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Floor set for national dialogue

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina (fourth left back row) and President Edgar Lungu (fifth left back row) during a photo call with committee members of the National Dialogue Forum at Mulungushi International Conference Centre yesterday. PICTURE: MACKSON WASAMUNU

VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
ON MARCH 12, 1959, Sir Arthur Benson, who was the Governor of Northern Rhodesia, used the Public Security Regulations to ban the Zambia African National Congress (ZANC) and detain its leaders, who included first President Kenneth Kaunda.
On February 4, 1972, Dr Kaunda as President used the Public Security Regulations to arrest the United Progressive Party (UPP) members, including its leader Simon Kapwepwe, who had just won the Mufulira West parliamentary seat.
Decades later in 1998, President Frederick Chiluba was to use the same Public Security Regulations to incarcerate Dr Kaunda for six months.
Sixty years since Sir Benson first used the Public Security Regulations, the use of the Public Order Act remains contentious.
The Public Order Act is one of the issues to be discussed at the National Dialogue Forum (NDF), which started with registration at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka on Tuesday.
Other than the Public Order Act, the other issues to be discussed are the Electoral Process (Amendment) Bill; the Political Parties Bill to provide for the registration and regulation of political parties; and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/

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