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28 CSOs want threatened state of emergency revoked

A CONSORTIUM of civil society organisations has resolved to petition the National Assembly to pass a resolution revoking the Threatened State of Public Emergency.

Presenting a communiquè on behalf of the 28 organisations in Lusaka this morning, NGOCC executive director Engwase Mwale said the organisations recommend that the government invokes provisions of the protected places and areas Act Cap 125 of the Laws of Zambia and the Anti-Terrorism Act No. 2 of 2015, the State Security Act (CAP 111).

“Following presentations from the Zambia police service, Ministry of Justice, legal experts and civil society organisations at the stakeholders consultative meeting on the Threatened State of Public of Public Emergency, we hereby resolve to petition the National Assembly to pass a resolution revoking the Threatened State of Public Emergency as a situation no longer exists for its existence, recommend that to curtail any further arson and vandalism to public property, government invokes provision of the protected place and areas Act- CAP 125 of the Laws of Zambia and the Anti- Terrorism Act No. 2 of 2015, the State Security Act (CAP 111); and the immediate undertaking of constitutional and electoral reforms and the Criminal Justice System ahead of the 2921 general elections,” Mwale said.

The organisations called on President Edgar Lungu to release the Justice and Legal Reform Commission Report.

They also called for immediate Constitutional and Electoral reforms and the Criminal Justice system ahead of the 2021 general elections.

“We do hereby take this opportunity to launch the Monitoring and Tracking of Human Rights abuses and violations during the period of the State of Threatened Public Emergency,” said Mwale. “Affirming our commitment to working with government and other stakeholders in advancing dialogue, reconciliation and national healing. We are convinced that the tension that existed and led to unfortunate happenings and the proclamation of the Threatened State of Public Emergency has been brought under a considerable control and room for dialogue can be cemented.”

Among organisations that signed the communiquè are the Young African Leaders Initiative, NGOCC, Advocacy on Human Development, Consumer Unit Trust Society and the Zambia Council for Social Development.

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