By Michael Kaluba
The Civil Society Constitutional Agenda-CISCA- has challenged government to ensure the enactment of the Public Order Act is in tandem with modern democratic tenets and respect for human rights that is completely different from the current archaic law.
CISCA Board Chairperson Judith Mulenga says the process must be done in accordance with the expectations of Zambians and also fulfill part of campaign promises made by the current leadership ahead of last year’s general elections.
Ms. Mulenga has also challenged members of parliament not to neutralize the act but allow for it to limit the powers of the state
She tells Phoenix News that the bill must be strengthened at committee stage and must not be a replica of the current law that has been abused to limit freedoms and rights of citizens, political players, civil society organizations and numerous other stakeholders in the civic space.
Her comment follows cabinet approval to introduce a bill in parliament to amend the public order act after the process to enact the public order bill number 12 of 2019 into law failed in 2021.