OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema (HH) and his five co-accused have been committed to the High Court for trial in the case they are charged with treason.
Principal Resident Magistrate David Simusamba that Mr Hichilema and 5 others should be referred to the High Court as per committal certificate issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to refer the treason case to the High Court.
Police arrest Lusaka lawyer for stealing K 40,000
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested prominent Lawyer Mcqueen Zaza for extortion after he purported to be President Hakainde Hichilema’s lawyer and legal adviser.
Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said Zaza swindled a business consultant who has a contract with the Ministry of Defence to supply uniforms and vests.
“Police in Lusaka received a report of Extortion from Yvonne Shakantu 51 of House No. 31, Chitimukulu road, PHI Lusaka, a business lady who reported on behalf of Roy Musonda 39 of Plot No. 30, Birds view, Silverest, a Business consultant and Director at Big Eye Limited who has a Contract with Ministry of Defence to supply Uniforms, Bullet proof vests that he was swindled of K40, 000 by unscrupulous people.
Brief facts of the matter are that on 14th October, 2021at about 17:00 hours, Roy Musonda received a text message from Mr Mcqueen Zenzo Zaza 40 of plot Number Q1AZURITE Apartment Ibex Meanwood purporting to be a Lawyer of The President and legal adviser and that he wanted to meet him. Musonda with his friend Webby Kasalu 47 a business man drove to the car wash which is a few meters from his office within Garden City Mall to meet Zaza and his colleagues,” Mr Hamoonga said.
He explained that Mr Zaza claimed that he had connections with Home Affairs minister Jack Mwiimbu.
“One of them introduced himself as Detective Bwalya Chilufya based at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Police Station and the other as Richard Phiri an engineer a public officer employed by Zambia Revenue Authority in Kasama.
The said persons drove the victim and his friends to Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Police Station where he was told that earlier in the day, they had spotted him at Ministry of Defence and wanted to know how he got the said contract. Mr Zaza demanded that he pays him one million kwacha so that his contract does not get terminated as he had connections with the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Jacob Mwiimbu, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Garry Nkombo and many others,” Mr Hamoonga explained.
He said Roy Musonda requested for funds from his fellow business partners and raised K40, 000 which he paid Mr Zaza at the back of Garden City Car park where he was comfortable and remained with a balance of K10, 000,as he had demanded to be paid K50,000.”
Mr Hamoonga said Mr Zaza continued demanding for the balance with his colleagues until on 15th October, 2021at 20:00 hours when he was nabbed by Police officers when he went to collect the balance.
He said the police officers managed to recover K24, 000 from the three suspects which was brought to the police by the suspects friends.
Mr Hamoonga said the money has been seized and kept as exhibit.
“The trio Mr Zaza 40 of plot Number Q1AZURITE Apartment Ibex Meanwood, Detective Constable Bwalya Chilifya 27 of unknown House number lbex Hill and Richard Phiri aged 29 of unknown House number Ibex Hill were charged and arrested for the offence of Extortion Contrary to Section 279 Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia and have since been given Police bond pending to appear in court,” he said
Mr Hamoonga has warned the general public to be warily of people masquerading around to be holding offices of influence in the new dawn government administration whilst demanding for payments.
He said the Police will fairly and firmly deal with all those who will be found wanting according to the law.
Kwisa, I am still DP president, says Harry Kalaba
DEMOCRATIC Party (DP) National Secretary says Harry Kalaba is still the party president and his expulsion by the three founding party members should be treated as null and void.
And Mr Kalaba has described the challenge of his expulsion as nothing.
Addressing the media in Lusaka, Jewis Chabi said Mr Kalaba was elected as party President through the national convention that was held last year in November.
Mr Chabi explained that the move was done in fulfillment of the requirement of Zambia’s constitution that demands that for one to stand as president in the general elections he has to go through the convention of a political party.
“Hence the assertions by the three colleagues that Mr Kalaba was only sponsored as a candidate for the purposes of the 2021 general elections are null and void,” he said.
Mr Chabi has since urged party members across the country to remain calm, adding that DP is the new hope for the Zambian people.
He further said the three colleagues have been suspended with immediate effect.
“We are going to write them exculpatory letters that they will need to respond to in 14 days,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Kalaba added that the DP party has seen a lot of challenges throughout its journey and what transpired yesterday is nothing.
He said the party is growing and it is expected to that it encounter a lot of challenges.
Mr Kalaba further said DP is the party the Zambian people are counting on because their burdens are carried on our shoulders.
“We will watch and move on, we will continue with mobilisation programmes of the party,” he stated.
PF will not bounce back to power because it is a dead and buried party, says President Hakainde Hichilema
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema says the opposition Patriotic Front (PF) will not bounce back to power because it is a dead and buried party.
Speaking in Lusangazi district of Eastern Province, while drumming up support for UPND Lusangazi Council Chairperson aspiring Fred Banda, President Hichilema said what has remained of the PF is a ghost party.
The Head of State noted that the people of Zambia decided to reject the PF party out of power in the August 12 General Elections because they noticed that their deeds were not pleasant.
He has since urged the people of Lusangazi district not to make a mistake on 21st October, 2021 by voting for the ghost PF party.
“PF will not bounce back to power because it is dead and buried, what has remained of it is a ghost party,” President Hichilema said.
And President Hichilema has assured the farmers that supplied maize to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) that their money will be paid soon.
President Hichilema said payments for the farmers have delayed because this is how it was planned under the PF budget that is effective until December this year.
“We will do our best to push for the money to pay the farmers, I have asked the minister of finance to outsource for the money,” he stated.
(Picture by Chellah Tukuta/State House)