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Zambia’s Minister of Justice, Mulambo Haimbe, assures Sweden of commitment to human rights

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Zambia’s Minister of Justice, Mulambo Haimbe, has reiterated the ruling government’s commitment to the rule of law and the protection of human rights.

Mr. Haimbe spoke through the comprehensive strategy embedded in the Eighth National Development Plan (8NDP), and said the government will ensure that the affairs of the country are run in a manner that protects human rights and creates an environment where the citizens are able to enjoy their democratic privileges.

The minister made the declarations when he received the Swedish Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law in a courtesy visit on Thursday.

‘’As the new administration, we look forward to working with the Swedish Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law in ensuring that human rights are protected and safeguarded for all Zambians,” he said.

The Swedish Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law, Cecilia Ruthstrom-Ruin, stated that democracy can only flourish in a country when human rights are protected.

‘’It is very encouraging to note that Zambia is making strides in upholding its democratic principles in running the affairs of the country when there is a backslide across that board,’’ said Ruthstrom-Ruin.

Sweden’s relations with Zambia is believed to have been strategic in terms of development cooperation through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), which has been instrumental in supporting sectors such as social cash transfer, agriculture, energy, and financial sector deepening, as well as integrated rural development.

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Libyan politician, Aguila Saleh, wants UN envoy to meet electoral committee

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One of Libya’s influential figures, Aguila Saleh, wants the United Nations’ special envoy to meet with the joint electoral committee made up of rival Libyan factions.

The politician who is the Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives since 5 August 2014 while speaking to reporters in Cairo after meeting Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who believes that the meeting will begin to start constitutional arrangements for elections.

According to Saleh, the joint committee could send their recommendations to the High National Election Commission, which would then be responsible for holding elections.

The new UN special envoy for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily had warned that the first anniversary of Libya’s postponed elections is quickly approaching and that further delaying a vote could lead the troubled north African nation to even greater instability, putting it “at risk of partition.”

“The Libyan executive body’s term is over,” said Saleh, calling for a peaceful transfer of power and a return to previous electoral procedures.

 

 

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Zambian president, Hichilema, vows Executive support for Judiciary, calls for responsive courts system

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Zambian President, Hakainde Hichilema has called for a responsive and accountable judiciary for an effective justice system.

The president made the call while speaking during the official opening of the judicial conference Livingstone.

He maintained that the Executive arm of Government remains committed to continuing support for the decentralisation process in the Judiciary and making it easily accessible to our citizens in rural communities.

“We appreciated the open and candid exchange of ideas aimed at strengthening the delivery of justice to our citizens, in a timely manner and within the enhanced rule of law coupled with transparency and accountability.

“There is a need for a collaborative approach with all concerned parties, in identifying the impediments to the speedy delivery of justice, by isolating oppressive and archaic laws in our statutes that need repealing, in order that they are in concert and relevant to modern times, so that ambiguities in the delivery of judgments are avoided at all costs.

“To us, the three arms of Government are triplets that should work in close liason, in improving the welfare of our citizens. The Judiciary should equally take a keen interest in economic matters and also ensure that public resources are used prudently, so as to improve their working conditions at all levels,” he said.

The Zambian judicial system comprises approximately 460 courts, arrayed, basically, in a hierarchy with four primary levels. At the base, stand 415 local courts, presided over by 8 senior presiding justices, and 407 presiding justices, assisted by 428 ordinary justices.

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