Government should translate the new Constitution into the country's 16 local languages to enable citizens to understand the country's supreme law, Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister Cde Oppah Muchinguri has said. Speaking at the national women's constitutional conference on making the constitution work for women in Harare on Thursday, Minister Muchinguri said it was important to translate the Constitution to remove language barriers.
"The Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs should put the Constitution in our local languages so that people can read and fully understand the new supreme law," she said. "The same constitution recognises the 16 languages as official, hence there is need to translate the Constitution into these languages."
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has constantly been a source of confusion and frustration for analysts and laymen alike. The central African country is blessed with a veritable treasure trove of natural resources including oil, timber, diamonds, gold, copper and several minerals such as tungsten and tantalum that have become immensely important on the world market due to their use in consumer electronics and cell phones.
THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has asked government to release the Draft Constitution and subject it to a referendum and not to further debate it because citizens have made substantial contributions already. LAZ president George Chisanga says further debate on the draft constitution will not provide any positive responses as this was adequately done through submissions to the technical committee which was drafting the constitution.
The adoption of the piece of legislation setting the dates of the first legislative and presidential elections after the promulgation of the new constitution is "the last stage in the constituent process," said President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar. Ben Jaafar was speaking following a plenary session during which a bill on the election timeline was adopted.
He called the proposals contained in the draft law "realistic and based on objective data" and highlighted the commitment of all deputies not to introduce any changes to the election timetable and the proposals of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE).
Alex Korsi Akpo, Ho Municipal President of Ghana Federation of the Disabled, has observed that the constitutional process appeared to have treated the interests of People with Disabilities (PWDs) flippantly. He was speaking to Ghana News Agency, on the sidelines of the Volta Regional Stakeholders briefing on the constitutional review implementation process.
Mr Akpo said right issues relating to PWDs should streak the constitution in the same measure as the review process deemed it for gender interests. He told the briefing that the Review Commission’s recommendation “that a retrofitted version of the Draft PWDs Regulations should be completed by the Disability Council and the Ministry in charge of Social Welfare for passage by Parliament” was disheveling.
Hundreds of old laws in Zimbabwe need to be changed to conform with the southern African nation's year old constitution, which guarantees democratic rights but faces problems in its implementation, activists said Wednesday. Civic leaders from Zimbabwe said in Johannesburg that there was a growing debate about the discrepancy between the old legal framework and the constitution, which was adopted in a referendum in March 2013. In July of that year, President Robert Mugabe won another term of office in elections that the opposition charged were marred by fraud.
A member of Liberia's Constitution Review Committee (CRC) has told compatriots residing in Pennsylvania, United States of America (USA) to come out with recommendations that could lead to reforming the Constitution of Liberia. Dr. D. Elwood Dunn said though a draft of the reforms needed in the Constitution has been compiled in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County with representative views from the country's 15 counties, the CRC thought it prudent to incorporate the inputs of Liberians in the Diaspora so that the reformed Constitution will reflect the views of all Liberians.