THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has announced that the tender for the printing and delivery of ballot papers, ballot paper posters, blind voter templates and announcement forms on a period of three years will be issued tomorrow.
ECZ acting Chief Electoral Officer, Bob Musenga said the tender is open to all eligible bidders, both local and international.
He said the tender will be administered following the rules under Open International Competitive bidding procedures as provided for in the Zambia Public Procurement Act. No. 8 of 2020 and Procurement Regulations, 2022.
“As a Commission, we wish to encourage all eligible bidders to participate. A bidding document may be obtained from the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) e-GP System, upon payment of a non-refundable fee of K1, 000.00 or United States dollar equivalent,” Mr Musenga said.
In May 2023, the Commission issued a tender for the printing and delivery of ballot papers, ballot paper posters, blind voter templates and announcement forms for the Electoral Commission of Zambia on a period of three years.
However, the Commission cancelled the tender after noticing material governance issues in the solicitation document.
And the Commission has disclosed that it has registered voters for the period January to August 2023 to 10,118 out of which 5,853 are male and 4,265 are female.
He said Ndola recorded the highest cumulative total number of registered voters at 1,804 while Mansa has the least at 452.
“At the end of September, 2023, the Commission will give you another update on the number of registered voters in the Continuous Registration of Voters and this will include the additional 10 districts where we only commenced the exercise less than a month ago.
The Commission is therefore calling upon all eligible Zambian citizens who are 18 years old and above and in possession of green national registration cards to register as voters.
Further, the Commission would like to encourage persons with disabilities, women and the youth to take keen interest in the electoral process and register as voters,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Musenga said the commission commenced Continuous Registration of Voters in 10 additional districts on September 5, this year.
“The additional districts are Chongwe in Lusaka Province, Kabompo in North Western Province, Kitwe in Copperbelt Province, Livingstone in Southern Province, Lundazi in Eastern Province, Mbala in Northern Province, Mkushi in Central Province, Nakonde in Muchinga Province, Nchelenge in Luapula Province and Sesheke in Western Province,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 21st September, 2023)
PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.
This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.
“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.
He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.
“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu
“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.
He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.
Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.
He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.
“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’
“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.
He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.
“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech
OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.
In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.
Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.
He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.
In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.
“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.
Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)