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Empowerment hub advocates translation of constitution into local languages


The Zambian Empowerment Hub for Entrepreneurship and Skills Training (ZEHEST) has proposed for the translation of the Constitution from English into local languages.

ZEHEST Executive Director, Clarence Muzyamba, said this would enable many citizens to be informed and enhance their participation in governance issues.

Muzyamba in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday noted that the Constitution was a national document which each and every citizen should understand and embrace.

He stated that this was in order to contribute positively and meanginfully to the governance and national economic matters because information was power.

“Zambia’s literacy levels are very high more so in the rural areas, so having the national constitution only in English has disadvantaged many citizens in participating in economic affairs of the country,” Muzyamba noted.

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He said many innocent people had been jailed for not understanding the law which was enshrined in the Constitution.

Muzyamba stated that as an organization, ZEHEST would ensure citizens were empowered with information, knowledge and skills.

“Beginning 2024, we shall collaborate with Ministry of Justice, Zambia Law Development Commission, Curriculum Development Center,Zamise as well as the media to ensure that the Constitution is translated from English to all local languages,” he indicated.

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