MINISTER of Information and Media is concerned with the manner in which some people are exercising their freedom of expression which has become a source of discontentment to some fellow citizens.
Chief government spokesperson Chushi Kasanda said government is particularly disturbed to learn that comments made by the former Minister of Water Development, Raphael Nakachinda, on the scheduled official trip to the United States of America by President Hakainde Hichilema.
She the comments made by Mr Nakachinda have injured some people due to their immature, malicious and disrespectful nature.
“While we acknowledge, and reaffirm, that Mr Nakachinda has a right to exercise his freedom of expression, we find the comments he made about the Republican President Mr. Hakainde Hichilema to be shrouded in bitterness and inappropriate for a former Cabinet Minister, who should be a role model to young people,” he said.
Ms Kasanda said government notes that Mr Nakachinda failed to appreciate that majority of the Zambian citizens are solidly behind President Hichilema, a definite majoritarian President, who is still being celebrated countrywide.
She said Mr Nakachinda should have exercised personal judgement and realised that it is too early for the majority Zambians to entertain criticism that boarders on disrespecting the people’s President, whose victory is still being celebrated.
“To start with, President Hichilema is going to attend the United Nations General Assembly to represent 18 million Zambians and to advance Zambia’s position on international issues affecting mankind and the world.
Secondly, President Hichilema is being accorded a rare honour to hold a bilateral meeting with the President of the United States of America, undoubtedly the leader of the free world. This is in recognition of Zambia’s now enhanced democracy.
The President will also be holding bilateral meetings with other world leaders to enhance international cooperation, including economic promotion, for the benefit of all Zambians,” he said.
And the Chief government said while the UPND manifesto is very clear on the respect of human rights, it does not promote gay rights.
She said the UPND government recognises and upholds Zambia as a Christian nation, both in principle and in practice.
“Government calls upon all citizens, who are rejoicing the new dawn, to sympathise, forgive and ignore the bitterness being exhibited by those who are grieving over the loss of the 12th August General Elections,” she said
It’s a “new dawn” for 700 inmates set free by President Hakainde Hichilema.
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has pardoned 700 inmates from various correctional facilities countrywide in commemoration of Zambia’s 57th Independence anniversary.
Speaking at a media briefing , Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security. Jack Mwiimbu said among the pardoned inmates are 642 males, 10 of whom are old aged while 58 are females, 24 of them with circumstantial children
Mr Mwiimbu said the pardoning of the inmates will allow for social distancing in correctional facilities to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
He said the move by the President will also go a long way on in addressing congestion in correctional centers which currently have 23,062 as of today, October 23rd 2021 at 06:00hrs.
“As you may be aware 200 inmates are admitted at various Correctional Facility per week,” he said.
And the Minister has directed the Zambia Correctional Service to urgently submit full inventory of all the inmates and remandees with the corresponding offences and length of stay in all the correctional centers in the country.
“I have directed the Correctional Facility to submit an inventory of all inmates. I would like to that President Hichilema for exercising his prerogative of mercy, this will go a long way in decongesting the facilities,” he said.
PF is not shaken about the intended asset recovery programme, says Given Lubinda
PATRIOTIC Front Vice President Given Lubinda says the party is not shaken about the intention by the UPND administration to embark on the asset recovery programme.
In an interview, Mr Lubinda has since advised the UPND government to quickly start the programme.
He said the sooner the programme is embarked on, the better it will be for the UPND government to end the drama of insinuating and banding all PF members as thieves.
“If they are members of the PF that they know as thieves let them pursue those specific people, instead of labelling the whole party as an organisation of thieves.
Mr Lubinda added that it is not true that every one in the PF is a thief, hence the sooner they do it the better.
He has since urged the UPND government to ensure the program is conducted in a legal manner by following all the laid down government procedure.
“They are welcome and let them proceed to do so,” Mr Lubinda said.
Police arrest Kampyongo in Shiwang’andu for malicious damage to property
POLICE have arrested Andrew Kampyongo aged 41 and Kellyson Chilekwa aged 29 both of Village Teleni, Chief Mukwikile, District in Shiwang’andu for Malicious Damage to Property.
In a media statement, Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told Mwebantu that Kampyongo and Chilekwa allegedly maliciously damaged a samsung cell phone valued at K1,000 property of Mike Mulenga aged 40 of Village Chafilwa, Chief Mukwikile, District Shiwang’andu.
He said the duo is also alleged to have damaged a front screen for a Toyota Land Cruiser Registration AAK 1031 valued at K4,500 and Rear tail lights valued at K750 property of Dr Albert Munanga.
Mr Hamoonga said Kampyongo and Chilekwa also damaged JVC Speakers valued at K12,000 property of the United Party for National Development (UPND) Party.
He said the total value of damaged properties is K18,250.
Mr Hamoonga said the incidents are alleged to have occurred on July 10 this year at around 10:00 hours at Kalalantekwe Market Square, Chief Mukwikile, District Shiwang’andu.
“They have been detained in Police Custody and will appear in Court soon,” hee said.