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)
ECZ set date for four Local Government wards.
THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set Friday January 20 next year as the date on which to hold Ward by-elections in Itala Ward of Lunga Town Council in Luapula Province, Kashikishi Ward of Nsama Town Council in Northern Province, Kapanda Ward of Kasama Municipal Council in Northern Province and Nyatanda Ward of Chavuma Town Council in North-Western Province.
ECZ corporate affairs manager Patricia Luhanga said the nominations for the said by-elections will be conducted on Thursday, 15th December, 2022.
She said the by-elections have arisen due to resignations of councilors in the four (4) wards.
The polls will take place from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.
“The Electoral Commission of Zambia would like to further announce the suspension of
continuous registration of voters in Kasama with immediate effect due to the scheduled
by elections in line with Section 12 of the Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016. The voter registration exercise will resume on Monday, 23rd January 2023 after the polls,”she said.
Ms Luhanga said aspiring candidates in the by-elections should lodge completed and attested statutory declaration and nomination papers subscribed before a Magistrate, Local Court
Magistrate, Head of a Government Primary or Secondary School, Principal of a College, Commissioner for Oaths, Election Officer or Returning Officer on Thursday, 15th December, 2022 between 09:00 hours and 15:00 hours.
She also said all aspiring candidates in these by-elections will be required to pay non-refundable nomination fees.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 30th November, 2022)
Court hears how two TVs sets were stolen from ECL’s house, which government pays US$6,500 in rent per month
A MAGISTRATE heard yesterday how an intruder cut an electric fence and damaged a door at former President Edgar Lungu’s rented house in Ibex Hill before stealing two 55 inch television sets.
The court was also informed that the house, which is rented at US$6,500, belongs to football star Stoppila Sunzu but is being managed by Shimbinzyani Chavula.
In this matter, Angel Chipasha,30, a businessman of 10 Miles area, is charged with burglary and theft, offences which allegedly happened on August 9 this year.
Allegations are that Chipasha broke and entered Mr Lungu’s house and stole two television sets belonging to Shimbinzyani Chavula.
Chipasha denies the allegations before Lusaka Magistrate Chrispine Hampungani.
During trial yesterday, Mr Chavula narrated that he manages the fully furnished Ibex Hill property where Mr Lungu resides but that it belongs to Mr Sunzu.
Mr Chavula, a carpenter at the Ministry of Defence, testified that January this year, he bought two 55inch Samsung TV sets worth K19, 950 for the house which is manned by Zambia Police officers.
He said, however, thieves broke into the house by tampering with the electric fence.
“I was shown how the electric fence was cut. The door close to the lounge where they entered was abit destroyed. I don’t know the people who broke into the house. I was later called at Lusaka Central Police to identify one of the recovered television sets,” Mr Chavula said.
And in cross examination, a defence lawyer asked how much the house is rented at to the former head of State but the prosecution objected arguing that the question was not relevant to the case.
But the magistrate dismissed the objection.
Mr Chavula then told the court that Government pays US$6,500 in rentals and that there is CCTV at the property.
Asked if CCTV was able to show the person who broke into the house, Mr Chavula said he had not viewed the clip because he was told that he could only do so after police see it.
Another witness informed the court how the accused phoned him and told him that he had two TV sets on sell.
Sydney Makasa, 31, Zani Muone West, said Chapasha, whom he personally knows, informed him that he was selling the TVs because he had moved into an unelectrified house.
“He called and told me he was selling TV sets at K6, 250 each. He sent a picture. I did not have the cash and i told him i would send the money later. I later deposited K6, 250 to his airtel money account,” Mr Makasa said.
He said he later hired a Yango driver, Reuben Ngulube, whom he asked to meet up with Chipasha to collect the TV.
“Reuben later confirmed meeting Chipasha. But the time we were supposed to meet up so that I collect the TV from Reuben I was busy ,” Mr Makasa said.
He said before he could collect the TV, police visited his shop on a Monday in the company of Chipasha whom he was asked to identify.
“We[then] went to meet Ngulube in the company of police and Chipasha. We picked the TV around Six Miles area and proceed to police where we were detained in connection with theft allegations,” Mr Makasa said.
Kambwili advises President Hichilema to reverse the appointments of Mrs Zaloumis ECZ chairperson and Mr Chipenzi as ECZ commissioner
“LISTEN to the voice of wisdom and reverse the appointments of McDonald Chipenzi and Mwangala Zaloumis as Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) commissioner and chairperson subject to ratification by parliament” aspiring Patriotic Front (PF) presidential candidate Chishimba Kambwili has advised President Hakainde Hichilema.
Dr Kambwili says he has nothing against Mr Chipenzi and Mrs Zaloumis, but that they should not be ratified in parliament to head the ECZ because they have proved to be partisan.
Dr Kambwili has instead advised Mr Hichilema to consider giving them appointments in other areas of Government and not ECZ because asit stands, their appointments will erode the credibility and confidence of the Commission.
Dr Kambwili speaking during a live Facebook feed on his page advised the Head of State that the country should not be narrowed to political cadres in appointments made especially when it comes to important bodies like the ECZ.
“My Brother President Hakainde Hichilema, there are so many people you can appoint as chairpersons for ECZ, but those people should not be Mrs Zaloumis and Mr Chipenzi. I have nothing against both as I regard Mrs Zaloumis as a mother, but she is partisan and has affiliated herself and even Chipenzi, because he cannot divorce himself from the United Party for National Development (UPND).I am also advising Members of Parliament from both UPND and PF, do not ratify these appointments once tabled in parliament,” he said.
He further also advised the two appointees not to accept their appointments as they were full time partisan members affiliated to the UPND.
Dr Kambwili said that Mrs Zaloumis was qualified, but it would be in her best interest to reject the appointment as well as Mr Chipenzi.
“If you want Zambia with no tension and want to regard ECZ as fair, do not appoint the two individuals. This country should not be harassed by political cadres in terms of appointments. If any country does not trade carefully on the issue of electoral bodies, the democracy is bound to fail,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 30th November, 2022)