National Constitution Conference (NCC) rejects media submissions on Draft Constitution

On 11 August 2010, the National Constitution Conference (NCC) rejected the submissions made by MISA-Zambia and various media organizations towards the 2010 Draft constitution when it met to discuss submissions made towards the 2010 Draft Constitution.


The NCC rejected submissions by MISA-Zambia and other media bodies to include clauses providing for Independence of State-owned media and one that provides for Access to Information as a right.

MISA Zambia submitted its contribution to the 2010 Draft Constitution on 30 July 2010.

Background

On 23 June 2010, Chairperson for the NCC Chifumu Banda launched the NCC Report and 2010 Draft Constitution to which the public and any other stakeholders were invited to debate and make submissions over a period of 40 days.

The Mungomba Draft Constitution of 2005 which was drafted following countrywide consultations was debated by the NCC and resulted in the 2010 Draft Constitution. However many stakeholders expressed disappointment because the NCC rejected a number of key articles and provisions from the Mungomba Draft Constitution which is hailed as the true representation of the aspirations of people of Zambia regarding the constitution.

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