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Zambian diplomat based at African Union dies

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A ZAMBIAN Diplomat based at African Union, Mrs. Linda Siamanjime- Ramokate has died.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba has confirmed the sad development.

He said Mrs. Siamanjime -Ramokate died of a suspected Asthma attack on Sunday morning.

He said initial reports indicated that she was struggling to breath and sought the help of a neighbour, who helped rush her to the African Union Clinic but doctors said she was brought in dead.

Mr. Mwamba said Mrs. Siamanjime-Ramokta recently joined the African Union as a Political Analyst and Mediation Expert in the Peace and Security Department and reported for work in Addis Ababa three (3) weeks ago.

Mr. Mwamba said he was deeply saddened by the untimely death of Mrs. Siamanjime-Ramokate

He said he remembered that Mrs. Siamanjime-Ramokate joined the Zambian Community based in Addis Ababa in observing the Day of National Prayer, Fasting &Reconciliation, four days after her arrival in Addis Ababa.

She took up her new position at the AU after she served at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Bostwana.

Mr. Mwamba has expressed his deep condolences to the husband who is based in Gaborone, to her family in Zambia and to His Excellency Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamati, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Details of the repatriation of the body will be communicated later.

This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary (Press & Public Relations) at the Zambian Embassy in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.

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Magistrate Simusamba gravely misdirected himself when he convicted me, Chishimba Kambwili says

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OPPOSITION National Democratic Congress (NDC) party leader Chishimba Kambwili has appealed against his one year jail sentence in the High Court.

In a notice of appeal filed in the Lusaka High Court, Kambwili has argued that magistrate David Simusamba gravely misdirected himself both in law and fact when he convicted him of forgery and uttering a false document against the weight of evidence on record.

He contends that the trial magistrate also erred in both law and fact when he imposed a punitive sentence, basing the conviction and sentence mainly on the erroneous finding that the appellant, had shown no respect for the court, an issue that was not subject of trial before him.

He further argued that the lower court erred when it held that the appellant and some of his lawyers had no respect for the court and that he lied to the court over his COVID-19 positive test result when the same court had subpoenaed medical practitioners at its own instance, whose testimony went unchallenged and confirmed that he had Coronavirus.

“This shows the learned trial magistrate’s partiality, disposition and prejudice against him,” reads the notice in parts.

Kambwili also claims that magistrate Simusamba erred when he declined to recuse himself and proceeded to hear the matter and convicted him, notwithstanding the fact that he had accused him of trying to bribe the court, which led him to sue the trial magistrate for defamation.

“The magistrate erred in fact and law when he refused to refer the case to the High Court for determination of whether his constitutional right to a fair trial before an independent and impartial court had been, was being and was going to be infringed as a result of his refusal to recuse himself,” reads the notice.

And Kambwili’s Musa Mwenye has filed summons for bail pending appeal before magistrate Simusamba who has scheduled the bail hearing for Monday next week.

Meanwhile, magistrate Simusamba earlier declined to entertain Kambwili’s bail application dated October 14, 2020 because it was incompetently before him.

Last week, Magistrate Simusamba convicted Kambwili for 12 months imprisonment with hard labour for two counts of forgery and uttering a false document which will run concurrently.

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JUST IN: Chishimba Kambwili Denied Bail

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LUSAKA principal resident magistrate David Simusamba orders that National Democratic Congress (NDC) party president Chishimba Kambwili should continue serving his jail term as if there is no notice of appeal.

This was after magistrate Simusamba in his ruling found that the notice of appeal filed on October 14, 2020 is irregular.

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Police stop ZNBC from streaming LIVE on Facebook at the Lusaka Magistrates Court 

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ZNBC reporter Katwishi Bwalya has been harassed at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for filming.

Police officers grabbed Bwalya’s phone as he was streaming live.

He however, told the police that he was live which sent them into panic.

Police officers who earlier, led him outside the court premises, demanded for his identity card.

Later, Bwalya was allowed inside and an officer was seeing patting him on the back while telling him that it was a small misunderstanding.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

25 Oct 2020, 1:28 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

16,117 Total Cases
348 Deaths
15,179 Recovered

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