Category: Legal Desk Weekly Column

Mapping Zambia’s progress towards domesticating the WHO framework Convention on Tobacco Control -Part 2

Even though tobacco has continued to kill approximately 7 million people annually, the tobacco industry still exerts a relentless push to sell close to 6 trillion cigarettes per year. To achieve this, the industry engages in several activities and strategies ranging from initiating new users and promoting cultivation to developing tactics to interfere with tobacco…
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The Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act: Why the Need for Change So Soon?

In last week’s Monday Opinion, we looked at a newly enacted law – the Children’s Code Act, which we stated that if well implemented, has the potential to address a wide range of issues affecting children. In this week’s opinion, still in the spirit of law development and reform, we will look at a rather…
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THE CHILDREN’S CODE ACT: High-Way to Progressivity?

This week’s Monday Opinion examines the Children’s Code Act, No.12 of 2022, a recently enacted piece of law. For the first time in the country’s history, there is a comprehensive piece of law governing children (persons below the age of 18), thanks to this statute. Briefly stated, Zambia has been a signatory to both the…
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THE PUBLIC ORDER ACT

In this week’s Monday Opinion, we attempt to look at the provisions of a somewhat controversial and contested law – the Public Order Act. The contentious issues surrounding the Public Order Act have often been on the regulation of assemblies and public processions/proceedings vis-a-vis the constitutional guarantees of citizens’ right to freedom of assembly, association,…
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The Implementation of Smoke Free Laws in Zambia.

On the 31st of May 2022, CTPD joined the rest of the world in celebrating World No Tobacco Day – an initiative by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use and how we can make the world tobacco free. In the spirit of advocating for a tobacco free…
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Economic and Financial Crimes Court: Implications for Zambia

IN LAST week’s opinion, I looked at some of the proposed reforms to the Penal Code on criminal offences in Zambia. Intoday’s opinion, I focus on the Economic and Financial Crimes Court and economic and financial crimes (a major problem confronting the country that appears especially when one reviews the reports such as the auditor…
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UNPACKING THE PROPOSED REFORMS TO THE PENAL CODE

IN THIS week’s Monday Opinion, I’ll break down the proposed penal code reforms. The following issues will be considered: the repeal of “insult laws”/criminal defamation, the use of gender-neutral language in sexual offenses, the raising of the criminal age of responsibility from eight to fourteen, the abolition of the death penalty, and the abolition of…
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The Role of Adjudicative Tribunals in Providing Speedy Adjudication: The Case of the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal (CCPT) of Zambia

By Simon Ng’ona University of Lusaka, simon.ngona@unilus.ac.zm ABSTRACT This study focuses on the role and performance of ADR, specifically adjudicative tribunals, in addressing the challenge of inundation and delay in dispute settlement processes in traditional courts in Zambia. The study, whilst using the CCPT as a yardstick, uses a mixed methodological approach of descriptive and…
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