PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has described late Tanzanian President John Magufuli as forthright, fearless, and most of all transformational.
In his message of condolences to the family and people of Tanzania, President Lungu said the death of President Magufuli will forever be vividly imprinted in the hearts and minds of the people of Tanzania for his selfless resolve to bring about socio-economic transformation and prosperity.
He said President magufuli will also be remembered for his immense contribution to the growth of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through his recent chairmanship of the regional body.
“On our part as Zambia, our strong bonds of friendship are cemented through, amongst others, our historical bilateral projects of Tazara and Tazama pipeline. as such, when President Magufuli graciously hosted me to a successful state visit in November 2016, we reaffirmed our commitment to transform these projects for improved trade not only between our two countries but for the SADC region.
Another memorable occasion for me is when in October 2019 president magufuli and I opened the Tunduma-Nakonde one stop border post that has helped facilitate quicker trade between Tanzania and Zambia,” he said.
He said Zambia is with the people of Tanzania as they mourn their departed President.
“May our condolences bring you comfort, but more so, may our prayers to the almighty god grant you strength, and ease the pain of this great loss. Rest well, gallant son of Africa, you have run your race well and we pray for your soul to rest in eternal peace in the loving arms of our creator! Asante sana,” President Lungu said.
Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.
In a media statement issued, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area, Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.
“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.
She further reminded all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.
ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates
THE Constitutional Court has thrown out a petition which was challenging the nominations of running mates for lack of merit.
The court said the running mates are not supposed to pay nomination fees and also provide 100 supporters because they are merely invited by the party presidents.
Researcher and lecturer at UNZA Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa and Lusaka lawyer Alfred
Kanda petitioned 16 running mates to the Presidential candidates for political parties, seeking the nullification of their nominations because they do not meet the conditions set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) when filing in nomination
Those challenged are President Edgar Lungu’s running mate Professor Nkandu Luo, UPND’s Mutale Nalumango and running mates for all political parties taking part in this year’s elections.
President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares
THE Constitutional Court has declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the August 12 General Elections.
This is the third time the Constitutional Court is ruling that President Lungu is eligible to stand as President.
Delivering the abridged majority judgment, judge Anne Sitali declared that President Lungu was entitled to contest the elections as he has not twice held office.
She said Article 106 does not bar President Lungu from participating in the election this year.
“The first respondent’s nomination is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021.
The petitions have no merit and each party to bear own costs,” judge Sitali said.
However, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Professor Margaret Munalula, indicated that she had a dissenting judgment which she will deliver on June 30.
Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Chapter One Foundation and University of Zambia (UNZA) researcher and lecturer Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, through their lawyers John Sangwa and Linda Kasonde, argued that President Lungu already held office as President twice and that he was therefore, not eligible to stand in the forthcoming elections.
President Lungu was represented by Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba, Joseph Jalasi, Sakwiba Sikota and Lubinda Linyama while Attorney General Likando Kalaluka appeared for the State.