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Chadiza leopard killer among those awarded for prestigious national honours by President Hichilema



A MAN of Chadiza who fought and killed a leopard with his barehands is among 21 people that have today been awarded and honoured with the prestigious National honours by President Hakainde Hichilema.

Joseph Banda was honoured for showing an act of bravety by killing the wild animal which went and terrorised his farm in Chadiza.

Mr Banda was among those awarded for the President’s medal for gallantry.

President Hichilema at the auspicious event which was held at State House also awarded 19-year-old track and field sprinter who specialises in the 400 meters Muzala Simukonga.

Mr Simukonga who has won gold medals at the Birmingham Commonwealth games and African Championship was awarded with The President’s Insignia for Meritorious achievement.

Mr Hichilema stated that the day was meant to remember both the living as well as the dead who had been part of ensuring that Africa attained it’s Freedom.

“On this auspicious day, as we gather to commemorate African Freedom Day and pay homage to the brave Freedom Fighters who dedicated their lives to liberate Africa from colonialism, we have solemnly laid wreaths at the Freedom Statue, symbolizing our deep respect for these heroic individuals,” Mr Hichilema said.



Under the award of Grand Commander of the order of the Eagle of Zambia third division The Head of State awarded Herbert Athan Zulu and Akabiwa Mbikusita Lewanika (Posthumously).



Mr Hichilema who awarded the gallant men and women in presence of people from all walks of life said those awarded were deserving citizens who marked significance towards Africa Freedom Day.



“The awards and honours were in adherence to our time-honored tradition and in accordance with the authority vested in the President by Article 92 (2) (g) of the Constitution of Zambia, we have conducted an investiture ceremony at State House,” he said.





Further under the award for Grand Companion order of freedom first division President Hichilema awarded Mr Partwell Chigayo Mhlanga while in the same category for second division he honoured and awarded Margaret Liso Shezongo and Esther Nanda Mulaisho.



Others honoured and awarded in the order of distinguished service first division and second division were Ambassador Henry Robert Mataka ,Judge Florence Mumba, Mpundu Buseko Mwape and Leonard Chunga (Posthumously)




Mr Hichilema honoured and awarded the President’s medal for gallantry to Lieutenant colonel Habasune Fine Mpezele, Sergeant Joe Shapela, Kabotu Muhongo, Chisha Pascal Kambuma and Enoch Zimba Mulenga.



While the President’s Insignia for Science and Technology went to Dr Kalaluka Munyinda and the President’s Insignia for Meritorious achievement went to Saviour Harris Konie, Bishop David Ndhlovu (Posthumously), Ambassador Edward and Mutafela Lubinda.

Further President Hichilema gave the President’s Insignia of recognition to William Christian Chinzewe and the President’s Insignia of honour went to Sylvester Banda.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 25th May, 2023)

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Max acquitted of unlawful wounding charges



THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has set at liberty Patriotic Front sympathizer Maxwell Chongu alias Max in a case he was facing two charges of unlawful wounding.

Lusaka Magistrate Kawama Mwamfuli acquitted Chongu after finding him with no case to answer.

“I find that a premafacie case has not been made out against the accused person sufficiently to require him to make out a defence, the case against him is hereby dismissed,” Magistrate Mwamfuli said this morning.

She also ruled that the prospection’s evidence, including a medical report, had been discredited by the defence during cross examination.

And speaking to journalists after his discharge, Mr Chongu thanked God for the outcome in the December 2021 case and that he has faith in the Judiciary.

“I never went to social media to complain, I never called anyone names, any administration names, because I believe in the judiciary and with the judgment that has come from there it clearly shows that the picture that was portrayed out there about the name Maxwell Chongu is not the actual person,” he said.

Mr Chongu also commended his lawyers for ably representing him in the matter.

“I am overwhelmed with joy and I cannot say much, it’s not easy telling your wife I may go two or three years but I will come back. I was having sleepless nights preparing for the toughest situation and coming here and being told you have been acquitted.

“I want to thank God and I want to thank my lawyers, Jonas Zimba, Francis Daka, Makebi Zulu and I want to thank my wife who has been with me,” he said.

But he was unhappy with the conduct of law enforcers who investigated the issues and manufacturered charges against him without substantiative evidence.

“I only appeal to the law enforcement agencies that let us not rush in bringing cases to court without sufficient evidence because you are making the courts look biased when they are not, you are making the judiciary look like they are protecting certain individuals when they are not”

This is a matter in which Chongu was accused of wounding Richard Sinonge and Innocent Nyambe.

It was alleged that on March 4, 2017, Chongu allegedly unlawfully wounded Sinonge aged 37 by inflicting a deep cut on his left ankle and Nyambe aged 32 a deep cut on the stomach whilst using a machete.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)

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NGOCC protests security protocol that bar women from entering State House with handbags



NON-Governmental Gender Organisation’s Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has protested State House Security protocols that bar women from entering with their handbags.

NGOCC Chairperson Grace Sinkamba revealed in a statement that some women were barred from accessing State House during the commemoration of African Freedom Day because they had nowhere to leave their handbags.

Ms Sinkamba said this amounts to a human rights infringement on women and the girl child.

“Women carry essentials in such bags that form part of their being based on their biological makeup, including items that are necessary for personal hygiene. It is therefore a gross infringement of their rights for the event security to deny women entry into State House with their bags during the last commemoration of African Freedom Day,” she said.

“We noted several women who were denied entry because they had nowhere to leave their handbags. The invitation did not indicate that women were not to enter with their handbags, nor was there any provision for women to leave their handbags in a safe place at the entrance. This disadvantaged women, some of whom were not able to attend the event at all,” she said.

She said it must be emphasised that handbags are part of a woman’s dress, which forms an integral part of their rights to expression and privacy.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)

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Former Presidential advisor nabbed in connection with possession of articles for terrorism 



FORMER President Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Chris Zumani Zimba has been charged and arrested for allegedly being in possession of articles for terrorism.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said Dr Zimba has been jointly charged and arrested with Given Phiri 37 of unknown house number in Misisi Compound, Marlone Banda 36 of Plot number  811 in 12 miles area and Portipher Gwai 44 of Plot number 194/17 Mutendere Compound in Lusaka.

He said the  four are alleged to have been Possession of Articles for terrorism or proliferation purposes Contrary to Section 25 of the Anti- terrorism Act number 6 of 2018 as read with Section 2 of the Amended Anti–terrorism Act  number 6 of 2023.

“It is alleged that the accused  Jointly and whilst  acting together with others unknown did possess offensive articles namely Deep 600 and Halothane and others with intent to endanger life,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the incident occurred in February,2020 in Petauke District, in Eastern Province.

He said the four are currently detained in Police Custody and will appear in Court soon.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 30th May, 2023)

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