Cabinet has in principle, approved the introduction of a Bill in the National Assembly to amend the Public Order Act, Cap 113 of the Laws of Zambia.
This follows a decision made by Cabinet at its 9th meeting held yesterday.
Meanwhile, under the previous administration, led by former President Edgar Lungu, the Public Order Act, had reportedly been a thorn in the flesh especially for opposition parties who claimed it was abused to bar them free association.
Minister of Information and Media who is also Chief Government spokesperson Chushi Kasanda said Cabinet has indicated that the amendment of the Public Order Act is necessary in order to develop a legal framework that regulates public assemblies.
She said this would govern processions, meetings and see to it that they are all anchored on constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights and freedoms.
Kasanda said the Public Order Act has gone through a number of amendments in response to emerging issues largely attributed to changes in political and social dynamics in the governance systems of Zambia, the region and the world.
“However, in view of subsequent public outcry and court proceedings over the provisions and implementation of the Public Order Act, the New Dawn administration has opted to review the Act in its entirety, and come up with a sound legislation which will not only stand the test of time, but also one that promotes the public good,” she said.