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Zambians urged to make submissions on Public Order Act

General News Zambians urged to make submissions on Public Order Act

Alliance For Democratic and Development Western province chairperson Mulele Mumbisho making his submission during a public hearing on Public Order Act Amendment under the Ministry of Justice in Mongu, Western Province .
Alliance For Democratic and Development Western province chairperson Mulele Mumbisho making his submission during a public hearing on Public Order Act Amendment under the Ministry of Justice in Mongu, Western Province .

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has urged people to take advantage of the on-going consultative meetings on the amendment of the Public Order Act (POA) and make submissions towards improving the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of assembly.

HRC Spokesperson Mweelwa Muleya said the Commission takes note that the amendment of the POA is one of the output indicators in the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) aimed at promoting an inclusive and democratic system of governance.

Mr. Muleya noted that the Public Order Act is also one of the 183 recommendations which the Government accepted to implement during Zambia’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights record at the United Nations in Geneva in 2017.

Mr. Muleya said it is important that stakeholders turn up in large numbers during the on-going consultative meetings and make concrete recommendations on how the POA should contribute to improving the right to freedom of assembly and an inclusive democratic system of governance in Zambia.

He said the Commission has consistently observed with regret the selective and discriminatory manner the POA was being administered to the detriment of fostering the expression of divergent and dissenting opinions and ideas as expected in a pluralistic and multiparty democracy such as Zambia.

Mr. Muleya added that the commission is gratified that Government is beginning to take practical steps towards amending the provisions of the POA that are incompatible with its national and international human rights obligations.

“The right to freedom of assembly is a fundamental right and freedom enshrined in Zambia’s Bill of Rights and in the International Bill of Human Rights. To this effect, the POA should be designed and implemented in a manner that promotes and protects, rather than undermine, the right to freedom of assembly, association and expression,” he said.

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in conjunction with the Zambia Law Development Commission (ZLDC) is currently undertaking consultative meetings in Provincial Centers to facilitate public submissions on the proposed amendment of the Public Order Act.

This is contained in a statement availed to ZANIS in Ndola today.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Please let the public order remain the way it is. We don’t want anarchy in this peaceful nation of our to take root. I love the farming community except one Farm which wants to destroy our peaceful nation.

  2. When I said that Zimbabwe even in its darkest moments is still better than Zambia, few monkeys got upset here. Well for your info today Zimbabwe has abolished the POA from their constitution. Meanwhile here they have even killing students. What a failed state Zambia is

    • Quick comparisons without thinking are dangerous. You are prone to making a mistake by taking things out of context. There are many instances that you cannot compare Zimbabwe and Zambia because these countries are simply different and at different development stages.

    • Noted, 2.1… could you elaborate please? And trust me, I mean it as it is because what you raise is pretty interesting considering the UK recently struck down the word “insult” from their own public order act so as not to throttle freedom of expression. I suppose they are at a “different development stage” to stomach “insult” then? Oh – the last part was asking for a friend.

  3. How many times have people asked to repeal the public order act in its current form. How many times has anything been done. People have lost confidence in such forums and now consider it a waste of time even going there.

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