Zambia is at Crossroads, we stand by LAZ on public order act and illegal deportations, says Oasis Forum

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Press Statement
To: News Editors
For Immediate release. 14 December 2012.
The Oasis Forum Stands together with the Law Association of Zambia

There is no doubt that Zambia, today, is at a crossroads.

We, the undersigned, having consulted within our organisations, find it to be in bad taste the attempts by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government and State House officials to demonise and try to isolate the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ).

We are dismayed by statements aimed at LAZ as an organisation and in particular its president, Mr. James Banda. The President of LAZ, Mr. James Banda, speaks on behalf of the association and usually after wide consultation and deliberation by the various committees of LAZ. To vilify him in his individual capacity is therefore grossly unfair and highly divisive.

As the Oasis Forum, we wish it to be known that we stand solidly with LAZ and fully support the stance taken by the association on several issues that are of concern to all well-meaning Zambians.

We support wholeheartedly the position of LAZ on the Public Order Act and we commend them for taking, to the High Court of Zambia, this matter of the Public Order Act and Statutory Instrument No.33. We agree with LAZ that the way the PF Government is going about implementing the Public Order Act is both high-handed and “unreasonable”.

The PF Government is abusing the Zambia Police and infringing, with impunity, the freedoms of citizens. The recent arrest of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) leadership, on the Copperbelt, is one such case in point.

Similarly, we are solidly behind other positions taken by the LAZ such as the need (among others) to interrogate the current practice on who can be acting president in the absence of the Republican President; the need to protect the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) from being intimidated as the Republican President attempted to do when he recently insisted that the ACC inform him if investigating senior Government officials. We expected the Republican President to reprimand the Justice Minister, Hon. Wynter Kabimba, for his conduct at the ACC offices. We are equally concerned and join LAZ in condemning the unprecedented spate of deportations and revocations to remain in Zambia by the Government.

We believe these deportations are illegal and an abuse of the deportation Act by the current Minister of Home Affairs.
As key stakeholders in the affairs of this nation we are alarmed at the speed with which the PF Government is reversing the many hard-won democratic gains of the Zambian people.

We wish to remind this Government that we have come a long way, as a nation, and we will not sit and watch as the PF Government attempts to re-introduce a de-facto one party state in this country either through costly and unnecessary bye –elections or through intimidation of critics.
We therefore call for an end to detentions, arbitrary arrests, harassment and intimidation of all those critical of Government and of the PF.

We wish to remind the Republican President, Mr. Michael Sata, that at his inauguration as President, he stood in front of the Supreme Court and before the whole nation and with his hand on the Bible swore to God and Zambia that he would preserve, protect and defend the Republican Constitution. Soon afterwards he personally proclaimed that he would rule this nation on Christian principles. We would like to see him do more of these things.
It is imperative that Zambians unite as we have done in the past to resist this new attempt to take us backwards. Governments are good only when citizens are vigilant.

OASIS FORM CONVENERS

Fr. Cleophas Lungu (Secretary General, Zambia Episcopal Conference – ZEC)

Rev. Suzanne Matale (General Secretary, Council of Churches in Zambia – CCZ)

Ms. Beatrice Grillo (Chairperson, Non Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council – NGOCC)
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50 Responses to Zambia is at Crossroads, we stand by LAZ on public order act and illegal deportations, says Oasis Forum

  1. this is the result of too much experiments,as zambians who ar civilized we shud try avoid votn for the error experiment sum1 on such a high positions.

    mubita - December 15, 2012
    14:29

  2. Fank Bwalya, you are so quite,as Zambians we want to know
    why,does it means you cant see what is happening in our country,is the public order act ok to you?,people are being deported,police are being misused,people are being arrested for expressing their views,the ACC can not perform acording to there professionalism.If at all you as mr Bwalya do have the people at heart why keeping quite like this.Im strongly challenging you to come out in the open and tell us wether your goal was archieved by removing MMD and nothing else.

    student - December 15, 2012
    12:44

  3. where is fr Frank Bwalya????????????????

    Mansa - December 15, 2012
    10:13

  4. Oasis Forum, LAZ, NGOCC and all political NGOs etc, quickly need to get together to strategise on methods to be employed in sensitising zambians on what is taking place in the country and possible remedies thereto. Kabimba and others seem to have short memories.

    leo the senior - December 15, 2012
    10:06

  5. Zambia is in big shit for sure.

    Zambia shall be saved - December 15, 2012
    07:32

  6. First ask dear Reverend Susan Matale why her husband James Matale should be the Managing Director of Sata and Kabimbas company if not for corruption. Let her tell us bcos it doesn’t make sense that Reverens hubby should be the one to do this dirty job!!

    sindiso - December 14, 2012
    21:20

  7. We want to c u mo in action,basaku guleni ka.

    libolio - December 14, 2012
    20:50

  8. After having gone to sleep for so long just to wake up and find that even what you kept for supper is taken away.

    Advocate - December 14, 2012
    20:15

  9. Can the Oasis Forum convern a meeting with immediate effect, I miss Bishop Paul Mususu, Rev Japhate Ndhlovu just to mention but a few. We just can’t afford to go back to the one party system.

    No Name - December 14, 2012
    19:21

  10. Welcome back from commercial break!

    Ulemu ni Wabwino - December 14, 2012
    18:45

  11. Thank u OASIS FORUM! I suppose u were quiet because u wanted to give the PF govt a benefit of some doubt but u’ve seen the rate of destruction n can’t wait any more.
    This fight is not for MMD, UPND or PF. But a fight for Zambians. Country men we can’t burry our heads in the sand and pretend everything is alright in our country. We have engaged the reverse gear and the speed, scary. We need more voices to come out to the defence of mother Zambia. We the envy of many countries and to just sir and allow ourselves become a laughing stock. Wake up Zambians n read btn the lines. It’s Zambia at stake.

    Small axe - December 14, 2012
    16:19

  12. sata and his cholaboyz are green snakes in green grass and wolves in sheep skins. GO SATANISTS!!!!

    chitambo p - December 14, 2012
    16:02

  13. Tuleloleshafyeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

    humphrey - December 14, 2012
    15:49

  14. Thanks to you gallant men and women for your postive stance in defence of democracy and rule of law.

    Honest - December 14, 2012
    15:08

  15. bwalya as evil as you are you have read the word of GOD that means you understand what am about to say to you for every life that has died because of you and pf may curse come to you and pf may GOD spare the innocent ones you have refused to repent now a curse arise on you

    yongi - December 14, 2012
    15:02

  16. father bwalya just another idiot pf stoog you ll all be hung for the misery you have cause on the citizens watch us

    yongi - December 14, 2012
    14:58

  17. Thumbs up Oasis Forum. Lets unite and remove SataNA out of state house!

    doc - December 14, 2012
    14:07

    • bwalya aka fr Bwalya where at thou?

      mwata - December 14, 2012
      14:20

      • Thou Art ZESCO & Nkana Water new Boards…

        The Don - December 14, 2012
        14:54

  18. we have to report some of these cases to ICC..watch the space..

    CNP-4U - December 14, 2012
    13:58

  19. Where are the days of Poul Mususu, Japhet Ndlovu, Ft Mwebe and the alike?????

    Wake up - December 14, 2012
    13:45

  20. Thanks Oasis the country is in great danger. Very little difference between Idi Amin Alhaj dada and this man at the helm of this nation. Unfortunaly just as VP Scott AKA ‘BOB ISLES’ correctly observed you cant train this old dog new tricks. The truth is that Sata will not listen. Zambians stand up and be counted. Let us unite the way we united against Chilubs third term evil that he wanted to bring. This man should be taught a lesson. Zambians are sucg good people but they should not be taken forgranted. Sata will not even manage to turn the gallant and good defence force against their own people. Except for a few they are very reasonable men and women and they will not do the unreasonable. Is it Chesiscor ofr Romania who tried it and the army turned against him. The moment the sun rises Zambia is subjected to so much rubbish in the last twelve months. I wish the sun would not rise for some of these chaps and soon darkeness will dawn on them! Red card to Father Bwalya the Judas Iscariot.

    Hambilwabaana - December 14, 2012
    13:41

  21. its true, they are out of their minds.

    profet - December 14, 2012
    13:06

  22. It seems the money they received from PF has finished so they are making noise in order to ask for more. Once more money is in their pockets, they will keep ziiiiiiiiiiii. The real man in Zambia now is HH. Nawakwi is a PF hired gun together with Chipimo. The Post is the corruption brewery of PF and oasis forum is lost in between, we are yet to see if they have really come back. Before we can trust them, they should explain why they kept quite all this time.

    MilesGBMSatan - December 14, 2012
    12:43

    • Thank you for ths clarification. Indeed maybe we need an explanation from them as to why they were quiet. Honestly i dont trust these guys.

      Max - December 14, 2012
      12:54

  23. Way to go Oasis, Way to go!

    TNT - December 14, 2012
    12:41

  24. Alluta continua evitoria eserita

    Brain up load - December 14, 2012
    12:36

  25. Thank You LAZ and Thank Oasis Forum!! We Zambians will not watch to see this democracy being taken by few self individuals! We are ready to match and to go in the streets if that is what Sata wants!!

    Email: mmbenga80@gmail.com

    Defend Democracy - December 14, 2012
    12:33

  26. Welcome back OASIS FORUM. Am happy that you have come out of your cacoon.As you have rightly observed, this PF govt is taking us backwards to the stone age period when citizens where silenced by their govt. My request to you OASIS FORUM is that you should forthwith start organising citizens to resist this attempt by PF thugs, who are masquerading as leaders,to destroy our democratic gains the same way you organised us during the third term bid by Sata and Chiluba. We will do everything you ask us to do!! Even if it means demonstrating and rioting, will do it!!!

    DISGRUNTLED YOUTH - December 14, 2012
    12:32

  27. Oasis Forum is just endorsing (re-phrasing)what LAZ said few days ago.We need a strong-worded statement from you, not with this lukeworm approach.Come on guys, you surely can do better. That is why i miss the Oasis Forum of Rev Japhet Ndhlovu, Emely Sikazwe, William Mweemba and Bishop Paul Mususu, and reinforced by once vibrant student leaders like Cornelius Mweetwa, Antonio Mwanza,among others.

    The Diplomat - December 14, 2012
    12:27

  28. THE PF IS ACTING LIKE A YOUNG SHE HYENA WHO DANCED HERSELF LAME WITH EXCITEMENT BEFORE THE MAIN DANCE BEGAN WHICH WAS STILL FOUR HOURS AWAY.

    IF NOT CAREFUL, PF’S TEAM OF OFFICE WILL BE CUT SHORT BEFORE 2016 AS WHAT HAPPENED TO KK.

    FTJ - December 14, 2012
    12:26

  29. Zed…… !!!! We can’t manage to go back whilst Everyone in the world is singing and championing DEMOCRACY .

    shanjina - December 14, 2012
    12:19

  30. OASIS forum your solidarity move is long overdue.We need to hear from you as things unfold.Viva…solidarity…viva…

    jeremiah - December 14, 2012
    12:07

  31. SATA always fees good when all sections of sociaty are against him.remember the third term.now that he is the head of Governement just wait and see.

    back bencher - December 14, 2012
    12:04

  32. OASIS forum your solidarity is long overdue.We need to hear from you as things unfold like in the previous govt.Viva…Solidarity…viva..

    jeremiah - December 14, 2012
    12:03

  33. I dont know why i have no more faith in LAZ/OASIS FORUM than i had in 2001. I feel that i was betrayed along the way. I need help because even these dtatements i just feel they are meant to hoodwink masses. I dont know why i dont feel that we are together with OASIS FORUM/Laz. Why???????? Please help.

    Max - December 14, 2012
    11:59

    • because you have become a fool like Sata and his PF thugs !!!

      DISGRUNTLED YOUTH - December 14, 2012
      12:33

      • @DISGRUNTLED YOUTH
        ARE U A RABID DOG WHO USE THIS PLATFORM FOR INSULTS ONLY? GET A JOB AND BE ACTIVE, U CAN DO PIECE WORK FOR THE ROAD PROJECTS GOING ON OR PROBABLY START SELLING NEWSPAPERS AND SCRATCH CARDS INSTEAD OF DOZING AND PASSING INSULTS.

        Ngombe Under Oath - December 14, 2012
        12:44

    • I am with you on this one too. The oasis forum has left me with a really bad taste in my mouth.

      I don’t feel that they have the moral high ground in their dealings.

      I feel that they are “cherry picking” issues to deal with. Something tells me that they are in league with the PF big wigs to make it look like there is civil action when they are getting “brown envelopes” under the table.

      We have parliament radio telling us that that house is full of clowns and idiots in suits dresses and wigs. The oasis forum say nothing about the “Tom foolery” going on in there masquerading as civilised debate.

      The bunkums in the forum should speak about real bread and butter issues, not this farting around about Nevers and team.

      The oasis (forum) is dry!

      razor blade - December 14, 2012
      12:37

  34. After winning and dinning and rom ping with PF, they have now started to realise what HH said from day one he was persecuted! I hope they are genuine

    mof - December 14, 2012
    11:59

  35. Church mother bodies en NGOCC,Your solidarity move is long over due.We need to hear from u as things unfold like in the previous govt.Viva… solidarity…viva

    jeremiah - December 14, 2012
    11:58

  36. Editor, My commennts do not reflect, kindly rectify this?

    Sachi - December 14, 2012
    11:56

  37. I am wondering why my comments are being blocked

    Eagle - December 14, 2012
    11:50

  38. We tthe citizens of Zambia are solidly behind you. No amount of intimidation or harrassment will derail the democracy we embarked on in 1991.

    Eagle - December 14, 2012
    11:49

    • You and what army?!

      This we, we, we crap should be reconsidered.

      Do a full documented petition with signatures and nrc numbers. You will see how big this WE IS!

      razor blade - December 14, 2012
      12:45

      • Wait until you start quieing up for meali meal and eggs, then you shall know what ‘We’ means.

        fonko fonko abwela - December 14, 2012
        16:40

  39. I thought the forum was dead with the passing of MMD. Welcome back I hope you will put real pressure on PF not sugar coating your statements. What happened to the infamous Emily Sikazwe has she been bought or she has realised that now she can be deported.

    mwaka - December 14, 2012
    11:46

  40. This is good comeback OASIS FORUM! Please let’s fight injustice together. Zambia is quickly disappearing into oblivion!

    Mubanga - December 14, 2012
    11:44

    • Viva Oasis Forum and Laz great voices for the voiceless

      bootiliker - December 14, 2012
      12:06

      • I am yet to hear a comment from LAZ on the ZMK1.5 billion allocation to the First -lady’s office .
        And indeed,where is Fr. Bwalya?

        Topclamp - December 15, 2012
        17:04