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Debate on certain laws deferred

FLASHBACK: UNITED Party for National Development members of Parliament leaving Parliament after the Speaker of the National Assembly suspended them on June 13, 2017.

KELVIN CHONGO, Parliament  
MINISTER of Justice Given Lubinda says Government has deferred introduction of certain legislation which border on the constitution to another sitting to

enable the 48 suspended United Party for National Development (UPND) members of Parliament participate.
“We were to bring a number of legislation to Parliament but because of the suspended members, these will be presented in the next sitting,” he said.
He said Government has a lot of legislation that it intends to present to Parliament but that he cannot do so in the absence of the suspended members.
Mr Lubinda said the Penal Code is one of the legislation that requires all members to look at so that death penalty can be explained.
“The Constitution has the death penalty so we cannot attend to the Penal Code without altering the Constitution,” he said.
He said there are provisions in the Penal Code that also appear in the Constitution, and that they cannot be amended without amending the provisions in the Constitution.
Mr Lubinda also told Parliament that President Lungu has no intentions of committing anyone or signing death penalty despite it being in the Constitution.
He said no Zambian who is on death sentence have been executed since 1999.
And Mr Lubinda said Government will not compromise the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) standards as it comes up with a new campus.
Mr Lubinda said extensive work is being done at ZIALE to improve the passing rate.

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