POLICE have formally charged Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy Chairperson for Information and Publicity Emmanuel Mwamba and Andy Luchinde with two counts of forgery.
Mr Mwamba 52 and Mr Luchinde 29 are also charged with three counts of publication of information contrary to Section 54 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act Number 2 of 2021.
The two suspects have been released on police bond and will appear in court soon.
Zambia police Assistant Public Relations Officer Godfrey Chilabi said in the first count of forgery it is alleged that Mr Mwamba while acting together with Mr Luchinde and other unknown persons, did forge a document namely ‘Presidential Directive Letter,’ purporting that the Republican President did direct the Director General of Zambia Security and Intelligence Services to contain the activities of Archbishop Alick Banda.
Mr Chilabi said this occurred on June 8, 2023 in Lusaka.
He said in second count it is alleged that on June 8, 2023 Mr Mwamba, jointly and while acting together with Mr Luchinde and other unknown persons, did forge a document namely ‘Request Letter,’ purporting that the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security Joseph Akafumba did request the Secretary to the Cabinet at the Cabinet Office to petition the Vatican through the Apostolic Nuncio in Lusaka regarding the activities of Archbishop Alick Banda.
Mr Chilabi said in the counts of publication of information contrary to Section 54 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act No. 2 of 2021, it is alleged that on June 8, 2023, Mr Mwamba, jointly and while acting together with Mr Luchinde and other unknown persons, with intent to compromise the safety and security of the Republican President did publish a letter in the picture purporting to have been signed by the Republican President directing the Director General of the Zambia Security and Intelligence Service to contain the influence of Archbishop Alick Banda over the Roman Catholic Church on Government Institutions and other quasi-Government institutions using a computer system on the Facebook pages known as Patriotic Front (PF) and Grindstone Television Zambia.
In count two, it is alleged that on June 8, 2023, in Lusaka, Mr Mwamba, jointly and while acting together with Mr Luchinde and other unknown persons, with intent to compromise the safety and security of Mr Akafumba, did publish a request letter in the picture purporting that Mr Akafumba wrote a letter to the Secretary to the Cabinet requesting to petition the Vatican through the Apostolic Nuncio in Lusaka regarding the activities of Archbishop Alick Banda, using a computer system on the Facebook pages of the Patriotic Front (PF) and Grindstone Television Zambia.
In count three it is alleged that Mr Mwamba, on June 8, 2023, in Lusaka District, jointly and while acting together with Mr Luchinde and other unknown persons, with intent to compromise the safety and security of Batuke Imenda, Norman Chipakupaku, Wallace Chakawa and Clayson Hamasaka, did publish an email printout purporting that Mr Chakawa, Private Secretary-State House, wrote and sent an email to Mr Hamasaka which was forwarded to Mr Imenda and Mr Chipakupaku directing him to isolate Archbishop Alick Banda and Emeritus Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu with his organisation called Our Civic Duty Association (OCiDA) and other unknown Catholic church priests using a computer system on the Facebook pages known as Patriotic front (PF) and the Grindstone Television Zambia.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 17th June, 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)