LAZ Newsletter-Seventh Issue/July 2017

LAZ has released its Seventh edition of the Newsletter. Inside this Issue: Entrenching Arbitration in the Zambia: 8 Key Points from the Supreme Court Decision in the China Henan International Cooperation Group Company Limited V. G and G. Nationwide Limited | Mentor-ship Circles | Investing -The Path to Financial Security | Professional Ethics and Conduct Training Workshop | Corridors of Success.

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Press Release – LAZ Visit to the Juveniles Prison at Kamwala Remand Prison

On 29th July 2017, the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) through its Junior Lawyers Committee (JLC) will visit juveniles remanded at the Kamwala Remand Prison from from 08.30 hours to 10:00 hours.

The JLC, which is largely composed of legal practitioners who have been practicing law for five (5) years and below, is one of the many LAZ committees through which LAZ fulfills its multiple statutory objectives.

The aim of the visit is to offer free legal advice as well as meet the legal fraternity’s social responsibility in giving back to the community and raising awareness of the many functions of the legal fraternity.

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LAZ Press Statement Dated 17th July 2017 On The Legality And Extent Of Declared Threatened State Of Emergency

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has noted the public sense of anxiety and uncertainty as to the legality and effect of the threatened state of emergency declared by President Edgar Lungu on 5th July following the fire that gutted Lusaka City Market on 4th July 2017. LAZ wishes to give its view on the following issues:

Was the threatened state of emergency invoked legally under Article 31?

Article 31 of the Constitution of Zambia States as follows:

       ”The President may [emph.ours] at any time by Proclamation published in the Gazette declare that a situation exists which, if [it] is allowed to continue may lead to public emergency”.

Clearly, Article 31 gives the Republican President the discretion as to whether or not to invoke Article 31 if a situation exists which may lead to state of public emergency. In our view, the procedure of issuing the proclamation in the Gazette was done in accordance with Article 31 of the Constitution.

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OASIS Forum Dated 4th July 2017 Press Statement On The Occasion Of Heroes And Unity Day

The origins of Heroes and Unity Day stem from Zambia’s struggle for independence. Out of the struggle heroes were made in the pursuit of independence and national unity. But what is the relevance of these holidays in modern times? Our present-day struggles are for economic empowerment, adequate health and education and the freedom to pursue our dreams unfettered from any shackles. Who are our modern-day heroes? They are the grandmothers struggling to clothe and feed their orphaned grandchildren; they are the parents who are trying to make ends meet to raise their families; they are the teachers and doctors that are trying to serve our people in difficult circumstances. They are you and me struggling to get by, trying to thrive where we only exist. Our leaders too are called upon to do their part to make Zambia a better place; and they can only do that if they put the people of Zambia first.

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LAZ Press Statement Dated 28th June 2017 On The Violence That Characterised The Burial Of The Late Clance Zulu

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is deeply saddened by the reports in the media and information circulating on social media on the clash between members of the Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) that happened on Saturday 24 June, 2017 at Leopards Hill Memorial Park during the burial of the late Clance Zulu. LAZ is disheartened that such violent activities took place at the graveyard during a solemn occassion which is supposed to be respected by all, regardless of political affiliation.

Unfortunately, this violence is the latest in a string of worrisome events that evidence high levels or intolerance, disregard for the law and political polarisation in our society.

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OASIS Forum Press Statement On The State Of Democracy And The Rule Of Law In Zambia And The Need For National Unity

A few weeks ago, the Zambian National Under-20 football team took to the international stage to showcase Zambian football talent. Whilst watching them we Zambians knew no tribe, we knew no political affiliation. We rallied behind the team because they were Zambian and they represented the best of what we are as a nation. We were united in victory and in defeat; proud of what we had achieved, proud of our flag. Similarly, fifty-three years ago the people of Northern Rhodesia – people of every race, tribe, gender and creed, formed a union under one flag. One Zambia, One Nation. We shared a common dream for peace, unity and prosperity for all our people. Now that we are back to the ordinary business of our every-day lives, once again the divisions along tribal and political lines are becoming evident. We have reached a point in our history where our flag no longer represents a symbol of our common purpose and identity. The ugliness of hatred and division threatens to lower our flag to half-mast.

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Speech by the Law Association of Zambia President at the Valedictory for the Late Africa Bruce Munyama on 30th May, 2017

My Lord, the Deputy Chief Justice, Justice Marvin Mwanamwambwa, my Lords and Ladies of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Court of Appeal and High Court here present; the bereaved family, the learned Solicitor-General, State Counsel, Senior Counsel, learned members of the Law Association of Zambia, may I simply say fellow mourners.

Today we bid farewell to a legal luminary named Africa Bruce Munyama. Our deepest condolences go to his wife Charity and his three son’s Bruce, Keith and Africa and his six grandchildren. By all accounts, Mr. Munyama was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word.

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Remarks by Ms. Kasonde, President of LAZ Delivered at the Breakfast Meeting for Parliamentarians to Celebrate the Achievements of the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women in the Provision of Legal Aid Services in Zambia at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel on 11th May, 2017

The Law Association of Zambia is pleased that you could join us this morning to celebrate with the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women in its achievements in providing legal aid representation to vulnerable women and children. The National Legal Aid Clinic for Women was established in 1990 by the Women’s Rights Committee of the Law Association of Zambia to provide affordable legal representation to women and children from marginalised social sectors.

The Law Law Association of Zambia as you may be aware is established by Act No. 4 Chapter 31 of the Laws of Zambia. Under Section 4 of the LAZ Act, LAZ is mandated to consider legislation relating to legal aid and other ways of securing representation for persons who for any reason are unable to secure it, and to make recommendations to the Government therein; and to establish machinery for the provision of legal aid in addition to that provided by the Government. It is through this mandate that LAZ is able to realise its objective of providing access to justice for women and children who usually cannot afford to pay legal fees to private lawyers to represent them in their pursuit of justice.

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