HONE SIAME, Kitwe
THE Public Order Act (POA) is an essential piece of legislation which will be amended at an appropriate time, Government has said.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga says the POA helps in maintaining law and order.
The chief government spokesperson said in an interview yesterday that the POA should be progressive if Zambia is to maintain the cherished peace.
She said Government will not enact laws with potential to put the country on fire but will always act in national interest to ensure that it remains a safe place for all citizens.
â€œThose that are pushing for the amendment or repealing of the Public Order Act so that they can cause anarchy in the country should reflect on their positions. We donâ€™t want lawlessness that can make our country ungovernable,â€ Ms Mulenga said.
She said the lawlessness being perpetrated by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has vindicated Governmentâ€™s position on the need to maintain the Public Order Act.
Ms Mulenga said Government will cautiously handle constitutional provisions that border on law and order to avoid allowing individuals with selfish and evil motives to plunge the country into chaos.
Ms Mulenga, who is Kalulushi member of Parliament (MP), called for patriotism from all Zambians on matters of national interest and denounce acts that threaten national security.
She said President Lungu has demonstrated his commitment to peace and that his administration will at an appropriate time consider any progressive constitutional amendment proposal.
Ms Mulenga advised opposition politicians to put national interest first and respect the will of the people.
HONE SIAME, Kitwe