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Catholic Diocese of Ndola Bishop Rev. Phiri bans politicians from wearing political outfits and gracing the pulpit when in church

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AS the country heads to the polls, Catholic Diocese of Ndola Bishop Reverend Benjamin Phiri has banned politicians from wearing political outfits in church.

And the bishop has also banned the gracing of the pulpit by politicians each time they visit parishes during mass.

In a circular issued, Bishop Phiri said visits to various parishes by people seeking political office will increase as political campagns hightened.

“As such, I wish to therefore direct that when such visits occur, those seeking political office should be treated like any other ordinary Christian coming to worship

At no time should they be accorded a chance to speak to the gathered faithful  during mass at the pulpit  nor should  they be given  an audience  outside mass to speak to the parishioners within the church premises,” he said.

Bishop Phiri said he was aware that priests had in the past out of courtesy allowed politicians to campaign to parishioners in church under the guise of greeting the people during mass.

” This is not permitted at all during the celebration of Mass. Furthermore, I wish to admonish that no political regalia should be worn by anyone at our church premises regardless of their political affiliation. When at Church we all belong to the party of Jesus Christ nothing more,” Bishop Phiri said.

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PF is not shaken about the intended asset recovery programme, says Given Lubinda 

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PATRIOTIC Front Vice President Given Lubinda says the party is not shaken about the intention by the UPND administration to embark on the asset recovery programme.

In an interview, Mr Lubinda has since advised the UPND government to quickly start the programme.

He said the sooner the programme is embarked on, the better it will be for the UPND government to end the drama of insinuating and banding all PF members as thieves.

“If they are members of the PF that they know as thieves let them pursue those specific people, instead of labelling the whole party as an organisation of thieves.

Mr Lubinda added that it is not true that every one in the PF is a thief, hence the sooner they do it the better.

He has since urged the UPND government to ensure the program is conducted in a legal manner by following all the laid down government procedure.

“They are welcome and let them proceed to do so,” Mr Lubinda said.

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Police arrest Kampyongo in Shiwang’andu for malicious damage to property

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POLICE have  arrested  Andrew Kampyongo aged 41 and Kellyson Chilekwa aged 29 both of Village Teleni, Chief Mukwikile, District in  Shiwang’andu for Malicious Damage to Property.

In a media statement, Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told Mwebantu that Kampyongo and Chilekwa allegedly maliciously damaged a samsung cell phone valued at K1,000 property of Mike Mulenga aged 40 of Village Chafilwa, Chief Mukwikile, District Shiwang’andu.

He said the duo is also alleged to have damaged a front screen for a Toyota Land Cruiser Registration AAK 1031 valued at K4,500 and Rear tail lights valued at K750 property of Dr Albert Munanga.

Mr Hamoonga said Kampyongo and Chilekwa also damaged JVC Speakers valued at K12,000 property of the United Party for National Development (UPND) Party.

He said the total value of damaged properties is K18,250.

Mr Hamoonga said the incidents are alleged to have occurred on July 10 this year  at around 10:00 hours  at Kalalantekwe Market Square, Chief Mukwikile, District Shiwang’andu.

“They have been detained in Police Custody and will appear in Court soon,” hee said.

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Faith Musonda, surrenders her house and money to the state

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FAITH Musonda, the woman behind the K65 million and US$57,900 has surrendered them to the State in exchange for her freedom.The State has also taken possession of the house in which the money was found.

In a media statement,  Anti-Corruption Commission public relations officer Jonathan Siame said the possession follows the conclusion of investigations by a joint investigative team from ACC, the Drug Enforcement Commission, Zambia Police and the Financial Intelligence Centre.

“The general public is hereby informed that the Joint Investigative Team from the Anti-Corruption Commission, Zambia Police Service, Drug Enforcement Commission and Financial Intelligence Centre has since concluded investigations involving Margaret Chisela Musonda, alias Faith Musonda in which she was found in possession of ZMW 65, 333, 046 and US$ 57, 900 which was discovered in a house in New Kasama,” he said.

Mr Siamme said on Friday 15th October 2021, the State, using Section 80 of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012, entered into an undertaking not to institute criminal proceedings against Ms. Musonda on condition that she fulfils the requirements of Section 80 of the Anti-Corruption Act No3. Of 2012, which she did.

He said Section 80 of the Act allows the State to grant amnesty to accused persons in certain instances on condition that they admit wrongdoing and return what they wrongfully acquired through corrupt practices.

“The advantage of using Section 80 in cases of asset recovery is that it saves on time by eliminating the prosecution process which can be lengthy, leading to assets losing value or getting damaged, and it also saves on the cost of investigation and prosecution.
According to Section 80 (3) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012, The Anti-Corruption Commission “may tender an undertaking, in writing, not to institute criminal proceedings against a person who has given a full and true disclosure of all material facts relating to past corrupt conduct and an illegal activity by that person or others; and, has voluntarily paid, deposited or refunded all property the person acquired through corruption or illegal activity,” he stated.

Mr Siame said as required by law, Ms Musonda has since made a full disclosure of the money in question and has willingly surrendered the same to the State.

“She was charged with Possession of Property Reasonably Suspected to be Proceeds of Crime contrary to Section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crimes Act No.19 of 2010.

The State has also taken possession of the House in New Kasama, in which the money was found. The House, property Subdivision No.4 of Subdivision B of Lot 11279/M, valued at K 6 Million was owned by OCK Investments Limited, a company in which Ms. Musonda is a majority shareholder.  The property was reasonably suspected to have been proceeds of crime,” he said.

Mr Siame explained that after fulfilling the requirements of Section 80 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012, the State undertook to not institute criminal proceedings against the company.

He said the Joint Investigative Team is working timely to recover suspected illegally obtained assets and funds, and will continue to pursue all available avenues to speed up the process of recovering assets and other proceeds of crime.

“We urge all well-meaning Zambians who have any information with regard to any suspected illegally obtained assets to come forward and report to any of the institutions aforementioned,” he said.

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