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President Hichilema pledges to uphold rule of law

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President Hakainde Hichilema has reiterated that his government will promote the rule of law at all times.

President Hichilema said the rule of law will be applied in all areas of his administration.

The Head of State said this when a team from Amnesty International paid a courtesy call on him at State House in Lusaka today.

President Hichilema said his administration is putting in place measures to restore the rule of law and reunite the country and improve the economy.

In addressing the delegates, the President explained that his government considers the Amnesty International organisation as partners in working together on various areas and to institutionalise the changes required to better serve the citizens such as formulation of laws and regulations for effective enforcement.

“We have a lot of good laws but the conduct has been contrary to those laws, that is why we as the new government are very clear that the rule of law will apply, law and order will apply. Am sure you have noticed that the atmosphere is different as compared to 7-8 months ago”, he said.

He said this is a deliberate step to restore rule of law as it is government’s agenda to reunite the country.

The President explained that government is committed to upholding human rights, liberties, freedoms and ensuring there is equity, fairness to opportunities, and fairness to employment among others.

“We are clear on the fight on corruption that there is no sacred cow but will do it within the confines of the law”, he said.

He said a lot of his supporters are complaining that there are no arrests on people alleged to be perpetrators of violence and corruption but it is because thorough investigations have to be carried out before any arrests are made.

President Hakainde Hichilema held consultative discussions with a team from Amnesty International, led by the organisation's Secretary General Agnes Callamard and Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena.
President Hakainde Hichilema held consultative discussions with a team from Amnesty International, led by the organisation’s Secretary General Agnes Callamard and Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena.

And Amnesty International Secretary General, Agnes Callamard commended government for strides made in transforming the country.

Ms Callamard further commended President Hichilema on his commitment in upholding human rights.

She encouraged government to embark on constitutional reforms that will better serve the citizens rights and liberties.

Meanwhile Minister of Justice, Mulambo Haimbe said his ministry is working on a number of constitutional reforms in order to uphold human rights such as the enhancement of the bill of rights so that socio economic rights are included among others.

He said the constitutional reforms and reviews are already underway with reviews to the penal code, public order Act, criminal procedural Act as they infringe in human rights.

President Hakainde Hichilema held consultative discussions with a team from Amnesty International, led by the organisation's Secretary General Agnes Callamard  and Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena.
President Hakainde Hichilema held consultative discussions with a team from Amnesty International, led by the organisation’s Secretary General Agnes Callamard and Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena.

14 COMMENTS

  1. The president pledges to uphold the rule of law??? Am I missing something? Even the President, of all people, feels the need to make this pledge? Well, let’s face it, the previous government under Edgar China Lungu didn’t even know how to spell “LAW”. Isn’t it Stup!d KZ?

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  2. You extract information from ECL’s barber, Chilekwa, by inflicting maximum pain on him. Is this what rule of law looks like? Where is the recognition of Chilekwa’s dignity when he is subjected to excruciating and humiliating psychological and physical treatment? All this is being done before Chilekwa has been proven guilty before the courts of law. Where is due process in all this? What is rule of law without respect for due process? Is what is unfolding before us in Chilekwa’s case not a case of rule of men? Should Amnesty International not visit Chilekwa and Mumbi Phiri in Kaoma to see for themselves whether there is rule of law under Bally’s rule?

  3. When are you moving to State House? It’s lawlessness to cause traffic jams everyday as you shuttle between Community House and Plot 1. It’s lawlessness not to pay security details that line up that route everyday their allowances. It’s lawlessness not to hold accountable those that tortured ECL’s barber.

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  4. Hichilema only pledges such things in front of the Camera and white people while on the ground he is arresting opponents without any evidence, suspending MPs and putting all security investigative wings under state house. Torturing of to near death of ECL barber man is indeed rule of law in this animal farm we are living in today.

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  5. Becarfull what you say Mr President……..

    The PF don’t want the kind of democratic freedoms Zambians are enjoying…….

    The PF want freedom to incite riots…….

    They want freedoms to utter unsubstantiated melisious claims……….

    They want the freedom to insult anyhow……

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  6. IT IS A PLEDGE LOOK IN THE DICTIONARY THE MEANING
    LIKE SOME ON HERE HE CAN ONLY PLEDGE ( TRY )
    NOTHING HAS CHANGE BELOW HIM CORRUPTION STILL ABOUNDS IN THE POLICE ( LUNCH MONEY, TALK TIME TRANSPORT TO PURSUE CASES )
    LANDS STILL MENTION FAST TRACK PAYMENT, ZRA BROWN ENVELOPES
    HOW DOES ANYONE GET RID OF THIS MIND SET ?? IF YOUR GOD CANT ??

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  7. They say leadership happens on a continum It’s from personal to informal formal and the impact of being ones character in values and ethics affects all those around positively in conduct policy systems and culture The Presidential ethics and conduct is massive to effect proper transmissions to effect governance Do such values and ethics including standards including equity must be upheld and supported Eventually societies benefit but the Top must take the lead

  8. Leadership, which is elected government would have to rethink or rather establish a workable strategy as to how to convey the message regarding the significance of having laws, policies, regulations in place for a nation to function optimally to the benefit of all citizens and what it means for the people. Importantly, the application of law enforcement should firmly be applied within the government first – offenders must be prosecuted according to law or statutes of the nation.

    There must be a drive or campaign which focuses mainly on law, the importance of having law and what it really means to have statutes in a nation. Such campaigns must be on radio, TV, social media and other medium of communication such as newspapers etc. Even children must know what is law and the importance of…

  9. The paid imposter rambling about nothing again
    the white man ? you are nothing without the white brown yellow man
    We are destroyers not builders and so it shall be till the next 2 generations come of age and get into power

    • Perhaps we should come up with constructive criticism at times. Please give HH an opportunity to govern Zambia effectively. Insulting does not add value to taking the country forward.

  10. @Lynch
    How can we go forward ??
    HH MAY MEAN WELL FOR ZAMBIA
    BUT LOOK AT THOSE UNDER HIM AND THE PF SUPPORTERS STILL IN OFFICE TRYING THEIR BEST TO FRUSTRATE
    AT THE MOMENT ITS ENTER PARTY POLITICS WITH NO ONE THINKING OF THE COUNTRY AT LARGE
    HIS FIRST JOB SHOULD HAVE BEEN CORRUPTION AND LIFE STYLE AUDITS
    CORRUPTION IS STILL CONTINUING UNABATED

  11. @Ayatolah as an economist HH knows the cost of delaying his moving to State House. Could it be that like Chiluba he is superstitious and doesn’t want to move until Lungu’s bad spirit leaves?
    It’s very nice to be a president in a third world country. You realize there’s Noone to supervise you. You can command that your security detail should come to your home and Noone challenges you.
    But this is when voters must observe whether you are doing things expediently or economically or just for your selfish goals. HH needs to move to State House.

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