CHAPTER 5
OFFICIAL OATHS ACT

Arrangement of Sections

   Section

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Oath of President

   4.   Oath of Vice-President, Speaker, Minister and Deputy Minister

   5.   Judicial Oath

   6.   Oath of Office

   7.   Affirmation

   8.   Unnecessary repetition of oaths

   9.   Failure to take oath

   10.   Custody of oaths

   11.   Powers of the President

   12.   Repeal and savings

      FIRST SCHEDULE

      SECOND SCHEDULE

      THIRD SCHEDULE

      FOURTH SCHEDULE

      FIFTH SCHEDULE

      SIXTH SCHEDULE

      SEVENTH SCHEDULE

AN ACT

to repeal and replace the Official Oaths Act; to revise the oaths to be taken and subscribed by various office holders, and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

[11th May, 1990]

Act 4 of 1990,

SI 127 of 1991.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Official Oaths Act.

2.   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“Oath” includes affirmation;

“Vice-President” means the Vice-President of the Republic of Zambia;

   (2) In this Act, 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.

3.   Oath of President

A person assuming the Office of President shall take and subscribe the Oath of President as set out in the First Schedule, and the oath shall be administered by and subscribed before the Chief Justice.

4.   Oath of Vice-President, Speaker, Minister and Deputy Minister

A person assuming the Office of Vice-President, Speaker of the National Assembly, Minister or Deputy Minister shall not perform the duties of his office unless he has taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance as set out in the Sixth Schedule and the Oath of his office as set out in the Second, Third, Fourth and Seventh Schedules, respectively.

[S 4 am by SI 127 of 1991.]

5.   Judicial Oath

   (1) The Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice, a Judge of the Supreme Court, a Puisne Judge or a Commissioner of the High Court shall not enter upon the duties of his office unless he has taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance as set out in the Sixth Schedule and the Judicial Oath as set out in the Fifth Schedule, and both oaths shall be administered by and subscribed before the President.

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