COUNCIL of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) General Secretary Fr Emmanuel Chikoya has commended the Zambia Police for arresting Rodgers Mwanza who last week sexually harassed an unconscious woman in Petauke.
Fr Chikoya says the prompt response from the Police to public demands to have the perpetrator arrested must be commended.
He says women are dignified human beings and as such must be highly respected by society.
Fr Chikoya has emphasized that Africa has a long history of respecting women hence acts like the one Mwanza did to an unconscious woman was outrageous.
He says the Church’s theology informs that all human beings are made in the image of God and as such are to be regarded as sacred as read from the book of Genesis 1: 26-28.
He has since condemned in strongest terms the act as well as the song that was recently released by a group called Sky Empire titled “Katundu Not Very Big” produced by BX Exclusive.
The song in question mocks the Petauke young woman reported to have been raped by a man who filmed and published a video showing her nudity.
Fr Chikoya has also commended the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) for banning the said song saying the Association’s decision is commendable.
Meanwhile, Fr Chikoya has expressed concern over the increasing number of men calling themselves Pastors who have been sexually molesting girls during so-called special prayer sessions.
Fr Chikoya says such disheartening acts are mainly perpetrated by one man Church Pastors and has since called upon society not to condone such churches.
He says relevant institutions must ensure that Churches are registered institutions with accountability, governance structures and relevant documentation in place.
He has also called on the general citizenry not to be hoodwinked by miracle and prosperity focussed Pastors and that parents must ensure their daughters are not allowed to attend exclusive prayer sessions without their presence or responsible third parties.
He has urged all Zambians not to be desperate and to report such detestable activities by some Pastors to Police.
Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.
In a media statement issued, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area, Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.
“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.
She further reminded all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.
ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates
THE Constitutional Court has thrown out a petition which was challenging the nominations of running mates for lack of merit.
The court said the running mates are not supposed to pay nomination fees and also provide 100 supporters because they are merely invited by the party presidents.
Researcher and lecturer at UNZA Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa and Lusaka lawyer Alfred
Kanda petitioned 16 running mates to the Presidential candidates for political parties, seeking the nullification of their nominations because they do not meet the conditions set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) when filing in nomination
Those challenged are President Edgar Lungu’s running mate Professor Nkandu Luo, UPND’s Mutale Nalumango and running mates for all political parties taking part in this year’s elections.
President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares
THE Constitutional Court has declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the August 12 General Elections.
This is the third time the Constitutional Court is ruling that President Lungu is eligible to stand as President.
Delivering the abridged majority judgment, judge Anne Sitali declared that President Lungu was entitled to contest the elections as he has not twice held office.
She said Article 106 does not bar President Lungu from participating in the election this year.
“The first respondent’s nomination is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021.
The petitions have no merit and each party to bear own costs,” judge Sitali said.
However, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Professor Margaret Munalula, indicated that she had a dissenting judgment which she will deliver on June 30.
Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Chapter One Foundation and University of Zambia (UNZA) researcher and lecturer Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, through their lawyers John Sangwa and Linda Kasonde, argued that President Lungu already held office as President twice and that he was therefore, not eligible to stand in the forthcoming elections.
President Lungu was represented by Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba, Joseph Jalasi, Sakwiba Sikota and Lubinda Linyama while Attorney General Likando Kalaluka appeared for the State.