The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has announced intentions to join proceedings of the presidential petition filed in the Constitutional Court by the UPND, as a friend of the court.
LAZ Honorary Secretary Sashi Kateka has told a media briefing in Lusaka this afternoon that the Association has confidence that the Constitutional Court will determine the matter before it fairly and promptly.
She says LAZ therefore appeals to members of the public and sympathizers of the UPND to remain patient and calm, and allow the Court to determine the case without any undue pressure, influence or threats.
She says LAZ condemns in the strongest terms any statements coming from the public or political party cadres that are aimed at intimidating the judges or any judicial officer.
She adds that the association also stands in defence of Attorney General Likando Kalaluka and condemns all ultimatums given for him to resign over his recent interpretation of the law.
Meanwhile Mrs. Kateka says LAZ is of the view that the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) prematurely suspended the broadcasting licenses of Muvi TV and two radio stations.
She says LAZ has taken note that the IBA suspended the licenses of the three media houses without earlier issuing notices to them contrary to sections 29 (2) and (3) of the IBA Act No. 26 of 2010.
On the failed referendum, Mrs. Kateka says LAZ demands that government holds a fresh standalone referendum on the Bill of Rights before the 2021 general elections.
She says the association is of the view that failure to have the rights proposed in the enhanced Bill of rights included in the country’ constitution, the Constitutional Court will remain a white elephant as it will have to wait for another general election to begin sitting again.