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Zambia unlikely holding referendum due to financial constraints

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on Wednesday that he will not succumb to pressure and allow the holding of a referendum on the Bill of Rights due to financial constraints.

Last week, the Civil Society Constitution Agenca (CiSCA), a coalition of civil society organizations in Zambia, launched a campaign to push for holding a referendum to enact the Bill of Rights and improve people’s rights after a previous referendum held alongside the general elections last year flopped.

The CiSCA is an alliance of individuals and organizations advocating constitutionalism, rule of law and the inclusion of an expanded Bill of Rights in the amended constitution.

CiSCA Chairperson Bishop John Mambo said now is the time for all Zambians to unite and demand a constitution that would benefit all citizens.

During the International Women’s Day celebrations in Lusaka, Lungu said his government will not hold the referendum because his priority is to improve the people’s lives.

He said the country had held two costly elections in the last two years and his administration has no immediate plans to hold another referendum.

The previous referendum flopped last year since it failed to garner enough votes.

 

EARLIER REPORT:

Zambia arrests 11 people over wildlife crimes

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Wildlife authorities of western Zambia on Tuesday arrested 11 people over wildlife crimes.

Among those arrested in the provincial capital of Mongu, four women and three men, were found with 412 kilograms of hippo meat while four other men with two pairs of ivories cut in six pieces, according to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.

The department said in a statement that the 11 suspects were arrested for unlawful dealing in proscribed trade.

The wildlife agency expressed concern that the western part of the country has seen an increase in wildlife crimes and has been used as a transit route, adding that the department has intensified patrol measures to contain the situation.

             

 

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