LAZ stands firm amidst PF intimidation

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The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has said that the decisions of the associations are made collectively by the Council of LAZ on behalf of the Association and not by the LAZ President in her personal capacity.

 

In a statement released to the media after the Cadres from the ruling Patriotic Front  (PF) protested at the LAZ Secretariat, the council said that it was deeply saddened.

 

Below is the full statement

 

LAZ PRESS STATEMENT DATED 3RD MARCH 2017 ON THE ATTACK ON THE LAW ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION

 

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is deeply saddened by the protests against LAZ at the LAZ Secretariat by unknown cadres this afternoon. The attack appears to be an attempt to intimidate LAZ from performing its statutory mandate. Fortunately, no property was damaged and no one was injured and we applaud the Zambia Police for their quick intervention to secure the safety of our members of staff.

 

Whilst LAZ would like to thank the police for swiftly coming to our aid, we hope that the matter will be thoroughly investigated to determine whether this was a legal demonstration. Whilst LAZ celebrates the right to freedom of expression and association and the right to peaceful demonstrations by all Zambians, that right should not infringe upon the right by LAZ to exercise its mandate freely in line with the tenets of democracy.

 

LAZ has noted that personal attacks have been made against the LAZ President during the protests. It must be noted that decisions of the Association are made collectively by the Council of LAZ on behalf of the Association and not by the LAZ President in her personal capacity. LAZ hopes that all well-meaning Zambians will stand in solidarity with LAZ as we seek to uphold the rule of law, constitutionalism, good governance and social justice in the country as mandated by section four of the Law Association of Zambia Act. LAZ would like to reiterate that it will continue to stand firm in executing its statutory mandate in an independent manner without fear or favour.

 

COUNCIL OF THE LAW ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA

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7 Responses to LAZ stands firm amidst PF intimidation

  1. Lungu and PF should restrain its Cadres and forbid them to interfere with purely legal matters.LAZ is fairly entitled to represent and defend one of its members in Court. LAZ is entitled to a legal opinion over the 3rd Term Bid. These are legal matters which should be dealt with in Court and not on the street. The Demo has just confirmed the perception that PF is a violent and lawless Party led by a violent,visionless and illegitimate President.Such illegal Demos taint the image of Zambia and its failed Leadership.The Root cause of this lawlessness is the Disputed 2016 Election which was Petitioned. The sooner this Petition is heard and disposed off the better to allow the country to move on.

    Mwape
    March 4, 2017 at 11:07 am
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  2. ZAMBIA A NATION SLIDING INTO ANARCHY UNDER LUNGU’S PRESIDENCY?
    From face value, it is very easy and absolutely logical for any average Zambian to have concluded by now that the LAZ under Ms Kasonde is compromised and no longer serving the interests of the nation. What baffles me is- if LAZ is really missing it, why are lawyers in the country silent over the developments in LAZ? I hear a few PF Lawyers crying foul over LAZ’s conduct, but the question is-are there no provisions in the constitution to bring to order an erring LAZ executive? is LAZ a law unto itself such that there are no provisions in the LAZ Act for the removal of a compromised LAZ Executive? Why are we even entertaining the formation of another legal body when the problem at LAZ is not LAZ but the current office holders? dO WEE REALLY NEED CADRES TO GO AND SORT OUT THE MESS AT LAZ? Its the same with this talk of THE CARTEL. Who the hell is the cartel that they cannot be brought to book if they are as evil and mean as they have been projected?? Why do they seem to be above the law and untouchable? Are we as a nation, including our government, so toothless that the nation can have characters breaking the law and all we can do is complain and whine about them? Where is the president and the law?? are we sliding into anarchy where some people in our country have become untouchable even for the president SUCH THAT WE NEED CADRES TO ACT?? Come on we need to be serious or we risk relegating the presidency, together with the entire country, to junk status. Its REALLY ANOYING!!

    Mauden Shula
    March 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm
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  3. @Mauden Shula..Am really surprised at your utterances. You seem to have already tried LAZ and found them guilty. Is it because you have some interest in the other camp which may be so obvious? Since when did the Government start meddling in the affairs of Associations for professional bodies?
    Would a patient be right to say the Doctor is not right in intervening in the bleeding of his wound or who is the better judge of which method is suitable?
    Let’s not destroy Zambia in this manner unless someone is saying ‘it’s either me/us or nobody at all’.
    Someone is saying ‘Tukafilila Munsenga’!
    You see that it is very is to embarrass oneself? When you made so much noise that you are the best and then everything just plummets,spiral wave leading deep into oblivion, and the only string left to hang on to power is Bullying Aggressive behavior. Stop the nonsense because really nothing lives in perpetuity…all things have an END and some endings can really be bad.

    kasongo Wabaluba
    March 4, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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  4. ‘You see that it is very easy to destroy oneself’?

    kasongo Wabaluba
    March 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm
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  5. When Danny pulse and other useful idiots petitioned Concourt, there was no protest, when LAZ joined there are protests, are pipo against justice or what?

    Simbwindibwi
    March 4, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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  6. Please LAZ dismantle Ecl pf strategy of using cadres as a weapon of intimidation & persecution for zambian citizens. These are always sent by ecl to do whatever they do, while police watch pretending not to know the plan.

    shema israel
    March 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm
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