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50,000 of first draft constitution have been printed says Kabanda

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ABOUT 50, 00 copies of the simplified English version of the first draft constitution have been printed, the Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution has said.

And the committee has expressed shock over reports that senior chief Nsokolo of the Mambwe people in Mbala have not received copies of the first Draft constitution. Technical Committee on Drafting the Zambian Constitution spokesperson Simon Kabanda however said in an interview that the distribution of the copies will be done upon completion of the printing of the translated local language copies.

“We have received 50, 000 copies of the simplified English version of the first draft constitution which we intended to start distributing to all the 150 constitutions in the country. However, distribution of the simplified English version will start once we get the local language translated copies of the draft constitution,” Mr Kabanda said.

Mr Kabanda said printing of the local language translated copies of the draft constitution will be completed this week.

“We want to distribute copies of both the simplified English version and local languages translated version of the draft constitution together as opposed to doing it in parts. And the copies will be distributed throughout the country,” he said.

The draft constitution was launched in April this year and the committee had invited members of the public to make submission. Deadline for submission is July 31 2012.

Last week, committee chairperson Justice Annel Silungwe said the committee would not extend the consultative process to allow people to review the translated draft constitution and simplified English because all stakeholders have had ample time to analyse and debate the contents of the document.

And Mr Kabanda expressed shock that senior chief Nsokolo chiefdom has not yet received copies of the draft constitution.

He said this is because the committee ensured that the copies were distributed to all the 150 constituencies and all districts in the country.

“We ensured that all constituency offices received copies of the draft constitution. District commissioners all received copies, I am assuring that lapses would have probably occurred at the DC’s office but we will look into it,” Mr Kabanda said.

On friday, senior chief Nsokolo complained that his chiefdom has not yet received copies of the first draft constitution as the deadline draws near.

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