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ECZ suspends UPND and Indep. cand. from campaigning in Ikelenge and Sioma respectively due to violence

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THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)) has with immediate effect suspended the United Party for National Development (UPND) from conducting any form of campaigns in Ikelenge due to political violence.

And the Commission has further suspended  Sioma Independent Parliamentary Candidate  Albert Mundia.

ECZ Acting Chief Electoral Officer  Royd Katongo said this follows the escalating political violence in selected parts of the country.

“On 28th June 2021, the Commission lifted the suspension of campaigns in Mpulungu, Namwala and Nakonde and later Lusaka for PF and UPND following a suspension that was imposed due to escalating violence in the respective areas. The Commission indicated that it would be following the activities of political parties and candidates with keen interest and should electoral violence continue, both political parties and candidates risk being suspended,” Mr Katongo said

He said sadly the commission has observed the continued disregard of the Electoral Code of Conduct and the signed Peace Accords.

“Despite the counsel rendered, the vice has continued and thus far, escalated levels of violence were experienced in the following districts, Chisamba- Central Province, Ikelenge – North Western Province, Lusaka- Lusaka Province, Mumbwa  (Nangoma Constituency)  Central  Province, Sioma – Western  Province. The Commission has pursuant to Article 229, Sub-article  2 (e)  of the Republican  Constitution and Subparagraphs 4 (1) (c) (d) (i) and 11 (d) of the Electoral Code of Conduct suspended indefinitely, with immediate effect, subject to review, all manner of political campaigns in the following districts and for respective political party/candidate; Ikelenge – United Party for National Development (UPND), Sioma Independent Parliamentary Candidate  Mr Albert Amukena Mundia,” he said

Mr Katongo said in this regard, the UPND and Mundia will not be allowed to conduct any form of campaigns in the said districts.

He said the Zambia Police should not allow any political activities by the affected party and candidate.

“The Commission is still reviewing other cases reported in Chisamba, Lusaka and Mumbwa, and appropriate action will be taken against any perpetrator for any violation of the Electoral Code of Conduct. The Commission further urges the media to provide fair, accurate and balanced reporting to all stakeholders in the electoral process and abide by the electoral code of conduct in election reporting,” Mr Katongo said

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All engagements in American will discuss matters of interest to the people of Zambia, says President Hakainde Hichilema

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema says while in the United States of America he will ensure that all engagements and meetings will discuss matters of interest to the people of Zambia.

In a Facebook post,  President Hichilema said his focus areas during the engagements will be on economic development, jobs, business opportunities, education and quality health care services for the  people of Zambia.

“Just like we promised before taking office, we will ensure prudent management of public resources and have therefore  travelled with a lean team that is composed of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance, Honourables Stanley Kakubo and Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane respectively,” he wrote.

The President said while the United Nations General Assembly, he will also share the development plan for Zambia with the wider global community.

“As we address this meeting we will present a case for that child in Chipulukusu, Chief Kambombo, Chama, Mugubudu or indeed Sikongo.

Our focus is turning around our Country’s economy and yes, we are working round the clock to ensure that this comes to fruition,” he said.

President Hichilema is in the US to attend the UN General Assembly being held in New York.

(Picture by Chellah Tukuta/State House)

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FPI says pronouncements by Chushi Kasanda contradicts those of President Hakainde Hichilema

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THE  Free Press Initiative (FPI) says it dismayed by pronouncements made by Information and Media minister Chushi Kasanda that Zambians must exercise freedom of expression with restraint.

FPI Zambia founder Joan Chirwa has since called on government to clearly state its position on freedom of expression considering the latest statement by the Chief Government Spokesperson.

In a media statement issued today, Ms Chirwa said the statement by Ms Kasanda is shocking as it contradicted President Hakainde Hichilema’s stance that Zambians are free to express themselves in whichever way.

“Freedom of expression is a constitutionally guaranteed right that all Zambians enjoy subject only to the limitations stated in the Constitution and a minister has no right to gag the citizenry,” she said.

Ms Chirwa further called on the minister to quickly correct the impression created which, as FPI, find very disturbing, especially that the freedom of expression right has in the recent years been eroded through arrests, closures of radio stations and newspapers which seemed to have dissenting voices to those of the former government.

“Therefore, hearing a minister attaching conditions to how far someone should go as they express themselves is something that we want the government to categorically state if that is their current position,” she said.

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Antonio Mwanza steps down as PF Youth National Chairman and Media Director.

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PATRIOTIC Front (PF) national youth chairman and party media director Antonio Mwanza has stepped down from his positions.

In a media statement, Mr Mwanza said he will remain an ordinary member of the party’s central committee.

“Further, I wish to indicate that I will also be stepping down as the party’s media director.

I pledge my loyalty and commitment to the Party and I pledge to continue working hard for the furtherance of the PF’s agenda,” he said.

Mr Mwanza thanked  President Edgar  Lungu for the trust and confidence he exhibited in him for the appointments.

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