Punishment for City Market fire perpetrators be exercised within law- LAZ

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LAZ president Linda Kasonde
The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has cautioned that any powers exercised by the government in pursuing anyone allegedly involved in the fire that gutted part of city market in Lusaka must be used within the limits provided by the Zambian constitution.

In a statement, LAZ President Linda Kasonde says the association has noted statements in the media attributed to President Edgar Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina calling for the punishment of the people that caused the fire.

Ms Kasonde states that while LAZ appreciates that this is an emotive issue, government should exercise restrain until the matter is fully and thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the fire can properly be determined.

She says LAZ further cautions the public against speculating as to who caused the fire and what their motives were at this early stage.

Ms Kasonde adds that all citizens are guaranteed the protection of the Bill of Rights as provided by the Republican Constitution and such rights should never be abrogated as to do so would defeat the ends of democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law in Zambia.

She says LAZ further urges government to look into the plight of the victims of the fire and hopes that efforts to reconstruct the market will be undertaken in the shortest possible time.

The LAZ president says the fire that consumed property of defenceless, ordinary Zambian citizens is deeply regretted, especially in light of the fact that the destroyed property was the only source of livelihood for many of the victims of the fire.

Ms Kasonde states that LAZ calls upon law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter, and if the fire was an act of arson, bring perpetrators to book in the shortest possible time.

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      Larry was thanking upnd and mocking our security. Mutinta promised volcanos what more evidence do you need.

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      The legislature should immediately amend the country’s anti terror act to include heinous crimes of arson and sabotage to vital public assets. The state security must review a log of vital national assets and their related physical security then present to both the legislature and executive to drive urgent amendments. Measure against Crimes of subversion are already clear in the national security Act but arson and sabotage must be amended asap beside some proactive physical security measures to be undertaken.

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      I really don’t understand what she mean nn this or if she was to say anything at all.
      We are getting tired of defending Linda. Now I will focus on Lilian Shawa, before she get corrupt.

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      What kasonde has said must be clearly understood and respected because these fires are caused by PF in order to accuse UPND and condemn all of them to jail without trail using state of emergency.

      Well let me warn Lungu and his PF minions, that any action taken against UPND without independently investigating the fires, will just give UPND justification to declare war against PF top cadres not using these fires by PF.

      Just carry on taunting UPND to a point where they will have no option but to begin to fight back with full force.

      If Lungu and his PF id10ts are not careful, they will not live to enjoy the money they are stealing. UPND are not violent now because HH has instructed them to exercise restraint. The day HH dies is the day when UPND will start fighting back bigtime…

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      Just carry on taunting UPND to a point where they will have no option but to begin to fight back with full force.

      If Lungu and his PF id10ts are not careful, they will not live to enjoy the money they are stealing. UPND are not violent now because HH has instructed them to exercise restraint. The day HH dies is the day when UPND will start fighting back bigtime. Arson is cheap PF propanganda meant paint UPND black.

      When the fight back begins, it will target all prominent PF cadres one by one. UPND will use acts of cowardice like PF targeting the poor by burning their only means of survival.

      If these fires where not sponsored by PF culprits would have been caught already. Since PF is involved no one be arrested except accusations against UPND.
      How can a market patrolled by PF…

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      Wanzelu, no amount of insults from backward people like you will change the fact you lost the last election, failed to raise you objections, within 14 days, your HH promised violence and you are doing it now, your HH being an under 5 behaved foolishly in Money and is a Prisoner, your UPND had no national wide audience but is a Tonga party. Your party already dead. You have capacity to defeat the people of Zambia with your burning of property. You now the most despised party ever in Zambian history. The die is cast, people like you promoting and carrying out violence will be dealt with firmly.

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      If these fires where not sponsored by PF culprits would have been caught already. Since PF is involved no one be arrested except accusations against UPND.
      How can a market patrolled by PF police and guarded by PF cadres burn without knowing who set it alight?

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      Unfortunately for PF id10ts, who support what ever stupidity Lungu spews, will suffer more under this state of emergency.

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    Its such statements from LAZ which are surprising. Who told Kasonde that the government will deal with this issue outside the Law? Why comment on something that has never even happened? Kasonde suffers from wanting to be in the news all the time. What is she suffering from?I find her comments to be inappropriate and unnecessary. A fire happened at City market and the police are investigating the cause. cant LAZ for once when for the investigation to finish before commenting? So what is the thing about the Law? When did LAZ became so vocal?

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      I suspect her worry is that the likely perpetrators are her like leaning individuals. Her statement is completely off – its like there are crimes where people have been treated outside law by the judicial system in this country.

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    State of Emergence is part of the Law in Zambia under a specified article in the Zambian Constitution… So what is LAZ yapping on… Security matters should be left to the people charged with that responsibility to advise the President and not every Jim and Jack…

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    Kasonde is now concerned and worried that her boy friend has gone beyond what she expected and knows whats coming to the arsonist, and her boy friend’s Party. Kasonde, first tell your UPND to stop this nonsense or it will pull you all down.

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    kasonde you are rely shameless,am are u trying to protect madam ,you are a bad seed zambia has ever had as laz president police has to investigate you

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    Look at her lips and nose, didn’t know she looks like a (UPN)donkey. Tge past few weeks have quiet from the noise of LAZ and its donkey officials.
    Iwe donkey Linda, just go back to Harvard to get your PhD, you are wasting our time bloo.dy donkey.

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    Now iwe ka donkey iyanakashi, tell us whether the periods mentioned in article 31 have no time limits, whether 7 days can go on forever or whether 3 months can go on forever as you LAZ and your UPNDonkey friends have been claiming over your expired petition.
    Remember that is what has brought us to where we are, the non recognition of an expired petition.
    I know these donkeys will not respond on this one, DONKEYS!!!!!!!

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      @Terrible
      Everything, anything anywhere on this Earth has limits in TIME, PLACE, SPACE.
      (1) All the letters and words in your post have limits e.g. “N “o” “w” “i” “w” “e”, and ” Now” “iwe”. Your whole sentence (post) is limited from “Now….to DONKEYS!!!!!!!”
      (2) All your body parts have limits, paving way to other organs.
      (3) Your life and mine are limited by death.
      (4) The Republican Constitution is limited in area, volume and content.
      (5) Your reasoning is limit-controlled.
      (5) We all including our tools are a product of limit.

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      Spot on @Terrible. This Kasonde woman is so partisan. Her attempts to portray objectivity has only exposed her as a UPNDonkey sympathiser.

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    I don’t understand this Linda. Every time she opens her mouth is to say something against the government. Iwe chi Linda ichikonko kuti cha kwaoayapofye ninshi was Patichila Lungu. Lungu up to 2026. Tukamimona na HH one. Mambala at LAZ president.

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    we know that the UPND are the one behind this, God will punish them. if HH has the heart for the country he would have order his people to stop this practice, GOD IS WATCHING, they will be exposed.we need to go on fasting God will answer us
    Linda does`nt the heart the you said it looks like you are happy of what happened we know you are you UPND God Will punish the devil

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    No body should be treated “outside ” the law must apply to all offenders not just the torchers of our infrastructure. Baby Kasonde should not make these criminals special unless there’s something that she knows that we don’t know.

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    Such a voice attempting to balance the powers in this country is needed. At the moment the executive has too much space which is not being checked. They have the courage to threaten to use dictatorship in a democracy. On another day in a competitive democracy such a statement should be a scundle, but President EL gets away with it. LAZ has the obligation to speak against such intentions, we are a democracy, we have rules and laws we dont become a dictatorship overnight. We need more objective, fearless voices. Zambians lets safeguard our Democracy and our peace. When elephants fight its the grass that suffers. We need to put an end to this Lungu- HH era Asap. the strife is risking our nations future.

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    Don’t just putting up the modern structures without proper security , like security cameras , control room . Think of the disaster , thieves and people who spy .

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      That’s a good idea mate. Include an automatic fire suppression system and ensure PMs are conducted daily, weekly, monthly and yearly without fail.

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    First, find the perpetrators and then think about the Law. Zambia security wing is sending the wrong message to would-be arsonists. Find them and parade them at the market for the marketeers to take a good look at them.

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