Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga has said that the lawlessness being perpetrated by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has vindicated Government’s position on the need to maintain the Public Order Act.
Speaking yesterday in an interview, Ms Mulenga, who is also the Chief Government Spokesperson, said that the Public Order Act (POA) is an essential piece of legislation that helps in maintaining law and order.
The chief government spokesperson also said that the POA will be amended at an appropriate time and that it should be progressive if Zambia is to maintain the cherished peace.
She said Government will not enact laws with potential to put the country on fire but will always act in national interest to ensure that it remains a safe place for all citizens.
“Those that are pushing for the amendment or repealing of the Public Order Act so that they can cause anarchy in the country should reflect on their positions. We don’t want lawlessness that can make our country ungovernable,” Ms Mulenga said.
Ms Mulenga said Government will cautiously handle constitutional provisions that border on law and order to avoid allowing individuals with selfish and evil motives to plunge the country into chaos.
Ms Mulenga, who is Kalulushi member of Parliament (MP), called for patriotism from all Zambians on matters of national interest and denounce acts that threaten national security.
She said President Lungu has demonstrated his commitment to peace and that his administration will at an appropriate time consider any progressive constitutional amendment proposal.
Ms Mulenga advised opposition politicians to put national interest first and respect the will of the people.