Solomon Jere opposes amending colonial public order Act, says will lead to Anarchy and death

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Jere: once a respectable police officer

DEPUTY Inspector General of police Solomon Jere has told the a Lusaka High Court that any attempt to amend the Public Order Act especially its central heart sections (5) (6) and (7)  will risk Zambia witnessing high levels of anarchy which will in some cases result in deaths.

Dr Jere said the amendment of the provisions as wanted by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) would make it extremely difficult to run the country which was at the moment known to be a haven of peace.

This is in a matter in which LAZ has challenged the constitutionality of the Public Order Act in the Lusaka High Court.

LAZ has accused the police of being discriminatory against opposition political parties in allowing them to hold public meetings or gatherings.

The Association has stated that in its present form the Act infringes on Fundamental rights of assembly and association.The Association is seeking the quashing of sections of the Act which have criminalized meetings which are not consented to by the Police, in spite of the fact that the law does not require conveners of meetings to obtain a permit from the Police.

LAZ argues that the right to assemble and Associate was cardinal in any working democracy and any attempts to truncate it were an abrogation of the constitution.

The Association which is being represented among other lawyers Vincent Malambo feels that the restrictions recently imposed by Government in incidents where Police have unleashed violence was not conducive to democracy.

The matter is being heard by High Court Judge Evans Hamaundu.

But Dr Jere, who denied being discriminatory and told High Court Judge Evans Hamaundu yesterday that the police was not partisan as it dispensed its duties and responsibilities objectively.

He said he found it strange that LAZ had sought the intervention of the court to amend provisions of the Act because the police had in some cases supported the United Party for National Development (UPND) and other political parties into holding public gatherings.

He, however, said where reasons had prevailed, especially those bordering on the security of the nation, the police had not only denied the notifications to UPND but to other political parties including the ruling PF.

“Your honour there are instances where we have not supported notifications to hold public meetings by PF where reasons have prevailed even after they had already come into power,” he said.

Dr Jere who earlier explained to the court the procedure of notification said the role of the police was to maintain peace and order, the reason why it had not supported certain notifications in the case of UPND.

He said among the other things that the police considered in supporting a notification was the crime situation, political tension, security situation for the safety of the public and those concerned.

Dr Jere said the purpose of not supporting UPND notifications of holding public meetings in Kanyama, Chawama, Kabwata and demonstrations over the independence of the judiciary was to ensure that law and order was maintained.

He supported his arguments of not amending the provisions of the Act by citing incidences where the country had recorded anarchy such as the Mongu killings in 2010, Mazabuka riots in the same year and the Luapula protests against Satanism where he said members of the public went ahead without obtaining notifications from the police.

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90 Responses to Solomon Jere opposes amending colonial public order Act, says will lead to Anarchy and death

  1. Solomo Jere has NO FEAR OF God. This is promoting injustice at the expense of national good. Let the courts prevail.

    Concord - March 22, 2013
    08:04

  2. Ndeloleshafye! U always say time wl come 4u. But when? It wl even find that u hv already gone.inshort jst 4get about it!

    Mukombe - March 22, 2013
    07:44

  3. am disapointed with jere what he should know is that when the owners of the land(citizens)rise up they dont ask for permits and the time is coming when they will do that especially when we have pipo like him on top of the security including my sister libongani any way no wonder GBM slaped that police officer becouse the police under these guys has felled let him ask the egyptians,tunisians,lybians.

    poko ya kayombo kakutemba - March 22, 2013
    06:36

  4. from ‘prison”s, (jere’s) arguments, it ain’t difficult to see that our school system is faulted,

    'e' the independent f(x) - March 22, 2013
    04:32

  5. kanshi where is nawakwi and chipimo? yeah mwandi?

    foolish zambian - March 21, 2013
    23:34

    • Nawakwi has gone into hiding after the Muchinga Province Bio-project to which she had a recent appointment collapsed.

      As for Chipimo he has also gone into hiding after all Executive members of his party resigned after realising that even Chipimo’s youngest child had more say in the running of the party than them.

      Its pure comedy pa Zed.

      Sway - March 22, 2013
      05:43

  6. The Mongu killings in 2010, Mazabuka riots in the same year and the Luapula protests against Satanism where members of the public went ahead without obtaining notifications from the police WERE NOT POLITICAL GATHERINGS! They are thus inappropriate examples to use as an excuse to deter political gatherings.

    RD - March 21, 2013
    21:48

  7. Please help. Is he Solomon Jere or Solomon Nyele? Mr Speaker I never final ruling on this contentious issue.

    Charllote I Marry, Effie We Share - March 21, 2013
    21:38

  8. Is Mr Jere ever going to do anything for the greater public good? Nada.
    Why?
    Because he is a PF hired gun.
    But as a learned cop how did he lease himself to the PF?
    Because, like most PF leaders, he is greedy for money.
    But he used to produce gospel videos and one would think he is GOD fearing?
    Nope. He stopped fearing GOD. He now fears Satan.

    In short, Jere’s combination with Libongani renders the cop leadership moribund.

    Centre Back Of Democracy - March 21, 2013
    21:10

  9. Jere chikala chobe! walitumpa sana! u want to please fi PF and sata. u know well that public order act is a stupid piece of law. fuck u! and fuck everyone supporting it. Asholes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Mutale Chilufya - March 21, 2013
    20:57

  10. Jere chikala chobe! walitumpa sana! u want to please fi PF and sata. u know well that public order act is a stupid piece of law. fuck u! and fuck everyone supporting it.

    Mutale Chilufya - March 21, 2013
    20:55

  11. He has traded in his soul for the pleasures from Michael

    Kay - March 21, 2013
    20:33

  12. The SDA Church should dismember this blood thirsty sucker. Let all those with his DVDs burn them. Idiot.

    Sway - March 21, 2013
    20:18

    • church board will sit to dis-fellowship this dog jere.

      Mutale Chilufya - March 21, 2013
      22:03

  13. its pathetic to c wat s going on in zambia police,there seem to be no order even amongst themselves!mary tembo boasts of being IG for c/belt,Libongani cant do anything to transfer this monster frm c/belt,wait and see wat c/belt will become.

    danny mwaba - March 21, 2013
    20:10

  14. I had respect for Solomon Jere but now I have realised he is pretender. After God raises you then you turn against people to support oppression. If people are quite because of oppressive laws is not a sign of peace but violation of human rights. Useless bootlicker with no courage. If a chicken became your boss you cant challenge it. Such people should not be given strategic positions. They can not advise thier seniours on moral grounds but to suit their bellies and masters head content. Shame on you.

    Sosa bomfwe - March 21, 2013
    19:49

  15. Iwe Jere uli Chipuwa, if the poeple are not allowed to meet, not even in house gatherings to discuss party matters because of security reasons; then I wonder what it is that the PF government has done that our security situation should just suddenly change with them coming into power. Freedom of association and assembly are the very corner stone of ny democratic society, if the security situation is so bad….then tell your boss to declare a state of emergency because as things are now, the police is implementing an eligal state of emergency. But twa chula ku ndoshi muzambia. Ndoshi shenkha shenkha muma office.

    Kwathu - March 21, 2013
    18:57

  16. Love yo neighbor as u love yoself. Jere be careful and be extra careful. both sides to oppostion and to the pipo in power. Coz u don’t know what hapens 2morow. What if yo boss kicks the backet be4 2016, or kicked out in 2016, secure yo job even after 2016.

    UNIQUE MAN - March 21, 2013
    17:33

  17. Ba Dr. Solomon Jere should
    (a) be reminded that the mere possession of a Doctorate degree is not a licence for being endowed with knowledge on civics; and that he should
    (b) also be advised that since he is a Police Officer the best route that will satisfy his narrow ego is to resign his position from the Police Service and join the camp of PF’s brand of politics. Under the current political climate Dr. Jere’s comments are misplaced.

    Mambwe - March 21, 2013
    17:32

  18. What do you expect from someone who falsified his HIV results with a lab tech (the guy was even fired over the case) at some hospital/clinic I won’t mention a name here, when he was going to Australia for his studies. One should even doubt if at all he got his degree honestly. He was just doing mwembeshi there. There are a lot of crooks at the helm of power that is why Zambia will never see progress.

    bwino ka - March 21, 2013
    15:37

  19. i cant comment coz the issue is in courts of law. But was there anarchy before Public Order Act was inacted? i dont think so!

    simbwindibwi - March 21, 2013
    15:32

  20. mr.jere, calling u Doctor would b an insult! so Livingstone saga is still a blame on UPND wen infact u know PF & Mwaliteta backed by this prostitute vocalist Siliviya Masebo caused all the fracus yet u went ahead accusing UPND of being voilent! There u r now saying anarchy,… anarchy, its u the Police who cause all this stupidy confusion each time yo masters tell u 2 act in such a barbaric way! Blindly u follow, its a shame 2 the men & women in uniform…. Consult Sunga Siakalima or Ephraim Mateyo! Those were men in this service.

    brown mwimpangubo - March 21, 2013
    15:26

  21. I 4 one didnt knw tht ths Dr Jere ws highly qualified. Imagine the Judge is conviencd wth hm. V Malambo hs lost. Jere u ar th man, haters go burn in hell with yo master lucifer satana!

    nyozani - March 21, 2013
    15:25

    • Go to hell idiot, you are as crooked as your stupid foolish Jere and your president.

      bwino ka - March 21, 2013
      15:40

      • Imbwa ya munthu iwe, u wil rot with envy suferer.go to sch & get a better qualifictn instead of criticising learnd pipo. U ar wasting yo time oooo. Yo friend is enjoying big time iwe kwako nikukumbwa, u ar gnashing yo teeth!

        nyozani - March 21, 2013
        16:12

        • chibwi iwe, what enjoying idiot. crooks at the helm of power, making Zambia like a war torn country, when our neighbouring countries are developing.

          bwino ka - March 22, 2013
          03:23

    • nyozani u ashole! wait time is coming when your fellow asholes will run like rats. let them enjoy our tax money, its just temporary. ba sichopeti stanyoko!!!!!!!!!

      Mutale Chilufya - March 21, 2013
      22:10

  22. You know, Dr Jere, please give up the police work. You are sinking and God who elevated you may dump you like He did Saul. You have lamentably failed us christians and your fellow church members. It can’t be you saying all this nonsense on TV concerning the POA. I don’t agree. I want to watch the footage of that court session.

    Cilibbebbede - March 21, 2013
    15:23

  23. Silly man Jelly just shut up. The Heague is waiting for you

    kolwe - March 21, 2013
    14:56

  24. Aah Jere you are an educated man and you can get a job any where in the world,so why are you behaving like a prostitute trying to please Sata.

    zambiano - March 21, 2013
    14:36

  25. PURE PF CADRE………….NJELE

    JUDGE CHIKOPA - March 21, 2013
    14:35

  26. Now I understand why someone said they will burn all D.V.D.s they bought done by this P.F.ella…

    Horny.REBEL Silvia Masebo-M.P-Member of Prositution..(Sperm Bank Mini-star) - March 21, 2013
    14:23