Lusaka, Zambia — Critics of Zambia’s legislation towards insulting the president have welcomed the federal government’s repeal of the arguable measure as a step ahead for democracy. Rights teams say the colonial-era legislation has been used to silence govt critics. President Hakainde Hichilema introduced the repeal over the weekend at the side of the abolition of the demise penalty.

Daniel Sinjwala Libati, a human rights legal professional, advised VOA that he’s proud of the repeal of the defamation legislation, introduced past due Friday by means of Hichilema.

“Very good, very good,” he mentioned. “It allows people to freely criticize, not insult, freely criticize the presidency and provide checks and balances and constructive criticism in line with freedom of expression under our bill of rights.”

Political analyst Guess Nyirenda mentioned whilst he’s proud of the modification of the legislation, so much nonetheless must be performed to advertise freedom of expression in Zambia.

“We would like to urge President Hakainde Hichilema to set the tone and continue doing good especially in attending to the draconian and archaic laws,” he mentioned.

Opposition National Democratic Party chief Saboi Imboela has been arrested a couple of instances below the defamation legislation.

She advised VOA that whilst she welcomes the repeal of the legislation, she urges Zambians to workout warning. She famous that the life of cybersecurity rules is a priority, as they nonetheless limit freedom of expression.