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Mundubila, Dr Chilufya, Kampyongo, Malanji and others apply to join Joseph Busenga’s petition as interested parties

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MPOROKOSO Patriotic Front (PF) member of parliament Brian Mundubile and 22 others have asked the Constitutional Court to join them to a petition in which a UPND member wants the court to remove Section 97 (2) from the Electoral Process Act.

The said Article 97 (2) enables the court to hold that an election marred by violence, intimidation and corruption could still be held to be valid as long as the corrupt, illegal and practices which was committed during an election was not personally committed by the
candidate.

But Busenga, who is UPND media committee member, in a petition filed in the Constitutional Court, wants the court to expunge Section 97 (2) (a) of the Electoral Process Act from the statute books because in its current form, it does not seek to promote democracy, Constitutionalism and values but instead, promotes, aides and abets corrupt practices while giving safe haven to undemocratically elected public
officials.

The petitioner wants the court to declare and order that Section 97 ( 2)
of the Electoral Process Act No.35 of 2016 was inconsistent with and
therefore, contravenes Articles 8 and 45 (2)(a) and (b) of the Constitution of Zambia as amended by the Constitution
of Zambia amendment act No. 2, 2016.
However, Mundubila, Mansa Central MP, Dr Chitalu Chilufya, Joseph Malanji whose Kwacha seat was nullified have applied to be joined to the proceedings as interested parties.

Others are Shiwang’andu MP Steven Kampyongo, Mutotwe Kafwaya who is former transport minister and Lunte member of parliament (seat nullified), Michael Katambo, the former Agriculture minister and Masaiti MP, Chawama MP Tasila Lungu and Mandevu MP Christopher Shakafuswa, Kamfinsa MP Christopher Kang’ombe, Melesiana Phiri, Milanzi MP, George Kangwa Chisanga, Lukashya MP, Kampamba Mulenga, Kalulushi MP and 11 others.

Mundubile stated that they are interested parties and members of parliament for various constituencies in Zambia.
He stated that all the applicant are competent to join Busenga’s petition by reason of Article 2 and 60(2)(A) of the Constitution of Zambia which confers constitutional duty to defend the Constitution of Zambia, promote its values and principles.

Mundubila stated that their various seats were petitioned and are interested in the interpretation of the subject clauses for purposes of achieving certainity in the law.
He added that the intended interested parties were seeking to be heard in this matter in opposition to the application by Busenga.

Busenga in this petition cited the Attorney General as a respondent. So far, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), governance advisor Isaac Mwanza and Bowman Lusambo have also applied to join the proceedings.

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ACC arrests ZAMRA officials over the honeybee scandal

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested and charged Zambia Medicine Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) Director- General and Principal Regulatory Officer for corrupt practices.

Bernice Mwale aged 64 of Chudleigh, Lusaka and Brian Muwanei Kabika aged 42 of Meanwood Chamba Valley have been charged with Willful Failure to Comply with Applicable Law and Procedure contrary to Section 34 sub section (2) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.

ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe said on dates unknown but between 1st July 2019 and 30th September, 2019, Ms Mwale and Mr Kabika jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown,failed to comply with applicable procedure and regulations when processing license number PL/ 5- 00091/19, in favor of Honeybee Pharmacy.

She said the two suspects have been released on bond and will appear in Court soon.

Meanwhile, the Kasama Magistrate Court has convicted a Ndola businessman to four years imprisonment for corruption.

“The ACC Kasama in November 2021, arrested and charged Albert Oraya Nkonde 39, of house no. CHT 3277, Chifubu Ndola, for corrupt practices, contrary to section 19 (2) as read with Section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012, of the Laws of Zambia.

Details are that Mr Nkonde in Kasama district, Northern Province Zambia, on a date unknown but between 1st February 2021 and 28th February 2021 did corruptly give K5,000 cash gratification to a Zambia Police Inspector Martha Ngambi as a reward or inducement for her to release three (3) impounded motor vehicles that traffic Police officers had impounded, a matter or transaction concerning the Zambia Police a public body,” Mrs Chibwe said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, January, 26th, 2022)

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Police arrest suspected UPND cadres for insulting

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THREE suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) have charged and arrested for the offence of use of insulting language.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told #Mwebantu that this is in connection with a video which went viral on social media.

Mr Hamoonga said the trio has been identified as Shonga Enerst 45, Dickson Mulenga 40 both of Magnum Compoud and Newton Zulu 33 of Kawama Compound in Kalulushi.

He said the suspects were detained yesterday and have been released on police bond today.

Mr Hamoonga said Shonga, Mulenga said Zulu will appear in court soon.

“Police in Kalulushi District have charged and  arrested three suspected UPND cadres for the offence of  use of Insulting language Contrary to Section 179 the Penal Code the laws of Zambia. This is in connection to a video which went viral on social media,” he said.

Meanwhile,  Mr Hamoonga has warned members of the public to desist from criminal acts as police will sternly deal with anyone who comes into conflict with the law, regardless of one’s political affiliation or status in society.

“Further to this we are appealing to the public to be patient with the police when investigating cases  that may be bordering on crime.The fact that someone issues such a statement does not stop the police to summon such a one for questioning even after a period of time,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday,  January, 25th, 2022)

 

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Police warn and caution Sean Tembo over a Facebook post he made

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POLICE in Lusaka have recorded a warn and caution statement from Patriots for Economic Progress (Pep) president Sean Tembo for the offence of hate speech.

Mr Tembo 42 of plot number 8623 in Lusaka’s Ngwerere area is alleged to have posted Bemba names on his Facebook page claiming that they would be probed for crimes committed in the previous regime.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told Mwebantu in a media statement that Mr Tembo further said at the rate at which the government was making arrests, Bemba’s would become extinct in approximately seven months.

Mr Hamoonga said such utterances involved hostility or segregation directed towards a particular social grouping on grounds of tribe or origin.

He said Mr Tembo was released soon after a warn and caution statement was recorded.
“Police have recorded a warn and caution statement from Mr.Sean Tembo aged 42 of plot number 8623 in Lusaka’s Ngwerere area for the offence of hate speech Contrary to Section 65 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act Number 2 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, January, 25th, 2022)

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