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Police warn social media insultants that the Law will catch up with them

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THE Zambia Police has expressed concern over the continued escalation in abuse of social media platforms by members of the public.

The police service says some people who are criminal minded have continued abusing social media by posting indiscriminate and insulting language towards innocent citizens who may not be in a position to defend themselves.

Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba since warned culprits to desist from the same as the Law will catch up on them.

“As Zambia Police Service, we have noticed with concern on the continued unlawful acts of abuse of social media platforms by some members of the public. Some criminally minded people have continued abusing social media platforms by indiscriminately posting insulting and abusive language as well as defamatory remarks in which they are attacking innocent citizens who may not be in a position to defend themselves,” he said

He said that people should be reminded that the use of electronic communication with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause emotional distress to a person is a serious offence.

Mr Kajoba says , similarly, the use of insulting language and defamation of the President constitute serious offences prohibited in the Penal Code.

“The Constitution of Zambia under Article 193(2) mandates the Zambia Police Service to preserve peace, maintain law and order and ensuring the safety and security of people and at the same time upholding the fundamental rights of members of the public. Arising from our mandate of maintaining law and order and protecting citizens from all forms of abuse, we shall not relent from arresting or dealing sternly with any perpetrators of such offences in accordance with the law,” he said

He has further warned that as long as you are using any electronic gadget, be it a phone, computer or camera, police have the capability to trace a culprit in any part of the country and that the Law will catch up with such a person.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, June 18th, 2022)

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LAZ to co-operate with the FIC and other stakeholders to ensure that the matters highlighted in the report touching on the legal profession are thoroughly investigated

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THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has distanced itself from criminal activities by any of its members.

This follows a report by the Financial Intelligence Centre which has highlighted how some law firms are involved in money laundering and fraud.

In statement issued, Association honorary secretary Peter Chilembo said LAZ remains committed to ensuring that the legal profession continues to play its critical role of advancing societal interests

“LAZ has noted, with concern, the FIC 2021 Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Trends Report, which implicates some law firms in money laundering and fraudulent activities.LAZ observes that the purpose of the said report, as the report itself states, is to further the FIC’s mandate to conduct strategic analysis to identify trends and patterns relating to Money Laundering, Terrorism and Proliferation Financing or any other offence. Whilst the Report does not entail that those named are already guilty, LAZ does not condone criminal activities by any of its members, and remains committed to ensuring that the legal profession continues to play its critical role of advancing societal interests,” Mr Chilembo said.

He said LAZ is a designated supervisory authority over law firms in anti-money laundering matters as provided by Section 2 of the Financial Intelligence Centre (Amendment) [No. 16 of 2020], with power to mete out appropriate sanctions.

Mr Chilembo said as a designated authority, LAZ will co-operate with the FIC and other stakeholders to ensure that the matters highlighted in the Trends Report touching on the legal profession are thoroughly investigated, and appropriate sanctions meted out, where wrongdoing is proved.

He said the legal profession will play its role to enhance compliance of anti-money laundering legislation by its members.

(Mwebantu, Monday, June, 27th, 2022)

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Chapter One Foundation condemns, UPND’s William Banda, over his discriminatory remarks against women

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CHAPTER One Foundation Limited has condemned  remarks made by the United Party for National Development (UPND) member William Banda, directed at New Heritage Party president Chishala Kateka following her lone protest against hunger in Zambia.

The Foundation says Zambia is a democratic nation wherein the national values and principles of equality and dignity for all are embedded in the Constitution.

In a media statement,  the Foundation state that that Article 23 of the Constitution, prohibits all forms of discrimination, including such discriminatory remarks against women.

“Ms Kateka, like any other Zambian citizen, has the right to freely participate in the governance of her country and enjoy the full scope of her Constitutional freedoms. An attack on her person is an attack on the values and principles we hold dear, it is a thinly veiled and shameful attempt to undermine women and their place in our society,” reads the statement.

The Foundation further state that remarks like those of Mr Banda are indicative of a worrying attitude towards women in politics and decision-making positions.

“The deliberate verbal attack on Ms. Kateka’s person is but one example of a practice of silencing women who dare to publicly air their views, a practice which ought to be shunned by government officials and persons in leadership roles. This practice and accompanying attitude have the harmful effect of discouraging women from freely participating in politics. Zambia is party to the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. All of these instruments obligate states to uphold and protect the rights of women in politics and eradicate all forms of violence against them,”

The Foundation has since urged the UPND government to demonstrate its commitment to gender issues by taking immediate and decisive action against M Banda and party members and sympathisers who promote sexist, divisive and retrogressive politics.

(Mwebantu, Friday, June 24th, 2022)

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Law Association of Zambia condemns military brutality

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THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has called on the Army Commander to take action against officers who assaulted unidentified youths for allegedly insulting the President.

The association says it is appalled at videos showing military personnel assaulting unidentified youths for purportedly insulting the President of the Republic of Zambia.

In a media statement, LAZ honorary secretary Peter Chilembo said regardless of the behaviour exhibited by the youths, Zambia has sufficient laws in place to deal with such conduct.

“The institution bestowed with the constitutional power to effect arrests over such conduct, and possibly prosecute, is the Zambia Police Service, acting in liaison with the Director of Public Prosecutions. There is no law that gives military personnel power to mete instant penalties on erring members of society. To say the least, the conduct exhibited by the military personnel, who are identifiable in one of the videos, is illegal, inhumane, degrading and undermines the Rule of Law and Constitutionalism in the country,” he said.

Mr Chilembo said military personnel in Zambia play a key role, and their importance cannot be overemphasized, however, no one is above the law, and under no circumstances must any citizen, let alone men and women in uniform, take the law into their own hands and mete out street justice.

“Therefore, it is LAZ’s strong view that such conduct by military personnel on private citizens should immediately be redressed by the Military Command. LAZ therefore, calls upon the Army Commander to take appropriate steps to promptly deal with the erring officers so as to maintain the Rule of Law, and to deter would be offenders within their ranks.

LAZ will not relent in execution of its statutory mandate to protect Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law, for the greater good of the Nation,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, June 23rd, 2022)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

28 Jun 2022, 2:28 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

325,348 Total Cases
4,003 Deaths
320,234 Recovered

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