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Opposition MPs walk out of parley over government’s decision to engage private firms to audit the Ministry of Defence and National Security Services

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OPPOSITION Members of Parliament this morning walked out of the National Assembly during a question and answer session accusing Vice President Mutale Nalumango of having failed to give an answer regarding the decision to engage private firms to audit the Ministry of Defence and National Security Services.

This was after leader of opposition, Brian Mundubile asked Vice President Mutale Nalumango on why three different positions on private auditing companies have been engaged to audit the Ministry of defence and and National Security Services.

He stated that the Public Audit Act Section 24(3) prohibits consultants, agents and private auditors from accessing books, records and documents or entering the premises of the  Defence and National Security Services.

Mr Mundubile demanded evidence to show that Part VII section 73(3) of the Public Finance Management Act No. 1 of 2018 was complied with.

However, in her response, Mrs Nalumango told Mr Mundubile who is also Mporokoso Member of Parliament that a statement on the matter was issued in the house and that it was clear.

“The leader of opposition is very vague. He has not given which positions are being given about the audit. We gave a ministerial statement and it was clear,” she said.

However, this agagiated the aggrieved Members of Parliament who then decided walked out.

After a few minutes the MPs who walked back into the house stating that they were compelled to rise because the issue was of public importance.

“We are here to ask questions to clarify. As Members of Parliament, we are given an impression that we are here for the sitting allowances of K2,000. We cannot be here because we are controlled by a K2,000,” he said.

And in her ruling, the Speaker told Mr Mundubile that walking out and disrupting proceedings was their doing.

She advised the MPs to put what aggrieved them into writing.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 18th November, 2022)

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Kaizer Zulu slapped with another charge

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BARELY a day after being charged and arrested for threatening violence and assault, former president Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Kaizer Zulu has been slapped with another offence.

Yesterday, police formally charged and arrested Mr Zulu aged 52 of Ibex Hill area on four counts of Threatening Violence.

Mr Zulu allegedly threatened to shoot and cause physical injuries on persons identified as Benard Nshindu, Sengewayo Jere, Saul Masikote and Manson Mweemba.

He was further charged and arrested for the offence of Assault in which two people identified as Bernard Nshindu and Sengewayo Jere were assaulted.

And today, police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale says Mr Zulu has also been arrested and charged with the subject offence of Conversion not Amounting to Theft contrary to Section 291 Chapter 87 of the Penal Code.

“This involves a motor vehicle Toyota Land cruiser VX registration number GRZ 759CL valued at K955,000, a government vehicle which was assigned to him while serving at State House,” he said.

Mr Mwale said the vehicle was later concealed after he left office. It was only recovered by Police on March 25, 2022 despite government giving an amnesty to all individuals holding on to government motor vehicles.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 24th November, 2022)

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President Hakainde Hichilema makes appointments at Cabinet Office, ACC and ECZ.

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has, pursuant to Article 176( I) of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia and in consultation with the Civil Service Commission, appointed  Patrick Kangwa as Secretary to the Cabinet, subject to ratification by the National Assembly.

The President  has also appointed Dr Oliver Kalabo as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet in charge of Administration.

In addition, The President has, in exercise of the powers vested in him in Section 16(1) of the AntiCorruption Act No. 3 of 2012, appointed Ndola lawyer  Tom Shamakamba as Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission, subject to ratification by National Assembly.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya said President Hichilema has further in pursuant to Section 5(1) of the Electoral Commission of Zambia Act No. 25 of 20 1 6, appointed Mwangala Zaloumis, Ali Simwiinga and Mcdonald Chipenzi as Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Zambia, respectively, subject to ratification by National Assembly.

“The President has also, on the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission pursuant to Article 140 (e) of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia, appointed Mrs. Caroline C. Zulu Sokoni as Judge of the High Court for Zambia, subject to ratification by the National Assembly,” Mr Bwalya said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 23rd November, 2022)

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Kaizer Zulu arrested for threatening to shoot up four people, police say

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FORMER president Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Kaizer has been charged and arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot four people.

The incident happened on September 7, 2019 in Kafue District.

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale has told Mwebantu that police formally charged and arrested Mr Zulu aged 52 of Ibex Hill area and another person, Rafick Kakonde aged 32 of Chilenje township in Lusaka for four counts of Threatening Violence.

He said that duo allegedly threatened to shoot and cause physical injuries on persons identified as Benard Nshindu, Sengewayo Jere, Saul Masikote and Manson Mweemba.

“The duo have also been charged and arrested for the subject offence of Assault OABH contrary to section 248 chapter 87 of the Penal Code in which two people identified as Bernard Nshindu and Sengewayo Jere were assaulted by the suspects,” he said.

Mr Mwale the two suspects are detained in Police custody awaiting court appearance.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 23rd November, 2022)

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