Govt brutality on Post newspaper irks lawyers

The Law Association of Zambia LAZ says the rule of Law in Zambia is under severe threat.
The Law Association of Zambia LAZ has joined others in condemning the actions of the Zambia Revenue Authority in its dispute with the Post Newspapers.
LAZ president Linda Kasonde told journalists that the association was appalled by the excessive action taken by the Zambia Revenue Authority and the Zambia police to close the Post Newspapers on 21st June 2016.
Laz further says it is alarmed by the brutal manner in which the police service arrested and beat up the post’s editors, Mr. Fred Mmembe and Mr. Joseph Mwenda, and Mr. Mmembe’s wife Mutinta Mazoka Mmembe following an attempt to enforce a legally binding order by the Revenue Appeals Tribunal dated 27th June 2016 ordering the release of the items that were seized from the Post by ZRA on 21st June 2016.
Ms Kasonde who was speaking today during a press briefing at the LAZ Secretariat said the fact that the law enforcement agencies disregarded a legally binding order clearly suggests that the decision to close the paper was made in bad faith adding that LAZ is concerned that the rule of law in the country is under severe threat.
She said the actions of the ZRA and law enforcement agencies appear to give credence to the argument of the post that the revenue collectors’ actions are politically motivated and that the episode is a threat to Zambia’s very existence as a credible and legitimate democracy.

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