FDD says Public Order Act must go

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By Sylvia Bwalya

The opposition Forum for Democracy and Development [FDD] has called on the Government to do away with the Public Order Act as it was not a good piece of legislation.

FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said on 25th December 2012 when he featured on Let the People talk radio programme on Radio Phoenix that the act was more retrogressive than progressive. Mwanza said the law did not even have anything in it even for the ruling party and advised the government not to wait until its term of five years had expired before doing something about the act.

But Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu has maintained that the Public order Act is progressive and the Government had no intention to amend
the law. Lungu said unless good reasons were given as to why the law should be amended it was good as it stood. He advised the opposition political parties who had problems with the piece of legislation to give valid reasons why they thought it was not a good law.

He urged the opposition to desist from rushing to the court every time they felt aggrieved but to instead try to resolve the issues amicably with government.

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