The ruling Patriotic Front has prepared a bill to take to Parliament which will see the repeal of the Law Association of Zambia Act.
If the proposed Law of Societies Bill” is passed, it will allow for the formation of various associations to represent lawyers in Zambia.
The bill is sponsored by PF Kasama Central Member of Parliament Kelvin Sampa through the private Member’s motion.
In December 2016, Mr Sampa revealed that he will take to Parliament a motion to amend the LAZ Act and call for the formation of another body to represent lawyers.
By allowing the creation of other associations to represent the lawyers and repealing the Law Association of Zambia Act, the PF Government will effectively disband LAZ.
According to the Bill advertised in the Zambia Daily Mail, the “Law of Societies Bill” seeks to provide for the formation and regulation of various law societies or associations in Zambia.
Most senior PF officials have often spoken out about LAZ’s strong stance on governance issues and have accused the association led by Linda Kasonde of being pro government.
The PF currently enjoys a comfortable majority in Parliament with 89 seats at 53.6 percent with the main opposition UPND holding 53 seats at 34.9 percent.
Independent MPs hold 14 seats representing 8.4 percent while the MMD has four seats representing 2.4 percent.