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Miles Sampa condemns continued arrest of opposition leaders

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PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) presidential hopeful Miles Sampa has condemned the arrests of opposition leaders.

Mr Sampa who is currently in  Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on the African Union election observer mission, said the arrests are embarrassing Zambia to the international community.

He called on police to remain professional and stop being overzealous as the trend is only making the Republican President  extremely unpopular to ordinary non partisan citizens especially the youths and women.

“Good news, one opposition leader Mr Chilufya Tayali out of incarceration but bad news another opposition leader Madam Saboi Imboila taken into incarceration and both for expressing themselves I suppose. I can hardly think of a President anywhere in the World that benefited from arresting opposition leaders. In any case no opposition leader ever simmers after arrests. Records show that it only makes them even stronger and more popular. Records are there to show but guess those in power refuse to lead from history. They choose to repeat history,” he said.

Mr Sampa who is also Matero Member of Parliament said it is Presidents and their governing party that allow opposition leaders to speak freely that end up getting good local and international approval ratings.

“Revenge of the Ninja’ approach to opposition leaders is a setback to pre 2021 campaign promises that has already eroded most of the kudos on President HH that we have been reading from the international media in the last few months.

Whoever is getting knee jerk satisfaction from these constant arrests of opposition leaders needs to think twice. It’s embarrassing our Country to the international community,” he said.

Mr Sampa further added that with the constant arrests of those opposed by the ruling party has bruised and dented the country’s governance record.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 17th November, 2022)

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Chilufya Tayali arrested again

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POLICE in Lusaka have arrested Chilufya Tayali aged  48 of House Number 38 Ngwezi Road in Roma Township for the offence of Hate Speech.

This is in connection with the recent remarks he allegedly  made and posted on various social media platforms were he mentioned some traditional chiefs and some Commanders from the  Defence and Security wings.

Police assistant public relations officer Godfrey Chilabi said the remarks were allegedly made between January 1and 29 this year.

“In a similar incident, Police have apprehended Christopher Kapita aged 54  a Taxi Driver of Lusaka for the offence of Giving False Information to a Public Officer Contary Section 125 of the Penal Code,  Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia. This occurred on January 29,2023 in Lusaka,” Mr Chilabi said.

He said the suspects are detained in police custody awaiting to be formally charged.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 29th January, 2023)

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President  Hakainde Hichilema appoints Anthony Bwalya as deputy High Commissioner at the Zambian Embassy in Tanzania

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has appointed Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya as Deputy High Commissioner at the Zambian Embassy in the United Republic of Tanzania.

Sectretary to the Cabinet Patrick Kangwa has announced in a media statement.

Mr Kangwa said the appointment of Mr Bwalya into the diplomatic service is with immediate effect.

“Mr Bwalya has served as Presidential Spokesperson at State House since 2021.

President Hichilema has thanked Mr Bwalya for his contribution as spokesperson at State House,” he said.

Mr Kangwa said the President is confident that Mr Bwalya will serve the government and citizens of Zambia to the best of his ability as he takes up his new appointment in Tanzania.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 25th January, 2023)

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Bulldozer and Bonanza defeated

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FORMER Patriotic Front (PF) Kabushi lawmaker Bowman Lusambo and Former Kwacha lawmaker Joseph Malanji have both their petitions dismissed in the Ndola and Kitwe High Court respectively.

The duo petitioned the elections of their rivals United Party for National Development (UPND) Bernard Kanengo in Kabushi and UPND’s Charles Mulenga in Kwacha stating that they should be declared null and void as they were illegal.

However, their petitions have both been dismissed as they have been deemed to lack merit by the Ndola and Kitwe High Court respectively.

In Ndola, Lusambo petitioned Kanengo, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the Attorney General seeking that the court declare the election of Kanengo as null and void.

In his submission in trial, Lusambo stated that the election had low voter turn out because his face was not on the ballot papers.

He claimed that ECZ misconducted itself by barrying him from contesting, which made it a non-democratic election and further stated that the move by ECZ tantamounts to contempt of court.

“The election was illegal and therefore this court should declare it as null and void,” he said.

High Court judge Ruth Chibbabbuka in passing judgement and dismissing the case said that all the allegations against Kanengo could not be substantiated.

“Thus, this allegation cannot be the basis upon which the election can be nullified or voided. Having found as I have, that all the allegations have failed and cannot be substantiated, in accordance with Article 97 (2) (b) of the Electoral Process Act, this petition is hereby dismissed for lack of merit. As this matter is one of public interest each party will bear their own costs for this petition,” she said.

Meanwhile, in Kitwe Malanji who equally petitioned the current Kwacha lawmaker Mulenga and ECZ also had his case dismissed.

Judge Conceptor Zulu who was sitting in the Kitwe High Court dismissed Malanji’s petition because some of the grounds of the petition had no merit.

She said there was no evidence that the petitioner was prevented from filing his nomination and therefore there was no merit in the petition.

“I have come to the conclusion that there was no merit that the ECZ did not comply with the stay that was made by the court,”she said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 24th January, 2023)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

30 Jan 2023, 8:28 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

340,172 Total Cases
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