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Harry Kalaba accused of being “Gold mafia crook” 



AS the country is still trying to comprehend intricacies surrounding the recently thwarted gold scam, Democratic Party leader Harry Kalaba has been caught up in the gold scandal allegations that have engulfed many African countries, including Zambia recently.

Details of the allegations are in a clip circulated by ZimEye, an online political tabloid publication run by Zimbabwean but UK-based investigative journalist Simba Chikanza.

In the clip titled Gold mafia crook caught, Mr Kalaba thought he was getting himself a free Iphone 15, (not yet released on the market) after meeting up Mr Chikanza, an Aljazera investigative unit researcher who the politician has been communicating with for over a month.

However, the Journalist , who was filming the meet up accused Mr Kalaba of aiding to orchestrate a money laundering and gold smuggle.

The visibly emotional scribe told off Mr Kalaba of having used the Zambian flag logo on a fake video document to help mislead the public about a money laundering investigation in Zimbabwe.

He also accused the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of having worked with Zimbabwean prophet and businessman Ubert Angel who also went viral after being captured in the famous Gold mafia documentary in which he was allegedly part of orchestrating gold and money laundering deals.

The Journalist revealed in a video he captured of himself meeting Mr Kalaba in a phone shop in Lusaka, that the politician and Ubert Angel funded around USD$240 million for the chaos going on in Zimbabwe.

In an emotional dialogue, spoke passionately about the harsh conditions being faced by Zimbabweans as they take to the polls, suggesting that Mr Kalaba is part of the unrest going on in the country.

Below is part of their conversation.

Journalist: My name is Simba Chikanza, an Aljazeera journalist. I am behind the gold mafia documentary that you discredited.

I have investigated Ubert Angels origins.

What is happening honourable Kalaba is that you are a senior politician and these are Zimbabwean people who are voting today. Many of them are being beaten up and assaulted.

And so how do you reverse the damage that you caused on the Zimbabwean people?

Remember these people are voting under conditions of money laundering and gold smuggling that you yourself, honourable Kalaba helped to cover up and you created a fake video document together with Ubert Angel.

Mr Kalaba: Tries to interject in surprise.

Journalist:Do you deny that Ubert Angel prepared that script and you put a Zambian logo on it?

My people! Your people! Remember Zambia and Zimbabwe, we are one and the same?

They are voting today, mother’s are being raped! Are you checking the news?

All this is being funded by the USD$240 million that Ubert Angel and you participated in.

Mr Kalaba: How do you know that Ubert Angel is involved in this? Because you work for Aljazeera?

Journalist: Honourable Kalaba, do you deny?

Do you know who delivered that phone (purported Iphone 15) to you? Those are police officers.

Mr Kalaba: That is why I have never used it.

The Journalist further accused Mr Kalaba of abusing his position of when he was a Minister of Foreign Affairs to create falsehoods which have caused chaos in the voting system in Zimbabwe.

Later on, a man is seen trying to rough up the undeterred journalist who continued to capture the moment.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 23rd August, 2023)


President Hichilema to continue living at Community House, as Concourt dismisses petition against his stay at the private house



THE Constitutional Court has dismissed for lack of a merit Patriots for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo’s petition challenging President Hakainde Hichilema’s continued stay at his private house instead of shifting to State House.

This means that the President will continue staying at his private Community House in New Ksama.

Passing judgment, Constitutional Court deputy judge president Arnold Shilimi  said the court found Mr Tembo’s petition to have lacked merit  because the constitution does not compel the President to move to Nkwazi House.

Further, the judge said the court found that Mr Tembo’s plea for the court to declare an order compelling the President to shift to State House is not tenable considering that no law that obliges the Head of State to reside at State House.

“We find that in the absence of any Constitutional provision or any other law that compels the President to reside at State House,and in light of the Respondent’s[Attorney General] submission on the dilapidated state of Nkwazi House requiring high cost of renovations.

“The alleged constitutional breaches relating to the President’s alleged refusal to shift to State House lacks merit and is misconceived,” Judge Shilima said on behalf of other judges who heard the case.

“We find that the alleged breach relating to the right to life is improperly before this court for want of jurisdiction over part iii of the constitution,” he added.

The court consequently dismissed the petition for lack of merit.

In this matter, Mr Tembo petitioned the Constitutional Court over President Hichilema’s refusal to relocate to State House since he was elected in August, 2021.

The politician had submitted that the President was spending huge sums of money through his trips from Community House to State House on a daily basis and putting at risk the safety of many Zambians on the route he is using to access his house.

He  further argued that the huge sums of money which was being used on a daily basis, about K126 million per year, could be channeled to other areas of need such as procurement of drugs in hospitals and books for readers in schools.

However, in reply, the State, through Attorney General Mulilo Kabesha, argued that the petition lacked merit because Mr Tembo  did not cite the particular article or law which mandates the president actually reside at State House.

He also argued that accommodation of the past Presidents at State House was only a matter of practice or custom and not law.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 9th December, 2023)

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Masturbation comment invites Sean Tembo to court



PATRIOTS for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo has pleaded not guilty to using insulting language when he compared the intervention to sale cheaper ZNS mealie meal in the wake of escalating prices of the commodity prices to masturbation.

The outspoken businessman has been charged with use of insulting language which he allegedly uttered on October 17 this year, the eve of National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.

Allegations are that on the material day, the accused said “Bally is selling a few bags of ZNS mealie meal using Shoprite, hoping to create a perception of low price is equal to masturbation”.

The sentiments are alleged to likely provoke Abel Mashowo, who reported the case, to break the law or commit any offence against Tembo.

When the case was called today, a magistrate readout the charged and asked the accused whether he understood it.

In response, Mr Tembo responded in the affirmative and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The court adjourned the case was adjourned to next month for commencement of trial.

(Mwebantu, Friday,  8th December, 2023)

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DPP wants more punishment for CK



THE State, through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gilbert Phiri, has filed a notice to appeal against the five months sentence imposed of Chishimba Kambwili after he was found guilty of promoting hate speech by uttering tribal remarks.

On Thursday, Mr Kambwili, a Patriotic Front member of the central committee, was sentenced to five months imprisonment with hard labour.

This was after the Kasama Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of the offence of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule, or contempt for persons because of tribe or place of origin.

After being hailed, the politician appealed against the verdict and was later released on bail pending hearing of his appeal against the sentence.

But the DPP has filed a cross appeal seeking to challenge the five months jail term imposed on the outspoken former Roan MP.

Mr Phiri feels the sentence was too lenient and that when his application is being heard, he wants to be present in court..

“I, the above named appellant(DPP) , hereby give notice that I desire to appeal to the High Court against the sentence of the accused person.

I desire to be present when the court considers the appeal,” the notice of appeal, which has been circulated online, reads in part.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)

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