Lawyer justifies call for prayers, fasting


POLITICIANS who  previously supported  the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation should not now appear to be opposed to the idea  merely to derail President Edgar Lungu’s call for prayer and fasting, says Lusaka lawyer Hobday Kabwe.

Mr Kabwe posted on his facebook page, saying the Constitution of Zambia clearly stipulated in its preamble the spirit of the republic as Christian.

“According to the Constitution of Zambia preamble as amended by Act No. 18 of 1964, it says we the people of Zambia by our representatives, assembled in Parliament, having solemnly resolved to maintain Zambia as a sovereign democratic republic, for this and future generation declare the republic a Christian nation while upholding the right of every person to enjoy that person’s freedom of conscience or region.”

Mr Kabwe said the Constitution clearly stipulated in its preamble the spirit of the republic as Christian.

“However non-justifiable the clause, it still sets the spirit of the republic and the moral content of our laws and it is for this reason why some laws on sodomy and marriage still remain Christian in character,” he said.

He said it was therefore not justifiable for politicians to take an opposite side merely to derail the President’s decision to declare October 18 as the day of prayer and fasting.

“This is what I know, from an informed point of law, as the position the President has taken into account when declaring October 18, 2015 as the day of fasting and prayer,” he said.

The preamble further stated that, “we the people of Zambia pledge to ourselves that we shall ensure that the State shall respect the rights and dignity of the human family, uphold the laws of the State and conduct the affairs of the State in such manner as to preserve, develop and utilise its resources for this and the future generation.”

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