Opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has directed his Members of Parliament to push for a new legal framework that will guarantee a referendum as an avenue through which the new constitution will be adopted.
Mr Hichilema says a legal framework is the sure way in which the wishes and aspirations of the Zambian people will be retained in the final constitution.
Speaking during a press briefing today at the UPND Secretariat in Lusaka, Mr Hichilema said once this legal framework is put in place, it will ensure a bill of rights with provisions to protect journalists.
"Release the draft constitution so that we can all discuss it. MPs ensure there is a new legal framework to provide for a referendum so that in 2016 we have elections under a new constitution," he said.
He said the new constitution must also provide for a Vice President Running Mate clause to avoid presidential by-elections that are too costly for the nation.
"We need a progressive constitution, one that will make sure we do not have these useless by-elections. We can do it. Other countries have done it," said Mr Hichilema.