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Police are quick in arresting opposition party members, than those of the ruling party, Church says

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POLICE have been selectively enforcing the law by quickly arresting those perceived to belong to the opposition while giving a blind eye to those aligned to the governing party irrespective of the crimes they commit, the Council of Churches in Zambia(CCZ) has observed.
The Church says the behaviour has become a danger to national unity and peace, that the country has continuously been praying and fasting for.
In a statement to Mwebantu, CCZ  sectretary general, Reverend Canon Emmanuel Chikoya said the church is therefore, saddened by the conduct of overzealous police officers who were arresting  National Democratic Congress leader, Chishimba Kambwili’s wife and daughter, to the point of almost undressing them in the process.
“As observed by the Human Rights Commission and the Non-Governmental Gender Coordinating Committee , the treatment that was given to Mrs Kambwili and her daughter was cruel, inhuman and degrading.
Acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of suspects are categorically forbidden under article 15 of the Constitution of Zambia, Chapter 1 of the Laws of Zambia and under International Human Rights Law,” Reverend Chikoya said.
He said Zambia is a democracy where citizens are guaranteed human rights which must be recognised and respected by law enforcement agencies.
The clergy man said failure to respect the rights of suspects regardless of their offence is a violation of the law.
He said the church therefore condemns the unprofessional, heavy handedness and brutality by the Zambia Police on defenceless and unarmed citizens.
‘We, however, do not condone careless behaviour that may threaten the safety of others.  The Police and other law enforcement agencies have the responsibility to ensure that all offenders are brought before the law. What we don’t agree with is the manner in which the Police apply the law in an effort to maintain order,” he said.
Reverend Chikoya has reminded the police that it is both humane and Constitutional for them not to allow family members, relatives and friends to have access to their incarcerated loved ones as denying them access to their incarcerated loved ones is a violation of the law.
He further said failure to run the police professionally is a danger to national peace and security.
Reverend Chikoya further Zambia has been known for peace in a long time, but with the manner the police have been treating citizens under the current government, the church is getting very concerned about the sustainability of the much-cherished peace.
“We, therefore, urge the Government and the Zambia Police to be professional where the application of law and order are concerned, regardless of who is involved in the offence or crime. When this is done, our prayers will be accepted by God. Failure to do our responsibility, God cannot answer our prayers for sustained national unity and peace,” he said

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu appreciates role of Chiefs in Governance

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he prays that the collapsed Bill 10 will be resuscitated after the 2021 General Elections.
And President Lungu says he is concerned that some citizens only visit their chiefdoms when they want land.
Speaking when he met tradional leaders yesterday, President Lungu says he respects and treasures the role of  chiefs in the country and is commited  to improving their welfare.
“I appreciated the role traditional leader play in the country’s governance system. All of us belong to chiefdoms and we have a responsibility to respect our chiefs and respect them,” President Lungu said in a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.
President Lungu said he also regrets that the Bill 10 which was supposed to revisit some laws meant to improve the welfare of traditional leaders collapsed.
“This is threatening the existence of our traditional leaders. We hope that after the election, we will resuscitate the Bill to bring sanity in the institution. In the meantime, we will continue to work together even with the short time of the tenure of office of the House of Chiefs,” said President Lungu.
(Picture by Salim Henry/State House)

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President Edgar Lungu receives credentials of three new ambassadors to Zambia

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called on Diplomats accredited to Zambia to dedicate their time and energy to exploring and discovering more areas of mutual economic interest and cooperation.

Speaking when he received letter of credence from the Ambassadors accredited to Zambia, at State House yesterday, President Lungu assured the diplomats that this government is keen to develop new areas of cooperation with other countries in various sectors of mutual interest.

“I wish to heartily congratulate your Excellencies, on your appointments as Ambassadors accredited to Zambia. Allow me to accept your letters of credence,” President Lungu said.

“Your excellencies, although the world economy is still grappling with the negative effects of the covid-19 pandemic, my government is keen to develop new areas of cooperation with your respective countries in various sectors of mutual interest.”

President Lungu also assured the diplomats of his government’s support and cooperation as they carry out their duties in Zambia.

The Diplomats who presented their letters of Credence to President Lungu were: Mr. Ali Abdullah Salim Al Mahruqi, Ambassador designate of the Sultanate of Oman Mrs. Charity Charamba, Ambassador designate of the Republic of Zimbabwe Mr Francois Goldbiatt, Ambassador designate of the Republic of France.

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The image of alleged under-age person registered as a voter is staged, ECZ says

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THE  Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says it is aware of the images and information circulating on social-media of the alleged under-age person registered as a voter.
ECZ acting Public Relations Manager Sylvia Bwalya has told Mwebantu in a statement that preliminary investigations indicate that the images are staged.
She said the Commission is still
investigating the matter and will inform the public on the findings of the case.
Ms Bwalya explained that the requirements for one to register as a voter are that one must be a Zambian citizen of 18 years and above and in possession of a green National Registration
Card.
She said anyone who does not meet the requirements and attempts to register as a voter commits an offence which is liable for prosecution.
“The Commission therefore calls on the public to desist from such vices and report
anyone found attempting to perform any illegality, to the Commission or the
nearest police station,” she said.

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