Law Association of Zambia condemns military brutality – Mwebantu

The Lawyers Association of Zambia (LAZ) has called on the army commander to take action against officers who assaulted unidentified youths for allegedly insulting the president.

The association says it is dismayed by videos showing soldiers assaulting unidentified youths for allegedly insulting the President of the Republic of Zambia.

In a statement to the media, LAZ Honorary Secretary Peter Chilembo said that regardless of the behavior of young people, Zambia has enough laws in place to deal with such conduct.

“The institution with the constitutional power to make arrests for such conduct, and possibly to prosecute, is the Zambia Police Service, acting in conjunction with the Director of Public Prosecutions. There is no law that gives military personnel the power to impose immediate sanctions on offending members of society. To say the least, the conduct exhibited by the military personnel, which is identifiable in one of the videos, is illegal, inhumane, degrading and undermines the rule of law and constitutionalism in the country,” he said. he declares.

Mr. Chilembo said that military personnel in Zambia play a key role, and their importance cannot be overstated, however, no one is above the law, and by no means a citizen, let alone the men and women in uniform, must make the law its own. hands and mete out street justice.

“Therefore, the LAZ strongly believes that such behavior by military personnel towards private citizens should be immediately rectified by the military command. The LAZ therefore calls on the army commander to take appropriate measures to deal promptly with offending officers in order to maintain the rule of law and deter offenders within their ranks.

The LAZ will not waver in carrying out its statutory mandate to protect constitutionalism and the rule of law, for the greater good of the nation,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday June 23, 2022)

Andrew B. Reiter