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Judiciary to consider broadcast of court matters of interest, Chief Justice Mumba Malila says



CHIEF Justice Mumba Malila has said that the judiciary is considering the live broadcast of certain cases of interest in the country.

Dr Malila has also stated that the judiciary is open to being criticised, but that the criticism should be fair and based on facts.

Dr Malila speaking during a media interactive workshop in Lusaka today said that the judiciary a few things before allowing the broadcasting of court proceedings, but that it was a matter up for consideration.

“The judiciary is considering allowing cases of public interest to be broadcast live and so the judiciary policy Committee will first quarter of next year sit to discuss the matter,” he said.

The Chief Justice  also said that  the judiciary is prone to making mistakes just like any other institution run by human beings and that is why they will give room to constructive criticism.

Dr Malila said in his speech during a media interactive workshop held in Lusaka that the judiciary can be criticised and also make mistakes just like any other institution run by human beings, but that it was important that the criticism came with facts and fairness.

“We will not stop you from criticising us as an institution, because criticism which is constructive is good, while destructive criticism is not good,” he said.

He however, advised the media to be impartial, objective and factual when reporting court matters as certain coverage of proceedings may being about unintended consequences such as misreporting, sensensualisation of issues, misinterpretation of information, defamation and or infringement of court rules.

“in their reporting of court matters, journalists should pay the closest attention to ensure that they are impartial, objective and balanced in their reporting.  They should equally take keen interest in avoiding bias, respecting the privacy of the litigants, witnesses and victims, and above all the rules of court such as non-disclosure of the identity of child victims,” he said.

And MISA representative Austin Kayanda said there was need for the judiciary to ensure that they removed the veil of secrecy by availing media with information so that the information could not be filled inappropriately and inaccurately.

“The judiciary should remove the veil of secrecy on information access because it creates an information gap which ends up being filled with misinformation by either media or members of the public. The judiciary should also have an active website, develop a communication strategy which will help an ordinary citizen get proper information, they should centre interactive sessions not only with media, but also ordinary citizens and lastly the judiciary should assist citizens in fighting for the access to information bill,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 14th October, 2022)


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A former ZRA accounts assistant slapped three years imprisonment for stealing over K170,000



THE Economic and Financial Crimes Court has convicted and sentenced a former Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) accounts assistant, Sami Sami to three years imprisonment with hard labour.

Magistrate Faides Hamaundu entered a statutory judgment and ordered the convict Sami to pay Zambia Revenue Authority the money that he had stolen.

Sami aged 43 was convicted on 18 counts of the offence of Theft by Public Servant contrary to section 277 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

The court heard that Sami an account assistant at ZRA on dates unknown but between the 16th day of August 2018 and the 31st day of July,2019, being a person employed in the Public Service namely ZRA stole K174,566.59 cash which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.

And ZRA has sternly warned its members of staff that there are no sacred cows as any officers found wanting will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 25th January, 2023)

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ZRA dismisses fake social recruitment post.



THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has dismissed reports circulating on social media platforms purporting that the authority has advertised for jobs.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Oliver Nzala said the social media reports are fake adding the general public should not be duped by unscrupulous people who are forging and coming up with fake ZRA documents in order to swindle unsuspecting people.

Mr Nzala said the fake recruitment adverts are a concern to the authority because some members of the public who are desperate for employment get swindled.

He urged the public  to be on high alert concerning the scam, saying the unscrupulous people should be reported to the nearest police station or any ZRA office.

Mr Nzala also dispelled reports that the authority had set up a trust fund.

“The ZRA would like to warn and urge members of the public to strongly ignore and treat social media posts circulating, purporting that there is a Zambia Revenue Support Trust Fund Program and that the Authority has advertised for jobs, as fake. We have noted with great concern fake recruitment adverts circulating on social media purporting to have been issued by the ZRA. This is a big concern for the Authority because some members of the public who are desperate for employment get swindled,”he said.

He said ZRA’s recruitment process is anchored on core values of transparency, professionalism and integrity.

Mr Nzala said that ZRA advertises job vacancies on their website and in the print media.

He said in the past the authority has received cases from some being swindled of hard-earned cash by unscrupulous people purporting to be recruitment agents for ZRA.

He explained the swindlers send fake messages inviting the unsuspecting general public to attend interviews or assessment tests, conduct police clearance, undergo medical examinations and report for work.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 22nd January, 2023)

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