PATRIOTIC Front (PF) lawyer, Makebi Zulu has accused the New Dawn Government of running it’s business like a cult.
Mr Makebi has also accused the presiding officers in Parliament of running it’s business in a biased manner, making proceedings boring.
But Justice Minister Mulambo Haimbe has refuted claims stating that business is being run fairly, and that Parliamentary proceedings are being run in a procedural manner, unlike the assertions of biasness.
Speaking during a radio program dubbed ‘burning issues’ on 5fm along side Mr Haimbe Mr Zulu alleged that the happenings in the country are being run like a cult in many aspects, among them the functions of the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
“Governance is not a cult and it appears that my colleague thinks it is a cult where they think things should be happening in the background without people knowing,” he said.
Mr Zulu accused government of interfering with the functions of institutions such as the office of the DPP and further accused Government of trying to interfer with registration of Harry Kalaba’s party, Citizens First, before it’s registration.
“Like I said, governance is not a cult, but what Government has done is that they have removed the DPP from being head. The DPP should not be interfered with, but now we are seeing strange things where the DPP is even addressing the media,” Mr Zulu said.
He said the DPP is being interfered with through the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) board which was appointed by the Minister.
And Mr Zulu said presiding officers in Parliament are being biased on how business is being run.
However, Mr Haimbe said Government is not interfering with the office of DPP or any other functions of governance.
“To start with, there was already a provision in the NPA Act that a board should be appointed by the Minister. The board is not meant to dictate what the DPP can do,” he clarified.
Mr Haimbe also defended the assertion that Parlaimentary proceedings are being biased and or in favour of a particular grouping, stating that the presiding officers are procedural.
He said the allegations that the speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti and other presiding officers spoke on behalf of Ministers was a rhetoric.
“One would just need to observe the proceedings that the speaker gives procedural direction and does not give any substantive answers on issues brought on the floor of the house. The fact of the matter is that there is guidance given by the speaker. She is not being partisan or biased,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 25th July, 2023)
PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.
This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.
“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.
He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.
“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu
“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.
He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.
Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.
He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.
“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’
“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.
He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.
“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech
OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.
In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.
Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.
He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.
In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.
“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.
Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)