According to Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema, who spoke to the BBC, the contentious rule that makes criticizing the president a crime will be removed.
It comes in response to a protest from rights organizations who claim that during President Hichilema’s first year in power, over a dozen people—including opposition activists—have been detained and accused of breaking the law.
When he assumed power last year, Mr. Hichilema promised to put the past behind him. His achievements included cutting inflation in half, securing an IMF bailout for $1 billion, and enacting lower taxes and free public education.
Critics claim that the government has been hesitant to repeal the colonial-era insult statute, despite having made the commitment to do so during the election.
According to Mr. Hichilema, the law will eventually be repealed, but it will still be in effect during that period.
“There’s a law there. The first thing amongst the key things we said we would do is restore the rule of law.
“That law is one of those that we’ve isolated that has to be reformed and is going through due process. Before it is reformed, it is a law and it will apply,” he said.