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Death of Judge  Muyovwe, Chief Chibesakunda, Walamba, Seyuba saddens President Edgar Lungu 



PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu say he is deeply saddened by the deaths of Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Muyovwe, Chief Chibesakunda Xl,  Timothy Walamba, Augustine Seyuba and many other citizens who have passed on lately.
In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for press and public relations, Isaac Chipampe, President Lungu describes Judge Muyovwe as an experienced and accomplished Judge who contributed immensely to the Judiciary.
President Lungu notes that Judge Muyovwe was an accomplished professional and an expert in jurisprudence whose expertise will be missed by the legal fraternity.
“On behalf of the Government, the people of Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, I
wish to express my sincere condolences to the bereaved family, the Supreme Court and the entire Judiciary on the death of Judge Muyovwe. We share your grief during this difficult time and we beseech the Almighty God for comfort and fortitude. May the Soul of Judge Muyovwe rest in peace, ” President Lungu says.
And President Lungu says the death of Chief Chibesakunda Xl is a big loss not just to the Bisa people but the entire country.
The President says his administration worked well with Chief Chibesakunda Xl, and shared the same vision of developing the rural areas of Zambia.
Meanwhile, the President has hailed Mr Walamba for his contribution to the welfare of miners when he was a vibrant unionist.
The President says Mr Walamba equally served the country with dignity when he served as Zambia ‘s High Commissioner to Ghana under the Patriotic Front administration.
“The Government, the people of Zambia and I mourn Mr Walamba. To the bereaved family, our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow. May God Almighty grant you peace as you mourn. May His Soul Rest in Peace, ” the President says.
And President Lungu says the death of Mr Seyuba in South Africa is another big loss to the country.
“His wealth of experience, particularly in public relations and marketing was exceptional and cannot be forgotten,” the President says of the former Permanent Secretary.
The Head of State said he mourns with all those who have lost their loved ones in this difficult period of Zambia ‘s history blighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


President Hichilema to continue living at Community House, as Concourt dismisses petition against his stay at the private house



THE Constitutional Court has dismissed for lack of a merit Patriots for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo’s petition challenging President Hakainde Hichilema’s continued stay at his private house instead of shifting to State House.

This means that the President will continue staying at his private Community House in New Ksama.

Passing judgment, Constitutional Court deputy judge president Arnold Shilimi  said the court found Mr Tembo’s petition to have lacked merit  because the constitution does not compel the President to move to Nkwazi House.

Further, the judge said the court found that Mr Tembo’s plea for the court to declare an order compelling the President to shift to State House is not tenable considering that no law that obliges the Head of State to reside at State House.

“We find that in the absence of any Constitutional provision or any other law that compels the President to reside at State House,and in light of the Respondent’s[Attorney General] submission on the dilapidated state of Nkwazi House requiring high cost of renovations.

“The alleged constitutional breaches relating to the President’s alleged refusal to shift to State House lacks merit and is misconceived,” Judge Shilima said on behalf of other judges who heard the case.

“We find that the alleged breach relating to the right to life is improperly before this court for want of jurisdiction over part iii of the constitution,” he added.

The court consequently dismissed the petition for lack of merit.

In this matter, Mr Tembo petitioned the Constitutional Court over President Hichilema’s refusal to relocate to State House since he was elected in August, 2021.

The politician had submitted that the President was spending huge sums of money through his trips from Community House to State House on a daily basis and putting at risk the safety of many Zambians on the route he is using to access his house.

He  further argued that the huge sums of money which was being used on a daily basis, about K126 million per year, could be channeled to other areas of need such as procurement of drugs in hospitals and books for readers in schools.

However, in reply, the State, through Attorney General Mulilo Kabesha, argued that the petition lacked merit because Mr Tembo  did not cite the particular article or law which mandates the president actually reside at State House.

He also argued that accommodation of the past Presidents at State House was only a matter of practice or custom and not law.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 9th December, 2023)

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Masturbation comment invites Sean Tembo to court



PATRIOTS for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo has pleaded not guilty to using insulting language when he compared the intervention to sale cheaper ZNS mealie meal in the wake of escalating prices of the commodity prices to masturbation.

The outspoken businessman has been charged with use of insulting language which he allegedly uttered on October 17 this year, the eve of National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.

Allegations are that on the material day, the accused said “Bally is selling a few bags of ZNS mealie meal using Shoprite, hoping to create a perception of low price is equal to masturbation”.

The sentiments are alleged to likely provoke Abel Mashowo, who reported the case, to break the law or commit any offence against Tembo.

When the case was called today, a magistrate readout the charged and asked the accused whether he understood it.

In response, Mr Tembo responded in the affirmative and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The court adjourned the case was adjourned to next month for commencement of trial.

(Mwebantu, Friday,  8th December, 2023)

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DPP wants more punishment for CK



THE State, through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gilbert Phiri, has filed a notice to appeal against the five months sentence imposed of Chishimba Kambwili after he was found guilty of promoting hate speech by uttering tribal remarks.

On Thursday, Mr Kambwili, a Patriotic Front member of the central committee, was sentenced to five months imprisonment with hard labour.

This was after the Kasama Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of the offence of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule, or contempt for persons because of tribe or place of origin.

After being hailed, the politician appealed against the verdict and was later released on bail pending hearing of his appeal against the sentence.

But the DPP has filed a cross appeal seeking to challenge the five months jail term imposed on the outspoken former Roan MP.

Mr Phiri feels the sentence was too lenient and that when his application is being heard, he wants to be present in court..

“I, the above named appellant(DPP) , hereby give notice that I desire to appeal to the High Court against the sentence of the accused person.

I desire to be present when the court considers the appeal,” the notice of appeal, which has been circulated online, reads in part.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)

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