Con­sti­tu­tion needs re­view­ing

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By AARON CHIYANZO

PRES­I­DENT Edgar Lungu says the Re­pub­li­can con­sti­tu­tion needs re­view­ing be­cause some of the laws are caus­ing al­most a paral­y­sis in gov­er­nance.

And spe­cial as­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent for press and pub­lic re­la­tions Amos Chanda has dis­closed that the Pres­i­dent yes­ter­day held sep­a­rate meet­ings with Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Cen­tre (FIC) di­rec­tor Mary Tshuma, speaker of Par­lia­ment Pa­trick Mat­i­b­ini and the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions (DPP) Lil­ian Siyuni. Mr Chanda was speak­ing at a me­dia brief­ing at State House yes­ter­day af­ter the swear­ing in of Ma­jor Gen­eral Kapotwe Chintu as Zam­bia Air Force Deputy Air Com­man­der and Bon­nie Kapeso as Deputy Po­lice In­spec­tor Gen­eral. When asked why Pres­i­dent Lungu had taken long to ap­point a new Au­di­tor Gen­eral, Mr Chanda said that the Head of State was equally con­cerned about the vac­uum but that he was not re­spon­si­ble for the de­lay be­cause he had to fol­low nec­es­sary con­sti­tu­tional pro­ce­dures be­fore mak­ing such ap­point­ments. Mr Chanda said the Pres­i­dent needed to sub­mit the pro­posed name for the po­si­tion to Par­lia­ment for rat­i­fi­ca­tion. He said that the Head of State was con­cerned about some con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sions which were mak­ing it cum­ber­some to im­ple­ment cer­tain man­dates. He said the Pres­i­dent had been con­sult­ing widely to find out if some of the pro­vi­sions could be re­viewed. Some un­nec­es­sary con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sions were mak­ing gov­er­nance dif­fi­cult, Mr Chanda said. "The Pres­i­dent also wants that of­fice (Au­di­tor Gen­eral) oc­cu­pied as soon as pos­si­ble. But he re­spects the con­sti­tu­tion and has to fol­low all the con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments be­fore mak­ing such an ap­point­ment,” he said. And Mr Chanda said that Pres­i­dent Lungu had agreed to of­fi­ci­ate at the launch of the FIC 2019 trends re­port and had al­ready in­structed State House staff to in­clude the pro­gramme on his dairy. He said that the FIC di­rec­tor, Ms Tshuma, in­formed the Pres­i­dent that ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion on fi­nan­cial crimes by Zam­bians had in­creased. He said that Ms Tshuma also in­formed the Pres­i­dent that Zam­bia had passed the test re­view by an in­ter­na­tional body man­dated to as­sess if in­ves­ti­ga­tions were not in­ter­fered with in dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Mr Chanda also told jour­nal­ists that in the meet­ing with the DPP, the Pres­i­dent was briefed on the pro­posal to make ac­cess to jus­tice quicker. And Mr Chanda said that the Pres­i­dent dis­cussed with Dr Mat­i­b­ini on how to im­prove the op­er­a­tions of Par­lia­ment.

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