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Clayson Hamasaka sues govt claiming damages for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment

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STATE House media director Clayson Hamasaka has sued the government seeking damages for malicious and wrongful prosecution over his arrest in 2013.

In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court and seen by #Mwebantu, Hamasaka has sued the Attorney General, also seeking damages for false imprisonment, pain and suffering.

He is further claiming compensation for lost personal items, interest, costs and any other relief the court may deem fit.

Hamasaka stated that he suffered loss of earning capacity of business, loss of reputation and injury to his personal credibility as a result of the false arrest and prosecution which led to him being shunned and isolated as he also lost his employment at Evelyn Hone College where he was a lecturer, Head of Media and station manager for Hone FM Broadcasting Station.

He stated that his arrest and subsequent prosecution for the initial charges of dealing in drugs, defamation of the President and seditious practices was widely publicized in print and electronic media both locally and internationally leading to his dismissal.

Hamasaka stated that he was an ordinary citizen plying his trade as a journalist when he was subjected to an arbitrary house and personal search on July 9, 2013 at his private dwelling place on plot number 12246 Woodlands Extension in Lusaka by a combined team of Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and Zambia Police officers and other agents of the State.

He stated that according to the search warrant, the officers were looking for drugs and other illegal substances which he was accused of dealing in.

Hamasaka stated that the search started around 23:00 hours on the July 9, 2013 and 05:00 hours the following day.

He stated that during the said search, his family could not sleep.

The plaintiff stated that the officers after the search confiscated computers, phones, a firearm, home entertainment equipment and other items.

Hamasaka stated that he was later detained at Woodlands Police Station in a very filthy and inhabitable cell for two days and was charged with defamation of the President and seditious practices.

He stated that he was released from police custody on police bond and arraigned in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court on a charge of being in possession of obscene materials.

After standing trial, Hamasaka stated that he was acquitted on August 11, 2015.

He stated that he suffered damage, injury, physical and emotional pain during the detention in police cells where he was abused and assaulted by the real criminals.

Hamasaka stated that he suffered embarrassment for being associated with criminality as well as humiliation in the presence of his family, friends and members of the public.

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ACC arrests owners of “48” houses

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested the owner of the controversial 48 houses Charles Mukomena Loyana and his
wife Susan Sinkala Loyana.

And the Commission has charged the couple with two counts of corrupt practices involving concealment and possession
of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe has confirmed in a statement today that the property in question is valued at over K37 million.

Chibwe said the couple has in the first count been charged with Concealment of Property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.

“In the first count, Mr. Loyana aged 51 and Mrs Loyana aged 46 of House Number 2728 off Shantumbu Road, Chalala in Lusaka have both been charged with One Count of Concealment of Property suspected
to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010,” Chibwe said.

In the second count, Chibwe said the duo is charged with One Count of Possession of Property suspected to be proceeds
of crime.

She revealed that on dates unknown but between 1st January 2012 and 30th June 2019, Mr. Loyana, Senior Accountant at the Ministry of Finance and Mrs. Loyana, an Assistant Accountant at the Ministry of Works and Supply jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, did conceal and possess 51 properties valued at the stated amount, properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

She said the duo has been released on bond and will appear in court on 14th December, 2021.

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Workers unions urges government to revisit it’s decision on Covid-19 measures

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ZAMBIA Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) says workers unions in the country have resolved not to support the discriminatory punitive being advanced by government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
According to a statement issued by ZUNO General Secretary Fray Michelo, the unions have since urged government to revist its decision.
Mr Michelo added that the Unions have reminded government that implenting the laid down measures is an infringement on the human and workers rights.
He said the unions are only in support of mass senstization and not mandatory vaccination.
“Unions observed that government seemed to already have made a decision and only needed an endorsement from the unions,” he said.
“Unions were not aware of any road map by the government to avert the fourth wave of Covid-19,”.
Mr Michelo further said the target of public service workers was not justified as they are only a small section of the whole population that is 200, 000 people against 17 Million.
On Sunday this week government had put in place measures to protect the population from the fourth wave among them the need for all civil servants to be vaccinated.

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Hundreds to lose jobs as Indeni Refinery is placed under care and maintenance by government 

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MINISTER of Energy says government has decided to put Indeni Petroleum Refinery on care and maintenance a situation that will see some employees lose their jobs.

In a statement, Peter Kapala said the other employees will be reassigned to manage fuel storage depots with Tazama Petroleum Products Limited.

Mr Kapala also disclosed that government has begun the process of reforming the petroleum subsector.

He noted that this resonates with the UPND’s manifesto where it promised that it will restructure the fuel supply chain so as to achieve least cost pricing while ensuring stable supply of petroleum products.

“As you may be aware, the sector has been marred with a lot of inefficiencies which have increased the cost of the various petroleum products,” he said.

Mr Kapala explained that the reforms are aimed at ensuring that there is adequate, reliable and affordable supply of petroleum products in the country.

“The overall objective of the reforms will be to increase security of supply of petroleum products in the nation,” he said.

“Government has begun to look at modalities that will reduce the cost of transporting petroleum products and improve efficiency in delivery petroleum products,”.

He added that government also intends to implement under transportation, the reconfiguring of the Pipeline to enable the pumping of Low Sulphur Gasoil (LSG- Diesel) through the TAZAMA Pipelines as one of the reforms.

He further said products such as Petrol, Jet A1, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Kerosene and Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) will be transported via road as they will no longer be produced by the Refinery.

“Instituting the above reforms in the fuel supply and procurement system will ensure security of supply of petroleum products leading to stability in the market,” Mr Kapala stated.

“Government will promote, with these reforms, transparency and private sector participation in the sector,”.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

01 Dec 2021, 12:51 PM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

210,169 Total Cases
3,667 Deaths
206,406 Recovered

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