefine its function as a national security service; (m) revise the functions of the Public Protector; (n) revise the functions of the Bank of Zambia; (o) revise the functions of the Auditor-General; and (p) provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.
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