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Zambia's newly amended charter is illegitimate – lawyers

13 January 2016, 20:04

Lusaka - Zambian lawyers have dismissed the country’s newly amended constitution as illegitimate, saying president Edgar Lungu didn’t follow proper procedures before enacting it, a report said on Wednesday.

According to The  Post, the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) president George Chisanga, described the new constitutional amendments as flawed, saying it (the constitution) would not stand the "test of time".

"Our argument is that ultimately, what we have resulted with may not be a long-lasting constitution because it is not as legitimate as it would have been if it had been adopted through the constituent assembly and thereafter enacted by Parliament," Chisanga was quoted saying.

Chisanga also lambasted the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party for failing to keep to its promise of holding a consultative referendum before enacting the new constitution.

On Tuesday, one of the southern African nation's opposition parties describe the amendments as a "sham" , saying it was an instrument designed to bring back the dreaded one party state system.

However, according to Zambia Reports, president Lungu defended the amendments, saying that they will revolutionise the entire governance system in the country.

"Many people have focussed on the political side like the 50% plus one vote but there are many other things involved like the executive, judiciary and legislature have to change which will call for costs," Lungu was quoted as saying.

- News 24


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