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Zambia ponders custodial sentence for pregnant women

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Zambia Law Development commission Justice Roydah Kaoma shakes hands with Justice Minister Given Lubinda after presenting the Law Reform Project Report on the review of prisons Act and Allied Legislation at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka
Zambia Law Development commission Justice Roydah Kaoma shakes hands with Justice Minister Given Lubinda after presenting the Law Reform Project Report on the review of prisons Act and Allied Legislation at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka
Government says there is need to look at the law that provide for custodial sentence for pregnant women. Minister of Justice Given Lubinda says this is because innocent children end up being confined because of the crime committed by their mothers.

He says it is unfortunate that this law and others could not be changed because of the failed referendum. Mr Lubinda said the current constitution contradicts itself hence the need to refine it.

He said this during the Constitution Law and Constitutionalism Training for civil society. And speaking at the same function one of the participate Macdonald Chipenzi complained that the current constitution is too technical for an ordinary citizen.

Mr. Chipenzi further encouraged government to look for money so that another referendum can be held.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Laws are made by people who understand and balance issue over different scales in order to attain justice for all. Not all offenses call for custodial sentence. A woman can not escape jail term on the basis of an innocent unborn child. There are children whose mothers die when giving birth and these children are brought up by members of the family. Keeping a child in prison may be a choice of the mother because not all family members are in prison and certainly not the father. Where would be justice for female and male offenders who can’t get pregnant? If you are concerned about the children in prisons with their mothers think of taking them to welfare facilities where they can be looked after until their mothers are released.

  2. Revision of law and policy in Zambia is urgently needed. All citizens rights need to be protected citizens.

    Mr Chipenzi is right as an average Zambian he does not a Ph.D. Therefore nonsensical enough not understand when the law is misused and human rights abused.

    I am not a Ph.D

  3. LT you can do better.. this is a matter of national interest and you had to just cherry pick..am sure Hon Lubinda said so much in relation to custodial sentence..

  4. We missed a chance during the referendum simply because some misguided opposition party thought it was for the benefit of the PF.
    We have no choice but to revist the issue.

  5. I think we should think of taking those children to welfare organizations until their mothers are leased from jail, to maintain justice to all.

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