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ECZ on firm ground not to accept Malanji and Lusambo’s nominations, says Chipenzi

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GOVERNANCE , Elections, Advocacy, Research Services (GEARS) initiative executive director Macdonald Chipenzi says the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is on firm ground to state that it will not accept nominations of candidates whose elections were nullified by the Constitutional Court thereby causing vacancies in the National Assembly.

Mr Chipenzi said the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is is citing wrong Articles instead of speaking to the cited Article cited by the ECZ.

He said ECZ has not used the word disqualification as a reason for not accepting the papers of those whose seats were nullified but for causing a vacancy by the decision of the court as provided for in Art 72(4)

“LAZ is speaking to the obvious which point is correct and i agree with that the court did not disqualify the duo but its decision caused a vacancy in the office of the MP.

And the Constitution demands that such a decision of the court that causes a vacancy in the office of the MP entails that the affected MP can’t recontest for the rest of the life that parliament,” he said.

He said Clause 2 of Article 52 guides that a Returning Officer shall, immediately on the filing of a nomination paper, in accordance with clause (1), reject the nomination paper if the candidate does not meet the qualifications or procedural requirements specified for election to that office.

He further state that the Commission under Article 52(2) is empowered to reject any nomination of any candidate.

“If ECZ would not have done that i.e. invoking the cited Articles , as citizens, we would have invoked the provisions in Article 52(4) and (6) and the results would still  have been the same, probably.ECZ is on firm ground because it has not interpreted the Constitution of Zambia but has just enforced it.So the argument that ECZ  has interpreted the Constitution is false and misleading,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, August 25th, 2022)

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Government to sink boreholes across the country

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“WITH the current devastating climate change, the government is going flat out to sink boreholes and do crop irrigation across the country”, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

The President said his administration is determined to ensure food security despite the challenging circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that food security is attained even during these difficult times. Let us all get involved and get it solved. We shall overcome as God will do the rest,” he said.

President Hichilema urged citizens to actively participate in the efforts, stating the collective responsibility to overcome the challenges emanating from the dry spell.

Last week, President Hichilema declared the ongoing drought a national disaster, announcing a comprehensive set of measures to mitigate its impact.

The declaration was prompted by the destruction of one million hectares of farmland, affecting over one million households across the country.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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‘Why are you pretending to be rich?’ HH asks Gov’t officials who insist on traveling on business class

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has described government officials that prefer traveling on business class as cheats and pretenders.

The head of state has revealed that the country has limited resources and it does not make sense for a government official to move in business class at the expense of the treasury.

The president said following the declaration of a national disaster as a result of the prolonged dry spells, that there will be for prudent usage of resources.

“We will aggressively shift resources from consumption, wastage travel, and business class. Secretary to the treasury, I hear there are people who want to travel business class from Lusaka to Johannesburg?” he said, “for one hour 30 minutes [you want to be on business class], we sit on our stools for three hour we village people,”

He wondered what is wrong with a government official travelling on economy class.

What’s wrong with economy ticket for one hour 40 minutes, this is what I call pretence, for one hour 40 minutes you want to fell rich, that’s cheating,” the President said.

He said he has already given his cabinet the signal that there will be no more unnecessary travels.

“There will be no more of such things, including unnecessary travels, size of delegation, I sent this signal to my colleagues in cabinet and I have made this official, resources are limited, the question is how do we utlise the limited resources,” Mr Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, he warned that there will be accountability in the utilization of resources and those found wanting “Will be on their own”

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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House of Chiefs commends President Hichilema’s swift response to drought crisis.

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TRADITIONAL leaders have commended President Hakainde Hichilema’s decisive action in addressing the drought.

House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Chisunka said the President’s declaration is a timely and crucial step in mobilising resources and support to mitigate the impact of this drought on the affected communities.

Dr Chisunka said the effects of climate change, particularly the prolonged dry spells and erratic rainfall patterns, have posed unprecedented challenges to agricultural systems, water sources, and, most importantly, the livelihoods of people.

He underscored the urgent need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Chisunka said the traditional leadership is committed to supporting the government and ensuring coordinated relief efforts.

“As traditional leaders, we commend President Hakainde Hichilema for his swift and decisive action in recognizing the gravity of the situation and marking our country’s debilitating drought as a national disaster and emergency. Together, we can overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We will continue to work together to build a better and brighter future for all our people,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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