Death penalty debate

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) has opposed the adoption of a clause the NCC to uphold the death penalty in the constitution.

EFZ Executive Director Pukuta Mwanza says the death penalty should be abolished because it does not reflect the Christian values of the country.

Reverend Mwanza told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that according t biblical principles, no one has the right to take away another person’s life.

He instead contended that those who commit murder should instead be subjected to life imprisonment with hard labour.

Reverend Mwanza said this is another alternative of keeping such people away from society.

Reverend Mwanza expressed disappointment at the NCC decided to adopt the clause to retain the death penalty in the new constitution.

He also expressed displeasure at some clergymen who are in support of the idea.

On February 3 this year, delegates at the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) agreed that the death penalty be retained in the new constitution when they were considering article 31 clause two of the Mung’omba draft Constitution and Human Rights Committee report chaired by Commissioner Enoch Mulembe.

The clause states that a person shall not be deprived of life intentionally except in the execution of a sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence under the law in force of which that person has been convicted.

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