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Police arrest 10 murder suspects linked to the hacking to death of three Power Tools workers in Luapula

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POLICE in Chiengi have arrested ten suspects in connection with the gruesome murder three Power Tools workers who were hacked to death by a mob on suspicion of being ritual killers.

Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo has told Mwebantu in the early hours of today, Friday, 28th February, 2020, Police in Chiengi of Luapula Province arrested ten (10) suspects in connection with the gruesome murder of three (3) Power Tools employees, who were murdered by a mob on 21st February, 2020, around 0300 hours at Kazembe Village in Chiengi District.

She said the suspects were apprehended in an operation conducted between 01 00 hours and 03 00 hours.

“They are all detained in police custody charged with murder. “She said.

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Do not rush to the media to resolve internal matters, Davies Mwila

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THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party has warned that it will deal with any party official that rushes to the media to embarrass a sitting Cabinet Minister over an administrative issue.

PF Secretary General, Hon Davies Mwila says there must be order and discipline in the ruling party.

Speaking when he addressed the media earlier today, the Secretary General said he does not expect any party official to rush to the media to discuss internal issues of the party.

“The mobilization teams were created to supplement party structures but of late, I have heard statements that I thought I should talk about. All issues being raised about mobilization are supposed to be dealt with administratively. I do not expect anyone to rush to the media on matters of administrative nature,” said Hon Mwila.

“I have heard that a Cabinet Minister has no power to discipline any official! You should know that a Cabinet Minister can complain to my Office and I will deal with you. I will not allow anarchy in the party! There must be order – so if Honourable Bowman Lusambo has gone wrong, the matter must be dealt with administratively. If anyone is going to the media to embarrass the Minister, I will deal with you. Consider this a warning.”

Meanwhile, SG Mwila has lifted the suspension of Luanshya District Chairman Mr. Golden Mulenga because he has shown remorse.

“I have lifted the suspension for Luanshya District Chairman Golden Mulenga because he has been remorseful during the time of suspension.”

(Source: Smart Eagles)

 

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Kakoma Kanganja says he will not allow anyone to plunge this country into chaos

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INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says he will not allow anyone to plunge this country into chaos.

And Kanganja says he has observed a lot of careless statements being uttered or published by some sectors of society, the traditional leadership and Civil Society bordering on inciting anarchy in the country.

Kanganja in a statement warned those in the habbit of issuing such statements to remember that the Police service has a mandate from the Constitution of Zambia to safeguarded public order.

He said he will not watch any individual, irrespective of their standing in society, or grouping champion anarchy in the country.

The I. G appealed to all those in the habit of issuing such statements to stop the practice forthwith or face the wrath of the Law.

“Tolerance has got a limit, therefore, I shall not allow anyone to plunge this country into chaos. A continuation of the trend shall compel us to move in to execute our mandate accordingly,” Kanganja warned.

He also said it is a responsibility of every citizen to play a role in promoting peace in the country.

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Judge Chawatama throws out the case by Pilato and others, who had sued ECZ over voter registration 

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LUSAKA High Court judge Gertrude Chawatama has dismissed a case in which Fumba Chama also known as Pilato and four others wanted to challenge the decision of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to compel duly registered voters to present themselves for verification under a new register for the 2021 general elections as a condition to participate in the poll.
Pilato, Maiko Zulu, Brian Bwembya popularly known as BFlow and two youths Nawa Sitali and Muleta Kapatiso were seeking leave to commence judicial review proceedings to challenge the decision by the ECZ which they argued that it was illegal.
Pilato and Others through their lawyers Mutembo Nchito and Musa Mwenye wanted the court to quash ECZ’s decision for being unreasonable.
But ECZ Chief Electoral Officer Patrick Nshindano urged the court not to grant the applicants’ application because the case was prematurely before court.
He explained that the case by Pilato and others was similar to two other case in court already in which applicants are seeking similar remedies.
Nshindano urged the court not to entertain the application.
“The applicants are  prematurely before this Honourable  Court as the  respondent is guided by the Electoral Process Act in carrying out of the voter registration exercise and the law provides for a redress mechanism for persons aggrieved with the registration process,” Nshindano submitted.
In her ruling, judge Chawatama said allowing proceedings in the Pilato case  to proceed might lead to conflicting decisions by herself and judge Mwila Chitabo who is presiding over a similar matter by the UPND and that that would bring the integrity of the court into disrepute.
She said the decision which would be made before judge Chitabo, although brought  by the UPND, would resolve the issues which Pilato and Others have brought before her.
“I agree with the ECZ that the motives for the respective applicants may be different, the rights they all seem to protect are not of those individual groups or the groups they represent,” the judge said.
Judge Chawatama said the complaints emanated from a set of facts, and that is the decision of the ECZ to require currently validly registered voters in terms of the law to participate in a process that amounts to requiring them to register as voters in a period of one month.
“The reliefs sought in the two matters are similar, the gist of which is to quash the said decision of the respondent,” she said.
Judge Chawatama added that she was also alive to the fact that whatever decision she would make, it might impact on the application for leave for judicial review.
She dismissed the application and granted Pilato and others leave to appeal.
Judge Chawatama however, ordered that each party will bear own costs.
Group spokesperson Muleta Kapatiso after the ruling said the applicants were shocked that the matter was dismissed on grounds that it was similar to that of the UPND.
“It comes to us with shock because in our view, this amounts to telling us that until one case which is being handled by judge Chitabo is heard and finalised, no other citizens will raise anything on similar grounds. We will not be forced to join the UPND and their case,” he said.
“We will continue to seek other avenues to ensure that ECZ is accountable.”

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