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Bonanza ‘NO SHOW’ as he losses Kwacha constituency seat, while PF expresses shock over the judicial system stating that it will go back on ground



PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Kwacha area Member of Parliament Joe Malanji has lost his seat after the Constitutional Court nullified his election on account that he did not have a grade 12 certificate.

This comes barely a week after PF Kabushi law maker Bowman Lusambo was ‘bulldozed to scrap’

This has left Malanji to also face the same fate after he failed to prove before court that he had a grade 12 certificate before standing as Member of Parliament in the August 12 General Elections of last year.

Mr Malanji last year appealed following a loss in a petition made by United Party for National Development (UPND) losing candidate Charles Mulenga in the Lusaka High Court, in which he contended did not have a grade 12 certificate.

However, Mr Malanji appealed the loss on grounds that the court erred in law and fact in holding that he did not possess a grade 12 certificate at the time of his standing as Kwacha area Member of Parliament when in fact he did.

And when the matter came up before the Constitutional Court, judge Professor Justice Margaret Munalula reading the judgement on behalf of other judges said that they had considered the appeal and heard the arguments on record.

“However, the appellants only proof of having of a grade 12 certificate is his testimony that he held a certificate. There is no record on of the grade 12 certificate and so he did not have a grade 12 certificate during his re-election, therefore, the Kwacha seat is vacant,” she said.

After the ruling, acting Secretary General Nickson Chilangwa said the PF were shocked with the outcome.

“We are shocked with the judicial system, however, we will go back on the ground and tell the people of Kwacha because the outcome is not true,” he said.

And Mr Mulenga who was delighted with the result said that he will re-contest the vacant seat on the UPND ticket.

“I want to declare that I am re-contesting the seat and the mighty UPND will win,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022)


Esther Mwata Katongo among 14 officers separated from the police service



FORMER Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo is among 14 officers that have been retired in National interest.

Also among the retired officers is former Copperbelt Province Deputy Police Commissioner who was also police assistant Commissioner Bothwell Namuswa.

“I wish to inform you that the Zambia Police service commission acting in the name and on behalf of his Excellency the President has directed that the following officers be separated from the service with immediate effect. The guidance for the speration should be as follows, those that have attained mandatory or early retirement or long service be sperated accordingly and the others should be be separated in National interest,”

“The people separated are Dr Fred Mulenga, Dolnard Mwandula, Chanda Chisanga, Mr Chisi Edwin, Namuswa Bothwell, Chaambwa Chrispin, Mbuzi Lazarous, Tembo Simon, Kataka Kozhi, Shinga Arthur, Ngosa Chipasha, Esther Mwata Katongo, Mbita Panza, Nkhoma Edgar, Hudson Zulu, Hamweene Aubrey,” read the directive.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, August 13th, 2022)

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Honey Bee directors arrested for allegedly uttering false documents



THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested three directors of Honey Bee Pharmacy Limited for allegedly uttering of false documents.

ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe said the Commission has arrested Abdurrauf Abdurahim Motala, 41 of house number 107 Umodzi Highway in Chipata, Zakir Motala, 42, of ABM Apartments in Lusaka and Imran Runat, 40, house number 429 Obote Road in Lusaka.

Mrs Chibwe said the directors have been arrested on one count of uttering of a false document contrary to section 352 and 347 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

She said their arrest comes in the wake of a contract awarded in August 2019 by the government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health to Honey Bee Pharmacy, for the  supply of 22,500 health kits to health centers countrywide at a contract sum of $17,000,000.00.

“Investigations have established that the three directors of HoneyBee Pharmacy Limited, uttered false documents to the Ministry of Health as part of the tender documents for the supply and delivery of health kits. The documents included, undated recommendation letters from South Africa and Malawi and an Audit Financial Statement purportedly prepared by an auditor but which was not the case,” she said.

Mrs Chibwe said the arrest is only one part of the many aspects of the case involving Honey Bee Pharmacy that the Commission has been investigating.

She said investigations on the other aspects continue.

(Mwebantu, Friday, August 12th, 2022)

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Bus operators agree to reduce fares, RTSA says



AFTER running battles with police recently over the reduced bus fares that were announced by the Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA), the bus operators have finally agreed to reduce the fares.

The bus fare reduction is effective tomorrow and will be displayed in all buses and stations.

Recently, after the announcement by RTSA to have bus fares reduced following the reduction of the fuel pump price by the Energy Regulation Board (ERB), bus operators had mixed feelings and refused to effect the reduced bus fares.

With the refusal to have the bus fares reduced, some bus operators on the Copperbelt went to an extent of causing havoc at Mulungushi station in Ndola where they started stoning police officers during a briefing that was being given by the Minister of Transport and Logistics Frank Tayali.

RTSA Head Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga said RTSA yesterday re-engaged stakeholders to resolve contentious issues on the adjustment of bus fares.

“The move is to uphold the smooth operations of the road transport sector in the country and safeguard the interest of the traveling public. From the foregoing, all concerned stakeholder have agreed on the following bus fare reductions,” he said.

He said the approved bus fare reduction is as follows, Intercity –Long Distance 10.0 percent. Copperbelt Local and other towns K2.00, Lusaka Local and other towns K2.00, Inter-Mine and Peri-Urban Copperbelt K4.00 and Lusaka Peri-Urban K4.00

“The new bus fares are effective August 12th, 2022. Further, bus operators are guided to revise the bus fare charts and display in all the buses accordingly,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, August, 11th, 2022)

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14 Aug 2022, 2:49 AM (GMT)

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