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Chapter One writes to Chief Justice to probe ministers who have not declared their assets and income

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CHAPTER One Foundation Limited (COF) has lodged in an official complaint to the Chief Justice Irene Mambilima  citing the Ministers who have not declared their assets, to launch an investigation into the breach of the Law.
COF has since appealed to Ministers and other specified public officers to make annual declarations of their assets, liabilities, total income and their sources of income.
The foundation says failure to make declarations of their income and the sources of income to the standard required by law is a breach of their statutory duty.
In a statement made available to Mwebantu, the foundation has urged the holders of public office to abide by the standard to which the law holds them and make declarations that comply with the provisions of section 10 of the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct Act.
“It is for this reason that Section 10 of the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct Act Chapter 16 of the Laws of Zambia states in mandatory terms that any person holding a Ministerial and or other specified public office must make annual declarations of their assets, liabilities, total income, and the sources of their income,” reads the statement.
The foundation state that the declarations are to be entered in a register which is under the custodianship of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Zambia and which register may be inspected by members of the public.
“We note that while the standard of declarations is clearly spelled out by the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct Act, several public office holders who are obligated to make declarations have either made inconsistent declarations that do not comply with their statutory mandate or have not made any declarations at all since their appointment to public office,” it says.
COF has however commended Minister of Justice, Given Lubinda, who has consistently made declarations to the standard required by the law.
“We remain committed to the protecting the constitution and the rights of Zambians to demand accountability and transparency in the governance of their country,” reads the statement.

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Musenge apologises to Lungu, PF – says he’s ready to be an ordinary member

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MWENYA Musenge has apologised for his “unpalatable” sentiments aimed at President Edgar Lungu and Patriot Front during his time as National Democratic Congress (NDC) secretary general.

The jobless former Copperbelt minister says he is now ready to work with the PF as an ordinary member.

Musenge rejoined the ruling party yesterday after being expelled alongside NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili in 2017 for gross misconduct.

Following their expulsions, Musenge and Kambwili formed NDC but their comradeship soon crumbled leading the former’s expulsion.

As Musenge returned “home”yesterday,
he declared his readiness to be an ordinary member of the ruling party.

Before yesterday, Musenge was a secretary general of a little known political party, Agenda for Human Development (AHD).

He announced that all members of the same AHD met and decided to rejoin the ruling party, saying there was less time for AHD to mobilise members ahead of the August general elections.

Musenge said AHD decided to go back to PF because of the leadership that President Edgar Lungu had shown on so many issues affecting the nation.

He said in as much as the country was not being managed properly, he feels the PF had the potential to revive the nation.

And welcoming Musenge to PF an a ceremony in Kitwe, mobilization chairman Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba aka GBM said the Zambian economy under PF has been well managed and performing well compared to other countries.

(Source:Kalemba)

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President Edgar Lungu receives shooting report

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has received the full report from the Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kanganja on the shooting to death of two citizens in Lusaka last month.

Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe has confirmed.

He said the President has studied the report and handed it over to the Director of Public Prosecution.

“The President has studied the report and has since handed it over to the Director of Public Prosecution for her attention. The President, however, states that the due process of the law must take place,” stated Chipampe.

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Its social distancing campaigns!, ECZ guides political parties

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THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has developed guidelines which will encourage political parties and other stakeholders to use appropriate campaign strategies such as mobile public address system, distribution of flyers and other political party materials with minimal or no contact with a crowd during campaigns.
And the Commission has maintained that it will not reopen the voter registration exercise which came to an end on December 20, last year.
In a media statement addressing various concerns by stakeholders,  ECZ Corporate Affairs manager Patricia Luhanga said once campaigns are authorised, all stakeholders must adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.
She said on polling day, the Commission will adhere to the required public health guidelines such as sanitising, wearing of face masks and physical distancing as the electorate cast their votes.
And on the restrictions on the number of international observers accredited to observe the 2021 general election, Ms Luhanga said  interested International observers should follow the application procedure which is channelled
through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for onward recommendation for accreditation to the Commission.
“On the other hand Public Health Regulations and in this regard COVID-19 guidelines are a preserve of the Ministry of Health. Therefore, the Commission will be guided by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health respectively on how to proceed with accreditation of international observers.
The Commission is aware of the risk associated with international travel in the spread of COVID-19 and the concerns raised by stakeholders are valid and the relevant institutions working with the Commission would need to ensure that measures are put in place should the need arise for accrediting international observers,” she said.
She however said international agencies that have presence in the country and are interested in observing the elections can utilise local staff in the event that travel restrictions are imposed.
Ms Luhanga further said the Commission will this time around not conduct an audit of the register given that there is a new register of voters which will address most of the concerns that stakeholders may have.
She said stakeholders wishing to conduct an independent audit of the register should take advantage of the verification of voter details once the Commission opens up the verification and physical inspection of the Voters Register to the public.
 Meanwhile, the Commission will not reopen the voter registration exercise which came to an end on 20th December 2020.
“The registration exercise ran for a period of 38 days inclusive of a four-day extension. In this period, the Commission registered a provisional total number of 7,020,749 voters, representing a record 83% of the projected number of eligible voters.
The Commission is committed to continuously engage all stakeholders including political parties, Civil Society and Faith-based Organisations among others as we approach the 2021 General Elections,” Ms Luhanga said.
She said the Commission will further endeavour to engage all stakeholder prior to main activities such as inspection of the Provisional Voters Register, Nominations and the General Elections among others.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

27 Jan 2021, 10:17 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

47,622 Total Cases
672 Deaths
40,362 Recovered

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