ZAMBIAN GOVT MAY RELOOK CUSTODIAL SENTENCE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

LUSAKA, The Zambian government says there is a need to look again at the law which currently provides for a custodial sentence for pregnant women found guilty of certain crimes.

Minister of Justice Given Lubinda says this is because innocent children end up being confined because of the crimes committed by their mothers.

He said here Thursday that it was unfortunate that this law and others could not be changed because of the failed referendum.

Speaking during a training session on the Constitution Law and Constitutionalism Training for civil society, Lubinda said the current Constitution contradicts itself, hence the need to refine it.

Speaking at the same function, one participant, Macdonald Chipenzi, complained that the current Constitution is too technical for an ordinary citizen. He encouraged government to source funds so that another referendum could be held.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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