SATA appoints commisioners to draft the new Republican Constitution.

President Michael Sata has appointed a twenty Member Technical Committee to draft the new Republican Constitution.

Mr Sata directed the technical committee headed by former Chief Justice Annel Silungwe, to refer to all previous Constitutional Review Commissions.

The President emphasized that the Technical Committee review the Mung’omba Constitution Review Draft Constitution and use it as the basis for developing the new constitution.

This is according to a statement released to ZNBC news on Wednesday by State House Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah.

The Technical Committee will also review the Chona, Mvunga Constitutional Review Commissions as well as the 1991 Constitution of Zambia.

The Mwanakatwe Constitutional Review Commission report and draft Constitution will also be revisited.

President Sata says the Technical Committee is also expected to consult widely and take into account, submissions forwarded.

He says the committee will consult local and international experts on constitutional law and practice along with members of the public at all provincial centers.

The President says views of the people from provincial constitutional conventions will be incorporated into the new constitution while taking into account submissions of sector groups.

The Technical committee will also draft the Constitution of Zambia Bill to set the date for the new constitution and deal with issues for the effective transition into a new constitutional regime under the fourth republic.

The committee will draw up its program of work and submit it to the Secretary to the Cabinet within Seven days of its first sitting.

President has also directed the technical committee to submit the whole report to him.