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Catholic Bishops reject Bill 10

By NATION REPORTER
THE Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) has rejected Bill 10 saying the process that was undertaken lacked genuine consensus and have called on Members of Parliament to withdraw the piece of legislation immediately.
In a statement dated June 9, 2020 and signed by ZCCB president Rt. Rev. George Cosmas Zumaire Lungu, the Catholic Bishops said the church firmly believed that any legitimate process of making, reviewing and amending the supreme law of the land ought to be premised on a process that was widely inclusive, transparent, accountable and anchored on consensus building rather than partisan interests.
They reiterate that the making of a people-driven Constitution that would stand the test of time calls for a spirit of dialogue with all stakeholders.
They say this dialogue involves a courteous discussion with a view to reaching or at least moving closer to a consensus.
This requires stakeholders to be open, to be ready to listen and to share positions that will see a better future.
“Unfortunately, what we have observed with regard to Bill 10 is that, the process that was undertaken lacked genuine consensus and has become a source of division in the country. Instead of bringing Zambians together for a common cause, it has further polarized them.

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