GOVERNMENT has expressed concern following allegations by Patriotic Front (PF) presidential hopeful Emmanuel Mwamba that he was brutalised by police during his arrest last week.
Ministry of Information and Media Permanent Secretary Kennedy Kalunga says Law enforcement are guided by protocols that ensure fair treatment and thus investigations into the matter have been instituted.
Mr Kalunga has however, stated that it is equally important to ensure that such expressions and allegations do not disrupt the peace and stability of the nation.
“Government has noted with concern allegations circulating on various media platforms that Mr Emmanuel Mwamba, a member of the opposition Patriotic Front political party, was allegedly brutalised by police during his arrest. The nation will recall that on June 17, 2023 Police charged and arrested Mr Mwamba for two counts of forgery contrary to Section 342 of the Penal Code Chapter BB of the laws of Zambia and three counts of publication of information contrary to Section 54 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act Number two of 2021,” he said.
He noted that it ought to be emphasised that law enforcement agencies in the country operate with the utmost professionalism and integrity.
Mr Kalunga said they are guided by a comprehensive set of protocols that ensure the fair treatment of all individuals in custody.
“Any allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and appropriate action is taken if any wrongdoing is found. Government firmly believes in upholding the rights of every citizen, regardless of their political affiliation. Government notes that Mr Mwamba has reported the matter to the Police Complaints Commission, which has the authority to investigate any allegations of misconduct or brutality involving law enforcement officers,” he said.
He put emphasis that Government respects this process and eagerly awaits their report, which will shed light on the details of the arrest and any potential misconduct, ensuring a fair and impartial assessment of the situation.
“In the meantime, it is essential that the public refrain from jumping to conclusions or spreading unfounded rumours. Further, Government urges all citizens to be patient while investigations on the matter are going on. However, it is equally important to ensure that such expressions do not infringe upon the rights of others or disrupt the peace and stability of our nation,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th 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)