Donations to the Community of Sant'Egidio are tax deductible
under current regulations

Also this year it can target the 5x1000 to the Community of Sant'Egidio
Write the number 80191770587 in the tax return

Andrea Riccardi: on the web

Andrea Riccardi: on social networks

Andrea Riccardi: press review

change language
you are in: no death penalty - news contact usnewsletterlink

Support The Community

 
February 2 2013 | ZAMBIA

Lusaka Times: Zambia – Death penalty clause raises heated debite in Livingston. The voice of the Church supports life. (EN)

 
printable version

LusakaTimes

 

 

Death penalty clause raises heated debate in Livingstone

There was a heated debate over Article 28, Right to life whether the death sentence should be maintained or be eliminated from the first draft constitution in the on-going southern province convention.

Most delegates unanimously upheld Article 28 clause 3 which states that ‘a person may be deprived of life if that person has been convicted of capital offence and sentenced to death,’

But others argued that it would defeat the preamble which declares the republic as a Christian nation saying we are governed by the principles of the Bible which says thou shall not kill.

Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC), Livingstone bishop secretary, Fr. Clifford Mulasikwanda said the principles of Christianity while Monze central parliamentarian, Jack Mwiimbu insisted that the clause stands as it is in the draft constitution.

However, convention chairperson, Solomon Muzyamba put the motion to a vote that would be conducted through a secret ballot by tomorrow with the session closing with a prayer from Fr. Mulasikwanda asking God for guidance overnight for the voting process over the motion by the delegates.

Earlier, Delegates at the on-going Southern Province Constitutional Consultative Convention resolved that the Zambia adopts a federal system of governance.

The delegates resolved that Zambia should adapt to the federal system of governance but still remain a one Unitary State.

Making amendments to the first draft constitution, the delegates resolved that the words “devolved system of governance” in the Preamble should be replaced with the words “federal system of governance”.

The delegates said once the Preamble is amended, it will allow the local people to manage their own resources in a more amicable manner.

The Preamble in the current draft constitution reads” RESOLVE AND UPHOLD the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural character of our nation and the self actualisation of people living in different Provinces of Zambia and their right to manage their own local affairs and resources in a devolved system of governance within a unitary State.

Convention Chairperson, Solomon Muzyamba, ordered the house to go for a ballot vote after a lengthy debate at which the majority scored 90 votes against the opposing 57 while one delegate abstained out of the total 148 total votes casted.

Meanwhile, the constitutional delegates have resolved that Article 47 be amended so that the State should compensate claims by victims as ruled in the courts of law within the period of three months.

Under the current draft constitution, Article number 47 (3) sub clause (e) states that “the judgement may be enforced by execution against the state after one year of the delivery of judgement”.

ZANIS

 

RELATED NEWS
October 18 2017

Back from Death Row: Working to End Capital Punishment

October 16 2017
UNITED STATES

U.N. Secretary-General, European Union Ambassador Call for Abolition of “Barbaric” Death Penalty

October 12 2017
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty: '' it's against the Gospel''


"because it is voluntarily decided to suppress a human life that is always holy in the eyes of the Creator"
October 10 2017

On 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty let us visit the poorest convicts in Africa


Death Penalty and poverty is the main theme of 2017's World Day. The work of Sant'Egidio in African death rows, in the perspective of the World Day of the Cities for Life on November 30th.
IT | EN
October 6 2017

The Texas Journey of Hope - October 13-29


High schools, colleges, churches, conferences, various media outlets, marches, rallies and other venues are ready to deliver the message of "Love and Compassion for all of Humanity"
September 30 2017
UNITED STATES
The Community of Sant'Egidio one month after death remembers

All those working to abolish the death penalty mourns the loss of the dear Ron Carlson, due to a car accident


Ron was a living example that things can really change
all related news

ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 28 2016
AP

High court to examine mental disability, death penalty issue
November 12 2016
Internazionale

Si rafforza la pena di morte negli Stati Uniti
November 11 2016

Al liceo classico “Socrate” di Bari, conferenza “Non c’è giustizia senza vita”
October 24 2016
New York Times

The Death Penalty, Nearing Its End
June 4 2016
The Washington Post

Meet the red-state conservatives fighting to abolish the death penalty
all press-related

VIDEO PHOTOS
53
Video promo Cities for Life 2015
3:22

74 visits

236 visits

52 visits

57 visits

65 visits
all the related media