13 December 2012

Zambia: 'Public Order Act Not Weapon for Persecution'

Photo: Zambia Reports
Nevers Mumba, president of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy opposition party, greets supporters (file photo).

HOME Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu has assured Members of Parliament (MPs) that the application of the Public Order Act is not meant to harass members of the opposition as perceived.

Mr Lungu said in Parliament yesterday that the Act was merely being applied by the Zambia Police Service where it was deemed necessary.

The minister was responding to Solwezi MMD MP Lucky Mulusa who asked him whether it was Government's policy to arrest MPs and their political leaders whenever they visited their constituencies.

Mr Lungu advised Parliamentarians to submit any concerns arising from the application of the Public Order Act to his office for redress, adding that the Law Association of Zambia had already taken a step in addressing the matter through the courts of law.

"May I take this opportunity to inform members who have concerns over the application of the Public Order Act to raise these concerns with my office so that these matters can be addressed," Mr Lungu said.

And Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has dismissed reports that the murder of a headman in Mutuma Village was as a result of an attack by Democratic Republic Congo's Mai Mai rebels.

Mr Mwamba said this in a ministerial statement following a point of order by United Party for National Development Monze Central MP, Jack Mwiimbu.

Mr Mwamba said there was no presence of the rebels in the country.

"On November 22, 2012 at 19:30hours, a report of a murder was received at Chiengi Police Post in which Abraham Chalwe of Chief Puta's area reported that his father Abraham Mumba was murdered by unknown persons.

"The police visited the scene of crime and found the deceased with a deep bullet wound on his back through the spine," he said.

Mr Mwamba assured that the country's borders were safe and that the matter involving the murder was under intensive investigations to bring the culprits to book.

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