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Minister Mwiimbu denies that govt is selective in application of the law


Government has warned that it would not allow people to continue committing crimes at will as though they were above the law.

Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Jack Mwiimbu, said people who came into conflict with the law should not cry persecution when they were being prosecuted for the crimes they are alleged to have committed.

Mwiimbu in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday said the Ministry had noted with concern some utterances by some individuals suggesting that there was selective application of the law.

He said it was preposterous, mischievous and misinformation of the highest degree to suggest that there was selective application of the law.

“As a Ministry, we remain resolved to ensure that the rule of law is not only fairly applied, but it is firmly maintained as well,” Mwiimbu said.

He said the law enforcement agencies shall non-selectively pursue and arrest any individual or any group of people that commit any act within the territorial boundaries of the country.

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Mwiimbu said government would ensure that every citizen enjoyed his or her human rights without interfering with other people’s rights.

“It must be appreciated that, law and order are the bedrock of any meaningful development. If there is a break down in the law and order, citizens and the general public cannot enjoy their democratic rights,” he said.

Mwiimbu said the United Party for National Development (UPND) government, through his Ministry, believed in the rule of law.

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