A Problem of Immunity

From Zambian Economist Wed Nov 28 2012, 13:25:00

By Chola Mukanga

The First Draft Constitution provides specific provisions on presidential immunity. Article 96 states: (1) Civil proceedings shall not be instituted or continued against the President, or a person who is performing the executive functions, in respect of anything done, or omitted to be done; and, (2) The President, or a person performing the executive functions, subject to clause (6), shall be immune from criminal proceedings.

Parts (3) - (8) provides further detail relating to ex-presidents, including the possibility of Parliament lifting immunity after a two-thirds vote. These provisions of course are largely in line with the current Constitution with minor alterations. The bottom line is that all sitting presidents are immune from civil and criminal proceedings. Ex-presidents are permanently immune until parliament decides otherwise.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Kenya:   Police Probe Nairobi 'Hit Squad' (news)
Capital FM
6 March 2015

Police are now investigating the existence of a hit squad in Nairobi following a spate of executions in recent months, the latest being the killing of a businessman on Forest Road on Thursday. [read more]

Guinea:   WHO Announces Start of Ebola Vaccine Testing (news)
UN News Service
5 March 2015

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will begin conducting Ebola vaccination trials in Guinea this week, which if found effective, could be the "game-changer to finally end the ... [read more]

Senegal:   Dakar Women Grow Herb Business From Floodwater (news)
Thomson Reuters Foundation
6 March 2015

Though the coastal cities of Senegal are situated on the fierce Atlantic Ocean, it is floods from heavy rains they struggle with, rather than rising tides. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!