THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set February 3, this year as date for the Kabwata parliamentary by-election.
The Kabwata parliamentary by-election was earlier scheduled to take place on January 20, this year, however the Commission cancelled the election following the resignation of United Progressive Party candidate, Francis Libanda, who invoked the provisions of Article 52(6) of the Republican Constitution.
And in a statement issued by ECZ corporate affairs manager Patricia Luhanga,nominations for the said by-election will be on Wednesday January 19, this year.
Ms Luhanga said the polls will take place from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours on February 3.
She said aspiring candidates in the by-election should lodge completed and attested statutory declaration and nomination papers subscribed before a Magistrate, Local Court Magistrate, Head of a Government Primary or Secondary School, Principal of a College, Commissioner for Oaths, Election Officer or returning officer on Wednesday, 19th January, 2022 between 09:00 hours and 15:00 hours
“The campaign period for this election commences on Wednesday 19th January 2022 after 15:00 hours and will end at 18:00 hours on Wednesday, 2nd February, 2022.
In addition, not more than two political party members or candidate representatives per participating political party or candidate shall be allowed to witness counting of votes at every Polling Station,” she said.
The election in Kabwata Constituency has been necessitated following the death of United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament, Levy Mkandawire on November 18, last year.
ACC arrests ZAMRA officials over the honeybee scandal
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested and charged Zambia Medicine Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) Director- General and Principal Regulatory Officer for corrupt practices.
Bernice Mwale aged 64 of Chudleigh, Lusaka and Brian Muwanei Kabika aged 42 of Meanwood Chamba Valley have been charged with Willful Failure to Comply with Applicable Law and Procedure contrary to Section 34 sub section (2) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.
ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe said on dates unknown but between 1st July 2019 and 30th September, 2019, Ms Mwale and Mr Kabika jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown,failed to comply with applicable procedure and regulations when processing license number PL/ 5- 00091/19, in favor of Honeybee Pharmacy.
She said the two suspects have been released on bond and will appear in Court soon.
Meanwhile, the Kasama Magistrate Court has convicted a Ndola businessman to four years imprisonment for corruption.
“The ACC Kasama in November 2021, arrested and charged Albert Oraya Nkonde 39, of house no. CHT 3277, Chifubu Ndola, for corrupt practices, contrary to section 19 (2) as read with Section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012, of the Laws of Zambia.
Details are that Mr Nkonde in Kasama district, Northern Province Zambia, on a date unknown but between 1st February 2021 and 28th February 2021 did corruptly give K5,000 cash gratification to a Zambia Police Inspector Martha Ngambi as a reward or inducement for her to release three (3) impounded motor vehicles that traffic Police officers had impounded, a matter or transaction concerning the Zambia Police a public body,” Mrs Chibwe said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, January, 26th, 2022)
Police arrest suspected UPND cadres for insulting
THREE suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) have charged and arrested for the offence of use of insulting language.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told #Mwebantu that this is in connection with a video which went viral on social media.
Mr Hamoonga said the trio has been identified as Shonga Enerst 45, Dickson Mulenga 40 both of Magnum Compoud and Newton Zulu 33 of Kawama Compound in Kalulushi.
He said the suspects were detained yesterday and have been released on police bond today.
Mr Hamoonga said Shonga, Mulenga said Zulu will appear in court soon.
“Police in Kalulushi District have charged and arrested three suspected UPND cadres for the offence of use of Insulting language Contrary to Section 179 the Penal Code the laws of Zambia. This is in connection to a video which went viral on social media,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Hamoonga has warned members of the public to desist from criminal acts as police will sternly deal with anyone who comes into conflict with the law, regardless of one’s political affiliation or status in society.
“Further to this we are appealing to the public to be patient with the police when investigating cases that may be bordering on crime.The fact that someone issues such a statement does not stop the police to summon such a one for questioning even after a period of time,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, January, 25th, 2022)
Police warn and caution Sean Tembo over a Facebook post he made
POLICE in Lusaka have recorded a warn and caution statement from Patriots for Economic Progress (Pep) president Sean Tembo for the offence of hate speech.
Mr Tembo 42 of plot number 8623 in Lusaka’s Ngwerere area is alleged to have posted Bemba names on his Facebook page claiming that they would be probed for crimes committed in the previous regime.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told Mwebantu in a media statement that Mr Tembo further said at the rate at which the government was making arrests, Bemba’s would become extinct in approximately seven months.
Mr Hamoonga said such utterances involved hostility or segregation directed towards a particular social grouping on grounds of tribe or origin.
He said Mr Tembo was released soon after a warn and caution statement was recorded.
“Police have recorded a warn and caution statement from Mr.Sean Tembo aged 42 of plot number 8623 in Lusaka’s Ngwerere area for the offence of hate speech Contrary to Section 65 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act Number 2 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, January, 25th, 2022)