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Discussion on Public order Act commence four years before elections


Southern Africa Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has expressed happiness with the commencement of reforms of the Public Order Act four years before the general elections.

SACCORD Executive Director, Boniface Cheembe hopes for professional input in the laying review process from critical and key stakeholders such as the media fraternity, the civil society fraternity, and the unions.

Speaking in Solwezi yesterday, during the North-western provincial consultation meeting on the Public Order Act, Mr. Cheembe said the involvement of critical stakeholders will give legitimacy into the process and consequently enhance the participatory democracy to which the country subscribes.

“We were happy with the launch of the constitutional reforms because for the first time in various legal reform processes as pertains to the Public Order Act, we are starting a review process four years before the general election,” he said.

Mr Cheembe said this hindered the extent to which professional input could be made into the reforms, adding that whatever was done was perceived to have a political interest favouring one partisan line or the other.

“We are aware that in the past such review processes would either be gaining momentum or would be finalized a few months towards a general election, and what this did was to create a very highly politicized environment,” he said.

The one day consultative meeting was attended by members of the civil society organization, the media and the church.


  1. Ba sakodi, where were you when citizens were being brutalized in the name POA under the chipani. You let us down and should not pretend to advise now

    • Continue dreaming about 2021 you won’t know what hit you come 2026. You think pf is finished but come to the grass roots and see what is happening

  2. the only change that will bring joy to a common zambian is when we see akabunga pali K50 fuel pali K4,then that is when we will say even a common man is attended to but now let us stop yapping and watch and see how things are unfolding just be vigilant hold your binoculars………

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