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Nelson Phiri, gave orders to police officers to fire at the people that had gathered, HRC says

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FINDINGS into the shooting of State prosecutor Nsama Nsama and United Party for National Development (UPND) supporter Joseph Kaunda have revealed  former Lusaka Province Commissioner of Police, Nelson Phiri, gave orders to police officers to fire at the people that had gathered.
The Commission has since recommended that he must be jointly charged with the case of murder together with the subordinate police officer or police officers who took his orders to shoot  Mr Nsama and Mr Kaunda.
Speaking this morning in Lusaka, Human Rights Commission chairperson Muford Mwandenga said the police command were directly linked to the indiscriminate use of live ammunition which killed the duo.
He said the Commission’s investigations further revealed that police fired teargas canisters and live ammunition to disperse an unarmed crowd that had gathered at the Police Headquarters to offer solidarity Mr Hichilema.
And Mr Mwandenga said comments by some members of the Executive may have contributed to police violence on unarmed citizens
“A few days before the fatal shootings, the Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, issued a statement warning that no person or groups of persons would be allowed at or near the premises of the Zambia Police Service Headquarters where the opposition leader would appear for interviews. He warned that those who would defy the order would be met with police force.
Lusaka Province Minister Hon. Bowman Lusambo specifically directed the Lusaka Commissioner of Police, Mr Phiri to deal with anyone who would offer solidarity to Mr. Hichilema,” he said.
Mr Mwandenga said the Commission strongly believes that such statements from some members of the executive could have contributed to arbitrary action by the police which resulted into the shoot to death of the duo.
He further said the estates of the deceased should be adequately compensated by the State.
“The Zambia Police Service should also desist from taking actions which are likely to result in the gross violation of human rights such as extra-judicial killing, arbitrary arrests and detentions and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of participants in assemblies whether lawful or not,” he said.
Mr Nsama and Kaunda were shot dead near police headquarters when police summoned UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.

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Church politicians must collaborate, says President Edgar Lungu 

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PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has continued meeting various church leaders to strengthen relations between Government and the Church and yesterday met the Lusaka Association of Zambian Diocesan Clergy at State House.

President Lungu urged the Church to continue preaching peace and praying for all political players, as the country heads to the general elections on 12th August, 2021.

The President emphasised the need for the Church to preach peace to all political players and that all stakeholders must embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“It is peace that we should share throughout this season. Let us continue collaborating with the Church and the politicians, and let no one put this collaboration asunder, ” the President said.

The President called on the Church to offer constructive criticism to Government and compliment Government where it has done well.

And Association President Father Gabriel Mwanamwalye said one of the mandates Jesus Christ gave to the Clergy is to preach peace.

Father Mwanamwalye encouraged the President and other political leaders to promote peace among political party supporters. He appealed to Zambians to embrace peace in this election year and regard peace as a commodity which should be guarded.

Father Mwanamwalye appealed to eligible voters to participate in the forthcoming elections.

“As priests we will not embrace partisan politics because the people in church support different political parties, ” he stated, adding, “Peace must be preached before, during and after the general elections to avoid bloodshed. We ask all leaders to restrain their cadres as this is time to promote peace and coexistence. Ours is a nation of One Zambia One Nation and we are one regardless of where we come from. “

Also in attendance were Presidential Affairs Minister Hon. Freedom Sikazwe, and
National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister, Hon. Godfredah Sumaili. Father Mwanamwalye was accompanied by Father Joseph Sakala and Father Bryson
Phiri.

This is according to press statement issued by Issac Chipampe, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations.

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President Lungu calls on Judges to exercise impartiality and high levels of integrity ahead of this year’s general elections

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says the role of the Judiciary ahead of this year’s general elections will be critical as most political players and other stakeholders will seek different forms of court relief.

The President has since called on judges to exercise impartiality and high levels of integrity in the discharge of their duties.

Speaking this morning when he swore in seven Judges of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and Court of Appeal, the Head of State said he is confident that their individual diverse experiences in the administration of justice will be invaluable.

He also assured the judiciary that government is committed to ensuring that the establishment of the Constitutional Court and Court of Appeal is filled to optimum levels.

“I am aware that the Judiciary’s commendable efforts to deliver timely and efficient justice will only bear fruit when challenges facing the institution are addressed. These challenges include insufficient space to accommodate judges and support staff and provision of official transport for judges of the superior courts,” he said.

The President further said government will soon undertake a robust construction of court infrastructure to address the critical challenge of inadequate space faced by the judiciary.

“My government is further addressing funding to the judiciary to meet judges’ entitlements as provided for under the law,” he said.

The new Judges include, Supreme Court Judge Fulgency Chisanga, Concourt Justices Mwila Chitabo, Mathew Chisunka, Judy Mulongoti and Anessie Michael Banda-Bobo.

Other are Court of Appeal justices, Nicola Ann Sharpe-Phiri and former legal aid board deputy director Kelvin Muzenga.

(Picture by State House)

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Public Administrators condemns PF cadres for harassing a civil servant 

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THE Association for Public Administration in Zambia(APAZ) says the conduct of PF cadres who stormed the Ministry of Works and Supply to harass a woman they claim to be UPND in the presence of the Permanent Secretary connotes criminality.

APAZ president Sikawala Musonda has since called on the police to thoroughly investigate the matter and ensure that all the perpetrators are prosecuted.

“We note, with dismay, a video circulating in which a female civil servant believed to be stationed at the Ministry of Works and Supply is being harassed by political party cadres in the presence of the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary.

The treatment of the lady in the video is not only disappointing but takes away the basic dignity and respect for a woman, something that Zambians are not known for. If not curtailed, this behaviour will have an adverse effect on professionalism in the civil service,” he said.

Mr Musonda has also commended the Secretary to the cabinet Dr Simon Miti and the police command for moving swiftly to apprehend the main suspect.

He said the move will send a strong message to would-be offenders.

Mr Musonda further said the association will follow the matter until justice prevails.

“As APAZ we are reminded of the basics of Public Administration and Management in general, and specifically the concept of “politics- administration dichotomy” in which it is expected that politics should be separated from the professional bureaucracy. It is our hope that going forward such incidents will have no place in our society,” Mr Musonda said

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