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Move to deregister opposition party, PF, in order if it fails to obey the law —Katotobwe


The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) says the decision by the Chief Registrar of Societies to de-register the Patriotic Front (PF) party if it does not comply with the law within seven days should not be politicized.

CPD Executive Director, Caroline Katotobwe, in a statement issued on Saturday in Lusaka said Zambia is a sovereign state that is governed by laws and therefore calls for every Zambian and organisation to adhere to the rule of law irrespective of status in society.

Katotobwe said the nation having hosted the summit for democracy barely a month ago needs to continue on a path that demonstrates impartiality when it comes to the application of the laws of the land.

She said it will be a dis-service to the political dispensation and budding democracy if office bearers such as the Chief Registrar of Societies bestowed with the authority to enforce matters of compliance did not diligently execute their duties.

“The issue at hand is very simple and straight forward. The truth of the matter is that the Patriotic Front has not complied with the requirements of producing 10 office bearers of the party,” Katotobwe said.

She said this therefore warrants a notice to the party to comply within seven days or face de-registration.

Katotobwe said the Chief Registrar will be failing in her noble duties if she did not carry out this mandate effectively and efficiently.

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She said this is the Zambia everyone hoped for and it is the Zambia, which is need in order to enhance the constitutional democracy.

“A country where the rule of law is paramount and reigns supreme over individuals or organisations.
There should be “no sacred cows” and none above the law,” Katotobwe said.

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