Government to introduce new law restricting sale of Machetes

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MachetesMinister of Home Affairs Davies Mwila yesterday told Parliament that Government will soon introduce a law to restrict the sale of machetes commonly known as pangas.

Mr Mwila said in the wake of politically-orchestrated violence, Government will be compelled to put in place a law to guide the selling of machetes.

The minister was responding to a question by Kasempa member of Parliament Kabinga Pande (MMD), who wanted to know if a machete is an offensive weapon, during points of clarification.

This is after Mr Mwila presented a ministerial statement on the alleged curfew in Choma and training of militia in Lusaka.

“Mr Speaker, machetes are sold openly on the streets. Do we need a permit to own a machete? In the villages almost every house has an axe and a machete to use for cutting trees and branches. So, is a machete an offensive weapon?” Mr Pande asked.

The minister explained that one does not need a permit to buy a machete but that Government will soon restrict its sale.

“Government will soon introduce a statutory instrument to restrict the sale of pangas,” Mr Mwila said.

Mr Mwila told the House that police raided a property in Lusaka following intelligence information that the UPND was training militias with a view to disrupting peace if it loses the general elections.

“Sir, police found the following offensive weapons at the premises: seven machetes, one pistol, one golf stick, a number of catapults and five pairs of boxing gloves. A training register with names of people who had participated in the training exercise code named ‘50 percent plus one’ was also found in the training hall,” Mr Mwila said.

In 2013, the late President Michael Sata refused to issue a ban on the use of Machete (Pangas) in the country. In response to Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Minister, John Phiri who asked the president to issue the ban, Mr Sata explained that the move would lead to loss of business by some Zambians.

The President instead directed the then Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu, to deal with all law breakers in the country.

 

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9 Responses to Government to introduce new law restricting sale of Machetes

  1. Ok. It is meant for their PF cadres. No stress.

    Chalwe
    March 3, 2016 at 7:38 am
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    • Although I’m aware they want nobody to have access to machetes but only their PF cadres.

      Chalwe
      March 3, 2016 at 7:39 am
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  2. this is a stupid directive. In zambia anyone can make a machete at their home…it’s that easy

    ema mwamba
    March 3, 2016 at 8:16 am
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  3. Do parties need armed cadres??
    Watch the USA primaries campaign on DSTV. Do you see chanting cadres wielding weapons or dressed in some sort of party uniform??
    No. None of that. Poverty, illiteracy and pure primitivity for some people. Imagine what Americans think when they see what was happening in Uganda and Burundi. Surely Zambia can be above that. After all we enjoyed peaceful handovers from KK to FTJ to Levy to RB to MCS. Surely we can continue to lead the way. It is good for everyone.

    Leadership is a serious matter
    March 3, 2016 at 8:40 am
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  4. The sensible thing would be to BAN all PF cadres from carrying the machetes then no one else would find the need to carry one in public. Let them be used by farmers and not by political activists.

    chintu
    March 3, 2016 at 9:18 am
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  5. Dull, davis Chama , this is one the dullest,his party are the in use of these machetes PF

    Mutale chomba
    March 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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  6. PF MUST NOT FORGET THAT GBM’S PREMISES WAS ONCE THEIR PARTY HQ SO THEY MUST HAVE LEFT THAT GYM AND THOSE OFFENSIVE WEAPONS THERE THEMSELVES…

    Tummveleko
    March 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm
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  7. Nonsense!!! After they have stock piled theirs. Ifyabupuba!!

    Jerabo
    March 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm
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  8. This dull minister got intelligience from officers who failed to detect jerabo trucks dressed in PF attire driven from kitwe that took over ndola airport,very strange indeed but are able to see hidden machetes,remainds me of zero option and black mamba against UNIP,the personalities that were framing UNIP are now PF and strangely have teamed up with some of their victims,where is ZED going.Price to pay when evil men are entrusted with power.

    dan biloko
    March 4, 2016 at 11:10 am
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