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The Law Association of Zambia has threatened to go to court to stop Constitutional Amendment Bill which they say takes Zambia’s democracy backwards.

In a statement, the Association of Zambia says
proposed reintroduction of the position of Deputy Ministers is retrogressive as it will only serve to divert meager resources from important social sectors to fund the cost of introducing and maintaining the position.

And LAZ has also described as retrogressive the provision creating Parliament but leaving the important task of stipulating the number of members of Parliament to an Act of Parliament.

At its meeting held on 13th July, 2019, the LAZ Council further objected to the introduction of a mixed member electoral system, provisions relating to a coalition government in a Presidential system and Uncertainty regarding the constitution and composition of the Judiciary.

The LAZ Council has since resolved to put into motion a number of interventions with the ultimate aim of achieving a rethink about a number of retrogressive provisions in the Bill.

These include seeking the intervention of the wisdom of the Judiciary by moving the Constitutional Court to pronounce itself on a number of these provisions and strike out all retrogressive provisions from the Bill.

In a statement, the LAZ Council said it will also engage the Ministry of Justice to convey its concerns about the retrogressive provisions in the Bill and will further reach out to other stakeholders in the constitution making process to join hands with it in building consensus on the concerning provisions of the Bill.

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    • It’s difficult to give LAZ respect because it has been known to be partisan, worse with that former president I can’t even bother to name. I have always wondered why only in zambia we have an institution that is supposed to promote a profession turning instead into a political organisation. Why don’t the other instutes also behave in the same way?

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    • Same stuff every time, all the time … always seeking the limelight after the fact. Why in hell did LAZ refuse to attend NDF??

      SMH … Epo mpelele,

      BRM

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    • I support LAZ in this crusade. Why should we vote for a waste of money for deputy ministers when Chingola has no roads, mufulira has no roads Kitwe has no roads atase!

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    • I am not a Lawyer but surely Concourt doesn’t interpret Bills. It interprets Laws or Acts of Parliament. LAZ should simply advise Govt, the Nation and in particular MPs to reject the Bill in its totality when its tabled in Parliament.

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  1. Why now why did they not attend them NDF where the opportunity for voices to be heard was provided for?

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    • Because the NDF was not constitutional. They is no provision of an NDF to change the constitution under the current laws of Zambia. Learn to read

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    • Because NDF was a sham…them attending would have even given it credibility…not everyone is Tayali!!

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  2. Can you say something about the judgment? We are waiting for you coward lawyers to say something. Why hasn’t that woman appealed the case?

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  3. LAZ only opposed this bill after the PF already announced that they do not support this bill. Otherwise LAZ was just quiet.

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  4. Dull lawyers,Judiciary cannot stop Parliament which is elected by the people to enact any law in Zambia, let the educated danderheads go to court we see what happens…

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  5. When cadres of all sorts of low level mediocrity were pouncing on civil servants labelling them as members of the opposition based on tribe LAZ like others sat by the side watching.The cadres freely recommended for their retirements in national interest which constitutes crimes against humanity.When a young girl is murdered at unza and her mother is crying for help on TV, LAZ has other important assignments than dealing with the more important issues.Hopefully now LAZ has woken up

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