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NKOLE MULAMBIA, Ndola
MINISTER of Home Affairs Davies Mwila says Government will present a bill on the amendment of the Public Order Act (POA) to Parliament during its last sitting.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Copperbelt permanent secretary Howard Sikwela at the provincial administration offices in Ndola yesterday, Mr Mwila advised political players to make submissions as the process to review the POA has started.
“The process to review the POA has started and it is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Justice. As you will recall, President Lungu directed us, including the Minister of Justice, when he opened Parliament to get submissions from stakeholders so that we can have a meeting and chart the way forward if there would be need for us to amend the POA,” he said.
Mr Mwila said since there has been an outcry from stakeholders, among them political parties and non-governmental organisations on the need to amend the POA, Government decided to start the process.
“We expect the bill to be presented to Parliament in the next sitting because we will have the last sitting from April 11 to May 11, 2016, so we expect all the political players to come forward and make submissions so that we move together,” he said.

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