Justice Minister wants ‘localised’ laws

Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba
Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba
Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba

GOVERNMENT will make changes in the law so that it can domesticate all international protocols that promote the well-being of women and increase their participation in decision-making positions, Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba has said.
Mr Kabimba, who is also Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general, says Government attaches great importance to the role women play in the development of the nation.
He was speaking here yesterday when he graced the closure of the induction ceremony of 420 women into the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Women’s Christian Fellowship.
Scores of women from across the country attended the four-day meeting.
Others who attended the ceremony were deputy chairperson of committees in Parliament Chifumu Banda, Mambilima member of Parliament Mighty Mumba, and deputy minister of Home Affairs Nickson Chilangwa.
Mr Kabimba said Government wants to eradicate all forms of discrimination against women and create equal opportunities for them.
“Some of these expressions of intent will require changes in our laws. I would like to call upon the Church to join hands with Government when effecting these legislative amendments,” Mr Kabimba said.
He said the PF government is implementing pro-poor policies aimed at alleviating the suffering of people, especially women.
“In order to implement these policies, the Church must be an active partner of Government. We must together fight hunger, disease, illiteracy, social injustice, corruption and inequality,” Mr Kabimba said.
Mr Kabimba said Government needs the Church because it is from where it (Government) can find leaders who are not compromised by material wealth.
And Mr Kabimba has asked the Church to speak strongly against corruption.
He said Government is disappointed by some groups of stakeholders who define corruption in relative terms.
“The Church must rise above these self-interested groups and ensure that we rid  our country of corruption wherever it rears its ugly head including in the field of elections,” he said.
Mr Kabimba said the Church must come out and condemn corruption to save people from self-serving leaders, who are only interested in enriching themselves.