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The appellant, Kelvin Hang’andu, had been a member of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) since 15 November, 1996, when he was admitted to the Bar. On 24 May 2003, he converted from the Catholic Church to the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church, which considers Saturday as a sacred day set aside for worship and complete abstention from work and other activities unrelated to religious practice. The essence of the appellant’s complaint was that the LAZ held its annual general meetings on Saturday, which was a violation of his religious freedom and discriminatory. His protests to the LAZ yielded no results. It was then that he petitioned the High Court for redress. The High Court dismissed the petition, finding no violation of the appellant’s rights and it was against this decision that the appellant was before the Supreme Court (“the Court”).