By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
Minister of Information and Media Chushi Kasanda says cabinet has approved in principle to the introduction of a Bill in Parliament to amend the Public Order Act, Cap 113 of the Laws of Zambia.
This follows decisions made by Cabinet at its 9th meeting held yesterday.
Ms Kasanda said cabinet has indicated that the amendment of the Public Order Act is necessary in order to develop a legal framework that regulates public assemblies, processions and meetings anchored on constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights and freedoms.
“However, in view of subsequent public outcry and court proceedings over the provisions and implementation of the Public Order Act, Government has opted to review the Act in its entirety, and come up with a sound legislation which will not only stand the test of time, but also one that promotes the public good,” she said.
Ms Kasanda who is also Chief Government spokesperson said the Public Order Act has gone through a number of amendments in response to emerging issues largely attributed to changes in political and social dynamics in the governance systems of Zambia, the region and the world.