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President Edgar Lungu commissions New Mwembeshi Correctional Centre

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has pardoned a cumulative total of over 10,000  inmates on special days which are Africa Freedom Day, Independence day and Christmas day.

And the Head of State has affirmed his position of no execution but commute death row sentences to life imprisonment.

Speaking during the official  opening of the new Mwembeshi  remand correctional centre yesterday,  President  Lungu said government has taken practical steps towards uplifting the welfare of inmates and correctional officers within ten years the PF government has been in power.

“Early this year on February 1, this commuted 246 death row sentences. Of these, two hundred and twenty-five were from kabwe maximum security correctional centre and twenty-one from Kabwe female maximum correctional centre,” he said.

And President Lungu said the new ultra-modern correctional centre will significantly   contribute to the increased holding capacity of the correctional infrastructure.

“This development will also mitigate the challenges of overcrowding, ultimately helping in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the correctional centres.The PF government embarked on the construction of two ultra-modern modern correctional centres on 16th may, 2016 at Mwembeshi, Chilanga district on a public private partnership model with   Saltech enterprises Limited and Mukuyu ventures Limited.This was in order to offer quality correctional services to inmates and decongest our current correctional centres,” he said.

President Lungu has also commended the Correctional facility for its success in agricultural production in which 150,000 by 50 kilogramme  bags of white maize, 10,000 by 5o kilogramme bags of soya beans, and 32,000 by 50 kilogramme bags of wheat have been produced.

“I wish to assure you that my government will work tirelessly to address various challenges you are facing being the first office holder to ensure that you carry out your duties diligently, effectively and efficiently. i am aware of the challenges you and your commissioners are facing which include among others, lack of decent office space, inadequate funding, transport and other logistics,” he said

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PF is not shaken about the intended asset recovery programme, says Given Lubinda 

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PATRIOTIC Front Vice President Given Lubinda says the party is not shaken about the intention by the UPND administration to embark on the asset recovery programme.

In an interview, Mr Lubinda has since advised the UPND government to quickly start the programme.

He said the sooner the programme is embarked on, the better it will be for the UPND government to end the drama of insinuating and banding all PF members as thieves.

“If they are members of the PF that they know as thieves let them pursue those specific people, instead of labelling the whole party as an organisation of thieves.

Mr Lubinda added that it is not true that every one in the PF is a thief, hence the sooner they do it the better.

He has since urged the UPND government to ensure the program is conducted in a legal manner by following all the laid down government procedure.

“They are welcome and let them proceed to do so,” Mr Lubinda said.

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Police arrest Kampyongo in Shiwang’andu for malicious damage to property

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POLICE have  arrested  Andrew Kampyongo aged 41 and Kellyson Chilekwa aged 29 both of Village Teleni, Chief Mukwikile, District in  Shiwang’andu for Malicious Damage to Property.

In a media statement, Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has told Mwebantu that Kampyongo and Chilekwa allegedly maliciously damaged a samsung cell phone valued at K1,000 property of Mike Mulenga aged 40 of Village Chafilwa, Chief Mukwikile, District Shiwang’andu.

He said the duo is also alleged to have damaged a front screen for a Toyota Land Cruiser Registration AAK 1031 valued at K4,500 and Rear tail lights valued at K750 property of Dr Albert Munanga.

Mr Hamoonga said Kampyongo and Chilekwa also damaged JVC Speakers valued at K12,000 property of the United Party for National Development (UPND) Party.

He said the total value of damaged properties is K18,250.

Mr Hamoonga said the incidents are alleged to have occurred on July 10 this year  at around 10:00 hours  at Kalalantekwe Market Square, Chief Mukwikile, District Shiwang’andu.

“They have been detained in Police Custody and will appear in Court soon,” hee said.

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Faith Musonda, surrenders her house and money to the state

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FAITH Musonda, the woman behind the K65 million and US$57,900 has surrendered them to the State in exchange for her freedom.The State has also taken possession of the house in which the money was found.

In a media statement,  Anti-Corruption Commission public relations officer Jonathan Siame said the possession follows the conclusion of investigations by a joint investigative team from ACC, the Drug Enforcement Commission, Zambia Police and the Financial Intelligence Centre.

“The general public is hereby informed that the Joint Investigative Team from the Anti-Corruption Commission, Zambia Police Service, Drug Enforcement Commission and Financial Intelligence Centre has since concluded investigations involving Margaret Chisela Musonda, alias Faith Musonda in which she was found in possession of ZMW 65, 333, 046 and US$ 57, 900 which was discovered in a house in New Kasama,” he said.

Mr Siamme said on Friday 15th October 2021, the State, using Section 80 of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012, entered into an undertaking not to institute criminal proceedings against Ms. Musonda on condition that she fulfils the requirements of Section 80 of the Anti-Corruption Act No3. Of 2012, which she did.

He said Section 80 of the Act allows the State to grant amnesty to accused persons in certain instances on condition that they admit wrongdoing and return what they wrongfully acquired through corrupt practices.

“The advantage of using Section 80 in cases of asset recovery is that it saves on time by eliminating the prosecution process which can be lengthy, leading to assets losing value or getting damaged, and it also saves on the cost of investigation and prosecution.
According to Section 80 (3) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012, The Anti-Corruption Commission “may tender an undertaking, in writing, not to institute criminal proceedings against a person who has given a full and true disclosure of all material facts relating to past corrupt conduct and an illegal activity by that person or others; and, has voluntarily paid, deposited or refunded all property the person acquired through corruption or illegal activity,” he stated.

Mr Siame said as required by law, Ms Musonda has since made a full disclosure of the money in question and has willingly surrendered the same to the State.

“She was charged with Possession of Property Reasonably Suspected to be Proceeds of Crime contrary to Section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crimes Act No.19 of 2010.

The State has also taken possession of the House in New Kasama, in which the money was found. The House, property Subdivision No.4 of Subdivision B of Lot 11279/M, valued at K 6 Million was owned by OCK Investments Limited, a company in which Ms. Musonda is a majority shareholder.  The property was reasonably suspected to have been proceeds of crime,” he said.

Mr Siame explained that after fulfilling the requirements of Section 80 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012, the State undertook to not institute criminal proceedings against the company.

He said the Joint Investigative Team is working timely to recover suspected illegally obtained assets and funds, and will continue to pursue all available avenues to speed up the process of recovering assets and other proceeds of crime.

“We urge all well-meaning Zambians who have any information with regard to any suspected illegally obtained assets to come forward and report to any of the institutions aforementioned,” he said.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

22 Oct 2021, 3:51 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

209,610 Total Cases
3,658 Deaths
205,768 Recovered

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