Government bans wearing of political party regalia around court premises

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Given Lubinda
Given Lubinda
Government has banned the wearing of political party regalia around court premises.

Minister of Justice, Given Lubinda says the ban applies to all political parties including the ruling Patriotic Front -PF-.

Mr. Lubinda says the move will help de-politicise the dispensation of justice.

He has told Journalists at a briefing in Lusaka that government wants to ensure officers of courts are safeguarded from political violence and interference.

Mr. Lubinda said government is dismayed at the recent violent conduct of UPND cadres at the Lusaka High Court grounds.

And Mr. Lubinda said government is ready and willing to receive submissions for the refining of the amended republican constitution.

He said government will not go round the country to get submissions from the public as the exercise is not meant to review but to refine the Republican Constitution.

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  1. 1. Can Hon. Minister quote relevant provision of any Act of Parliament or Statutory Instrument which gives him authority to legislate through press conference on this particular issue?
    2. Does wearing of police uniform by the Patriotic Front members and indiscriminate use of live ammunition is prescribed in the Part III of the Constitution of Zambia?

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    • Lubinda cannot ban the wearing of Party Regalia by word of mouth. He needs to amend the law in Parliament or Gazette a Statutory Instrument in the Govt Gazette. We cant have Ministers Amending laws by merely uttering words thru the Press. We are a Constitutional Democracy which respects the Rule of Law. Edward and his Ministers should stop this lawlessness. Zambia is being turned into a failed state by these thugs.

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    • @ 1.2
      Is there law allowing genetically induced 1mbecility to be displayed on social media?
      No?
      How come you are allowed to display it day in, day out?

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  2. Including the ruling Patriot Front PF. What is the meaning of that. Did he have an inclination of excluding them?

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  3. Another useless appointment…surely what can Given contribute in that ministry. Its strange that Lazy Lungu has no respect for his profession …to be appointing a tin like him to such a ministry.

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  4. There is freedom of movement, workship and association. Only Pariliment can pass a law not a corrupt Minister that wakes up and calls a press conference. Is it not the PF who camped outside Supreme court and were holding a brai with crates of beer. Did Zambia Polo do anything ? No
    Useless thugs

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  5. I wonder whether the non-wearing of party regalia will lead to the cops stopping infringing on people’s rights. May be it will work as they will fear to tear gas and brutalise those they have been unleashed to , not knowing who is among the crowd. On the other side, it seems the year is ending with each Minister (Nonde, Kampyongo, Lubinda, Kalaba…) issuing statements trying to outshine each other before 2017 dawns. I await Nkandu Luo and Maggie’s.

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  6. Firstly, I wish to unwrite 6.0, and replace it with a “Merry Christmas” to those who believe in it and for those who don’t, enjoy the holiday. Where ever you are on this earth, you have been a great warrior and a champion of development as expletives, sobriety and even outright insults, all lead to development. I enjoyed every bit of it though at times especially before, during and immediately after August, traffic was too much to handle.

    After the above message I re-write 6.0.

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  7. What Law will the Police/courts refer to when prosecuting/judging anyone caught wearing the regalia at court Premises? Mr Minister, you need backup from the Laws of Zambia. Don’t just overnight come up with what you dream to say its law.

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  8. That is the best our Justice Minister can do!Next will be Kampyongo – Home Affairs- with another ban. Not to be left out the IG will deploy those toys he posed on from RSA around the Courts, and I would not be surprised if Eric Chimese will provide helicopters specifically for PF cadres to attend court sessions.

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