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K65 million seized from Faith Musonda attracts more questions in Parley, leading to a directive for another ministerial statement to be issued



FOLLOWING a widespread of interest in the matter concerning the K65 million seized from Faith Musonda, Speaker for the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has ordered for another conclusive statement to be issued next week.

Ms Mutti says the matter needs to be concluded once and for all with all relevant information in place, so that there will be no space for more questions.

She raised the order today in parliament following questions arising to the need for a deposit slip to be tabled in parliament to show how the money in question was disbursed.

Ms Mutti in a ruling on a point of order raised on Wednesday, June 14th by Lunte Member of Parliament Mutotwe Kafwaya against the Acting Finance and National planning Minister Charles Milupi, directed Mr Milupi to give a conclusive statement next week.

“The House will recall that on Wednesday, 14th June, 2023, when the House was considering the Report of the Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on the review of the administration and operations of the Zambia Police Service, presented by Brig Gen M S Sitwala, Member of Parliament for Kaoma, and Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Kafwaya, Member of Parliament for Lunte Constituency, raised a Point of Order.”

She noted that in his Point of Order, Mr Kafwaya asked whether Mr Milupi was in order to mislead the House by purporting to have brought a deposit slip for the K65 million seized by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), when in fact not.

Ms Mutti in her immediate response, reserved her ruling in order to enable her to examine the documents laid on the Table of the House, and render a measured ruling.

“I have since studied the matter and will now render my ruling. Hon Members, the background to this matter is that on June 7th, 2023, Mr Stephen Kampyongo Member of Parliament for Shiwang’andu Constituency raised a matter of urgent public importance on the K65 million that was seized by ACC from Ms Margaret Chisela Musonda, alias Faith Musonda,and how the forfeited funds were disbursed.” I then directed the Hon Minister of Finance and National Planning to render a ministerial statement on the matter on Tuesday, June 13th, 2023,” she said.

Ms Mutti noted that Mr Milupi rendered a ministerial statement, but that in seeking clarification on the ministerial statement, Lumezi Constituency Member of Parliament, Munir Zulu, asked the Minister to present to the House a deposit slip issued in respect of the funds.

She said in that regard, Mr Milupi was directed to bring proof of the deposit and on Wednesday, June 14th, 2023, the acting Minister of Finance and National Planning, tabled a set of documents before the House in line with the directive.

Ms Mutti stated that subsequently, Mr Kafwaya, raised a Point of Order on whether the Acting Minister of Finance and National Planning was in order to mislead the House by purporting to have brought a deposit slip for the K65 million, seized by the ACC, when it was not among the documents he had laid on the table of the House.

“I have noticed that this matter has continued to attract a lot of interest both in the House, and the Nation at large. Therefore, in order for it to be addressed conclusively, I hereby direct the Hon Minister of Finance and National Planning, to issue a detailed statement clarifying the matter on Wednesday, June 21st, 2023,” she ruled.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 16th June, 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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