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Govt withdraws benefits for former head of states from ECL following his declaration to go back to active politics

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FORMER president Edgar Lungu will no longer get benefits that a former head of state enjoys, following his declaration to rejoin active politics.

This was announced by Information and Media spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa who said the decision is in line with the law.

Mr Mweetwa said the provides circumstances of which benefits of a former president can be withdrawn and so Mr Lungu’s decision to rejoin active politics is one of them

“Let me now come to the issue to do with privileges and benefits of the former president Edgar Lungu. We would like the nation to know that on October 30th, which is two days ago, cabinet or secretary to cabinet wrote to the former president in accordance to the benefits of former presidents Act Cap 15 of the Laws of Zambia and drew to his attention that Government in line with the law that is now forthwith withdrawing the benefits that a former president should enjoy.”

This is because of the fact that he has returned to active politics. This Act provides circumstances of which benefits of a former president can be withdrawn. So this trigger by the secretary to cabinet is simply out of operation of the law,” he said.

He noted that the United Party for National Development (UPND) administration is not threatened by the return of Mr Lungu into active politics.

Mr Mweetwa also clarified that Mr Lungu’s recent statement that political party cadres were mobilising to attack him at his house were unfounded and not true.

He said Government under the leadership of President Hakainde Hichilema will not condone carderism under the guise of being in the ruling party like was done in the previous regime.

Mr Mweetwa in his address also assured areas in the country that have not yet received the Zambia National Service (ZNS) mealie meal that they will do so.

“Government would like to assure the country that all areas will receive mealie meal from ZNS. This places where it has not reached will receive the mealie meal,” he said.

Mr Mweetwa stated also that Government was in progressive talks with more millers who want to join ZNS in selling cheap mealie meal for Zambian’s.

He further warned traders who want to resale the ZNS mealie meal that it is against the law and will not be condoned.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 2nd November, 2023)

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PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident 

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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)

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I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu 

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“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)

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‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech

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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)

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