New Public Order Act coming

CAMPAIGNS in the run-up to next year’s tripartite elections will be conducted under an amended Public Order Act (POA), Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila has said.

Mr. Mwila said Government was pleased that stakeholders had made submissions to amend the Public Order Act.

He noted that relevant stakeholders had made their submissions to the Ministry of Justice, adding that there was hope of amending the law before next year’s elections.

“Various stakeholders have made their submissions regarding the Public Order Act which is a progressive move and we are very hopeful that campaigns for next year’s elections will be conducted under an amended POA,” Mr. Mwila said.

He said the Ministry of Justice would soon call for a meeting with stakeholders to discuss the way forward regarding the amendment of the POA in order to bring sanity to the way people assemble.

“The Ministry of Justice are finalising and we should have a meeting for all stakeholders to see the way forward for this important law that will promote peace,” Mr Mwila said.

He also assured the nation that the Police Service was more than ready to keep peace during next year’s elections.

He warned that the Police would not tolerate any political violence before, during and after the elections.

He disclosed that Government would procure all the necessary equipment from the US$192 million loan before February 2016 in readiness for the polls.

“We want to warn that the Police Service will not condone any violence that might arise from the elections; the police is ready to deal with any culprits that would want to bring confusion,” Mr Mwila said.