In the spirit of fairness, I wanted to share the email I received today from the NCC secretariat. This was sent in response to my query as to why Zambia’s draft constitution was not posted online when it was released last week.
Not only did he attach the document to the email, but he also provided links to four websites where the document can be downloaded. It's good to know I wasn't the only person asking the question because there were several other recipients on the email list. The turnaround took about a week, and I am impressed. Bravo!
May I sincerely apologise on behalf of NCC Executive and the Secretariat and indeed on my own behalf for the problems that you have encountered In accessing the two documents from the various websites where they have been uploaded.
I would like to assure you that the intention of the NCC is to ensure that as many stakeholders as possible gain access to the documents and make their views known. This is good for the country and there will be no attempt by the NCC to restrict access. All the problems you and others may be encountering in accessing these documents are purely technical and we are working on resolving them. It is for this reason that we have uploaded the documents on four websites, namely:
(3) www.ncczambia.org, and
Let me end by thanking you for the interest you have shown in ensuring that your views on the Constitution of your nation are expressed. It is in the interest of all the stakeholders to ensure that we give ourselves a Constitution we desire by reflecting fully how we want to govern ourselves.
Once again, we are very sorry for the inconvenience that you have been subjected to in accessing the documents.
Newton I. Ng'uni
NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE (NCC)