Stop intimidating Concourt, Attorney general, LAZ tells PF

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has warned PF to stop threatening the lives of constitutional court judges.

And LAZ has also warned PF to stop harassing Attorney General Likando Kalaluka over his state legal advice that President-elect Edgar Lungu must step down in an event that a petition is filed in as is the case now.

LAZ says the Constitutional court must be allowed to pass judgement without any fear or favour over the Presidential petition.

LAZ however says it is perturbed by threats from PF that constitutional court judges must be threatened adding that PF must accept the outcomes of the petition.

And the Law Association of Zambia says constitutional court judges will pass judgement on the petition in line with the law with or without intimidation.

LAZ further says it will not allow PF cadres threaten the life of Attorney General Likando Kalaluka as he is mandated to work independently.

According to a Press statement issued by LAZ yesterday, IBA has also been advised to rescind its illegal decision on the closure of media houses.

LAZ says people want to know what is obtaining over the petition through a wide media coverage and that this closure is nothing but dictatorship on the Media.

And LAZ has announced intentions to join proceedings of the presidential petition filed in the Constitutional Court by the UPND, as a friend of the court.
LAZ Honorary Secretary Sashi Kateka has told a media briefing in Lusaka this afternoon that the Association has confidence that the Constitutional Court will determine the matter before it fairly and promptly.
She says LAZ therefore appeals to members of the public and sympathizers of the UPND to remain patient and calm, and allow the Court to determine the case without any undue pressure, influence or threats.

Mrs Kateka states that the Association further calls on members of the public regardless of their political affiliations or persuasions to also respect the Constitutional Court judges.
She says LAZ condemns in the strongest terms any statements coming from the public or political party cadres that are aimed at intimidating the judges or any judicial officer.

She adds that the association also stands in defence of Attorney General Likando Kalaluka and condemns all ultimatums given for him to resign over his recent interpretation of the law.
Meanwhile Mrs. Kateka says LAZ is of the view that the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) prematurely suspended the broadcasting licenses of Muvi TV and two radio stations.
She says LAZ has taken note that the IBA suspended the licenses of the three media houses without earlier issuing notices to them contrary to sections 29 (2) and (3) of the IBA Act No. 26 of 2010.
On the failed referendum, Mrs. Kateka says LAZ demands that government holds a fresh standalone referendum on the Bill of Rights before the 2021 general elections.
She says the association is of the view that failure to have the rights proposed in the enhanced Bill of rights included in the country’ constitution, the Constitutional Court will remain a white elephant as it will have to wait for another general election to begin sitting again.

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