Punishment For City Market Fire Perpetrators Be Exercised Within Law – LAZ

Punishment For City Market Fire Perpetrators Be Exercised Within Law – LAZ

The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has cautioned that any powers exercised by the government in pursuing anyone allegedly involved in the fire that gutted part of city market in Lusaka must be used within the limits provided by the Zambian constitution.

In a statement, LAZ President Linda Kasonde says the association has noted statements in the media attributed to President Edgar Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina calling for the punishment of the people that caused the fire.

Ms Kasonde states that while LAZ appreciates that this is an emotive issue, government should exercise restrain until the matter is fully and thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the fire can properly be determined.

She says LAZ further cautions the public against speculating as to who caused the fire and what their motives were at this early stage.

Ms Kasonde adds that all citizens are guaranteed the protection of the Bill of Rights as provided by the Republican Constitution and such rights should never be abrogated as to do so would defeat the ends of democracy, constitutionalism and the rule of law in Zambia.

She says LAZ further urges government to look into the plight of the victims of the fire and hopes that efforts to reconstruct the market will be undertaken in the shortest possible time.

The LAZ president says the fire that consumed property of defenceless, ordinary Zambian citizens is deeply regretted, especially in light of the fact that the destroyed property was the only source of livelihood for many of the victims of the fire.

Ms Kasonde states that LAZ calls upon law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter, and if the fire was an act of arson, bring perpetrators to book in the shortest possible time.

12 Responses to "Punishment For City Market Fire Perpetrators Be Exercised Within Law – LAZ"

  1. Chimbwi no plan   July 6, 2017 at 9:45 am

    That only emboldens them. Just throw them in jail and throw away the keys!

    • yamikani   July 6, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Castrate them!!

    • FuManchu   July 7, 2017 at 1:38 am

      Lets step back a minute and think that after a very professional investigation it is found that an electrical fault started the fire which gutted the market, what next? “ZESCO” will be thrown in jail and castrated?

  2. C.J   July 6, 2017 at 11:17 am

    We catch you my dear….. We crash your head or burry you alive before police comes. Its called Mob Justice… Nonsense!!

  3. Herve Stalin   July 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Ok madam ‘what is your real name?’ we have heard

  4. wangu   July 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Ba Linda naimwe ikalenifye….nga mwali kwisa ??? Musanguke ba police lelo????

  5. name   July 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Investigate then comment period, do not comment without investigating what caused the fire is sabotage or human error tekanyani.

  6. BOB MARLEY   July 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm


  7. juzzed   July 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Which bill of rights, didnt you compaign against it.

    • believer   July 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Lelo mwaibukisha na bill of right! whih you and your leader campaigned against in Agust 2016 elections. Bemba’s say”” umwaiche ekalisha ilyo anyaa!!””

  8. BOB MARLEY   July 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    does linda know the culprits? the she is talking?

  9. English Phiri   July 10, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Nowadays every things on media is UPND and anything good is PF. I normally predicted what would how this country will run economically but am nobody in the society as the all government machinery is paying attention and consulting wrong people like pastors or priests or people like RB. In August 2016, I predicted that funding from IMF will be challenging and the Chinese are merely rationing. The other percentage of attention is political campaign against UPND activates.
    Meanwhile, inflation, poverty, unemployment, foreign investment and home security are not performing well.