Some of the pieces of legislation that the Code re-enacts and brings together
include: the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act [Chapter 9:07]; the
Customary Marriages Act [Chapter 5:07]; the Intellectual Property Tribunal Act
[Chapter 26:08]; the Labour Act [Chapter 28:01]; the Miscellaneous Offences
Act [Chapter 9:17]; the Police Act [Chapter 11:10]; the Preservation of
Constitutional Government Act [Chapter 11:01]; the Public Order and Security
Act [Chapter 11:17]; and the Road Traffic Act [Chapter 13:11].
However, this discussion will only focus on the re-enactments or additions that
have been made on some sections of POSA, which have a bearing on the
work of journalists and civil society organisations. Special focus will also be on
how the changes, if any, affect such fundamental issues such as individuals’
constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of association and assembly, and
freedom of expression, etc.
In particular, this analysis will touch on Chapter III of the Code (sections 19 to
34), which outlines crimes against the state, and Chapter IV of the Code
(sections 35 to 46), which outlines crimes against public order.


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