OASIS FORUM Statement: Celebrating Laura Miti And The Rights And Responsibilities of Being a Citizen

Several days ago, Laura Miti and several others were arrested for demonstrating outside the Zambian Parliament, demanding accountability for the US$42 million spent on forty-two fire trucks. A brave act, some would say foolhardy in the face of a request from the police not to go ahead with the protest. “Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity”. These words have been attributed to an American psychiatrist who medically examined Alice Paul, an obscure suffragette who was imprisoned in 1917 after demonstrating for women’s right to vote. It led to public outrage which eventually caused U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s government to pass the 19th amendment to the United States of America’s constitution in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

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The Law Association of Zambia is gravely concerned at very serious allegations that have been levelled against members of the judiciary by United Party for National Development (UPND) President Mr. Hakainde Hichilema. In particular, LAZ is concerned about allegations of corruption against the following judges of the Constitutional Court: Judge Anne Mwewa Sitali, Judge Palan Mulonda and Judge Mungeni Mulenga

LAZ Press Statement On the allegation of corruption by UPND against the Judiciary 11.10.2017

LAZ Newsletter-Eighth Issue – September 2017

LAZ has released its Eighth edition of the Newsletter. Inside this Issue: Revival of LAZ activities on the Copperbelt: the mentorship circle and ethics seminar… page 2 | a cash-less Zambia: why digital financial services is the way to go… page 3 | corridors of success – international lawyers for Africa… page 5 | IBA: Africa regional forum 2017 – the African reunion

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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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