Zambian Republican President Signs law to abolish death penalty.
President Hakainde Hichilema has assented to the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill No. 25 of 2022 abolishing the death penalty in Zambia. In a press release signed by the President’s Spokesperson Mr Anthony Bwalya and made available to the public on 23th December 2022, the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia has been amended to repeal all provisions which provide for the imposition of mandatory death sentence.
The Presidential assent has further outlawed Section 69 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia which provides for the offence of Criminal Defamation of the President.
The Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) welcomes the development and urges government to begin the process to amend the Zambian Constitution so that the repeal of death penalty is complete.