LAZ to join presidential petition

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The Law Association of Zambia- LAZ has announced that it will apply to join the Presidential Petition as amicus curiae  also refereed to as  friend of court .

Addressing a press briefing at the LAZ secretariat in Lusaka on Thursday, LAZ honorary secretary Shila Kateka said LAZ has decided to join in with a view of offering assistance to any legal issue that the court might require the assistance of LAZ on.

“Further, In view of the nature of the said Presidential Petition, which was filed and will be determined as the premise of various provision of the Amended constitution of Zambia, LAZ has decided to apply to the Constitutional Court to join the case as amicus curiae or a friend of court,with a view to assisting the court on any legal issue that the court might require,” Kateka said

And LAZ has condemned in the strongest terms the closure of three media houses namely Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi Tezhi by the IBA. Commenting on the issue, Kateka said IBA did not follow the required channel of first warning the affected media houses.

“LAZ is with the view that the conduct of the IBA in suspending the licenses for Muvi TV, Komboni and Itezhi-tezhi Radio was done prematurely and contrary to the clear provisions of the law; this regrettable incident is yet another example of increasing breakdown of the rule of law in Zambia,” she noted

And on the attacks directed at Attorney General Likando Kalaluka calling for his resignation after he gave his opinion regarding the Presidents continued stay in  office, LAZ condemned in strongest terms those advocating for such.

“LAZ also stands in defense and support of the learned Attorney General Mr Likando Kalaluka, S.C, who has equally been attacked publicly and in the media by some reported PF supporters, fr giving his opinion on Constitutional matters , which are of national interest. LAZ also condemns ultimatums issued by PF supporters calling on the Attorney General to resign from his office for simply expressing an opinion that did not seem to sit well with some PF supporters. Pursuant to the provisions of Articles 177 and 178  our constitution, the Attorney General is the chief Legal advisor to the Government and is the appointed by President,  The Attorney General also enjoys the privilege and mandate of representing the Government in civil proceedings to which Government is a party,” she stated

And LAZ has precluded itself from commenting on substance of the matter in any manner that might appear to e interpreting or determining the issues in disputes which is preserve of the constitutional court.


23 Responses to LAZ to join presidential petition

  1. Women are really good. This woman president of LAZ is really working.

    Stanford Simuuba
    August 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm

  2. entresting

    August 25, 2016 at 4:36 pm

  3. yes u ar good woman

    August 25, 2016 at 4:42 pm

  4. the constitution is flawed, unclear – the people are supreme, am not sure whether this the constitution zambians wanted- I WONDER the role played in the formulation of this supreme law.It shows the low calibre of the zambian lawyers. if it was not for these lawyers the economy would not be spinning like this. TIME.government should be decided by the people not otherwise

    August 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm

  5. The request from LAZ appears strange. I hope it is thrown out. The problem in Zambia is that you have babies running very important legal institutions. I do not know what is happening in Zambia, why we have let upstarts run law. Just wait and see how these upstarts will plunge the country into chaos. Remember Mwenye, then Attorney General how he recommended for Lungu to step aside for Guy Scott who himself was not qualified to hold office of president. Mwenye was rushed and made AG even when he did not know how the government system worked. Then we had Mutembo make his several mistakes as DPP. And now Kalaluka. These are ypung men who need another 10 years or so before they can be given such accolades as SC. With due respect to all these young men, I believe they were all rushed to positions of responsibility. I hope the same mistake will not be made to young men like Makebi Zulu and Ngulube. LAZ and the individual must be separated. This tendency of making every LAZ president an authority on the way government works and giving them such titles as SC should stop.

    Cry the beloved Country
    August 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    • You are very right – I am equally concerned. There are a lot of immature chaps (from a professional standpoint) that have been rushed up in important institutions in our country in recent years, not just in Law. Mr. Sata appointed a lot of SCs who weren’t deserving.

      August 25, 2016 at 5:44 pm


    August 25, 2016 at 5:08 pm

  7. @Bull, you do not condemn the constitution just because you happen to find yourself on the wrong side of it. Are you suggesting that whenever a piece of legislature fails to go well with you you should take the law in your own hands.
    We have put learned men and women to interpret the law for us. Let us respect the interpretations they give. After all the attorney general is not the only learned man of law we have in the nation. I am sure if he ever messed up in his interpretation other lawyers would give their opinion of the situation. We do not need any Jim and Jack to act on their own interpretations. That is anarchy.

    August 25, 2016 at 5:19 pm

  8. Now we are talking. We Roger Chongwe and other non compromised individuals to join the fight and defend the rule of law. Lungu must prepare to go. If I him I start preparing for jail because even by ECZ admitting they added 8,000 votes shows the guilt. There is a lot of evidence and Lungu is not escaping this which why a lot in PF are quiet with some preparing to flee the country. I would urge all genuine PF members to ditch this useless president of yours that has brought nothing but problems to Zambia

    wise commentator
    August 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  9. Good woman has really spoken sense. Join the constitution court help the zambian who are the victims of this mediocrity.

    August 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  10. The decision to close the TV and 2 radio stations is “PAINFUL DECISION BUT NECESSARY”

    August 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    • How necessary brother?

      robert sulamoyo jr
      August 25, 2016 at 7:54 pm

  11. Good move by LAZ. It shows that they respect the law and are concerned by the abuses from people who are supposed to be protecting our constitution. Let us remember that it’s not about age but maturity and principles.

    August 25, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  12. These women are progressive we need such to protect our nation from PF crooks or I forgot the well displined and principled mum Chief Justice Mambilima not ba Essau Chulu Shame

    August 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm

  13. what special interest does this lady have on this ? to confuse the Concourt or what ? she is among those who failed the referendum . throw her away , we dont bloodshed in zambia.

    jim lee
    August 25, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  14. u pipo who understand laz plz guide us.for me laz is an association of lawyers not judjes and in da same association there are lawyers from da opposition and da ruling party,now who is da blind follower?a cadre or lowyer?concentrate on yo life stop violence.

    August 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

  15. as much as LAZ has a duty to give advice, i feel lately they have behaved very suspiciously, looks like they are just pro-upnd not really doing their job

    August 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm

  16. baba my question is laz as an association,there are lawyers who are in da opposition and others in da u think wat they say is genuine wen themselve are divided?plz share da little u have with yo family dont praise someone for a selfish motive.stop violence

    August 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm

  17. I may not be a lawyer,but i find it strange for LAZ wanting to be part of constitutional court,does it mean the judjes at concourt can not interprate law better than LAZ,in my lay knowledge i am made to understand LAZ as in its interpretation is an association of lawyers whose main business is to monitor the behavior and practice of our learned men and not otherwise,unless we are being told the rules are changing now the Law association turning into courts of law while its members who are not appointed judjes takes jurisdiction of courts is that what you are telling us LAZ? the association seems to comment just on anything provided there’s mention of law,example IBA ‘s issue of broadcasting licenses,just what business does LAZ has in the concourt is it an individual or individuals interest? learned guys please do not take advantage of many ignorant zambians,for once give us a break,leave the concourt to do the job and save this nation from chaos God save us

    patriotic zambian
    August 25, 2016 at 9:31 pm

  18. Laz shud join in,the closure of muvi tv,komboni+itezhi tezhi was politically motivated,no warnin no wat,mmmmm,it seems one man is running the show with xtreme greed.

    August 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    • Showering your dullness allover, displaying your enslaved mentality, you forget Zambia was supposed to be a democracy, where the freedom of speech is enshrined in the constitution as a human right. Therefore an attack on institutions that disseminate different views from that of the government is an attachment on constitution and any institution like LAZ that protects the rights of the citizens or any individual who has the interest of the nation at heart can pronounce himself,

      Life experience
      August 26, 2016 at 2:55 am

  19. No wonder referendum failed, what rights were Zambian s going to enjoy when even muvi TV and radio stations can be closed just like that? Let’s not deceive ourselves, Chagwa has never achieved anything in life, how can anyone expect positivity now ? Blind followers please wake up.

    Chakolwa Lungu
    August 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

  20. Linda Kasonde,
    you are the people this country requires. Firm and fair FULL STOP.

    August 26, 2016 at 7:01 am

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