President Hakainde Hichilema has charged lawyers in Zambia not to facilitate corruption by failing to advise their clients correctly.
Hichilema said lawyers as partners in governance must instead work together and support the government in promoting human rights and protecting citizens.
He said his government would not compromise in its fight against corruption adding that it was against that background that Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) must support his administration.
Hichilema said the legal profession was a noble calling and therefore must not detach itself from Society.
The Head of State called for stronger partnership between government and LAZ.
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He said this when he graced the 10th Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) Annual General Conference dubbed ‘LAZ at 50 celebrating our past with a vision for our future’ in Livingstone on Thursday.
“Circumstances and environment affect what lawyers do. In today’s world, there are many challenges that LAZ face; such as climate change, good governance and inequality. The questions is how do lawyer operate in such an environment.
“The challenges are real and affects the young lawyers. As an association, we must partner with government and work together. Law Association of Zambia is not immune to these challenges and we must keep our eyes and minds on human rights,” Hichilema said.
He said that the legal profession and other professions must plays their roles in helping and supporting government.
At the same function, Justice Minister Mulambo Haimbe, assured the Association that government through his Ministry was taking steps to employ and deploy more lawyers as seen from the recent employment of provincial lawyers in all the provincial centres.
Haimbe said that it was therefore important for the LAZ to remodernize its legal framework to suit the environment.
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Earlier, LAZ president, Lungusani Banda, made a call on Hichilema to strengthen capacities of institutions of governance such as the judiciary.
Zulu said that there was need for the government to allocate sufficient resources to the judiciary in order to deliver justice which will ultimately benefit citizens.
He further said that the number of junior lawyers who were not employed in the country had increased and therefore government must create more jobs for them.
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