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Meet Mulambo Haimbe, a renowned senior counsel, MP and dual ministerial role holder shaping Zambia’s legal landscape

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MEET Mulambo Haimbe, Senior Counsel and current Member of Parliament (MP) for Lusaka Central Constituency in Zambia who emerged as a prominent figure following his victorious election in the General Elections on August 12, 2021.

He assumed the role of Zambia’s Minister of Justice on September 7, 2021, a position he continues to hold substantively.

Mr Haimbe’s distinguished legal career includes a significant tenure as a Partner at Malambo and Company, a reputable law firm in Lusaka, from March 2011 to September 2022.

His expertise further extends to roles as Legal Counsel for Barclays Bank Zambia Plc and the Copperbelt Energy Corporation, as well as a notable advocate at the firm of Makala and Company.

Throughout his career, Mr Haimbe has served in various capacities, showcasing his commitment to parliamentary affairs as a member of the Parliamentary Reforms and Modernisation Committee and the Parliamentary Committee on Privileges and Absences.

As Minister of Justice, he has been a driving force behind ongoing legal reforms in Zambia, prominently contributing to the amendment of the penal and other Laws of the country. Noteworthy achievements during his tenure of office include the abolition of the Death Penalty and the offense of Criminal Defamation of the President, and the enactment of Zambia’s first ever Access to Information Law, matters which have been outstanding on the Zambian Statute Books since the pre-independence era.

Mr Haimbe is an ardent Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioner and holds a Master of Laws Degree in Construction Law and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom.

His Bachelor of Laws Degree was obtained from the University of Zambia in November, 2000.

Additionally, Hon. Haimbe is a qualified Legal Practitioner having been admitted to the bar as an Advocate of the High Court for Zambia in June 2001.

He gained the right of audience before the Supreme Court of Zambia in June 2004.

Mr Haimbe is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a qualified Chartered Secretary. A founding member of the Zambia Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he served as its first Honorary Secretary upon its formation in September, 2011. In the same year, Mr Haimbe was honoured as the ILFA Ambassador for his participation in the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) programme.

In fulfilling his call to service, Mr Haimbe was a member of the Council of the Law Association of Zambia from 2012 to 2014 and a Commissioner of the Small Claims Court during this same period, prior to resigning in order to pursue a career in politics.

He is a member of the approved faculty of the CIArb and, since December 2020, he is one of the four representatives of Zambia on the SADC Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators.

On December 28, 2023, Mr Haimbe was appointed to act as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation pending the appointment of a substantive Minister following a vacancy in that office.

Mr Haimbe will serve in that capacity in addition to his substantive position of Minister of Justice for the Republic of Zambia until further notice.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 16th January, 2024)

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President Hakainde Hichilema to attend state funeral of late Namibian President Hage G. Geingob in Windhoek

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is tomorrow expected to travel to Windhoek, Namibia on to attend the State Funeral of Dr Hage G.Geingob, late President of the Republic of Namibia.

In a statement issued by acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mulambo Haimbe said the Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, 24th February 2024 at Independence Stadium with attendance anticipated from foreign Heads of State and Government alongside other invited dignitaries.

“The Burial Service will take place on Sunday, 25th February 2024 at Heroes Acre,” he said.

President Geingob, 82, passed away on 4th February 2024 in Namibia, having served as President of the Republic of Namibia from 2015 until his passing.

Mr Haimbe said President Hichilema is expected to return to Zambia immediately after his engagement.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Munir defies dress code,named and suspended from parliamentary proceedings

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BARELY 24 hours after Speaker Nelly Mutti’s directive against traditional wear in Parliament, Lumezi Member of Parliament  Munir Zulu has defied the order, leading to his suspension from Parliament.

The speaker has since named Mr Zulu for grossly disorderly behavior, stating that he had deliberately defied the guidance given yesterday.

This was after Mr Zulu was spotted in Parliament wearing a traditional attire of the people of Luapula.

“I am sure honourable member for Lumezi knows the dress code. And yesterday Members were guided so honourable member for Lumezi is deliberately defying the order and guidance given. Under the circumstances, honourable Member for Lumezi, I will name you,” she said.

“Mr Munir Zulu I find your behaviour grossly disorderly and sending you away for today’s sitting is insufficient. I therefore in accordance with standing order 208 name you,” she said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mutale Nalumango says those threatening to have free education removed are irresponsible and should not be trusted.

Mrs Nalumango said free education is not an area to tamper with as it has given hope to many vulnerable children.

Mrs Nalumango was responding to a concern raised by Kabwe central Member of Parliament Chrizoster Phiri Halwindi during the Vice President question session ,who expressed concern by some leaders commenting that they will remove the free education policy.

However, Mrs Nalumango said it is unbelievable and saddening to hear some leaders utter such comments.

“It is actually unbelievable that any leader in any country would stand to fight free education.You truly want children to remain on the streets? You want the girl child to marry at 14-years old because they cannot go to school? You want boys to be fluffies or junkies? Free education has given hope, or did you want to be the only ones whose children go to school so that you continue to do wrong things? Therefore, it is irresponsible for anyone to declare that,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Speaker bars MPs from wearing Ngoni traditional headgear in Parliament.

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SPEAKER of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has ordered Members of Parliament not to to wear the Nc’wala traditional ceremony head gear in the house as doing so is against parliamentary rules.

All roads are leading to the Eastern Province ahead of the ceremony taking place on Saturday.

Some MPs have been caught in the excitement to the extent of putting on the head gear in Parliament before being ruled out by the speaker.

Ms Mutti advised the MPs to show their support outside the house as standing order 206 (1) (C) does not allow for the wearing head gears in the house.

“Honourable members, I have one announcement to make to effect that it was observed yesterday during the sitting of the house that some members wire the Ngoni traditional head gear. This is possibly in support of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.

“”I wish to however, advise the house that standing order number 206 (1) (C) of the National Assembly standing orders 2021 is instructive of attire that is permissible. The provision allows members to wear decent traditional attire such as ‘Siziba’.

“[The] Decency of attire is a question of fact and maybe viewed differently especially if worn in an incomplete manner. I therefore find that the wearing of the Ngoni traditional head gear in the house was inappropriate in accordance with standing orders. Therefore I will not permit henceforth any honorable member to continue wearing such attires in the house,” Ms Mutti said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Local Government Garry Nkombo has said the national mourning declared in respect of the passing of President of Namibia Hage Geingob will not affect celebration of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony.

He made the announcement following a concern raised by his Chitambo counterpart, Remember Mutale, through a matter of urgent public importance.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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