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ConCourt dismisses petition by  magistrate Mwelwa to deregister political parties like UPND 

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THE Constitutional Court has dismissed a petition by former  Livingstone magistrate Benjamin Mwelwa to deregister political parties that have not promoted and practiced democracy through regular, free and fair elections.
Magistrate Mwelwa petitioned the Constitutional Court, seeking an order that the Registrar of Societies deregisters any political party which came into existence following the Amendment of the Constitution on January 5, 2016 and has not promoted and practiced democracy through regular, free and fair elections within its political party.
But in a ruling delivered today, Concourt Judge Enock Mulembe said the petition lacked merit because it did not disclose sufficient details of how the Attorney General and the Electoral Commission of Zambia breached the constitution by not preventing political parties that have not practiced free and fair elections within their parties from participating in elections.
He said the argument by UPND secretary general Stephen Katuka that the petition did not disclose a cause of action against the attorney general and the electoral body had merit.
“In view of the foregoing, we have come to the conclusion that the petition does not reveal sufficient details to warrant the existence of the cause of action against the Attorney General and ECZ or how they have allegedly breached Article 60(2)(d) of the Constitution and section 8 of Act number 1 of 2016 to justify this Court’s intervention,” justice Mulembe said.

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No Zambian trucks were torched in South Africa, says Amb. Major General Jackson Miti (Rtd)

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ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says no Zambian trucks were torched in the recent spike of violent protests against foreign drivers in that country

This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs Naomi Nyawali, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in South Africa.

General Miti said speculations circulating on various media platforms that four trucks belonging to Zambian drivers were torched are not true.

He said during this period of violent protests, Zambian truck drivers were advised to park their trucks until the situation normalized.

General Miti said the Mission in Pretoria was making frantic efforts in ensuring the safety of Zambian drivers together with their properties

He re-echoed his advice to Zambian drivers traveling to and from South Africa to be vigilant on the roads for their safety.

General Miti has further advised the Zambian media and the public to get accurate updates on the situation from the Mission or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to avoid being given fake news

South Africa has recently experienced an eruption of violent protests against foreign truck drivers by local drivers, the situation which has seen about 30 foreign trucks burnt in some parts of the country, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal province.

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Resign today, if they want to take part in the 2021 elections, PF SG Davies Mwila, tells civil servants

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ALL civil servants serving in foreign missions, state owned enterprises, quasi government and grant aided institutions to resign if they intend to contest elections next year, been instructed to relinquish their current positions by November, 30, 2020.
Speaking a Media briefing, PF secretary general Davies Mwila said the will not entertain any civil servant who will not comply with Government’s directive.
He said the move is aimed at protecting the integrity and impartiality of the public service as it implements governments programmes before, during and after elections.
“I wish to inform the public that following the secular by the government that all civil servants including those in foreign mission who wish to contest must resign from public service. The PF will not entertain any civil servants or Public service officer who will not comply with the Government directive,” Mr Mwila said
And Mr Mwila said the party will continue engage the Electoral Commission of Zambia in order to address the slow pace of the process.
“We also want to encourage our members to register as voters,” he said.
Mr Mwila also disclosed that the PF has held District and Constituency elections in Southern and Western Provinces.
He said in December, the party will hold provincial elections in Southern and Western Provinces.
The SG said only Northern and Luapula are the two provinces remaining.
Mwila said after the provincial elections, the party will then decide when to hold the general conference.

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HH troubled by the continued violent attacks of Zambian Truck drivers in South Africa

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UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says it is time for Africans to dialogue and start addressing issues that affect their unity, stability and economic prosperity.
And Hichilema has called on South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to denounce the the continued violence and ill treatment of Zambian Truck drivers in that country.
In a statement, Hichilema said the continued xenophobic attacks against foreign truck drivers in South Africa is painful because of the economic impact it has on the region as well as to the incomes of truck drivers who work under difficult conditions to make earnings and provide for their families.
“We have learnt with sadness the continued and escalating violence and ill-treatment of Zambian truck drivers along with those from other African nations operating in, or moving through South Africa,” Hichilema said.
Hichilema said  that he is troubled by the unfortunate phenomenon because of the wedge it drives into African unity.
He said now is the time that African people begin to engage in dialogue to address issues that affect their unity, stability and economic prosperity.
“Let us take this as an opportunity to engage and stand together in unity to bring down xenophobia and to elevate our aspirations as harmonious people for the betterment of our continent,” said Hichilema.
He also appealed to President Ramaphosa to denounce the unfortunate trend and allow for the convening of leaders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) along with other stakeholders to evaluate the circumstances, mitigate sources of xenophobia and conflict, and enact reforms that strengthen the region’s social and economic cohesion.

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