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LAZ challenged

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) being welcomed by King Mswati III (left) at Matsapha International Airport in Swaziland on Tuesday,July 18,2017. PICTURE BY SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE ©2017

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu has challenged the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to form a political party, saying that there is too much politics in

the association.
Speaking to journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday shortly before he left for a State visit to Swaziland, President Lungu said some lawyers are abusing the profession of law by engaging in politics.
“Where are the lawyers in this country? If the lawyers want to form a political party, let them go ahead and form one. Let them not abuse the profession. It is a noble one,” President Lungu said.
The head of State, who was flanked by special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda, said what LAZ is saying is purely politics.
“I challenge them to form their own political party and not abuse the noble profession. If they want to take me on, on that one, they can take me on,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu, who is a lawyer and a member of LAZ, said it is not acceptable to abuse the noble profession of law.
On Monday, LAZ president Linda Kasonde told a press briefing that the association wondered whether a quorum was formed when Parliament approved President Lungu’s invocation of Article 31 in the absence of some suspended opposition Members of Parliament.
Article 77 (4) of the Constitution states that “The quorum for a meeting of the National Assembly shall be one-third of the Members of Parliament”.
Article 78 (1) states that “Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, a question proposed for decision in the National Assembly shall be determined by a majority of the Members of Parliament present”.
President Lungu applied the preservation of public security Act to curb the threatened state of emergency against a backdrop of arson incidences in several parts of the country.
And chief Government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said it is shocking that LAZ should question the circumstances leading to the invocation of Article 31 despite reasons being comprehensively given by President Lungu.
She said in a statement on Monday that Government is saddened that LAZ has proceeded to sow seeds of discontent and doubts in the minds of Zambians by making feeble statements on the question of a quorum that approved the action in Parliament.
Ms Mulenga challenged LAZ to be sincere and professional when dealing with matters of national interest.

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