Find own lawyers, LAZ tells Scott

THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has declined to getting involved in the Patriotic Front (PF) succession wrangles by rejecting a request by Acting President Guy Scott asking that the association should interpret the constitution of the ruling party on the mode of adopting a presidential candidate.

The association has instead told Dr Scott to consider hiring private lawyers that would provide the legal services to the PF  that the Acting President was looking for.

LAZ president George Chisanga said the association’s mandate did not extend to providing counsel to private citizens and private institutions such as the PF.

“The LAZ statutory mandate as provided for in section 4 of the Law Association of Zambia Act Cap 31 does not extend to the provision of counsel by LAZ to private citizens and private institutions such as the PF, in their dealings and operations. With greatest respect to your office, LAZ is of the view that the PF, if it so elects, must retain private counsel to provide the assistance that PF requires in the application of its constitution to the election of its presidential candidate for the forthcoming presidential by-election,” Mr Chisanga said.

Mr Chisanga dispelled speculations circulating on some online media that the association had advised the PF to go for a general congress to elect its presidential candidate.

He said the purported opinion allegedly emanating from LAZ was grossly misleading to the general public to the extent that the people had been contacting members of the association to express their outrage and discontentment over the matter.

“LAZ has made the assessment that the said opinion which is clearly based on ill-concieved intents and purposes and almost in bad faith must be disowned in order to avert the possibility of plunging the beloved nation into chaos. The purported legal opinion circulating on in the social media was not authored by LAZ,” Mr Chisanga said.