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Banker demands K200,000 over malicious graffiti prosecution

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AFTER being arrested and detained on allegations that he wrote graffiti “Free HH” on the wall of a toilet in Government complex in 2017, a banker has gone to the Lusaka High Court demanding K240, 000 compensation for malicious imprisonment.

Mwanakatwe Sikasalu complains that his reputation as a professional banker has been tarnished in that he has been denied employment and business opportunities because he viewed as an untrustworthy criminal after being maliciously arrested in 2017.

Mr Sikasula also wants the court to order the State to pay him special damages and the money he spent on medication after developing an allergy while he was in detention.

He states in the court documents that he was arrested at Government complex for disorderly conduct based on the allegation over a graffiti ‘Free HH’ written on the wall in one of the toilets.

The plaintiff submits that during the material time, he was at one of the ablution blocks at Government complex.

“The plaintiff then heard people screaming on top of their voices and before he could understand what was being said, he was grabbed by several people accusing him of having written graffiti,” the document reads.

“The plaintiff was roughed up like a common criminal and dragged to the complex’s main reception where he was forced to sit on the floor for a period of time.

“While this was happening, several people gathered around, others attempted to beat the plaintiff calling him all sorts of unpleasant names with others taking pictures and videos of him,” the document reads.

Mr Sikasula also complains that some of his aggressors streamed the embarrassing ordeal live on Facebook before he was later detained and denied police bond at Lusaka Central Police Station.

“The plaintiff was later on transferred to Kamwala Remand Correctional Facility for 15 days. The plaintiff later developed a skin condition which caused the inflammation of his skin all over the body. He was treated at Sikanze Hospital using prescribed procaine penicillin and hydrocortisone,” the document reads.

He submits that his detention was wrong and without reasonable cause.

“The plaintiff’s arrest was calculated to humiliate, embarrass and bring his reputation in public odium as the incident was aired by all media houses,” the document reads.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 29th November, 2022)

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President Hakainde Hichilema to attend state funeral of late Namibian President Hage G. Geingob in Windhoek

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is tomorrow expected to travel to Windhoek, Namibia on to attend the State Funeral of Dr Hage G.Geingob, late President of the Republic of Namibia.

In a statement issued by acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mulambo Haimbe said the Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, 24th February 2024 at Independence Stadium with attendance anticipated from foreign Heads of State and Government alongside other invited dignitaries.

“The Burial Service will take place on Sunday, 25th February 2024 at Heroes Acre,” he said.

President Geingob, 82, passed away on 4th February 2024 in Namibia, having served as President of the Republic of Namibia from 2015 until his passing.

Mr Haimbe said President Hichilema is expected to return to Zambia immediately after his engagement.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Munir defies dress code,named and suspended from parliamentary proceedings

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BARELY 24 hours after Speaker Nelly Mutti’s directive against traditional wear in Parliament, Lumezi Member of Parliament  Munir Zulu has defied the order, leading to his suspension from Parliament.

The speaker has since named Mr Zulu for grossly disorderly behavior, stating that he had deliberately defied the guidance given yesterday.

This was after Mr Zulu was spotted in Parliament wearing a traditional attire of the people of Luapula.

“I am sure honourable member for Lumezi knows the dress code. And yesterday Members were guided so honourable member for Lumezi is deliberately defying the order and guidance given. Under the circumstances, honourable Member for Lumezi, I will name you,” she said.

“Mr Munir Zulu I find your behaviour grossly disorderly and sending you away for today’s sitting is insufficient. I therefore in accordance with standing order 208 name you,” she said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mutale Nalumango says those threatening to have free education removed are irresponsible and should not be trusted.

Mrs Nalumango said free education is not an area to tamper with as it has given hope to many vulnerable children.

Mrs Nalumango was responding to a concern raised by Kabwe central Member of Parliament Chrizoster Phiri Halwindi during the Vice President question session ,who expressed concern by some leaders commenting that they will remove the free education policy.

However, Mrs Nalumango said it is unbelievable and saddening to hear some leaders utter such comments.

“It is actually unbelievable that any leader in any country would stand to fight free education.You truly want children to remain on the streets? You want the girl child to marry at 14-years old because they cannot go to school? You want boys to be fluffies or junkies? Free education has given hope, or did you want to be the only ones whose children go to school so that you continue to do wrong things? Therefore, it is irresponsible for anyone to declare that,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Speaker bars MPs from wearing Ngoni traditional headgear in Parliament.

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SPEAKER of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has ordered Members of Parliament not to to wear the Nc’wala traditional ceremony head gear in the house as doing so is against parliamentary rules.

All roads are leading to the Eastern Province ahead of the ceremony taking place on Saturday.

Some MPs have been caught in the excitement to the extent of putting on the head gear in Parliament before being ruled out by the speaker.

Ms Mutti advised the MPs to show their support outside the house as standing order 206 (1) (C) does not allow for the wearing head gears in the house.

“Honourable members, I have one announcement to make to effect that it was observed yesterday during the sitting of the house that some members wire the Ngoni traditional head gear. This is possibly in support of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.

“”I wish to however, advise the house that standing order number 206 (1) (C) of the National Assembly standing orders 2021 is instructive of attire that is permissible. The provision allows members to wear decent traditional attire such as ‘Siziba’.

“[The] Decency of attire is a question of fact and maybe viewed differently especially if worn in an incomplete manner. I therefore find that the wearing of the Ngoni traditional head gear in the house was inappropriate in accordance with standing orders. Therefore I will not permit henceforth any honorable member to continue wearing such attires in the house,” Ms Mutti said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Local Government Garry Nkombo has said the national mourning declared in respect of the passing of President of Namibia Hage Geingob will not affect celebration of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony.

He made the announcement following a concern raised by his Chitambo counterpart, Remember Mutale, through a matter of urgent public importance.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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