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Constitution of Zambia 1996

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English

Constitution of Zambia 1996
(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

WE, THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA by our representatives, assembled in our Parliament, having
solemnly resolved to maintain Zambia as a Sovereign Democratic Republic;

DETERMINED to uphold and exercise our inherent and inviolable right as a people to decide,
appoint and proclaim the means and style to govern ourselves;

RECOGNISE the equal worth of men and women in their rights to participate , and freely
determine and build a political, economic and social system of their own free choice;

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 future generations;

DECLARE the Republic a Christian nation while upholding the right of every person to enjoy that
person's freedom of conscience or religion;

RESOLVE to uphold the values of democracy, transparency, accountability and good
governance;

AND FURTHER RESOLVE that Zambia shall forever remain a unitary, indivisible, multi-party and
democratic sovereign state;

DO HEREBY ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.

PART I
NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND STATE

1. [Declaration of Republic, sovereignty of people, supreme law and official language]
(1) Zambia is a unitary, indivisible, multi-party and democratic sovereign State.

(2) All power resides in the people who shall exercise their sovereignty through the democratic
institutions of the State in accordance with The Constitution.

(3) This Constitution is the supreme law of Zambia and if any other law is inconsistent with this
constitution that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.

(4) This Constitution shall bind all persons in the Republic of Zambia and all Legislative,
Executive and Judicial organs of the State at all levels.

(5) The official language of Zambia shall be English.

2. [Public Seal]
The Public Seal of the Republic shall be such as may be prescribed by or under an Act of
Parliament.

3. [National Anthem, National Flag, National Emblem and National Motto]
The National Anthem, the National Flag, the National Emblem and the National Motto shall be
such as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

4. [Citizens of Zambia]
(1) Every person who immediately before the commencement of this Constitution was a citizen of
Zambia shall continue to be a citizen of Zambia after the commencement of this Constitution.

(2) A person who was entitled to citizenship of Zambia before the commencement of this
Constitution subject to the performance of any conditions following the happening of a future
event, shall become a citizen upon the performance of such conditions.

5. [Children of citizens of Zambia]
A person born in or outside Zambia after the commencement of this Constitution shall become a
citizen of Zambia at the date of his birth if on that date at least one of his parents is a citizen of
Zambia.

6. [Persons entitled to apply to be registered as Citizens]
(1) Any person who --

(a) has attained the age of twenty-one years; or

(b) has been ordinarily resident in Zambia for a continuous period of not less than ten years
immediately preceding that person's application for registration;

shall be entitled to apply to the Citizenship Board, in such manner as may be prescribed by or
under an Act of Parliament, to be registered as a citizen of Zambia.

(2) An application for registration as a citizen under this Article shall not be made by or on behalf
of any person who, under any law in force in Zambia, is adjudged or otherwise declared to be of
unsound mind.

(3) Parliament may provide that any period during which a person has the right to reside in
Zambia by virtue of a permit issued under the authority of any law relating to immigration shall not
be taken into account in computing the period of ten years referred to in paragraph (b) of clause
(1).

7. [Powers of Parliament]
Parliament may make provision for --

(a) the acquisition of citizenship of Zambia by persons who are not eligible to become citizens of
Zambia under this Part;

(b) depriving any person of his citizenship of Zambia:
Provided that a person shall not be deprived of their citizenship except on the grounds that --

(i) that person is a citizen of a country other than Zambia; or

(ii) that person obtained such citizen by fraud.

8. [Citizenship Board]
Parliament may make provision for the establishment of a Citizenship Board to deal with any of
the matters falling under the provisions of Articles 7.

9. [Cesser of citizenship]
(1) A person shall cease to be a citizen of Zambia if that person --

(a) acquires the citizenship of a country other than Zambia by a voluntary act, other than
marriage; or

(b) does any act indicating that person's intention to adopt or make use of any other citizenship.

(a) becomes a citizen of Zambia by registration; and

(b) immediately after becoming a citizen of Zambia, is also a citizen of some other country;

shall, subject to clause (4), cease to be a citizen of Zambia at the expiration of three months after
such person becomes a citizen of Zambia unless such person has renounced the citizenship of
that other country, taken the oath of allegiance and made and registered such declaration of their
intention concerning residence as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

(3) For the purpose of this Article, where, under the law of a country other than Zambia, a person
cannot renounce his citizenship of that other country that person need not make such
renunciation but may instead be required to make such declaration concerning that citizenship as
may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

(4) Provision may be made by or under an Act of Parliament for extending the period within which
any person may make a renunciation of citizenship, take oath or make or register a declaration
for the purpose of this Article, and if such provision is made that person shall cease to be a citizen
of Zambia only if at the expiration of the extended period that person has not then made the
renunciation, taken the oath or made or registered the declaration, as the case may be.

10. [Interpretation]
(1) For the purpose of this Part, a person born aboard a registered ship or aircraft, or aboard an
unregistered ship or aircraft of the Government of any country, shall be deemed to have been
born in the place in which the ship or aircraft was registered or in that country, as the case may
be.

(2) Any reference in this Part to the national status of the parent of a person at the time of the
birth of that person shall, in relation to a person born after the death of his parent, be construed
as a reference to the national status of the parent at the time of the parent's death.

(3) For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that a person born in Zambia before the 1st
of April, 1986, whose father was an established resident shall continue to enjoy the rights and
privileges, under, and shall remain subject to, the law prevailing immediately before that date.

PART III
PROTECTION OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF THE INDIVIDUAL

11. [Fundamental rights and freedoms]
It is recognised and declared that every person in Zambia has been and shall continue to be
entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, that is to say, the right, whatever
his race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, creed, sex or marital status, but subject to the
limitations contained in this Part, to each and all of the following, namely:

(a) life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of the law;

(b) freedom of conscience, expression, assembly, movement and association;

(c) protection of young persons from exploitation;

(d) protection for the privacy of his home and other property and from deprivation of property
without compensation;

and the provisions of this Part shall have effect for the purpose of affording protection to those
rights and freedoms subject to such limitations designed to ensure that the enjoyment of the said
rights and freedoms by any individual does not prejudice the rights and freedoms of others or the
public interest.

12. [Protection of right to life]
(1) No person shall be deprived of his life intentionally except in execution of the sentence of a
court in respect of a criminal offence under the law in force in Zambia of which he has been
convicted.

(2) No person shall deprive an unborn child of life by termination of pregnancy except in
accordance with the conditions laid down by an Act of Parliament for that purpose.

(3) Without prejudice to any liability for a contravention of any other law with respect to the use of
force in such cases; as are hereinafter mentioned, a person shall not be regarded as having been
deprived of his life in contravention of this Article if he dies as a result of the use of force to such
extent as is reasonably justifiable in the circumstances of the case --

(a) for the defence of any person from violence or for the defence of property;

(b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained;

(c) for the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection, mutiny or if he dies as a result of a lawful
act of war;

(d) in order to prevent the commission by that person of a criminal offence.

13. [Protection of right to personal liberty]
(1) No person shall be deprived of his personal liberty except as may be authorised by law in any
of the following cases:

(a) in execution of a sentence or order of a court, whether established for Zambia or some other
country, in respect of a criminal offence or which he has been convicted;

(b) in execution of an order of a court of record punishing him for contempt of that court or of a
court inferior to it;

(c) in execution of an order of a court made to secure the fulfilment of any obligation imposed on
him by law;

(d) for the purpose of bringing him before a court in execution of an order of a court;

(e) upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed, or being about to commit, a criminal
offence under the law in force in Zambia;

(f) under an order of a court or with the consent of his parent or guardian, for his education or
welfare during any period ending not later than the date when he attains the age of eighteen
years;

(g) for the purpose of preventing the spread of an infectious or contagious disease;

(h) in the case of a person who is, or is reasonably suspected to be, of unsound mind, addicted to
drugs or alcohol, or a vagrant, for the purpose of this care or treatment or the protection of the
community;

(i) for the purpose of preventing the unlawful entry of that person into Zambia, or for the purpose
of effecting the expulsion, extradition or other lawful removal of that person from Zambia or for the
purpose of restricting that person while he is being conveyed through Zambia in the course of his
extradition or removal as a convicted prisoner from one country to another; or

(j) to such extent as may be necessary in the execution of a lawful order requiring that person to
remain within a specified area within Zambia or prohibiting him from being within such area, or to
such extent as may be reasonably justifiable for the taking of proceedings against that person
relating to the making of any such order, or to such extent as may be reasonably justifiable for
restraining that person during any visit that he is permitted to make to any part of Zambia in
which, in consequence of any such order, his presence would otherwise be unlawful.

(2) any person who is arrested or detained shall be informed as soon as reasonably practicable,
in a language that he understands, of the reasons for his arrest or detention.

(3) Any person who is arrested or detained --

(a) for the purpose of bringing him before a court in execution of an order of a court; or

(b) upon reasonable suspicion of his having committed, or being about to commit, a criminal
offence under the law in force in Zambia;

and who is not released, shall be brought without undue delay before a court; and if any person
arrested or detained under paragraph (b) is not tried within a reasonable time, then, without
prejudice to any further proceedings that may be brought against him, he shall be released either
unconditionally or upon reasonable conditions, including in particular such conditions as are
reasonably necessary to ensure that the appears at a later date for trial or for proceedings
preliminary to trial.

(4) Any person who is unlawfully arrested or detained by any other person shall be entitled to
compensation therefor from that other person.

14. [Protection from slavery and forced labour]
(1) No person shall be held in slavery or servitude.

(2) No person shall be required to perform forced labour.

(3) For the purpose of this Article, the expression "force labour" does not include--

(a) any labour required in consequence of a sentence or order of a court;

(b) labour required of any person while he is lawfully detained that, though not required in
consequence of a sentence or order of a court, is reasonably necessary in the interests of
hygiene or for the maintenance of the place at which he is detained;

(c) any labour required of a member of a disciplined force in pursuance of his duties as such or, in
the case of a person who has conscientious objections to service as a member of a naval, military
or air force, any labour that that person is required by law to perform in place of such service;

(d) any labour required during any period when the Republic is at war or a declaration under
Article 30 or 31 is in force or in the event of any other emergency or calamity that threatens the
life and well-being of the community, to the extent that the requiring of such labour is reasonably
justifiable in the circumstances of any situation arising or existing during that period, or as a result
of that other emergency or calamity, for the purpose of dealing with that situation; or

(e) any labour reasonably required as part of reasonable and normal communal or other civic
obligation.

15. [Protection from inhuman treatment]
No person shall be subjected to torture, or to inhuman or degrading punishment or other like
treatment.

16. [Protection from deprivation of property]
(1) Except as provided in this Article, no property of any description shall be compulsorily taken
possession of, and no interest in or right over property of any description shall be compulsorily
acquired, unless by or under the authority of an Act of Parliament which provides for payment of
adequate compensation for the property or interest or right to be taken possession of or acquired.

(2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent
with or in contravention of clause (1) to the extent that it is shown that such law provides for the
taking possession or acquisition of any property or interest therein or right thereover--

(a) in satisfaction of any tax, rate or due;

(b) by way of penalty for breach of any law, whether under civil process or after conviction of an
offence;

(c) in execution of judgements or orders of courts;

(d) upon the attempted removal of the property in question out of or into Zambia in contravention
of any law;

(e) as an incident of a contract including a lease, tenancy, mortgage, charge, pledge or bill of sale
or of a title deed to land;

(f) for the purpose of its administration, care or custody on behalf of and for the benefit of the
person entitled to the beneficial interest therein;

(g) by way of the vesting of enemy property or for the purpose of the administration of such
property;

(i) the administration of the property of a deceased person, a person of unsound mind or a person
who has not attained the age of eighteen years, for the benefit of the persons entitled to the
beneficial interest therein;

(ii) the administration of the property of a person adjudged bankrupt or a body corporate in
liquidation, for the benefit of the creditors of such bankrupt or body corporate and, subject thereto,
for the benefit of other persons entitled to the beneficial interest in the property;

(iii) the administration of the property of a person who has entered into a deed of arrangement for
the benefit of his creditors; or

(iv) vesting any property subject to a trust in persons appointed as trustees under the instrument
creating the trust or by a court or, by order of a court, for the purpose of giving effect to the trust;

(i) in consequence of any law relating to the limitation of actions;

(j) in terms of any law relating to abandoned, unoccupied, unutilised or undeveloped land, as
defined in such law;

(k) in terms of any law relating to absent or non-resident owners, as defined in such law, of any
property;

(l) in terms of any law relating to trusts or settlements;

(m) by reason of the property in question being in a dangerous state or prejudicial to the health or
safety of human beings, animals or plants;

(n) as a condition in connection with the granting of permission for the utilisation of that or other
property in any particular manner;

(o) for the purpose of or in connection with the prospecting for. or exploitation of, minerals
belonging to the Republic on terms which provide for the respective interests of the persons
affected;

(p) in pursuance of a provision of the marketing of property of that description in the common
interests of the various persons otherwise entitled to dispose of that property;

(q) by way of the taking of a sample for the purposes of any law;

(r) by way of acquisition of the shares, or a class of shares, in a body corporate on terms agreed
to by the holders of not less than nine-tenths in value of those shares or that class of shares;

(s) where the property consists of an animal, upon its being found trespassing or straying;

(t) for so long as may be necessary for the purpose of any examination, investigation, trial or
inquiry or, in the case of the land, the carrying out thereon --

(i) of work for the purpose of the conservation of natural resources or any description; or

(ii) of agricultural development or improvement which the owner or occupier of the land has been
required, and has without reasonable and lawful excuse refused or failed, to carry out;

(u) where the property consists of any licence or permit;

(v) where the property consists of wild animals existing in their natural habitat or the carcasses of
wild animals;

(w) where the property is held by a body corporate established by law for public purposes and in
which no moneys have been invested other than moneys provided by Parliament;

(x) where the property is any mineral, mineral oil or natural gases or any rights accruing by virtue
of any title or licence for the purpose of searching for or mining any mineral, mineral oil or natural
gases --

(i) upon failure to comply with any provision of such law relating to the title or licence or to the
exercise of the rights accruing or to the development or exploitation of any mineral, mineral oil or
natural gases; or

(ii) in terms of any law vesting any such property or rights in the President;

(y) for the purpose of the administration or disposition of such property or interest or right by the
President in implementation of a comprehensive land policy or of a policy designed to ensure that
the statute law, the Common Law and the doctrines of equity relating to or affecting the interest in
or rights over land, or any other interests or right enjoyed by Chiefs and persons claiming through
and under them, shall apply with substantial uniformity throughout Zambia;

(z) in terms of any law providing for the conversion of titles to land from freehold to leasehold and
the imposition of any restriction on subdivision, assignment or sub-letting;

(aa) in terms of any law relating to --

(i) the forfeiture or confiscation of the property of a person who has left Zambia for the purpose or
apparent purpose, of defeating the ends of justice;

(ii) the imposition of a fine on, and the forfeiture or confiscation of the property of, a person who
admits a contravention of any law relating to the imposition or collection of any duty or tax or to
the prohibition or control of dealing or transactions in gold, currencies, or securities.

(3) An Act of Parliament such as is referred to in clause (1) shall provide that in default of
agreement, the amount of compensation shall be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.

17. [Protection for privacy of home and other property]
(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be subjected to the search of his person or his
property or the entry by others on his premises.

(2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent
with or in contravention of this Article to the extent that it is shown that the law in question makes
provision --

(a) that is reasonably required in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public
morality, public health, town and country planning, the development and utilisation of mineral
resources, or in order to secure the development or utilisation of any property for a purpose
beneficial to the community;

(b) that is reasonably required for the purpose of protecting the rights or freedoms of other
persons;

(c) that authorises an officer or agent of the Government, a local government authority or a body
corporate established by law for a public purpose to enter on the premises or anything thereon for
the purpose of any tax, rate or due or in order to carry out work connected with any property that
is lawfully on those premises and that belongs to that Government, authority, or body corporate,
as the case may be; or

(d) that authorises, for the purpose of enforcing the judgement or order of a court in any civil
proceedings, the search of any person or property by order of a court or entry upon any premises
by such order;

and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, anything done under the authority
thereof is shown not to be reasonably justified in a democratic society.

18. [Provisions to secure protection of law]
(1) If any person is charged with a criminal offence, then, unless the charge is withdrawn, the
case shall be afforded a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial
court established by law.

(2) Every person who is charged with a criminal offence --

(a) shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved or has pleaded guilty;

(b) shall be informed as soon as reasonably practicable, in a language that he understands and in
detail, of the nature of the offence charged;

(c) shall be given adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence;

(d) shall unless legal aid is granted him in accordance with the law enacted by Parliament for
such purpose be permitted to defend himself before the court in person, or at his own expense,
by a legal representative of his own choice;

(e) shall be afforded facilities to examine in person or by his legal representative the witnesses
called by the prosecution before the court, and to obtain the attendance and carry out the
examination of witnesses to testify on his behalf before the court on the same conditions as those
applying to witnesses called by the prosecution; and

(f) shall be permitted to have without payment the assistance of an interpreter if he cannot
understand the language used at the trial of the charge;

and except with his own consent the trial shall not take place in his absence unless he so
conducts himself as to render the continuance of the proceedings in his presence impracticable
and the court has ordered him to be removed and the trial to proceed in his absence.

(3) When a person is tried for any criminal offence, the accused person or any person authorized
by him in that behalf shall, if he so requires and subject to payment of such reasonable fee as
may be prescribed by law, be given within a reasonable time after judgment a copy for the use of
the accused person of any record of the proceedings made by or on behalf of the court.

(4) No person shall be held to be guilty of a criminal offence on account of any act or omission
that did not, at the time it took place, constitute such an offence, and no penalty shall be imposed
for any criminal offence that is severer in degree or description that the maximum penalty that
might have been imposed for that offence at the time it was committed.

(5) No person who shows that he has been tried by a competent court for a criminal offence and
either convicted or acquitted shall again be tried for that offence or for any other criminal offence
of which he could have been convicted at the trial for that offence, except upon the order of a
superior court in the course of appeal or review proceedings relating to the conviction or acquittal.

(6) No person shall be tried for a criminal offence if he shows that he has been pardoned for that
offence.

(7) No person who is tried for a criminal offence shall be compelled to give evidence at the trial.

(8) No person shall be convicted of a criminal offence unless that offence is defined and the
penalty is prescribed in a written law:

Provided that nothing in this clause shall prevent a court of record from punishing any person for
contempt of itself notwithstanding that the act or omission constituting the contempt is not defined
in written law and the penalty therefore is not so prescribed.

(9) Any court or other adjudicating authority prescribed by law for the determination of the
existence or extent of any civil right or obligation shall be established by law and shall be
independent and impartial; and where proceedings for such a determination are instituted by any
person before such a court or other adjudicating authority, the case shall be given a fair hearing
within a reasonable time.

(10) Except with the agreement of all the parties thereto, all proceedings of every court and
proceedings for the determination of the existence or extent of any civil right or obligation before

any other adjudicating authority, including the announcement of the decision of the court or other
authority, shall be held in public.

(11) Nothing in clause (10) shall prevent the court or other adjudicating authority from excluding
from the proceedings persons other than the parties thereto and their legal representatives to
such extent as the court or other authority --

(a) may consider necessary or expedient in circumstances where publicity would prejudice the
interest of justice or in interlocutory proceedings; or

(b) may be empowered by law to do in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public
morality, the welfare of persons under the age of eighteen years or the protection of the private
lives of persons concerned in the proceedings.

(12) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent
with or in contravention of --

(a) paragraph (a) of clause (2) to the extent that it is shown that the law in question imposes upon
any person charged with a criminal offence the burden of proving particular facts;

(b) paragraph (d) of clause (2) to the extent that it is shown that the law in question prohibits legal
representation before a subordinate court in proceedings for an offence under Zambian
customary law, being proceedings against any person who, under that law, is subject to that law;

(c) paragraph (e) of clause (2) to the extent that it is shown that the law in question imposes
reasonable conditions that must be satisfied if witnesses called to testify on behalf of an accused
person are to be paid their expenses out of public funds;

(d) clause (2) to the extent that it is shown that the law provides that --

(i) where the trial of any person for any offence prescribed by or under the law has been
adjourned and the accused, having pleaded to the charge, fails to appear at the time fixed by the
court for the resumption of his trial after the adjournment, the proceedings may continue
notwithstanding the absence of the accused if the court, being satisfied that, having regard to all
the circumstances of the case, it is just and reasonable so to do, so orders; and

(ii) the court shall set aside any conviction or sentence pronounced in the absence of the accused
in respect of that offence if the accused satisfies the court without undue delay that the cause of
his absence was reasonable and that he had a valid defence to the charge;

(e) clause (2) to the extent that it is shown that the law provides that a trial of a body corporate
may take place in the absence of any representative of the body corporate upon a charge in
respect of which a plea of not guilty has been entered by the court;

(f) clause (5) to the extent that it is shown that the law in question authorises a court to try a
member of a disciplined forced for a criminal offence notwithstanding any trial and conviction or
acquittal of that member under the disciplinary law of that force, so, however, that any court so
trying such a member and convicting him shall in sentencing him to any punishment take into
account any punishment awarded him under that disciplinary law.

(13) In the case of any person who is held in lawful detention, clause (1), paragraphs (d) and (e)
of clause (2) and clause (3) shall not apply in relation to his trial for a criminal offence under the
law regulating the discipline of persons held in detention.

(14) In its application to a body corporate clause (2) shall have effect as if the words "in person
or" were omitted from paragraph (d) and (e).

(15) In this Article "criminal offence" means a criminal offence under the law in force in Zambia.

19. [Protection of freedom of conscience]
(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of
conscience, and for the purposes of this Article the said freedom includes freedom of thought and
religion, freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with
others, and both in public and in private, to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in
worship, teaching, practice and observance.

(2) Except with his own consent, or, if he is a minor, the consent of his guardian, no person
attending any place of education shall be required to receive religious instruction or to take part in
or attend any religious ceremony or observance if that instruction, ceremony or observance
relates to a religion other than his own.

(3) No religious community or denomination shall be prevented from providing religious
instruction for persons of that community or denomination in the course of any education provided
by the community or denomination or from establishing and maintaining institutions to provide
social services for such persons.

(4) No person shall be compelled to take any oath which is contrary to his religion or belief or to
take any oath in a manner which is contrary to his religion or belief.

(5) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent
with or in contravention of this Article to the extent that it is shown that the law in question makes
provision which is reasonably required --

(a) in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or

(b) for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedoms of other persons, including the right to
observe and practice any religion without the unsolicited intervention of members of any other
religion:

and except so far as that provision or, the thing done under the authority thereof as the case may
be, is shown not to be reasonably justified in a democratic society.

20. [Protection of freedom of expression]
(1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of
expression, that is to say, freedom to hold opinions without interference, freedom to receive ideas
and information without interference, freedom to impart and communicate ideas and information
without interference, whether the communication be to the public generally or to any person or
class of persons, and freedom from interference with his correspondence.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution no law shall make any provision that derogates
from freedom of the press.

(3) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent
with or in contravention of this Article to the extent that it is shown that the law in question makes
provision --

(a) that is reasonably required in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public
morality or public health; or

(b) that is reasonably required for the purpose of protecting the reputations, rights and freedoms
of other persons or the private lives of persons concerned in legal proceedings, preventing the
disclosure of information received in confidence, maintaining the authority and independence of
the courts, regulating educational institutions in the interests of persons receiving instruction
therein, or the registration of, or regulating the technical administration or the technical operation
of, newspapers and other publications, telephony, telegraphy, posts, wireless broadcasting or
television; or

(c) that imposes restrictions on public officers;

and except so far as that provision or, the thing done under the authority thereof as the case may
be, is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

21. [Protection of freedom of assembly and association]
(1)Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of
assembly and association, that is to say, his right to assemble freely and associate with other
persons and in particular to form or belong to any political party, trade union or other association
for the protection of his interests.

(2) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent
with or in contravention of this Article to the extent that it is shown that the law in question makes
provision --

(a) that is reasonably required in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public
morality or public health;

(b) that is reasonably required for the purpose of protecting the rights or freedoms of other
persons;

(c) that imposes restrictions upon public officers; or

(d) for the registration of political parties or trade unions in a register established by or under a
law and for imposing reasonable conditions relating to the procedure for entry on such register
including conditions as to the minimum number of persons necessary to constitute a trade union
qualified for registration;

and except so far as that provision or, the thing done under the authority thereof as the case may
be, is shown not to be reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

22. [Protection of freedom of movement]
(1) Subject to the other provision of this Article and except in accordance with any other written
law, no citizen shall be deprived of his freedom of movement, and for the purposes of this Article
freedom of movement means --

(a) the right to move freely throughout Zambia:

(b) the right to reside in any part of Zambia; and

(c) the right to leave Zambia and to return to Zambia.

(2) Any restrictions on a person's freedom of movement that relates to his lawful detention shall
not be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this Article.

(3) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent
with or in contravention of this Article to the extent that it is shown that the law in question makes
provision --

(a) for the imposition of restrictions that are reasonably required in the interests of defence, public
safety, public order, public morality or public health or the imposition or restrictions on the
acquisition or use by any person of land or other property in Zambia, and except so far as that
provision or, the thing done under the authority thereof, as the case may be, is shown not be
reasonably justifiable in a democratic society;

(b) for the imposition of restrictions on the freedom of movement of any person who is not a
citizen of Zambia;

(c) for the imposition of restrictions upon the movement or residence within Zambia of public
officers; or

(d) for the removal of a person from Zambia to be tried outside Zambia for a criminal offence or to
undergo imprisonment in some other country in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of
a criminal offence under the law in force in Zambia of which he has been convicted.

23. [Protection from discrimination on the ground of race,etc.]
(1) Subject to clauses (4), (5) and (7), no law shall make any provision that is discriminatory either
of itself or in its effect.

(2) Subject to clauses (6), (7) and (8), no person shall be treated in a discriminatory manner by
any person acting by virtue of any written law or in the performance of the functions of any public
office or any public authority.

(3) In this Article the expression "discriminatory" mean, affording different treatment to different
persons attributable, wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, tribe, sex, place of
origin, marital status, political opinions colour or creed whereby persons of one such description
are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not
made subject or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of
another such description.

(4) Clause (1) shall not apply to any law so far as that law makes provision --

(a) for the appropriation of the general revenues of the Republic;

(b) with respect to persons who are not citizens of Zambia;

(c) with respect to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property on death or other
matters of personal law;

(d) for the application in the case of members of a particular race or tribe, of customary law with
respect to any matter to the exclusion of any law with respect to that matter which is applicable in
the case of other persons; or

(e) whereby persons of any such description as is mentioned in clause (3) may be subjected to
any disability or restriction or may be accorded any privilege or advantage which, having regard

to its nature and to special circumstances pertaining to those persons or to persons of any other
such description, is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

(5) Nothing contained in any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of clause
(1) to the extent that it is shown that it makes reasonable provision with respect to qualifications
for service as a public officer or as a member of a disciplined force or for the service of a local
government authority or a body corporate established directly by any law.

(6) Clause (2) shall not apply to anything which is expressly or by necessary implication
authorized to be done by any such provision or law as is referred to in clause (4) or (5).

(7) No thing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent
with or in contravention of this Article to the extent that it is shown that the law in question makes
provision whereby persons of any such description as is mentioned in clause (3) may be
subjected to any restriction on the rights and freedoms guaranteed by Articles 17, 19, 20, 21 and
22, being such a restriction as is authorised by clause (2) of Article 17, clause (5) of Article 19,
clause (2) of Article 20, clause (2) of Article 21 or clause (3) of Article 22, as the case may be.

(8) Nothing in clause (2) shall affect any discretion relating to the institution, conduct or
discontinuance of civil or criminal proceedings in any court that is vested in any person by or
under this Constitution or any other law.

24. [Protection of young persons from exploitation]
(1) No young person shall be employed and shall and shall in no case be caused or permitted to
engage in any occupation or employment which would prejudice his health or education or
interfere with his physical, mental or moral development:

Provided that an Act of Parliament may provide for the employment of a young person for a wage
under certain conditions.

(2) All young persons shall be protected against physical or mental ill-treatment, all forms of
neglect, cruelty or exploitation.

(3) No young person shall be the subject of traffic in any form.

(4) In this Article "young person" means any person under the age of fifteen years.

25. [Derogation from fundamental rights and detention]
Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with
or in contravention of Articles 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, or 24 to the extent that it is shown
that the law in question authorises the taking, during any period when the Republic is at war or
when a declaration under Article 30 is in force, or measures for the purpose of dealing with any
situation existing or arising during that period; and nothing done by any person under the
authority of any such law shall be held to be in contravention of any of the said provisions if it is
shown that the measures taken were, having due regard to the circumstances prevailing at the
time, reasonably required for the purpose of dealing with the situation in question.

26. [Provisions relating to restriction and detention]
(1) where a person's freedom of movement is restricted, or he is detained, under the authority of
any such law as is referred to in Article 22 or 25, as the case may be, the following provisions
shall apply --

(a) he shall, as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case not more than fourteen days after
the commencement of his detention or restriction, be furnished with a statement in writing in a
language that he understands specifying in detail the grounds upon which he is restricted or
detained;

(b) not more than fourteen days after the commencement of his restriction or detention a
notification shall be published in the Gazette stating that he has been restricted or detained and
giving particulars of the place of detention and the provision of law under which his restriction or
detention is authorised;

(c) if he so requests at any time during the period of such restriction or detention not earlier than
three months after the commencement thereof or after he last made such a request during that
period, as the case may be, his case shall be reviewed by an independent and impartial tribunal
established by law and presided over by a person, appointed by the Chief Justice, who is or is
qualified to be a judge of the High Court;

(d) he shall be afforded reasonable facilities to consult a legal representative of his own choice
who shall be permitted to make representations to the authority by which the restriction or
detention was ordered or to any tribunal established for the review of his case; and

(e) at the hearing of his case by such tribunal he shall be permitted to appear in person or by a
legal representative of his own choice.

(2) On any review by a tribunal under this Article, the tribunal shall advise the authority by which it
was ordered on the necessity or expediency of continuing his restriction or detention and that
authority shall be obliged to act in accordance with any such advice.

(3) The President may at any time refer to the tribunal the case of any person who has been or is
being restricted or detained pursuant to any restriction or detention order.

(4) Nothing contained in paragraph (d) or (e) of clause (1) shall be construed as entitling a person
to legal representation at public expense.

(5) Parliament may make or provide for the making of rules to regulate the proceedings of any
such tribunal including but without derogating from the generality of the foregoing, rules as to
evidence and the admissibility thereof, the receipt of evidence including written reports in the
absence of the restricted or detained person and his legal representative, and the exclusion of the
public from the whole or any portion of the proceedings.

(6) Clauses (11) and (12) or Article 18 shall be read and construed subject to the provisions of
this Article.

27. [Reference of certain matters to Special Tribunal]
(1) Whenever --

(a) a request is made in accordance with clause (2) for a report on a bill or statutory instrument;
or

(b) the Chief Justice considers it necessary for the purpose of determining claims for legal aid in
respect of proceedings under Article 30 or 31;

the Chief Justice shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of two persons selected by him from
amongst persons who hold or have held the office of a judge of the Supreme Court or the High
Court.

(2) A request for a report on a bill or a statutory instrument may be made by not less than thirty
members of the National Assembly by notice in writing delivered --

(a) in the case of a bill, to the Speaker within three days after the final reading of the bill in the
Assembly.

(b) in the case of a statutory instrument, to the authority having power to make the instrument
within fourteen days of the publication of the instrument in the Gazette.

(3) Where a tribunal is appointed under this Article for the purpose of reporting on a bill or a
statutory instrument, the tribunal shall, within the prescribed period, submit a report to the
President and to the Speaker of the National Assembly stating --

(a) in the case of a bill, whether or not in the opinion of the tribunal any, and if so which,
provisions of the bill are inconsistent with this Constitution;

(b) in the case of a statutory instrument, whether or not in the opinion of the tribunal any, and if so
which, provisions of the instrument are inconsistent with this Constitution;

and, if the tribunal reports that any provision would be or is inconsistent with this Constitution, the
grounds upon which the tribunal has reached that conclusion.

Provided that if the tribunal considers that the request for a report on a bill or statutory instrument
is merely frivolous or vexatious, it may so report to the President without entering further upon the
question whether the bill or statutory instrument would be or is inconsistent with this Constitution.

(4) In determining any claim for legal aid as referred to in clause (2), the tribunal may grant to any
person who satisfies it that --

(a) he intends to bring or is an applicant in proceedings under clause (1) or (4) of Article 28;

(b) he has reasonable grounds for bringing the application; and

(c) he cannot afford to pay for the cost of the application;

a certificate that the application is a proper case to be determined at public expenses:

Provided that paragraph (c) shall not apply in any case where the application relates to the
validity or a provision of law in respect of which the tribunal has reported that it would be or is
inconsistent with this Constitution or where it appears to the tribunal that issues are or will be
raised in the application which are of general importance.

(5) Where a certificate is granted to any person by the tribunal in pursuance of clause (4), there
shall be paid to that person out of the general revenues of the Republic such amount as the
tribunal, when hearing the application, may assess as the costs incurred by that person in
connection with the application; and the sums required for making such payment shall be a
charge on the general revenue of the Republic.

(6) For the purposes of clause (5) --

(a) the costs incurred in an application shall include the cost of obtaining the advice of a legal
representative and, if necessary, the cost of representation by a legal representative in any court
in steps preliminary or incidental to the application;

(b) in assessing the costs reasonably incurred by a person in an application regard shall be had
to costs awarded against that person or recovered by him in those proceedings.

(7) In this Article, "prescribed period" means --

(a) in relation to a bill, the period commencing from the appointment of the tribunal to report upon
the bill and ending thirty days thereafter or if the Speaker, on the application of the tribunal
considers that owing to the length or complexity of the bill thirty days is insufficient for
consideration of the bill, ending on such later day as the Speaker may determine;

(b) in relation to a statutory instrument, the period of forty days commencing with the day on
which the instrument is published in the Gazette.

(8) Nothing in clause (1), (2) or (3) shall apply to a bill for the appropriation of the general
revenues of the Republic or a bill containing only proposals for expressly altering this Constitution
or The Constitution of Zambia Act, 1991.

28. [Enforcement of protective provisions]
(1) Subject to clause (5), if any person alleges that any of the provisions of Articles 11 to 26
inclusive has been, is being or is likely to be contravened in relation to him, then, without
prejudice to any other action with respect to the same matter which is lawfully available, that
person may apply for redress to the High Court which shall --

(a) hear and determine any such application;

(b) determine any question arising in the case of any person which is referred to it in pursuance of
clause (2);

and which may, make such order, issue such writs and give such directions as it may consider
appropriate for the purpose of enforcing, or securing the enforcement of, any of the provisions of
Articles 11 to 26 inclusive.

(a) If in any proceedings in any subordinate court any question arises as to the contravention of
any of the provisions of Articles 11 to 26 inclusive, the person presiding in that court may, and
shall if any party to the proceedings so requests, refer the question to the High Court unless, in
his opinion the raising of the question is merely frivolous or vexatious.

(b) Any person aggrieved by any determination of the High Court under this Article may appeal
therefrom to the Supreme Court:

Provided that no appeal shall lie from a determination of the High Court under this Article
dismissing an application on the ground that it is frivolous and vexatious.

(3) No application shall be brought under clause (1) on the grounds that the provisions of Articles
11 to 26 (inclusive) are likely to be contravened by reason of proposals contained in any bill
which, at the date of the application, has not become a law.

(4) Parliament may confer upon the Supreme Court or High Court such jurisdiction or powers in
addition to those conferred by this Article as may appear to be necessary or desirable of the
purpose of enabling that Court more effectively to exercise the jurisdiction conferred upon it by
this Article or of enabling any application for redress to be more speedily determined.

29. [Declaration of war]
(1) The President may, in consultation with Cabinet, at any time, by Proclamation published in the
Gazette declare war.

(2) A declaration made under clause (1) shall continue in force until the cessation of hostilities.

(3) An Act of Parliament shall provide for the conditions and circumstances under which a
declaration may be made under clause (1).

30. [Declaration of public emergency]
(1) The President may, in consultation with Cabinet, at any time, by Proclamation published in the
Gazette declare that a State of public emergency exists.

(2) A declaration made under clause (1) of this Article shall cease to have effect on the expiration
of a period of seven days commencing with the day on which the declaration is made unless,
before the expiration of such period, it has been approved by a resolution of the National
Assembly supported by a majority of all the members thereof not counting the Speaker.

(3) In reckoning any period of seven days for the purposes of clause (2) no account shall be
taken of any time during which Parliament is dissolved.

(4) A declaration made under clause (1) may, at any time before it has been approved by a
resolution of the National Assembly, be revoked by the President by Proclamation published in
the Gazette.

(5) Subject to clause (6) a resolution of the National Assembly under clause (2) will continue in
force until the expiration of a period of three months commencing with the date of its being
approved or until revoked at such earlier date of its being so approved or until such earlier date
as may be specified in the resolution.

Provided that the National Assembly may, by majority of all the members thereof, not counting
the Speaker extend the approval of the declaration for periods of not more than three months at a
time.

(6) The National Assembly may, by resolution, at any time revoke a resolution made by it under
this Article.

(7) Whenever an election to the office of President results in a change of the holder of that office,
any declaration made under this Article and in force immediately before the day on which the
President assumes office shall cease to have effect on the expiration of seven days commencing
with that day.

(8) The expiration or revocation of any declaration or resolution made under this Article shall not
affect the validity of anything previously done in reliance on such declaration.

31. [Declaration relating to threatened emergency]
(1) The President may at any time by the Proclamation published in the Gazette declare that a
situation exists which, if it is allowed to continue may lead to a state of public emergency.

(2) A declaration made under clause (1) of this Article shall cease to have effect on the expiration
of a period of seven days commencing with the day on which the declaration is made unless,
before the expiration of such period, it has been approved by a resolution of the National
Assembly supported by a majority of all the members thereof not counting the Speaker.

(3) In reckoning any period of seven days for the purpose of clause (2) no account shall be taken
of any time during which Parliament is dissolved.

(4) A declaration made under clause (1), may, at any time before it has been approved by a
resolution of the National Assembly, be revoked by the President by Proclamation published in
the Gazette.

(5) Subject to clause (6) a resolution of the National Assembly under clause (2) shall continue in
force until the expiration of a period of three months commencing with the date of its being
approved or until revoked on an earlier date of its being so approved or until such earlier date as
may be specified in the resolution.

(6) The National Assembly may by resolution, at any time revoke a resolution made by it under
this Article.

(7) Whenever an election to the office of President results in a change in the holder of that office,
any declaration made under this Article and in force immediately before the day on which the
President assumes office, shall cease to have effect on the expiration of seven days commencing
with that day.

(8) The expiration or revocation of any declaration or resolution made under this Article shall not
affect the validity of anything previously done in reliance on such declaration.

32. [Interpretation and Savings]
(1) In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires --

"contravention", in relation to any requirement, includes a failure to comply with that requirement
and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly;

"court" means any court of law having jurisdiction in Zambia, other than a court established by a
disciplinary law, and in Articles 12 and 14 includes a court established by a disciplinary law;

"disciplinary law" means a law regulating the disciplined force;

(a) a naval, military or air force;

(b) the Zambia Police Force; or

(c) any other force established by or under an Act of Parliament;

"legal representative" means a person entitled to practise in Zambia as an advocate;

"member", in relation to a disciplined force, includes any person who, under the law regulating the
discipline of that force is subject to that discipline.

(2) In relation to any person who is a member of a disciplined force raised under the law of
Zambia, nothing contained in or done under the authority of the disciplinary law of that force shall
be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of any of the provisions of this Part other than
Articles 12, 14, and 15.

(3) In relation to any person who is a member of a disciplinary force raised otherwise than as
aforesaid and lawfully present in Zambia, nothing contained in or done under the authority of the
disciplinary law of that force shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of any of the
provisions of this part.

33. [The office of President]
(1) There shall be a President of the Republic of Zambia who shall be the Head of State and of
the Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force.

(2) The executive power of the Republic of Zambia shall vest in the President and, subject to the
other provisions of this Constitution, shall be exercised by him either directly or through officers
subordinate to him.

34. [Election of President]
(1) The election of the President shall be direct by universal adult suffrage and by secret ballot
and shall be conducted in accordance with this Article and as may be prescribed by or under an
Act of Parliament.

(2) An election to the office of President shall be held whenever the National Assembly is
dissolved and otherwise as provided by Article 38.

(3) A person shall be qualified to be a candidate for election as President if --

(a) he is a citizen of Zambia;

(b) both his parents are Zambians by birth or descent;

(c) he has attained the age of thirty-five years;

(d) he is a member of, or is sponsored by, a political party;

(e) he is qualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly; and

(f) he has been domiciled in Zambia for a period of at least twenty years.

(4) A candidate for election as President (hereinafter referred to as a Presidential candidate) shall
deliver his nomination papers to the returning officer in such manner, on such day, at such time
and at such place as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

(5) A Presidential candidate shall not be entitled to take part in an election unless --

(a) he has paid such election fee as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament on or
before the date fixed by the Electoral Commission in that behalf;

(b) he makes, a statutory declaration, of his assets and liabilities, which shall be open to public
inspection at such time and at such place as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament;
and

(c) his nomination is supported by not less than 200 registered voters.

(6) At an election to the office of President --

(a) all persons registered in Zambia as voters for the purposes of elections to the National
Assembly shall be entitled to vote in the election;

(b) the poll shall be taken by a secret ballot on such day, at such time, in such places and in such
manner as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament;

(c) after the expiration of the time fixed for polling, the votes cast shall be counted and the
returning officer shall declare the result.

(7) Where there is only one qualified Presidential candidate nominated for election, that candidate
shall be declared as elected without an election taking place.

(8) The Returning Officer shall declare the candidate who receives the highest numbers of the
total votes cast to have been duly elected as President.

(9) A person elected as President under this Article shall be sworn in and assume office
immediately but not later than twenty-four hours from the time of declaring the election.

(10) The person who has held office of President shall immediately hand over the office of
President to the person elected as President and shall complete the procedural and
administrative handing over process within fourteen days from the date the person elected as
President is sworn in.

(11) The person who has held office as President shall not, within the period referred to in clause
(10), perform any functions of the office of President under this Constitution or any other law.

35. [Tenure of office of President]
(1) Subject to clause (2) and (4) every President shall hold office for a period of five years.

(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Constitution or any other Law no
person who has twice been elected as President shall be eligible for re-election to that office.

(3) The President may, at any time by writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker of the
National Assembly, resign his office.

(4) A person assuming the office of the President in accordance with this Constitution shall,
unless --

(b) he ceases to hold office by virtue of Article 36 or 37; or

(c) the National Assembly is dissolved;

continue in office until the person elected at the next election to the office of President assumes
office.

36. [Removal of President on grounds of incapacity]
(1) If it is resolved by a majority of all the members of the Cabinet that the question of the physical
or mental capacity of the President to discharge the functions of his office ought to be
investigated, and they so inform the Chief Justice, then the Chief Justice shall appoint a board
consisting of not less than three persons selected by him from among persons who are qualified
as medical practitioners under the law of Zambia or under the law of any other country in the
Commonwealth, and the board shall inquire into the matter and report to the Chief Justice on
whether or not the President is, by reason of any infirmity of body or mind, incapable of
discharging the functions of his office.

(2) If the board reports that the President is incapable of discharging the functions of his office,
the Chief Justice shall certify in writing accordingly and shall table such certificate, with the report
of the board before the National Assembly who shall on a motion, passed by a two thirds majority
--

(a) ratify the decision of the board, and thereupon the President shall cease to hold office; or

(b) reject the decision of the board and cause a further inquiry into whether or not the President is
incapable of discharging the functions of his office and shall thereafter decide on such questions
by a two-thirds majority vote, which decision shall be final.

(3) Where the Cabinet resolve that the question of the physical or mental capacity of the
President to discharge the functions of his office shall be investigated, the President shall, until
another person assumes the office of President or the Board appointed under clause (1) reports
that the President is not incapable of discharging the functions of his office, whichever is earlier,
cease to perform the functions of his office and those functions shall be performed by --

(b) in the absence of the Vice-President or if the Vice-President is unable, by reason of physical
or mental infirmity, to discharge the functions of his office, by such member of the Cabinet as the
Cabinet shall elect:

Provided that any person performing the functions of the office of President under this clause
shall not dissolve the National Assembly nor, except on the advice of the Cabinet, revoke any
appointment made by the President.

(4) A motion for the purposes of clause (1) may be proposed at any meeting of the Cabinet.

37. [Impeachment of President for violation of Constitution]
(1) If notice in writing is given to the Speaker of the National Assembly signed by not less than

one-third of all the members of the Assembly of a motion alleging that the President has
committed any violation of The Constitution or any gross misconduct and specifying the
particulars of the allegations and proposing that a tribunal be established under this Article to
investigate those allegations, the Speaker shall --

(a) if Parliament is then sitting or has been summoned to meet within five days, cause the motion
to be considered by the National Assembly within seven days of the notice;

(b) if Parliament is not then sitting (and notwithstanding that it may be prorogued) summon the
National Assembly to meet within twenty-one days of the notice and cause the motion to be
considered at that meeting.

(2) Where a motion under this Article is proposed for consideration by the National Assembly, the
National Assembly shall debate the motion and if the motion is supported by the votes of not less
than two thirds of all the members of the National Assembly, the mostion shall be passed.

(3) If the motion is declared to be passed under clause (2) --

(a) the Chief Justice shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a Chairman and not less than
two other members selected by the Chief Justice from among persons who hold or have held
high judicial office;

(b) the tribunal shall investigate the matter and shall report to the National Assembly whether it
finds the particulars of the allegations specified in the motion to have been substantiated; and

(c) the President shall have the right to appear and be represented before the tribunal during its
investigation of the allegations against him.

(4) If the tribunal reports to the National Assembly that the tribunal finds that the particulars of any
allegation against the President specified in the motion have not been substantiated no further
proceedings shall be taken under this Article in respect of that allegation.

(5) If the tribunal reports to the National Assembly that the tribunal finds that the particulars of any
allegation specified in the motion have been substantiated, the National Assembly may, on a
motion supported by the votes of not less than three quarters of all members of the National
Assembly, resolve that the President has been guilty of such violation of The Constitution or, as
the case may be, such gross misconduct as is incompatible with his continuance in office as
President and, if the National Assembly so resolves, the President shall cease to hold office upon
the third day following the passage of the resolution.

(6) No proceedings shall be taken or continued under this Article at any time when Parliament is
dissolved.

38. [Vacancy in office of President]
(1) If the office of the President becomes vacant by reason of his death or resignation or by
reason of his ceasing to hold office by virtue of Article 36, 37, or 88, an election to the office of
President shall be held in accordance with Article 34 within ninety days from the date of the office
becoming vacant.

(2) Whenever the office of President becomes vacant, the Vice-President or, in the absence of
the Vice-President or if the Vice-President is unable, by reason of physical or mental infirmity, to
discharge the functions of his office, a member of the Cabinet elected by the Cabinet shall

perform the functions of the office of President until a person elected as President in accordance
with Article 34 assumes office.

(3) The Vice-President or, the member of the Cabinet as the case may be, performing the
functions of the office of the President under clause (2) shall not dissolve the National Assembly
nor, except on the advice of the Cabinet, revoke any appointment made by the President.

39. [Discharge of functions of President during absence, illness, etc.]
(1) Whenever the President is absent from Zambia or considers it desirable so to do by reason of
illness or for any other cause, he may by direction in writing, authorise the Vice-President, or
where the Vice-President is absent from Zambia or incapable of discharging the functions of the
office of President, any other person, to discharge such functions of the office of President as he
may specify, and the Vice-President or such other person may discharge those functions until his
authority is revoked by the President.

(2) If the President is incapable by reason of physical or mental infirmity of discharging the
functions of his office and the infirmity is of such a nature that the President is unable to authorize
another person under this Article to perform those functions --

(b) during any period when the Vice-President is absent from Zambia or is himself, by reason of
physical or mental infirmity, unable to perform the functions of his office, such member of the
Cabinet as the Cabinet shall elect;

shall perform the functions of the office of President:

Provided that any person performing the functions of the office of President under this clause
shall not dissolve the National Assembly nor, except on the advice of the Cabinet, revoke any
appointment made by the President.

(3) Any person performing the functions of the office of President by virtue of clause (2) shall
cease to perform those functions if he is notified by the Speaker that the President is about to
resume those functions or if another person is elected as, and assumes the office of, President.

(4) For the purpose of clause (2), a certificate of the Chief Justice that --

(a) the President is incapable by reason of physical or mental infirmity of discharging the
functions of his office and that the infirmity is of such a nature that the President is unable to
authorise another person under this Article to perform those functions; or

(b) the Vice-President is by reason of physical or mental infirmity unable to discharge the
functions of his office:

shall be of no effect until such certificate is verified by the National Assembly:

Provided that any such certificate as is referred to in paragraph (a) shall cease to have effect if
the President notifies any person under clause (3) that he is about to resume the functions of the
office of the President or if another person is elected as, and assumes the office of, President.

40. [Oath of President]
A person assuming the office of President shall, before entering the office, take and subscribe to
such oaths as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

41. [Returning Officer; questions relating to elections]
(1) The Chief Justice shall be the Returning Officer for the purpose of elections to the office of
President.

(2) Any question which may arise as to whether --

(a) any provisions of this Constitution or any law relating to the election of a President has been
complied with;

(b) any person has been validly elected as President under Article 34;

shall be referred to and determined by the full bench of the Supreme Court.

42. [Salary and allowances of President]
(1) The President shall receive such salary and allowances as may be prescribed by an Act of
Parliament; and they shall be a charge on the general revenues of the Republic.

(2) The salary and allowances of the President shall not be altered to his disadvantage during his
term of office.

(3) A person who has held the office of President shall receive such pension and such gratuity as
may be prescribed by an Act of Parliament, and that pension and gratuity shall be a charge on
the general revenues of the Republic.

43. [Protection of President in respect of legal proceedings]
(1) No civil proceedings shall be instituted or continued against the person holding the office of
President or performing the functions of that office in respect of which relief is claimed against
him in respect of which relief is claimed against him in respect of anything done or omitted to be
done in his private capacity.

(2) A person holding the office of President or performing the functions of that office shall not be
charged with any criminal offence or be amenable to the criminal jurisdiction of any court in
respect of any act done or omitted to be done during his tenure of that office or, as the case may
be, during his performance of the functions of that office.

(3) A person who has held, but no longer holds, the office of President shall not be charged with a
criminal offence or be amenable to the criminal jurisdiction of any court, in respect of any act
done or omitted to be done by him in his personal capacity while he held office of President,
unless the National Assembly has, by resolution, determined that such proceedings would not be
contrary to the interests of the State.

(4) Where provision is made by law limiting the time within which proceedings of any description
may be brought against any person, the term of any person in the office of President shall not be
taken into account in calculating any period of time prescribed by that law which determines
whether any such proceedings as are mentioned in clause (1) and (3) may be brought against
that person.

44. [Functions of President]
(1) As the Head of the State, the President shall perform with dignity and leadership all acts
necessary or expedient for, or reasonably incidental to, the discharge of the executive functions
of government subject to the overriding terms of this Constitution and the Laws of Zambia which
he is constitutionally obliged to protect, administer and execute.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of clause (1), the President may preside over meetings of
the Cabinet and shall have the power, subject to this Constitution to --

(a) dissolve the National Assembly as provided in Article 88;

(b) accredit, receive and recognise ambassadors, and to appoint ambassadors, plenipotentiaries,
diplomatic representatives and consuls;

(c) pardon or reprieve offenders, either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as he may
consider fit;

(d) negotiate and sign international agreements and to delegate the power to do so;

(e) establish and dissolve such Government Ministries and Departments subject to the approval
of the National Assembly;

(f) confer such honours as he considers appropriate on citizens, residents and friends of Zambia
in consultation with interested and relevant persons and institutions; and

(g) appoint such persons as are required by this Constitution or any other law to be appointed by
him.

(3) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution dealing with assent to laws passed by Parliament
and the promulgation and publication of such laws in the Gazette, the President shall have power
to --

(a) sign and promulgate any proclamation which by law he is entitled to proclaim as President;
and

(b) initiate, in so far as he considers it necessary and expedient, laws for submission and
consideration by the National Assembly.

(4) When any appointment to an office to be made by the President is expressed by any provision
of this Constitution to be subject to ratification by the National Assembly --

(a) the National Assembly shall not unreasonably refuse or delay such ratification but the
question whether the Assembly has so acted unreasonably shall not be enquired into by any
court;

(b) if such ratification is refused the President may appoint another person to the office in
question and shall submit the appointment for ratification; or

(c) if the National Assembly refused to ratify the second appointment it shall be invited to ratify an
appointment for the third time but the third appointment shall take effect irrespective of whether
such ratification is refused, or is delayed for a period of more than fourteen days.

(5) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution and any other law, any person appointed by
the President under this Constitution or that other law may be removed by the President.

(6) In the exercise of any functions conferred upon him under this Article, the President shall,
unless he otherwise obliges, act in his own deliberate judgment and shall not be obliged to follow
the advice tendered by any other person or authority.

(7) Nothing in this Article shall prevent Parliament from conferring functions on persons or
authorities other than the President.

45. [Vice-President]
(1) There shall be an office of Vice-President of the Republic.

(2) The Vice-President shall be appointed by the President from among the members of the
National Assembly.

(3) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution the Vice-President shall vacate that office upon
the assumption by any person of the office of President.

(4) In addition to the powers and functions of the Vice-President specified in this Constitution or
under any other law, the Vice-President shall perform such functions as shall be assigned to him
by the President.

(5) The salary and allowances of the Vice-President shall be such as may be prescribed by an
Act of Parliament, and shall be a charge on the general revenues of the Republic.

46. [Ministers]
(1) There shall be such Ministers as may be appointed by the President.

(2) Appointment to the office of Minister shall be made from among the members of the National
Assembly.

(3) A Minister shall be responsible, under the directions of the President, for such business of the
Government including the administration of any Ministry or Department of Government as the
President may assign to such Minister.

(4) The salaries and allowances of a Minister shall be such as may be prescribed by an Act of
Parliament, and shall be a charge on the general revenues of the Republic.

47. [Deputy Ministers]
(1) The President may appoint such Deputy Ministers as he may consider necessary to assist
Ministers in the performance of their functions and to exercise or perform on behalf of Ministers
such of the Minsters' functions as the President may authorise in that behalf.

(2) A Provincial Deputy Minister shall be responsible for the administration of any province as the
President may assign to such Provincial Deputy Minister.

(3) Appointment to the office of Provincial Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister shall be made
from amongst members of the National Assembly.

(4) The salaries and allowances of Provincial Deputy Minister and Deputy Ministers shall be such
as may be prescribed by an Act of Parliament, and shall be a charge on the general revenues of
the Republic.

48. [Oath of Vice-President, Minister and Deputy Ministers]
A Vice-President, Minister or Deputy Ministers shall not enter upon the duties of his office unless
he has taken and subscribed the oath of allegiance and such oath for the due execution of his
office as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

49. [Cabinet]
(1) There shall be a Cabinet which shall consist of the President, the Vice-President and the
Ministers.

(2) There shall preside at meetings of the Cabinet --

(b) in the absence of the President, the Vice-President.

(3) The Cabinet may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership.

50. [Functions of Cabinet]
The Cabinet shall formulate the policy of the Government and shall be responsible for advising
the President with respect to the policy of the Government and with respect to such other matters
as may be referred to it by the President.

51. [Accountability of Cabinet]
The Cabinet and Deputy Ministers shall be accountable collectively to the National Assembly.

52. [Code of Conduct]
All ministers and Deputy Ministers shall conduct themselves, during their tenure of office, in
accordance with a code of conduct promulgated by Parliament.

53. [Secretary to Cabinet]
(1) There shall be a Secretary to the Cabinet whose office shall be a public office and who shall,
subject to ratification by the National Assembly, be appointed by the President.

(2) The Secretary to the Cabinet shall --

(a) be the Head of the Public Service and shall be responsible to the President for securing the
general efficiency of the public service;

(b) have charge of the Cabinet Office and be responsible in accordance with the instructions
given to him by the President, for arranging the business for, and keeping the minutes of the
Cabinet and for conveying decisions made in Cabinet to the appropriate authorities; and

(c) have such other functions as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament or as the
President may direct.

54. [Attorney-General]
(1) There shall be an Attorney-General of the Republic who shall, subject to ratification by the
National Assembly, be appointed by the President and shall be --

(a) an ex-officio member of the Cabinet; and

(b) the principal legal adviser to the Government.

(2) Without prejudice to the general functions under clause (1), the functions of the Attorney-
General shall be to --

(a) cause the drafting of, and sign, all Government Bills to be presented to Parliament;

(b) draw and peruse agreements, contracts, treaties, conventions and documents, by whatever
name called, to which the Government is a party or in respect of which the Government has an
interest;

(c) represent the Government in courts or any other legal proceedings to which Government is a
party; and

(d) perform such other functions as may be assigned to him by the President or by law.

(3) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, no agreement, contract, treaty, convention
or document by whatever named called, to which Government is a party or in respect of which the
Government has an interest, shall be concluded without the legal advice of the Attorney-General,
except in such cases and subject to such conditions as Parliament may by law prescribe.

(4) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed to the office of Attorney-General unless he is
qualified for appointment as Judge of the High Court.

(5) The office of the Attorney-General shall become vacant if the holder of the office is removed
from office by the President.

(6) The person holding the office of Attorney-General may resign upon giving three months notice
to the President.

(7) In the exercise of the power to give directions to the Director of Public Prosecutions conferred
by clause (7) of Article 56, the Attorney-General shall not be subject to the direction or control of
any other person or authority.

55. [Solicitor-General]
(1) There shall be a Solicitor-General of the Republic whose office shall be a public office and
who shall, subject, to ratification by the National Assembly, be appointed by the President.

(2) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed to the office of Solicitor-General unless he is
qualified for appointment as a Judge of the High Court.

(3) The office of Solicitor-General shall become vacant if the holder of the office is removed from
office by the President.

(4) The person holding the office of Solicitor-General may resign upon giving three months notice
to the President.

(5) Any power or duty imposed on the Attorney-General by this Constitution or any other written
law may be exercised or performed by the Solicitor General --

(a) whenever the Attorney-General is unable to act owing to illness or absence; and

(b) in any case where the Attorney-General has authorised the Solicitor-General to do so.

56. [Director of Public Prosecutions]
(1) There shall be a Director of Public Prosecutions and who shall, subject to ratification by the
National Assembly, be appointed by the President.

(2) A person shall not be qualified to be appointed to the office of Director of Public Prosecutions
unless he is qualified for appointment as Judge of the High Court with experience biased towards
criminal law.

(3) The Director of Public Prosecutions shall have power in any case which he considers it
desirable so to do --

(a) to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court, other
than a court martial, in respect of any offence alleged to have been committed by that person;

(b) to take over and continue any such criminal proceedings as have been instituted or
undertaken by any other person or authority; and

(c) to discontinue, at any stage before judgement is delivered, any such criminal proceedings
instituted or undertaken by himself or any other person or authority.

(4) The powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions under clause (3) may be exercised by him
in person or by such public officer or class of public officers as may be specified by him, acting in
accordance with his general or special instructions:

Provided that nothing in this clause shall preclude the representation of the Director of Public
Prosecutions before any court by a legal practitioner.

(5) The powers conferred on the Director of Public Prosecutions by paragraphs (b) and (c) of
clause (3) shall be vested in him to the exclusion of any other person or authority.

(6) For the purposes of this Article, any appeal from any judgement in any criminal proceedings
before any court, or any case stated or question of law reserved for the purposes of any such
proceedings, to any other court in Zambia shall be deemed to be part of those proceedings:

Provided that the power conferred on the Director of Public Prosecutions by paragraph (c) of
clause (3) shall not be exercised in relation to any appeal by a person convicted in any criminal
proceedings or to any case stated or question of law reserved at the instance of such person.

(7) In the exercise of the powers conferred on him by this Article, the Director of Public
Prosecutions shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority:

Provided that where the exercise of any such power in any case may, in the judgement of the
Director of Public Prosecutions, involve general considerations of public policy, the Director of
Public Prosecutions shall bring the case to the notice of the Attorney-General and shall in the
exercise of his powers in relation to that case, act in accordance with any directions of the
Attorney-General.

57. [Discharge of functions of Director of Public Prosecutions during absence, illness, etc.]
Whenever the Director of Public Prosecutions is absent from Zambia or the President considers it
desirable so to do by reason of the illness of the Director of Public Prosecutions or for any other
cause, he may on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission appoint any person to discharge
the functions of the Director of Public Prosecutions until such appointment is revoked.

58. [Tenure of office of Director of Public Prosecutions]
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, a person holding the office of Director of Public
Prosecutions shall vacate his office when he attains the age of sixty years.

(2) A person holding the office of Director of Public Prosecutions may be removed from office only
for incompetence or inability to perform the functions of his office whether arising from infirmity of
body or mind or misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the
provisions of this Article.

(3) If the President considers that the question of removing a person holding the office of Director
of Public Prosecution from office ought to be investigated, then --

(a) he shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a Chairman and not less than two other
members, who hold or have held high judicial office;

(b) the tribunal shall inquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof to the President and
advise the President whether the person holding the office of Director of Public Prosecutions
ought to be removed from office under this Article for incompetence or inability or for misbehavior.

(4) Where a tribunal appointed under clause (3) advises the President that a person holding the
office of Director of Public Prosecutions ought to be removed from office for incompetence or
inability or for misbehaviour, the President shall remove such person from office.

(5) If the question of removing a person holding the office of Director of Public Prosecutions from
office has been referred to a tribunal under this Article, the President may suspend that person
from performing the functions of his office, and any such suspension may at any time be revoked
by the President and shall in any case cease to have effect if the tribunal advises the President
that the person ought not to be removed from office.

(a) grant to any person convicted of any offence a pardon, either free or subject to lawful
conditions;

(b) grant to any person a respite, either indefinite or for a specified period, of the execution of any
punishment imposed on that person for any offence;

(c) substitute a less severe form of punishment for any punishment imposed on any person for
any offence; and

(d) remit the whole or part of any punishment imposed on any person for any offence or any
penalty or forfeiture or confiscation otherwise due to the Government on account of any offence.

60. [Advisory committee]
(1) There shall be an advisory committee on the prerogative of mercy which shall consist of such
persons as may be appointed by the President.

(2) The President may appoint different persons to the advisory committee for the purposes of
advising him in relation to persons convicted by courts-martial and for purposes of advising him in
relation to persons convicted by other courts.

(3) A member of the advisory committee shall hold office at the pleasure of the President.

(4) Where any person has been sentenced to death for any offence the President shall cause the
question of the exercise in relation to that person of the powers conferred by Article 59 to be
considered at a meeting of the advisory committee.

(5) Subject to the provisions of clause (4), the President may refer to the advisory committee any
questions as to the exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Article 59.

(6) The President, if present, shall preside at any meeting of the advisory committee.

(7) The President may determine the procedure of the advisory committee.

61. [Offices for Republic]
(1) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution and any other law, the power to constitute
offices for the Republic and the power to abolish any such office shall vest in the President.

(2) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution and any other law, the power to appoint
persons to hold or act in offices constituted for the Republic of Zambia, to confirm appointments,
to exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices and to remove any
such person from office shall vest in the President.

62. [Legislative power and membership of Parliament]
The legislative power of the Republic of Zambia shall vest in Parliament which shall consist of the
President and the National Assembly.

63. [Composition of, and election to, National Assembly]
(1) The National Assembly shall consist of --

(a) one hundred and fifty elected members;

(b) not more than eight nominated members; and

(c) the Speaker of the National Assembly.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the election of members of the National
Assembly shall be direct, by universal adult suffrage and by secret ballot and shall be conducted
in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution and as may be prescribed by or under an
Act of Parliament.

64. [Qualification for election to National Assembly]
Subject to Article 65, a person shall be qualified to be elected as a member of the National
Assembly if --

(a) he is a citizen of Zambia;

(b) he has attained the age of twenty-one years; and

(c) he is literate and conversant with the official language of Zambia.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

65. [Disqualification for election to National Assembly]
(1) No person shall not be qualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly if --

(a) that person is under a declaration of allegiance to some country other than Zambia;

(b) that person is under any law in force in Zambia, adjudged or otherwise declared to be of
unsound mind;

(c) that person is under a sentence of death imposed on him by a court in Zambia or a sentence
of imprisonment, by whatever name called, imposed on him by such a court or substituted by a
competent authority for some other sentence imposed on him by such court;

(d) that person is an undischarged bankrupt, having been adjudged or otherwise declared
bankrupt under any law in force in Zambia;

(e) that person's freedom of movement is restricted, or that person is detained under the authority
of law; or

(f) that person, within a period of five years before his nomination for election, has served a
sentence of imprisonment for a criminal offence

(2) A person who holds, or is a validly nominated candidate in an election for, the office of the
President shall not be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly.

(3) A Chief shall not be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly.

(4) A Chief who intends to stand for elections to the National Assembly shall abdicate his
chieftaincy before lodging his nomination.

(5) Parliament may provide that a person who holds or is acting in any office that is specified by
Parliament and the functions of which involve responsibility for, or in connection with, the conduct
of any election to the National Assembly or the compilation of any register of voters for the
purposes of such an election shall not be qualified to be elected as a member of the National
Assembly.

(6) Parliament may provide that a person who is convicted by any court of any offence that is
prescribed by Parliament and that is connected with election of the members of the National
Assembly or who is reported guilty of such offence by the court trying an election petition shall not
be qualified to be elected as a member of the National Assembly for such period, not exceeding
five years following his conviction or the report of the court, as the case may be, as may be so
prescribed.

(7) A person holding or acting in any post, office or appointment --

(a) in the Zambia Defence Force as defined in the Defence Act, the Combined Cadet Force, the
Zambia National Service, or any other force or service established for the preservation of security
in Zambia;

(b) in the Zambia Police Force, the Zambia Police Reserve, the Zambia Security Intelligence
Service, the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Drug Enforcement Commission, the Zambia Prison
Service or in any other force or service established for the preservation of security in Zambia;

(c) in the Public Service including an office to which Article 61 applies;

(d) in the Teaching Service; or

(e) in any statutory body or any company or institution in which the Government has any interest;
or

(f) prescribed in that behalf or under an Act of Parliament;

shall not be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly.

(6) In this Article, the reference to a sentence of imprisonment shall be construed as not including
a sentence of imprisonment the execution of which is suspended or a sentence of imprisonment
in default of payment of a fine.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

66. [Nomination for election to National Assembly]
(1) Nominations for election to the National Assembly shall be delivered to the Returning Officer
appointed by the Electoral Commission on such day and at such time and at such place as may
be prescribed by the Electoral Commission.

(2) Any nomination for election to the National Assembly shall not be valid unless --

(a) the candidate has paid the election fee prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament; and

(b) the nomination is supported by not less than nine persons registered in the constituency in
which the candidate is standing for the purpose of elections to the National Assembly.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

67. [By-elections for the National Assembly]
(1) When a vacancy occurs in the seat of a member of the National Assembly as a result of the
death or resignation of the member or by virtue of Article 71, a by-election shall be held within
ninety days after the occurrence of the vacancy.

(2) Parliament may by an Act of Parliament prescribe the manner in which a by-election shall be
held.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

68. [Nominated members]
(1) The President may, at any time after a general election to the National Assembly and before
the National Assembly is next dissolved, appoint such number of persons as he considers
necessary to enhance the representation of the National Assembly as regards special interests or
skills, to be nominated members of the National Assembly, so, however, that there are not more
than eight such members as any one time.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this Article, a person may be appointed as a nominated member if
he is qualified under Article 64 and is not disqualified under Article 65 for election as an elected
member.

(3) A person may not be appointed as a nominated member if he was a candidate for election in
the last preceding general election or in any subsequent by-election.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

69. [Speaker]
(1) There shall be a Speaker of the National Assembly who shall be elected by the members of
the Assembly from among persons who are qualified to be elected as members of the Assembly
but are not members of the Assembly.

(2) The Speaker shall vacate his office --

(a) if any circumstances arise that, if he were not Speaker, would disqualify him for election as
such;

(b) when the National Assembly first sits after any dissolution of the National Assembly; or

(c) if the National Assembly resolves, upon a motion supported by the votes of not less than two-
thirds of all the members thereof, that he shall be removed from office.

(3) No business shall be transacted in the National Assembly, other than an election to the office
of Speaker, at any time when the office of Speaker is vacant.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

70. [Deputy Speaker]
(1) There shall be a Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly who shall be elected by the
members of the Assembly from among members of the Assembly.

(2) The members of the National Assembly shall elect a person to the office of Deputy Speaker
when the Assembly first sits after any dissolution of the National Assembly and, if the office
becomes vacant otherwise than by reason of the dissolution of the National Assembly, at the first
sitting of the Assembly after the office becomes vacant.

(3) The Deputy Speaker shall vacate his office --

(a) if he ceases to be a member of the National Assembly;

(b) if he assumes the office of President or becomes the Vice-President, a Minister, a Deputy
Minister or holds or acts in any office prescribed in that behalf by or under an Act of Parliament;
or

(c) if the National Assembly resolves that he should be removed from office.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

71. [Tenure of office of members of National Assembly]
(1) Every member of the National Assembly, with the exception of the Speaker, shall vacate his
seat in the Assembly upon the dissolution of the National Assembly.

(2) A member of the National Assembly shall vacate his seat in the Assembly --

(a) if he ceases to be a citizen of Zambia;

(b) if he acts contrary to the code of conduct prescribed by an Act of Parliament;

(c) in the case of an elected member, if he becomes a member of a political party other than the
party, of which he was an authorised candidate when he was elected to the National Assembly
or, if having been an independent candidate, he joins a political party or having been a member of
a political, he becomes an independent;

(d) if he assumes the office of President;

(e) if he is sentenced by a court in Zambia to death or to imprisonment, by whatever name called,
for a term exceeding six months;

(f) if any circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Assembly, would cause him to
be disqualified for election as such under Article 65;

(g) if, under the authority of any such law as is referred to in Article 22 or 25 --

(i) his freedom of movement has been restricted or he has been detained for a continuous period
exceeding six months;

(ii) his freedom of movement has been restricted and he has immediately thereafter been
detained and the total period of restriction and detention together exceeds six months; or

(iii) he has been detained and immediately thereafter his freedom of movement has been
restricted and the total period of detention and restriction together exceeds six months.

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in clause (2), where any member of the National
Assembly who has been sentenced to death or imprisonment, adjudged or declared to be of
unsound mind, adjudged or declared bankrupt or convicted or reported guilty of any offence
prescribed under clause (4) of Article 65 appeals against the decision or applied for a free pardon
in accordance with any law, the decision shall not have effect for the purpose of this Article until
the final determination of such appeal or application:

(i) such member shall not, pending such final determination, exercise his functions or receive any
remuneration as a member of the National Assembly; and

(ii) if, on the final determination of the member's appeal or application, his conviction is set aside,
or he is granted a free pardon, or he is declared not to be of unsound mind or bankrupt or guilty of
an offence prescribed under clause (4) of Article 65, he shall be entitled to resume his functions
as a member of the National Assembly unless he has previously resigned, and to receive
remuneration as a member for the period during which he did not exercise his functions by
reason of the provisions of paragraph (i) of this proviso.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

72. [Determination of questions as to membership of National Assembly]
(1) The High Court shall have power to hear and determine any question whether --

(a) any person has been validly elected or nominated as a member of the National Assembly or
the seat of any member has become vacant;

(b) any person has been validly elected as Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly
or, having been so elected, has vacated the office of Speaker or Deputy Speaker.

(2) An appeal from the determination of the High Court under this Article shall lie to the Supreme
Court:

Provided that an appeal shall lie to the Supreme Court from any determination of the High Court
on any question of law including the interpretation of this Constitution.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

73. [Clerk and Staff of National Assembly]
There shall be a Clerk of the National Assembly and such other offices in the department of the
Clerk of the National Assembly as may be prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

74. [Removal of nominated member by President]
The President may, at any time, terminate the appointment of any nominated member appointed
under Article 68 and appoint any other person in that member's stead.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

75. [The franchise]
(1) Every citizen of Zambia who has attained the age of eighteen years shall, unless he is
disqualified by Parliament from registration as a voter for the purposes of elections to the National
Assembly, be entitled to be registered as such a voter under a law in that behalf, and no other
person may be so registered.

(2) Every person who is registered in any constituency as a voter for the purpose of elections to
the National Assembly shall, unless he is disqualified by Parliament from voting in such elections
on grounds of his having been convicted of an offence in connection with elections or, on the
grounds of his having been reported guilty of such an offence by the court trying an election
petition or, on the grounds of his being in lawful custody at the date of the election, be entitled so
to vote in that constituency in accordance with the provisions made by or under an Act of
Parliament, and no other person may so vote.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

76. [Electoral Commission]
(1) There is hereby established an autonomous Electoral Commision to supervise the registration
of voters, to conduct Presidential and Parliamentary elections and to review the boundaries of the
constituencies into which Zambia is divided for the purposes of elections to the National
Assembly.

(2) An Act of Parliament shall provide for the composition and operations of the Electoral
Commission appointed by the President under this Article.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

77. [Constituencies and elections]
(1) Zambia shall be divided into constituencies, for purposes of elections to the National
Assembly so that the number of such constituencies, the boundaries of which shall be such as an
Electoral Commission prescribes, shall be equal to the number of seats of elected members in
the National Assembly.

(2) In delimiting the constituencies, the Commission shall have regard to the availability of means
of communication and the geographical features of the area to be divided into constituencies:

Provided that the constituencies shall be so delimited that there shall be at least ten
constituencies in each administrative Province.

(3) Each constituency shall return one member only to the National Assembly.

(4) The boundaries of each constituency shall be such that the number of inhabitants thereof is as
nearly equal to the population quota as is reasonably practicable:

Provided that the number of inhabitants of a constituency may be greater or less than the
population quota in order to take account of means of communication, geographical features and
the difference between urban and rural areas in respect of density of population and to take
account of the proviso to clause (2).

(5) The Electoral Commission shall, where it is reviewing the boundaries of the constituencies,
review the boundaries and may, in accordance with the provision of this Article, alter the
constituencies to such extent as it considers desirable:

Provided that the Commission shall, where a census of the population has been held and the
Commision considers that the changes in the distribution of population reported in the census do
not justify an alteration in the boundaries, it shall so report to the President without entering upon
a review of the boundaries of the constituencies.

(6) Any alteration of the constituencies shall come into effect upon the next dissolution of
Parliament.

(7) In this Article "the population quota" means the number obtained by dividing the number of
inhabitants of Zambia by the number of constituencies into which Zambia is to be divided under
this Article.

(8) For the purposes of this Article, the number of inhabitants of Zambia shall be ascertained by
reference to the latest census of the population held in pursuance of any law.

(9) During any period when the Presidential and Parliamentary elections are being held, the
Electoral Commission shall be responsible for the registration of voters and the conduct of
elections in every constituency.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

78. [Exercise of legislative power of Parliament]
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the legislative power of Parliament shall be
exercised by Bills passed by the National Assembly and assented to by the President.

(2) No bill (other than such a Bill as is mentioned in Article 27) shall be presented to the President
until after the expiration of three days from the third reading of the Bill by the National Assembly,
and where a Bill is referred to a tribunal in accordance with Article 27, that Bill shall not be
presented to the President for assent until the tribunal has reported on the Bill or the time for
making a report has expired, whichever is the earlier.

(3) Where a Bill is presented to the President for assent he shall either assent or withhold his
assent.

(4) Subject to clause (5), where the President withholds his assent to a Bill, the President may
return the Bill to the National Assembly with a message requesting that the National Assembly
reconsiders the Bill or any specified provision thereof and, in particular, any such amendments as
he may recommend in his message, and when a Bill is so returned, the National Assembly shall
reconsider the Bill accordingly, and if the Bill is passed by the National Assembly on a vote of not
less than two thirds of all the members of the National Assembly, with or without amendment, and
presented to the President for assent, the President shall assent to the Bill within twenty-one days
of its presentation, unless he sooner dissolves Parliament.

(5) Notwithstanding clause (4), where the President withholds his assent to a Bill, the Bill shall not
again be presented for assent.

(6) Where a bill that has been duly passed is assented to in accordance with the provisions of this
Constitution it shall become law and the President shall thereupon cause it to be published in the
Gazette as a law.

(7) No law made by Parliament shall come into operation until it has been published in the
Gazette, but Parliament may postpone the coming into operation of any such law and may make
laws with retrospective effect.

(8) All laws made by Parliament shall be styled "Acts" and the words of enactment shall be
"Enacted by the Parliament of Zambia".

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

79. [Alteration of Constitution]
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, Parliament may alter this Constitution or The
Constitution of Zambia Act, 1991.

(2) Subject to cause (3) a bill for the alteration of this Constitution or The Constitution of Zambia
Act, 1991 shall not be passed unless --

(a) not less than thirty days before the first reading of the bill in the National Assembly the text of
the bill is published in the Gazette; and

(b) the bill is supported on second and third readings by the votes of not less than two thirds of all
the members of the Assembly.

(3) A bill for the alteration of Part III of this Constitution or of this Article shall not be passed
unless before the first reading of the bill in the National Assembly it has been put to a National
referendum with or without amendment by not less than fifty per cent of persons entitled to be
registered as voters for the purposes of Presidential and parliamentary elections.

(4) Any referendum conducted for the purposes of clause (3) shall be so conducted and
supervised in such manner as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

(a) references to this Constitution or The Constitution of Zambia Act, 1991 include reference to
any law that amends or replaces any of the provisions of this Constitution or that Act; and

(b) references to the alteration of this Constitution or The Constitution of Zambia Act, 1991 or of
any Part of Article include references to the amendment, modification or re-enactment with or

without amendment or modification, of any provision for the time being contained in this
Constitution, that Act, Part or Article, the suspension or repeal or any such provision and the
making of different provision in lieu of such provision, and the addition of new provisions, to this
Constitution, that Act, Part or Article.

(6) Nothing in this Article shall be so construed as to require the publication of any amendment to
any such bill as is referred to in clause (2) proposed to be moved in the National Assembly.

80. [Statutory instruments]
(1) Nothing in Article 62 shall prevent Parliament from conferring on any person or authority
power to make statutory instruments.

(2) Every statutory instrument shall be published in the Gazette not later than twenty-eight days
after it is made or, in the case of a statutory instrument which will not have the force of law unless
it is approved by some person or authority other than the person or authority by which it was
made, not later than twenty-eight days after it is so approved, and if it is not so published it shall
be void from the date on which it was made.

(3) Where a tribunal appointed under Article 27 reports to the President that any provision of a
statutory instrument is inconsistent with any provision of this Constitution, the President may, by
order annul that statutory instrument and it shall thereupon be void from the date on which it was
made.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

81. [Restrictions with regard to certain financial measures]
Except upon the recommendation of the President signified by the Vice-President or a Minister,
the National Assembly shall not --

(a) proceed upon any Bill (including an amendment to a Bill) that, in the opinion of the person
presiding, makes provision for any of the following purposes:

(i) for the imposition of taxation or the alteration of taxation otherwise than by reduction;

(ii) for the imposition of any charge upon the general revenues of the Republic or the alteration of
any such charge otherwise than by reduction;

(iii) for the payment, issue or withdrawal from the general revenues of the Republic of any
moneys not charged thereon or any increase in the amount of such payment, issue or withdrawal;
or

(iv) for the composition or remission of any debt due to the Government; or

(b) proceed upon any motion (including any amendment to a motion) the effect of which, in the
opinion of the person presiding, would be to make provision for any of those purposes.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

82. [President may address National Assembly]
(1) The President may, at any time, attend and address the National Assembly.

(2) The President may send messages to the National Assembly and any such message shall be
read, at the first convenient sitting of the National Assembly after it is received, by the Vice-
President or by a Minister designated by the President.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

83. [Presiding National Assembly]
There shall preside at any sitting of the National Assembly --

(a) the Speaker of the National Assembly;

(b) in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker; or

(c) in the absence of the Speaker and of the Deputy Speaker, such member of the Assembly as
the Assembly may elect for that purpose.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

84. [Voting and quorum]
(1) Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution all questions at any sitting of the National
Assembly shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members present and voting other
than the Speaker or the person acting as Speaker as the case may be.

(2) The Speaker or person acting as such shall not vote in the first instance, but shall have and
exercise a casting vote if there is an equality of votes.

(3) The National Assembly shall have power to act notwithstanding any vacancy in the
membership thereof, and any proceedings in the National Assembly shall be valid
notwithstanding that it is discovered subsequently that some person who was not entitled to do
so, voted or otherwise took part in the proceedings.

(4) The quorum for a meeting of the National Assembly shall be one third of the total number of
members of the National Assembly and if at any time during a meeting of the National Assembly
objection is taken by any member present that there is no quorum, it shall be the duty of the
Speaker or person acting as such, either to adjourn the National Assembly or, as he may think fit,
to suspend the meeting until there is a quorum.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

85. [Unqualified persons sitting or voting]
Any person who sits or votes in the National Assembly knowing or having reasonable grounds for
knowing that he is not entitled to do so, shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding one thousand
penalty units or such other sum as may be prescribed by Parliament for each day on which he so
sits or votes, which penalty shall be recoverable by action in the High Court at the suit of the
Attorney-General.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

86. [Procedure in National Assembly]
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the National Assembly may determine its own
procedure.

(2) The National Assembly may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its membership (including any
vacancy not filled when the National Assembly first meets after any dissolution of Parliament) and
the presence or participation of any person not entitled to be present or to participate in the
proceedings of the National Assembly shall not invalidate those proceedings.

(3) In the selection of members of committees, the National Assembly shall seek to ensure that
equitable representation of the political parties or groups that are represented in the National
Assembly as well as of the members not belonging to any such parties or groups.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

87. [Privileges and immunities of National Assembly]
(1) The National Assembly and its members shall have such privileges, powers and immunities
as may be prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

(2) Notwithstanding subclause (1) the law and custom of the Parliament of England shall apply to
the National Assembly with such modifications as may be prescribed by or under an Act of
Parliament.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

88. [Dissolution of Parliament and related matters]
(1) Subject to the provisions of clause (4) each session of Parliament shall be held at such place
within Zambia and shall commence at such time as the President may appoint.

(2) There shall be a session of Parliament at least once every year so that a period of twelve
months shall not intervene between the last sitting of the National Assembly in one session and
the commencement of the next session.

(3) The President may at any time summon a meeting of the National Assembly.

(4) Subject to the provisions of clause (1) of Article 37, the sittings of the National Assembly in
any session of Parliament after the commencement of that session shall be held at such times
and on such days as the National Assembly shall appoint.

(5) The President may at any time prorogue Parliament.

(6) Subject to clause (9) the National Assembly --

(a) shall, unless sooner dissolved, continue for five years from the date of its first sitting after the
commencement of this Constitution or after any dissolution and shall then stand dissolved;

(b) may, by a two thirds majority of the members thereof dissolve itself; or

(c) may be dissolved by the President at any time.

(7) Whenever the National Assembly is dissolved under this Article, there shall be Presidential
elections and elections to the National Assembly and the first session of the new Parliament shall
commence within three months from the date of the dissolution.

(8) At any time when the Republic of Zambia is at war, Parliament may from time to time extend
the period of five years specified in clause (6) for not more than twelve months at a time:

Provided that the life of the National Assembly shall not be extended under this clause for more
than five years.

(9) If, after a dissolution of Parliament and before the holding of the general elections, the
President considers that owing to the existence of a state of war or of a state of emergency in
Zambia or any part thereof, it is necessary to recall Parliament, the President may summon the
Parliament that has been dissolved to meet and that Parliament shall be deemed to be the
Parliament for the time being, but the general election of members of the National Assembly shall
proceed and the Parliament that has been recalled shall, if not sooner dissolved again, stand
dissolved on the day appointed for the nomination of candidates in that general election.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

89. [Oaths to be taken by Speaker and Members]
The Speaker of the National Assembly, before assuming the duties of his office, and every
member of the National Assembly before taking his seat therein, shall take and subscribe before
the National Assembly the oath of allegiance.

(As amended by Act No. 18 of 1996)

90. [The Investigator-General]
(1) There shall be an Investigator-General of the Republic who shall be appointed by the
President in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission and shall be the Chairman of the
Commission for Investigations.

(2) A person shall not be qualified for appointment as Investigator-General --

(a) unless he is qualified to be appointed a judge of the High Court; or

(b) if he holds the office of President, Vice-President, Minister or Deputy Minister, is a member of
the National Assembly or is a public officer.

(3) Subject to the provisions of this section, a person appointed Investigator-General shall vacate
his office on attaining the age of sixty-five years:

Provided that the President may permit a person who has attained that age to continue in office
for such period as may be necessary to complete and submit any report on, or do any other thing
in relation to, any investigation that was commenced by him before the attained age.

(4) A person appointed as Investigator-General shall forthwith vacate any office prescribed by an
Act of Parliament.

(5) A person appointed as Investigator-General may be removed from office for incompetence or
inability to perform the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or
from any other cause) or from misbehaviour, but shall not be so removed except in accordance
with the provisions of this Article.

(6) If the National Assembly by resolution supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all
the members of that House, resolves that the question of removing the Investigator-General
ought to be investigated, the Speaker of the National Assembly shall send a copy to the Chief
Justice who shall appoint a tribunal consisting of a Chairman and two other persons to inquire
into the matter.

(7) The Chairman and one other member of the tribunal shall be persons who hold or have held
high judicial office.

(8) The tribunal shall inquire into the matter and report thereon to the President.

(9) Where such a tribunal advises the President that the Investigator-General ought to be
removed from office for incompetence or inability or for misbehaviour, the President shall remove
the Investigator-General from office.

(10) If the question of removing the Investigator-General from office has been referred to a
tribunal under this Article, the President may suspend him from performing any functions of his
office, and any such suspension may at any time be revoked by the President and shall in any
case cease to have effect if the tribunal shall advise the President that the Investigator-General
ought not to be removed.

(11) If there is a vacancy in the office of the Investigator-General, or if the Investigator-General is
temporarily absent from Zambia or otherwise unable to exercise the functions of his office, the
President may appoint a person qualified to be a Judge of the High Court to exercise the
functions of the office of the Investigator-General under this Article.

(12) A person appointed to the office of Investigator-General may resign upon giving three
months' notice to the President.

(13) The functions, powers and procedures of the Investigator-General shall be as provided by an
Act of Parliament.

91. [Courts]
(1) The Judicature of the Republic shall consist of:

(a) the Supreme Court of Zambia;

(b) the High Court of Zambia;

(c) the Industrial Relations Court;

(f) such other courts as may be prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

(2) The Judges, members, magistrates and justices, as the case may be, of the courts mentioned
in clause (1) shall be independent, impartial and subject only to this Constitution and the law and
shall conduct themselves in accordance with a code of conduct promulgated by Parliament.

(3) The Judicature shall be autonomous and shall be administered in accordance with the
provisions of an Act of Parliament.

92. [Supreme Court]
(1) There shall be a Supreme Court of Zambia which shall be the final court of appeal for the
Republic and shall have such jurisdiction and powers as may be conferred on it by this
Constitution or any other law.

(2) The judges of the Supreme Court shall be --

(b) the Deputy Chief Justice;

(c) seven Supreme Court judges or such greater number as may be prescribed by an Act of
Parliament.

(3) The office of the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice or of a Supreme Court Judge shall not be
abolished while there is a substantive holder thereof.

(4) The Supreme Court shall be a superior court of record, and, except as otherwise provided by
Parliament, shall have all the powers of such a court.

(5) When the Supreme Court is determining any matter, other than an interlocutory matter, it shall
be composed of an uneven number of judges not being less than three except as provided for
under Article 41.

(6) The Chief Justice may make rules with respect to the practice and procedure of the Supreme
Court in relation to jurisdiction and powers of the Supreme Court.

93. [Appointment of judges of Supreme Court]
(1) The Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice shall, subject to ratification by the National
Assembly, be appointed by the President.

(2) The judges of the Supreme Court shall, subject to ratification by the National Assembly, be
appointed by the President.

(3) If the office of Chief Justice is vacant or if the Chief Justice is on leave or is for any reason
unable to perform the functions of that office, then, until a person has been appointed to, and has
assumed the functions of, that office or until the person holding that office has resumed those
functions, as the case may be, the President may appoint the Deputy Chief Justice or a Supreme
Court judge to perform such functions.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of clause (5), if the office of Deputy Chief Justice is vacant
or the Deputy Chief Justice is on leave or is for any other reason unable to perform the functions
of his office, the President may appoint another judge of the Supreme Court to act as Deputy
Chief Justice.

(5) If the office of a Supreme Court judge is vacant, or if any Supreme Court judge is appointed to
act as Chief Justice or Deputy Chief Justice, or if any Supreme Court judge is on leave or is for
any reason unable to perform the functions of that office, the President may appoint a person
qualified for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court to act as a Supreme Court judge.

(6) A person may act as the Chief Justice, Deputy Chief Justice or a Supreme Court judge
notwithstanding that he has attained the age prescribed by Article 98.

(6) A puisne judge appointed to act as Deputy Chief Justice or Supreme Court judge, as the case
may be, pursuant to clause (4) or (5), shall continue to be a judge of the High Court and may
continue to perform the functions of the office of puisne judge.

94. [High Court]
(1) There shall be a High Court for the Republic which shall have, except as to the proceedings in
which the Industrial Relations Court has exclusive jurisdiction under the Industrial and Labour
Relations Act [Act No. 27 of 1993], unlimited or original jurisdiction to hear and determine any civil
or criminal proceedings under any law and such jurisdiction and powers as may be conferred on it
by this Constitution or any other law.

(2) The High Court shall be divided into such divisions as may be determined by an Act of
Parliament

(3) The Chief Justice shall be an ex-officio judge of the High Court.

(4) The other judges of the High Court shall be such number of puisne judges as may be
prescribed by Parliament.

(5) The office of a puisne judge shall not be abolished while there is a substantive holder thereof.

(6) The High Court shall be a superior court of record and, except as otherwise provided by
Parliament, shall have the powers of such a court.

(7) The High Court shall have jurisdiction to supervise any civil or criminal proceedings before any
subordinate court or any court-martial and may make such orders, issue such writs and give such
directions as it may consider appropriate for the purpose of ensuring that justice is duly
administered by any such court.

(8) The Chief Justice may make rules with respect to the practice and procedure of the High
Court in relation to the jurisdiction and powers conferred on it by clause (7).

95. [Appointment of Puisne Judges, Chairman and Deputy Chairmen of the Industrial Relations
Court]
(1) The puisne judges shall, subject to ratification by the National Assembly, be appointed by the
President on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.

(2) The Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Industrial Relations Court shall be appointed by
the President on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission.

(3) The provisions of Articles 98 and 99 shall apply to the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman of
the Industrial Relations Court, with the necessary modifications.

96. [Acting judge of Supreme Court or of the High Court to act or hold office until appointment
expires or is revoked]
(1) Any person appointed under Article 93 to act as a judge of the Supreme Court shall continue
to act for the period of that person's appointment or, if no such period is specified, until his
appointment is revoked by the President:

Provided that the President may permit a person whose appointment to act as a judge of the
Supreme Court has expired or been revoked to continue to act for such period as may be
necessary to enable that person to deliver judgement or to do any other thing in relation to
proceedings that were commenced before such person.

97. [Qualifications for appointment as Supreme Court judge, puisne judge, Chairman and Deputy
Chairman of the Industrial Relations Court]
(1) Subject to clause (2), a person shall not be qualified for appointment as a judge of the
Supreme Court, a puisne judge or Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Industrial Relations Court
unless --

(a) he holds or has held high judicial office; or

(b) he holds one of the specified qualifications and has held one or other of the following
qualifications --

(i) in the case of a Supreme Court Judge, for a total period of not less than fifteen years; or

(ii) in the case of a puisne judge, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Industrial Relations
Court, for a total period of not less than ten years.

(2) Where the President or the Judicial Service Commission, as the case may be, is satisfied that,
by reason of special circumstances, a person who holds one of the specified qualifications is
worthy, capable and suitable to be appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court, a puisne judge, or
Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Industrial Relations Court, notwithstanding that he has not
held one or other of those qualifications for a total period of not less than fifteen or ten years, as
the case may be, the President acting in the case of a judge of the Supreme Court, puisne judge
or Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Industrial Relations Court in accordance with the advice
of the Judicial Service Commission, may dispense with the requirement that such person shall
have holds one or other of the specified qualifications for a total period of not less than the period
specified in clause (1).

(3) In this Article, "the specified qualifications" means the professional qualifications specified in
the Legal Practitioners Act [Cap. 48], one of which must be held by any person before he may
apply under that Act to be admitted as a practitioner in the Republic.

(4) For the purposes of this Article and of Articles 93 and 94, "a person qualified for appointment"
means a judge of the Supreme Court, a puisne judge or Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the
Industrial Relations Court and includes a person in respect of whom the President or Judicial
Service Commission, as the case may be, is satisfied as provided for in clause (2).

98. [Tenure of office of judges of Supreme and High Court]
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, a person holding the office of a judge of the Supreme
Court or the office of a judge of the High Court shall vacate that office on attaining the age of
sixty-five years:

Provided that the President --

(a) may permit a judge of the High Court in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service
Commission, or a judge of the Supreme Court, who has attained that age to continue in office for
such period as may be necessary to enable him to deliver judgement or to do any other thing in
relation to proceedings that were commenced before him before he attained that age:

(b) may appoint a judge of the High Court in accordance with the advice of the Judicial Service
Commission or a judge of the Supreme Court, who has attained the age of sixty-five years, for
such further period, not exceeding seven years, as the President may determine.

(2) A judge of the Supreme Court, High Court, Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Industrial
Relations Court may be removed from office only for inability to perform the functions of his office,
whether arising from infirmity of body or mind, incompetence or misbehaviour and shall not be so
removed except in accordance with the provisions of this Article.

(3) If the President considers that the question of removing a judge of the Supreme Court or of
the High Court under this Article ought to be investigated, then --

(a) he shall appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a Chairman and not less than two other
members, who hold or have held high judicial office;

(b) the tribunal shall inquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof to the President and
advise the President whether the judge ought to be removed from office under this Article for
inability as aforesaid or for misbehaviour.

(4) Where a tribunal appointed under clause (3) advises the President that a judge of the
Supreme Court or of the High Court ought to be removed from office for inability, or incompetence
or for misbehaviour, the President shall remove such judge from office.

(5) If the question of removing a judge of the Supreme Court or of the High Court from office has
been referred to a tribunal under clause (3), the President may suspend the judge from
performing the functions of his office, and any such suspension may at any time be revoked by
the President and shall in any case cease to have effect if the tribunal advises the President that
the judge ought not to be removed from office.

(6) The provisions of this Article shall be without prejudice to the provisions of Article 96.

99. [Oaths to be taken by judge]
A judge of the Supreme Court or of the High Court shall not enter upon the duties of his office
unless he has taken and subscribed the oath of allegiance and such oath for the due execution of
his office as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament:

Provided that a person who has once taken and subscribed to the said oaths may enter upon the
duties of any such office without again taking and subscribing such oaths.

PART VII
DEFENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY

100. [The Zambia Defence Force]
(1) There shall be an armed force to be known as the Zambia Defence Force.

(2) The Zambia Defence Force shall be non-partisan, national in character, patriotic, professional,
disciplined, productive and subordinate to the civilian authority as established under this
Constitution.

(3) Members of the Zambia Defence Force shall be citizens of Zambia and of good character.

(4) No person shall raise an armed force except in accordance with this Constitution.

101. [Functions of Defence Force]
The functions of the Zambia Defence Force shall be to --

(a) preserve and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Zambia;

(b) co-operate with the civilian authority in emergency situations and in cases of natural disasters;

(c) foster harmony and understanding between the Zambia Defence Force and civilians; and

(d) engage in productive activities for the development of Zambia.

102. [Parliament to regulate Defence Force]
Parliament shall make laws regulating the Zambia Defence Force, and in particular, providing for-
-

(a) the organs and structures of the Zambia Defence Force;

(b) the recruitment of persons into the Zambia Defence Force from every district of Zambia;

(c) the terms and conditions of service of members of the Zambia Defence Force; and

(d) the deployment of troops outside of Zambia.

103. [The Zambia Police Force]
(1) There shall be a police force to be known as the Zambia Police Force and such other police
forces as Parliament may by law prescribe.

(2) Subject to the other provisions of this Constitution, every police force in Zambia shall be
organised and administered in such a manner and shall have such functions as Parliament may
by law prescribe.

(3) The Zambia Police Force shall be nationalistic, patriotic, professional, disciplined, competent
and productive; and its members shall be citizens of Zambia and in good character.

104. [Functions of Zambia Police Force]
The functions of the Zambia Police Force shall include the following:

(a) to protect life and property;

(b) to preserve law and order;

(c) to detect and prevent crime;

(d) to co-operate with the civilian authority and other security organs established under this
Constitution and with the population generally.

105. [Parliament to regulate Zambia Police Force]
Parliament shall make laws regulating the Zambia Police Force, and in particular, providing for --

(a) the organs and structures of the Zambia Police Force;

(b) the recruitment of persons into the Zambia Police Force from every district of Zambia;

(c) terms and conditions of service of members of the Zambia Police Force; and

(d) the regulation generally of the Zambia Police Force.

106. [Prison service]
There shall be the Zambia Prison Service.

107. [Parliament to regulate Zambia Prison Service]
Parliament shall make laws regulating the Zambia Prison Service, and in particular, providing for -
-

(a) the organs and structures of the Zambia Prison Service;

(b) the recruitment of persons to the Zambia Prison Service from every district of Zambia;

(c) the terms and conditions of service of members of the Zambia Prison Service; and

(d) the regulation generally of the Zambia Prison Service.

108. [Zambia Security Intelligence Services]
(1) There shall be a Zambia Security Intelligence Service.

(2) Parliament shall make laws regulating the Zambia Security Intelligence Service, and in
particular, providing for --

(a) the organs and structures of the Zambia Security Intelligence Service;

(b) the recruitment of persons into the Zambia Security Intelligence Service from every district of
Zambia;

(c) the terms and conditions of service of members of the Zambia Security Intelligence Service;
and

(d) the regulation generally of the Zambia Security Intelligence Service.

PART VIII
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM

109. [Local Government system]
(1) There shall be such system of local government in Zambia as may be prescribed by an Act of
Parliament.

(2) The system of local government shall be based on democratically elected councils on the
basis of universal adult suffrage.

PART IX
DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICY AND THE DUTIES OF A CITIZEN

110. [Application of Directive Principles of State Policy]
(1) The Directive Principles of State Policy set out in this Part shall guide the Executive, the
Legislature and the Judiciary, as the case may be, in the --

(a) development of national policies;

(b) implementation of national policies;

(c) making and enactment of laws; and

(d) application of The Constitution and any other law.

(2) The application of the Directive Principles of State Policy may be observed only in so far as
State resources are able to sustain their application, or if the general welfare of the public so
unavoidably demands, as may be determined by Cabinet.

111. [Directives not to be justiciable]
The Directive Principles of State Policy set out in this Part shall not be justiciable and shall not
thereby, by themselves, despite being referred to as rights in certain instances, be legally
enforceable in any court, tribunal or administrative institution or entity.

112. [Directive Principles of State Policy]
The following Directives shall be the Principles of State Policy for the purposes of this Part:

the State shall be based on democratic principles;

(b) the State shall endeavour to create an economic environment which shall encourage
individual initiative and self reliance among the people and promote private investment;

(c) the State shall endeavour to create conditions under which all citizens shall be able to secure
adequate means of livelihood and opportunity to obtain employment;

(d) the State shall endeavour to provide clean and safe water, adequate medical and health
facilities and decent shelter for all persons, and take measures to constantly improve such
facilities and amenities;

(e) the State shall endeavour to provide equal and adequate educational opportunities in all fields
and at all levels for all;

(f) the State shall endeavour to provide to persons with disabilities, the aged and other
disadvantaged persons such social benefits and amenities as are suitable to their needs and are
just and equitable;

(g) the State shall take measures to promote the practice, enjoyment and development by any
person of that person's culture, tradition, custom and language insofar as these are not
inconsistent with this Constitution;

(h) the State shall strive to provide a clean and healthy environment for all;

(i) the State shall promote sustenance, development and public awareness of the need to
manage the land, air and water resources in a balanced and suitable manner for the present and
future generation; and

(j) the State shall recognise the right of every person to fair labour practices and safe and healthy
working conditions.

113. [Duties of the citizens]
It shall be the duty of every citizen to --

(a) be patriotic and loyal to Zambia and to promote its well-being;

(b) contribute to the well-being of the community where that citizen lives, including the
observance of health controls;

(c) foster national unity and live in harmony with others;

(d) promote democracy and the rule of law;

(e) vote in national and local government elections;

(f) provide defence and military service when called upon;

(g) carry out with discipline and honesty legal public functions;

(h) pay all taxes and duties legally due and owing to the State; and

(i) assist in the enforcement of the law at all times.

114. [Imposition of taxation]
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, no taxation shall be imposed or altered except by or
under an Act of Parliament.

(2) Except as provided by clauses (3) and (4), Parliament shall not confer upon any other person
or authority power to impose or to alter, otherwise than by reduction, any taxation.

(3) Parliament may make provision under which the President or the Vice-President or a Minister
may by order provide that, on or after the publication of a Bill being a Bill approved by the
President that it is proposed to introduce into the National Assembly and providing for the

imposition or alteration of taxation, such provisions of the Bill as may be specified in the order
shall, have the force of law for such period and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed
by Parliament:

Provided that any such order shall, unless sooner revoked, case to have effect --

(i) if the Bill to which it relates is not passed within such period from the date of its first reading in
the National Assembly as may be prescribed by Parliament;

(ii) if, after the introduction of the Bill to which it relates, Parliament is prorogued or the National
Assembly is dissolved;

(iii) if, after the passage of the Bill to which it relates, the President refuses his assent thereto; or

(iv) at the expiration of a period of four months from the date on which it came into operation or
such longer period from the date as may be specified in any resolution passed by the National
Assembly after the Bill to which it relates has been introduced.

(4) Parliament may confer upon any authority established by law for the purposes of local
government power to impose taxation within the area for which that authority is established and to
alter taxation so imposed.

(5) Where the Appropriation Act in respect of a financial year has not come into force at the
expiration of six months from the commencement of that financial year, the operation of any law
relating to the collection or recovery of any tax upon any income or profits or any duty or customs
or excise shall be suspended until that Act comes into force:

(i) in any financial year in which the National Assembly stands dissolved at the commencement of
that year the period of six months shall begin from the day upon which the National Assembly first
sits following that dissolution instead of from the commencement of the financial year;

(ii) the provisions of this clause shall not apply in any financial year in which the National
Assembly is dissolved after the laying of estimates in accordance with Article 115 and before the
Appropriation by Parliament.

115. [Withdrawal of moneys from general revenues]
(1) No moneys shall be expended from the general revenues of the Republic unless --

(a) the expenditure is authorised by a warrant under the hand of the President;

(b) the expenditure is charged by this Constitution or any other law on the general revenues of
the Republic; or

(c) the expenditure is of moneys received by a department of government and is made under the
provisions of any law which authorises that department to retain and expend those moneys for
defraying the expenses of the department.

(2) No warrant shall be issued by the President authorising expenditure from the general
revenues of the Republic unless --

(a) the expenditure is authorised by an Appropriation Act;

(b) the expenditure is necessary to carry on the services of the Government in respect of any
period, not exceeding four months, beginning at the commencement of a financial year during
which the Appropriation Act for that financial year is not in force;

(c) the expenditure has been proposed in a supplementary estimate approved by the National
Assembly;

(d) no provision exists for the expenditure and the President considers that there is such an
urgent need to incur the expenditure that it would not be in the public interest to delay the
authorisation of the expenditure until such time as a supplementary estimate can be laid before
and approved by the National Assembly; or

(e) the expenditure is incurred on capital projects continuing from the previous financial year and
is so incurred before commencement of the Appropriation Act for the current financial year.

(3) the President shall, immediately after he signs any warrant authorising expenditure from the
general revenues of the Republic, cause a copy of the warrant to be transmitted to the Auditor-
General.

(4) The issue of warrants under paragraph (d) of clause (2), the investment of moneys forming
part of the general revenues of the Republic and the making of advances from such revenues
shall be subject to such limitations and conditions as Parliament may from time to time prescribe.

(5) For the purposes of this Article the investment of moneys forming part of the general revenues
of the Republic or the making of recoverable advances therefrom shall not be regarded as
expenditure, and the expression "investment of moneys" means investment in readily marketable
securities and deposits with a financial institution approved by the Minister responsible for
finance.

116. [Supplementary estimates in respect of expenditure authorised by warrant ]
Where in any financial year any expenditure has been authorised by a warrant issued by the
President under paragraph (d) of clause (2) Article 113, the Minister responsible for finance shall
cause a supplementary estimate relating to that expenditure to be laid before the National
Assembly for its approval before the expiration of a period of four months from the issue of the
warrant or, if the National Assembly is not sitting at the expiration of that period, at the first sitting
of the National Assembly thereafter.

117. [Appropriation Acts and Supplementary Appropriation Acts]
(1) The Minister responsible for finance shall cause to be prepared and shall lay before the
National Assembly within three months after the commencement of each financial year estimates
of the revenues and expenditure of the Republic for that financial year.

(2) When the estimates of expenditures have been approved by the National Assembly, the
heads of the estimates together with the amount approved in respect of each shall be included in
a Bill to be known as an Appropriation Bill which shall be introduced in the National Assembly to
provide for the payment of those amounts for the purposes specified out of the general revenues
of the Republic.

(3) Nothing in this Article shall be construed as requiring the approval of the National Assembly
for that part of any estimates which relate to, or as requiring the inclusion in an Appropriation Bill

of provisions authorising the expenditure of, sums which are charged on the general revenues of
the Republic by this Constitution or any other law.

(4) Where any supplementary expenditure has been authorised in respect of any financial year
for any purpose and --

(a) no amount has been appropriated for that purpose under any head of expenditure by the
Appropriation Act for that financial year; or

(b) the amount of the supplementary expenditure is such that the total amount expended for the
purposes of the head of expenditure in which expenditure for that purpose was included is in
excess of the amount so appropriated under that head, the Minister responsible for finance shall
introduce in the National Assembly not later than fifteen months after the end of that financial year
or, if the National Assembly is not sitting at the expiration of that period, within one month of the
first sitting of the National Assembly thereafter, a Bill, to be known as a Supplementary
Appropriation Bill, confirming the approval of Parliament of such expenditure, or excess of
expenditure, as the case may be.

(5) Where in any financial year, expenditure has been incurred without the authorisation of
Parliament, the Minister responsible for finance shall, on approval of such expenditure by the
appropriate committee of the National Assembly, introduce in the National Assembly, not later
than thirty months after the end of that financial year or, if the National Assembly is not sitting at
the expiration of that period, within one month of the first sitting of the National Assembly
thereafter, a Bill to be known as the Excess Expenditure Appropriation Bill, for the approval by
Parliament of such expenditure.

118. [Financial report]
(1) The Minister responsible for finance shall cause to be prepared and shall lay before the
National Assembly not later than nine months after the end of each financial year a financial
report in respect of that year.

(2) A financial report in respect of the financial year shall include accounts showing the revenue
and other moneys received by the Government in that financial year, the expenditure of the
Government in that financial year other than expenditure charged by this Constitution or any other
law on the general revenues of the Republic, the payments made in the financial year otherwise
than for the purposes of expenditure, a statement of the financial position of the Republic at the
end of the financial year and such other information as Parliament may prescribe.

119. [Remuneration of certain officers]
(1) There shall be paid to the holders of the offices to which this Article applies such salary and
such allowances as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

(2) The salaries and any allowances payable to the holders of the offices to which this Article
applies shall be a charge on the general revenues of the Republic.

(3) The salary payable to the holder of any office to which this Article applies and his terms of
office shall not be altered to his disadvantage after his appointment.

(4) Where a person's salary or terms of office depend upon his option, the salary or terms for
which he opts shall, for the purposes of clause (3), be deemed to be more advantageous to him
than any others for which he might have opted.

(5) This Article applies to the offices of judge of the Supreme Court, Attorney-General, judge of
the High Court, Investigator-General, Solicitor-General, Director of Public Prosecutions, Secretary
to Cabinet and Auditor-General and to such other offices as may be prescribed by an Act of
Parliament.

120. [Public debt]
(1) There shall be charged on the general revenues of the Republic all debt charges for which the
Government is liable.

(2) For the purposes of the Article, debt charges include interest, sinking fund charges, the
repayment or amortisation of debt, and all expenditure in connection with the raising of loans on
the security of the revenues of the former Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia or the Republic and
on the service and redemption of debt thereby created.

121. [Auditor-General]
(1) There shall be an Auditor-General for the Republic whose office shall be a public office and
who shall, subject to ratification by the National Assembly, be appointed by the President.

(2) It shall be the duty of the Auditor General --

(a) to satisfy himself that the provisions of this Part are being complied with;

(b) to satisfy himself that the moneys expended have been applied to the purposes for which they
were appropriated by the Appropriation Act or in accordance with the approved supplementary
estimates, or in accordance with the Excess Expenditure Appropriation Act, as the case may be,
and that the expenditure conforms to the authority that governs it;

(c) to audit the accounts relating to the general revenues of the Republic and the expenditure of
moneys appropriated by Parliament, the National Assembly, the Judicature, the accounts relating
to the stocks and stores of the Government and the accounts of such other bodies as may be
prescribed by or under any law;

(d) to audit the accounts relating to any expenditure charged by this Constitution or any other law
on the general revenues of the Republic and to submit a report thereon to the President not later
than twelve months after the end of each financial year.

(3) The Auditor-General and any officer authorised by him shall have access to all books,
records, reports and other documents relating to any of the accounts referred to in clause (2).

(4) The Auditor-General shall, not later, than twelve months after the end of each financial year,
submit a report on the accounts referred to in paragraph (c) of clause (2) in respect of that
financial year to the President who shall, not later than seven days after the first sitting of the
National Assembly next after the receipt of such report, cause it to be laid before the National
Assembly; and if the President makes default in laying the report before the National Assembly,
the Auditor-General shall submit the report to the Speaker of the National Assembly, or if the
office of Speaker is vacant or if the Speaker is for any reason unable to perform the functions of
his office, to the Deputy Speaker, who shall cause it to be laid before the National Assembly.

(5) The Auditor-General shall perform such other duties and exercise such other powers in
relation to all accounts of the Government or the accounts of other public authorities or other
bodies as may be prescribed by or under any law.

(6) In the exercise of his functions under clauses(2), (3) and (4), the Auditor-General shall not be
subjected to the direction or control of any person or authority.

122. [Tenure of office of Auditor General]
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, a person holding the office of Auditor-General shall
vacate his office when he attains the age of sixty years.

(2) A person holding the office of Auditor-General may be removed from office only for inability to
perform the functions of his office, whether arising from infirmity of body or mind, or for
incompetence or for misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except in accordance with the
provisions of this Article.

(3) If the National Assembly resolves that the question of removing a person holding the office of
Auditor-General from office under this Article ought to be investigated then --

(a) the National Assembly shall, by resolution, appoint a tribunal which shall consist of a
Chairman and not less than two other members, who hold or have held high judicial office;

(b) the tribunal shall inquire into the matter and report on the facts thereof to the National
Assembly;

(c) the National Assembly shall consider the report of the tribunal at the first convenient sitting of
the National Assembly after it is received and may, upon such consideration, by resolution,
remove the Auditor-General from office.

(4) If the question of removing a person holding the office of Auditor-General from office has been
referred to a tribunal under this Article, the National Assembly may, by resolution, suspend that
person from performing the functions of his office, and any such suspension may at any time be
revoked by the Assembly by resolution and shall in any case cease to have effect if, upon
consideration of the report of the tribunal in accordance with the provisions of this Article, the
National Assembly does not remove the Auditor-General from office.

(5) A person who holds or has held the office of Auditor-General shall not be appointed to hold or
to act in any other Public Office.

(6) A person who holds the office of Auditor-General may resign upon giving three months' notice
to the President.

123. [Commissions]
(1) There shall be established for the Republic a Judicial Service Commission which shall have
the functions conferred on it by this Constitution and such other functions and powers, as may be
prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament.

(2) Parliament may establish for the Republic other Commissions which, together with the Judicial
Service Commission, are hereafter collectively referred to as Service Commissions, which shall
have such functions and powers in relation to the public service, or in relation to persons in public

employment other than constitutional office holders or public officers, as may be prescribed by or
under an Act of Parliament.

(3) Commissions other than Service Commissions may be established for the Republic by or
under an Act of Parliament and shall have such functions and powers as may be prescribed by or
under such an Act.

(4) Nothing in the foregoing precludes provision being made by or under an Act of Parliament to
confer on a Service Commission functions and powers in relation to matters other than public
employment.

124. [Pension laws and protection]
(1) The law to be applied with respect to any pension benefits that were granted to any person
before the commencement of this Constitution shall be the law that was in force at the date on
which those benefits were granted or any law in force at a later date that is not less favourable to
that person.

(2) The law to be applied with respect to any pensions benefits not being benefits to which clause
(1) applies, shall --

(a) in so far as those benefits are wholly in respect of a period of service as a public officer, as
any officer in the department of the Clerk of the National Assembly, or as a member of the armed
forces, that commenced before the commencement of this Constitution, be the law that was in
force immediately before that date; and

(b) in so far as those benefits are wholly or partly in respect of a period of service as a public
officer, as any officer in the department of the Clerk of the National Assembly, or as a member of
the armed forces, that commenced after the commencement of this Constitution, be the law in
force on the date on which that period of service commenced; or any law in force at a later date
that is not less favourable to that person.

(3) Where a person is entitled to exercise an option as to which of two or more laws shall apply in
his case, the law for which he opts shall, for the purposes of this Article, be deemed to be more
favourable to him than the other law or laws.

(4) All pensions benefits shall, except to the extent to which they are a charge on a fund
established by or under any law and have been duly paid out of that fund to the person or
authority to whom payment is due, be a charge on the general revenues of the Republic.

(5) In this Article "pension benefits" means any pensions, compensation, gratuities or other like
allowances for persons in respect of their service as public officers, as officers in the department
of the Clerk of the National Assembly or as members of the armed forces or for the widows,
children, dependants or personal representatives of such persons in respect of such service.

(6) Reference in this Article to the law with respect to pension benefits include, without prejudice
to their generality, references in the law regulating the circumstances in which such benefits may
be granted or in which the grant of such benefits may be refused, the law regulating the
circumstances in which any such benefits that have been granted may be withheld, reduced in
amount or suspended, and the law regulating the amount of any such benefits:

Provided that, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Constitution or any other
written law, such references shall not be so construed as to include the law regulating the law of
compulsory retirement.

(a) references to service as a public officer includes references to service as a public officer
under the Government of the territories which on the 24th October, 1964, became the sovereign
Republic of Zambia and references to service as a member of the teaching service of the said
Government,

(b) references to service as an officer in the department of the Clerk of the National Assembly
includes reference to service as an officer in the department of the Clerk of the Legislative
Assembly of the said territories; and

(c) references to service as a member of the armed forces include references to service as a
member of the armed forces of the said territories.

PART XII
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

125. [Establishment of Human Rights Commission and its independence]
(1) There is hereby established a Human Rights Commission.

(2) The Human Rights Commission shall be autonomous.

126. [Functions, powers, composition, procedure, etc. of Human Rights Commission]
The functions, powers, composition, funding and administrative procedures, including the
employment of staff, of the Human Rights Commission shall be prescribed by or under an Act of
Parliament.

PART XIII
CHIEFS AND HOUSE OF CHIEFS

127. [The Institution of Chief]
(1) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Institution of Chief shall exist in any area of
Zambia in accordance with the culture, customs and traditions or wishes and aspirations of the
people to who it applies.

(2) In any community, where the issue of a Chief has not been resolved, the issue shall be
resolved by the community concerned using a method prescribed by an Act of Parliament.

128. [Concept and principles relating to the Institution of Chiefs]
The following concepts and principles shall apply to Chiefs:

(a) the Institution of Chief shall be a corporation sole with perpetual succession and with capacity
to sue and be sued and to hold assets or properties in trust for itself and the peoples concerned;

(b) nothing in paragraph (a) shall be taken to prohibit a Chief from holding any asset or property
acquired in a personal capacity; and

(c) a traditional leader or cultural leader shall enjoy such privileges and benefits as may be
conferred by the Government and the local government or as that leader may be entitled to under
culture, custom and tradition.

129. [Chief not to be partisan]
A person shall not, while remaining a Chief, join or participate in partisan politics.

130. [House of Chiefs]
There shall be a House of Chiefs for the Republic which shall be an advisory body to the
Government on traditional, customary and any other matters referred to it by the President.

131. [Functions of House of Chiefs]
Notwithstanding Article 130, the House of Chiefs may --

(a) consider and discuss any Bill dealing with, or touching on, custom or tradition before it is
introduced into the National Assembly;

(b) initiate, discuss and decide on matters that relate to customary law and practice;

(c) consider and discuss any other matter referred to it for its consideration by the President or
approved by the President for consideration by the House; and

(d) submit resolutions on any Bill or other matter referred to it to the President, and the President
shall cause such resolutions to be laid before the National Assembly.

132. [Composition of House of Chiefs]
(1) The House of Chiefs shall consist of twenty-seven Chiefs.

(2) The members referred to in clause (1) shall consist of three chiefs elected by the Chiefs from
each of the nine Provinces of the Republic.

(3) The Chairman and the Vice-Chairman shall be elected from amongst the members.

133. [Tenure of office and vacancy]
(1) A member of the House of Chiefs --

(a) shall hold office for a period of three years and may be re-elected for a further period of three
years; or

(b) may resign upon giving one month's notice in writing to the Chairman.

(2) The office of member shall become vacant --

(b) if he ceases to be a Chief;

(c) if any other circumstances arise that would cause him to be disqualified for election;

(d) if he becomes a candidate to any election, or accepts an appointment, to any office in a
political party;

(e) if he is adjudged or becomes an undischarged bankrupt; or

(f) if he is declared or becomes of unsound mind under any law in Zambia.

134. [Oaths of members of House of Chiefs]
The Chairman and every member of the House of Chiefs shall take an oath of allegiance.

135. [Staff of House of Chiefs]
There shall be a Clerk of the House of Chiefs and such other staff as may be necessary for
carrying out the functions under this Part.

136. [President may make regulations]
Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the President may by statutory instrument, make
regulations for --

(a) the appointment of the Clerk and other officers of the House of Chiefs;

(b) provide for the remuneration of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and other members of the
House;

(c) the proceedings and conduct of the House of Chiefs;

(d) the application of any of the privileges and immunities of the National Assembly and its
members to the House of Chiefs and its members; and

(e) such other matters as are necessary or conducive to the better carrying out of the purposes of
this Part.

137. [Resignations]
(1) Any person who is appointed or elected to any office established by this Constitution may
resign from that office by writing under his hand addressed to the persons or authority by whom
he was appointed or elected:

Provided that in the case of a person who holds office as Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the
National Assembly his resignation from that office shall be addressed to the National Assembly,
and in the case of an elected or nominated member of the National Assembly his resignation
shall be addressed to the Speaker.

(2) The resignation of any person from any office established by this Constitution shall take effect
when the writing signifying the resignation is received by the person or authority to whom it is
addressed or by any person authorised by that person or authority to receive it.

138. [Reappointment and concurrent appointments]
(1) Where any person has vacated any office established by this Constitution he may, if qualified,

again be appointed or elected to hold that office in accordance with the provisions of this
Constitution.

(2) Where a power is conferred by this Constitution upon any person to make any appointment to
any office, a person may be appointed to that office notwithstanding that some other person may
be holding that office, when that other person is on leave of absence pending the relinquishment
of the office; and where two or more persons are holding the same office by reason of an
appointment made in pursuance of this clause, then for the purposes of any function conferred
upon the holder of that office, the person last appointed shall deemed to be the sole holder of the
office.

139. [Interpretation]
(1) In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires --

"Act of Parliament" means a law enacted by Parliament;

"Article" means an Article of this Constitution;

"Chief" means a person who is recognised by the President under the provisions of the Chiefs Act
or any law amending or replacing that Act as the Litunga of Western Province, a Paramount
Chief, Senior Chief, Chief or Sub-Chief or a person who is appointed as Deputy Chief;

"clause" means a clause of the Article in which the word occurs;

"financial year" means the period of twelve months ending on the 31st December in any year or
on such other day as may be prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament:
Provided that by or under an Act of Parliament prescribing a day other than the 31st December
as the terminal day of the financial year the said period of twelve months may be extended or
reduced for any one financial year for the purpose of effecting such prescribed change;

"the Gazette" means the official Gazette of the Government of Zambia;

"High Court" means the High Court established by this Constitution;

"high judicial office" means the office of a judge of a court of unlimited jurisdiction in civil and
criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth or in the Republic or Ireland or the office of a
court having jurisdiction in appeals from such a court;

"House" means the National Assembly;

"meeting" means all sittings of the National Assembly held during a period beginning when the
National Assembly first sits after being summoned at any time and terminating when the National
Assembly is adjourned sine die or at the conclusion of a session;

"the oath of allegiance" means such oath of allegiance as may be prescribed by law;

"paragraph" means a paragraph of the clause in which the word occurs;

"person" includes any company or association or body of persons, corporate or unincorporate;

"public office" means an office of emolument in the public office;

"public officer" means a person holding or acting in any public office;

"the public service" subject to clauses (2) and (3) shall have the meaning assigned to it by an Act
of Parliament;

"session" means the sittings of the National Assembly beginning when it first sits after the coming
into operation of this Constitution or after Parliament is prorogued or dissolved at any time and
ending when Parliament is prorogued or is dissolved without having been prorogued;

"sitting" means a period during which the National Assembly is sitting without adjournment and
includes any period during which it is in committee;

"statutory instrument" means any proclamation, regulation, order, rule, notice or other instrument,
(not being an Act of Parliament) of a legislative as distinct from an executive character;

"Supreme Court" means the Supreme Court of Zambia established by this Constitution.

(2) In this Constitution, references to offices in the public service shall be construed as including
references to the offices of judges of the Supreme Court and of the High Court, and to the offices
of Chairman, Deputy Chairman, and members of the Industrial Relations Court.

(3) In this Constitution references to an office in the public service shall not be construed as
including references to the offices of the Attorney-General, or a member of any Commission
established by this Constitution or by an Act of Parliament or to the office of the Clerk of the
National Assembly or any office in the department of the Clerk of the National Assembly.

(4) For the purposes of this Constitution, a person shall not be considered as holding a public
office by reason only of the fact he is in receipt of a pension or other like allowance in respect of
service under the Government of Zambia or of its predecessor Government.

(5) A person shall not be regarded as disqualified for appointment to any office to which a public
officer is not qualified to be appointed by reason only that he holds a public office if he is on leave
of absence pending relinquishment of that office.

(6) In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to the holder of an
office by the term designating his office shall be construed as including a reference to any person
for the time being lawfully acting in or performing the functions of that office:
Provided that nothing in this clause shall apply to references to the President or Vice-President in
Articles 36, 37, 39, and 45.

(7) References in this Constitution to the power to remove a public officer from his office shall be
construed as including references to any power conferred by any law to require or permit that
officer to retire from the public service:
Provided that nothing in this clause shall be construed as conferring on any person or authority
power to require a judge of the Supreme Court or of the High Court, the Investigator-General, the
Auditor-General or the Director of Public Prosecutions to retire from the public service.

(8) Any provision in this Constitution that vests in any person or authority power to remove any
public officer from his office shall be without prejudice to the power of any person or authority to
abolish any office or to any law providing for the compulsory retirement of public officers generally
or any class of public officers on attaining an age specified therein.

(9) Where power is vested by this Constitution in any person or authority to appoint any person to
act in or perform the functions of any office if the holder thereof is himself unable to perform those
functions, no such appointment shall be called in question on the ground that the holder of the
office was not unable to perform those functions.

(10) No provision of this Constitution that any person or authority shall not be subject to the
direction or control of any other person or authority in the exercise of any functions under this
Constitution shall be construed as precluding a court of law from exercising jurisdiction in relation
to any question whether that person or authority has performed those functions in accordance
with this Constitution or any other law.

(11) When any power is conferred by this Constitution to make any Proclamation, statutory
instrument, order, regulation or rule, or to issue any direction or certificate or confer recognition,
the power shall be construed as including the power, exercisable in like manner, to amend or
revoke any such Proclamation, statutory instrument, order, regulation, rule, direction or certificate
or to withdraw any such recognition: Provided that nothing in this clause shall apply to the power
to issue a certificate conferred by clause (2) of Article 36.

(a) Any reference in this Constitution to a law that amends or replaces any other law shall be
construed as including a reference to a law that modifies, re-enacts with or without amendment or
modification, or makes different provision in lieu of that other law.

(b) Where any Act passed after the commencement of this Constitution repeals and re-enacts,
with or without modification, any provisions thereof, references in this Constitution to the
provisions so repealed shall, unless the contrary intention appears, be construed as references to
the provisions so re-enacted.

(c) Where any Act passed after the commencement of this Constitution repeals any provision
thereof then, unless the contrary intention appears, the repeal shall not --

(i) revive anything not in force or existing at the time at which the repeal takes effect; or

(ii) affect the previous operation of any provision so repealed or anything duly done or suffered
under any provision so repealed; or

(iii) affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred under any
provision so repealed; or

(iv) affect any penalty, forfeiture or confiscation or punishment incurred under any provision so
repealed; or

(v) affect any investigation, legal proceeding or remedy in respect of any such right, privilege,
obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture or confiscation or punishment as aforesaid, and any such
investigation, legal proceeding or remedy may be instituted, continued or enforced, and any such
penalty, forfeiture or confiscation or punishment may be imposed, as if the repealing Act had not
been passed.

(13) In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires, words and expressions importing
the masculine gender include females.

(14) In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires, words and expressions in the
singular include the plural and words and expressions in the plural include the singular.

(15) Where this Constitution confers any power or imposes any duty, the power may be exercised
and the duty shall be performed from time to time as occasion requires.

(16) Where by any Act which repeals and re-enacts, with or without modification, any provision of
this Constitution, and which is not to come into force immediately on the publication thereof, there
is conferred --

(a) a power to make or a power exercisable by making statutory instruments; or

(b) a power to make appointments; or

(c) a power to do any other thing for the purposes of the provision in question;

that power may be exercised at any time on or after the date of publication of the Act in the
Gazette:

Provided that no instrument, appointment or thing made or done under that power shall, unless it
is necessary to bring the Act into force, have any effect until the commencement of the Act.

(17) In computing time for the purposes of any provision of this Constitution, unless a contrary
intention is expressed --

(a) a period of days from the happening of an event or the doing of any act or thing shall be
deemed to be exclusive of the day on which the event happens or the act or thing is done;

(b) if the last day of the period is Sunday or a public holiday which days are in this clause referred
to as "excluded days" the period shall include the next following day, not being an excluded day;

(c) where any act or proceeding is directed or allowed to be done or taken on a certain day, then,
if that day happens to be an excluded day the act or proceeding shall be considered as done or
taken in due time if it is done or taken the next day afterwards, not being an excluded day;

(d) where an act or proceeding is directed or allowed to be done or taken within any time not
exceeding six days, excluded days shall not be reckoned in the computation of the time.

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