CHAPTER One Foundation Limited has condemned remarks made by the United Party for National Development (UPND) member William Banda, directed at New Heritage Party president Chishala Kateka following her lone protest against hunger in Zambia.
The Foundation says Zambia is a democratic nation wherein the national values and principles of equality and dignity for all are embedded in the Constitution.
In a media statement, the Foundation state that that Article 23 of the Constitution, prohibits all forms of discrimination, including such discriminatory remarks against women.
“Ms Kateka, like any other Zambian citizen, has the right to freely participate in the governance of her country and enjoy the full scope of her Constitutional freedoms. An attack on her person is an attack on the values and principles we hold dear, it is a thinly veiled and shameful attempt to undermine women and their place in our society,” reads the statement.
The Foundation further state that remarks like those of Mr Banda are indicative of a worrying attitude towards women in politics and decision-making positions.
“The deliberate verbal attack on Ms. Kateka’s person is but one example of a practice of silencing women who dare to publicly air their views, a practice which ought to be shunned by government officials and persons in leadership roles. This practice and accompanying attitude have the harmful effect of discouraging women from freely participating in politics. Zambia is party to the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. All of these instruments obligate states to uphold and protect the rights of women in politics and eradicate all forms of violence against them,”
The Foundation has since urged the UPND government to demonstrate its commitment to gender issues by taking immediate and decisive action against M Banda and party members and sympathisers who promote sexist, divisive and retrogressive politics.
(Mwebantu, Friday, June 24th, 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)
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)
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)