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Kambwili jailed for 2 years in prison with hard labour but will serve 1 year of the sentence 

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NATIONAL Democratic Congress party president Chishimba Kambwili has been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour for forgery and uttering a false document.
Lusaka principal resident magistrate David Simusamba sentenced him to 12 months in the count of forgery and another 12 months for uttering a false document which sentences will run concurrently meaning Kambwili will only serve a year in prison.
Magistrate Simusamba, however, acquitted Kambwili on a charge of giving false information to a public officer.
The offences related to the registration of Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services.
Equity and Economic Party leader Chilufya Tayali was the complainant in the matter.
It was alleged that Kambwili on October 29, 2013, with intent to defraud or deceive, he forged a No Change Return (Companies Form 71) purporting to show that it was genuinely signed by Mwamba, his son when in fact not.
Count two alleges that Kambwili on the same day he forged the No Change Return form, he knowingly and fraudulently uttered it to an officer at Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA).
In the third count, he is accused of giving false information to a public officer.
Magistrate Simusamba in his judgment said the prosecution proved a case beyond reasonable doubt as regards count one and two of forgery and uttering a false document but that the prosecution failed to adduce sufficient evidence in the third count, resulting in an acquittal.
Magistrate Simusamba said it was a fact that Kambwili forged the No Change Return form by creating a fictitious name ‘Mwamba Chishimba’ and uttered the same document to the Patents and Companies Agency (PACRA).
He said the NRC number which was used on the registration forms for Mwamona was for Sampa Kambwili and that the accused assigned that NRC to his son in order to comply with registration procedures.
Magistrate Simusamba said he agreed with complainant,  Equity and Economic Party president Chilufya Tayali and arresting officer Stanley Mumbula, that Mwamba Chishimba was a fictitious person used in the incorporation of the company.
The magistrate said he found as a fact that Kambwili forged Form 71 (No Change Return Form) which was the subject of the matter by purporting that he was signing on behalf of his son Chishimba Mwamba when in fact he did not sign in a representation form but on his own behalf, saying that was the reason why he was called a director of Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services.
He found Kambwili guilty and convicted him in count one and two but acquitted him in count three.
In mitigation, one of Kambwili’s lawyer Musa Mwenye, State Counsel, pleaded for maximum leniency, saying Kambwili is a diabetic patient who is dependent on a  life support machine when sleeping.
He said the convict was also a family man who also heads a political party.
He asked the court to consider giving his client a suspended or non custodial sentence.
But magistrate Simusamba in passing sentence said he has considered that Kambwili was a first offender but also considered his conduct during the proceedings.
“I have come to a conclusion that he has no regard for institutions of of Justice given the way he conducted himself,” he said.
Magistrate Simusamba said he has tried many high profile people, including Nevers Mumba, who was in court for Kambwili’s judgment, but that none of them conducted themselves like the convict.
He said other high profile people always conducted themselves in a dignified manner and showed respect to the court.
Magistrate Simusamba said Kambwili deserved a punitive sentence to send as a warning to those who think they can disrespect the court.
He sentenced him 12 months in the count of forgery and 12 months in the uttering a false document count which sentences would run concurrently, meaning Kambwili will serve a year in prison with hard labour.
After the verdict, Kambwili thank magistrate Simusamba but the magistrate told him to thank himself.
Meanwhile, before magistrate Simusamba could adjourn the case after concluding judgment,   Kambwili’s lead lawyer Musa Mwenye rose to make an application for bail, pending appeal.
But magistrate Simusamba described the conduct as unprecedented.
He wondered what time the defence lodged the appeal when he had just finished reading the judgment.
Mwenye then asked to see the magistrate in chambers.
Magistrate Simusamba has set Tuesday as date for hearing the bail application.

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Chileshe Kandeta arrested for leaking the 2021 National Budget Speech 

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POLICE in Lusaka have charged and arrested Ministry of Finance Public Relations officer Chileshe Kandeta and Lazarous Mwelwa, a Budget Analyst at Ministry of Finance for the offence of Communication of Certain Information contrary to section Four chapter 111 of the State Security Act.
Acting police spokesperson Danny Mwale confirmed the arrest of Kandeta, 50 of Kabulonga and Mwelwa aged 46 of Chamba Valley.
“This is in relation to the leaking of the 2021 National Budget Speech which went viral before it was officially presented in Parliament.They are detained in Police custody awaiting court appearance,” Mwale said.
Earlier, Lusaka Province police Nelson Phiri expressed ignorance over Kandeta’s arrest, saying he has no information.
Police locked up Kandeta over allegations of the leakage of the National Budget.
He was summoned on Thursday and immediately locked up.
The police have summoned various media personnel over allegations that the national budget was leaked and published before Minister of Finance Dr. Bwalya Ngandu presented and delivered it in Parliament.
Diamond TV chief executive officer Costa Mwansa and Head of Current Affairs, George Chomba.

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Lusaka is totally transformed, but utupuba tu letalika, President Edgar Lungu says 

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has bragged at how Lusaka has greatly transformed owing to various projects his Government has initiated.

Speaking when he commissioned the Arcades Fly-over bridge in Lusaka, President Lungu said Government will continue to improve the face of Lusaka as it is the capital city.

He said the city has totally transformed, stressing that “a diplomat who left Zambia and was recently visiting from South Africa could not remember Lusaka because of the way it has been transformed”.

“He told us that he could not trace where he used to stay here in Lusaka and that is a fact because Lusaka is totally transformed, but ‘utupuba tu letalika’ (small fools are arguing),” The head of State said.

(Picture by Eddie Mwanaleza/State House)

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Vox populi, Vox dei, Linda Kasonde says 

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THE people of Zambia have spoken. Now is the time to set aside our political affiliations and forge a unified national agenda that will benefit Zambians from all walks of life, says Chapter One Foundation Executive Director Linda Kasonde.
Ms Kasonde has congratulated all the members of Parliament, Civil society, Churches, and ordinary citizens who stood firm in defeating the Constitution Amendment Bill No. 10 of 2019 (Bill 10).
In a statement to Mwebantu, Ms Kasonde said shooting down the Bill is a collective victory for Zambian democracy and the future of the people.
She said since President Fredrick Chiluba’s attempt to stand for a third term in office, the people of Zambia have stood together and remained resolute against creeping autocracy.
“This is a gift that we have given unto ourselves. The greatest victory is the re-awakening of the Zambian people to the fact that their voice matters, and that people power does work. We hope that this lesson will not be forgotten as we continue to face many governance issues as a democracy,” she said.
Ms Kasonde has urged government to remember that they are the servants of the people adding that [Vox populi, vox dei] the voice of the people is the voice of God.
She said now is the time to set aside political affiliations and forge a unified national agenda that will benefit Zambians from all walks of life.
“We are faced with serious challenges as a nation: Mounting debt and inflation, a declining economy, corruption, social disintegration, and political disharmony.
We have a generational responsibility to defeat these vices as a people. Let us all join hands and continue to be resolute as One Zambia, One Nation,” Ms Kasonde said.

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