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Adoption of visually impaired candidate, Dr. Thomas Mtonga, elates BSLT

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BORN Short Living Tall (BSLT) Zambia has welcomed the adoption of Thomas Mtonga, a visually impaired person to stand as Patriotic Front (PF) candidate for Chasefu constituency in the Eastern province during the forthcoming General Elections.

BSLT executive director Ntalasha Chisha said the adoption of Mr Mtonga, a lecturer at the University of Zambia gives hope to the cries of differently-abled persons.

He further said the adoption is a victory for differently-abled not only in Chasefu but elsewhere.

“We are calling on the people of Chasefu to rally behind him not because of his physical appearance but because he is a human being like any other who can represent the people and deliver,” Mr Chisha.

He also congratulated the PF for showing a great example to all political parties by choosing Mr Mtonga, the organization feel will be a great voice for the masses of differently-abled persons once elected in Parliament.

Mr Chisha further said his organization will pay nomination fees to adopted persons living with disabilities as a way of showing them support as it wants issues affecting differently-abled persons being represented by the affected persons themselves.

“Mr Mtonga’s adoption is indeed a game changer and we wish him all the very best in his campaigns,” he said.

 

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Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF

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POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.

In a media  statement issued,  Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area,  Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.

“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.

She further reminded  all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.

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ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates

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THE Constitutional Court has thrown out a petition which was challenging the nominations of running mates for lack of merit.

The court said the running mates are not supposed to pay nomination fees and also provide 100 supporters because they are merely invited by the party presidents.

Researcher and lecturer at UNZA Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa and Lusaka lawyer Alfred
Kanda petitioned 16 running mates to the Presidential candidates for political parties, seeking the nullification of their nominations because they do not meet the conditions set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) when filing in nomination
papers.

Those challenged are President Edgar Lungu’s running mate Professor Nkandu Luo, UPND’s Mutale Nalumango and running mates for all political parties taking part in this year’s elections.

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President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares

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THE Constitutional Court has declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the August 12 General Elections.

This is the third time the Constitutional Court is ruling that President Lungu is eligible to stand as President.

Delivering the abridged majority judgment, judge Anne Sitali declared that President Lungu was entitled to contest the elections as he has not twice held office.

She said Article 106 does not bar President Lungu from participating in the election this year.

“The first respondent’s nomination is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021.

The petitions have no merit and each party to bear own costs,” judge Sitali said.
However, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Professor Margaret Munalula, indicated that she had a dissenting judgment which she will deliver on June 30.

Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Chapter One Foundation and University of Zambia (UNZA) researcher and lecturer Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, through their lawyers John Sangwa and Linda Kasonde, argued that President Lungu already held office as President twice and that he was therefore, not eligible to stand in the forthcoming elections.

President Lungu was represented by Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba, Joseph Jalasi, Sakwiba Sikota and Lubinda Linyama while Attorney General Likando Kalaluka appeared for the State.

(PICTURE: FILE)

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