PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has congratulated Her Excellency Mrs. Samia Suluhu Hassan on her appointment and subsequent swearing-in as President of the United Republic of Tanzania on Friday, 19th March, 2021 following the passing on of President John Pombe Magufuli last week on Wednesday, 17th March, 2021.
In his message of congratulations to President Hassan: “On this occasion marking your appointment and swearing- in as the first female President of the United Republic of Tanzania, I wish to take this opportunity to extend heartfelt congratulations on behalf of the people of the Republic of Zambia, the Government and indeed on my own behalf.”
The President is confident that President Hassan will continue with the socio-economic transformation agenda embarked upon by the late President John Pombe Magufuli which has seen Tanzania graduate to a middle-income economy.
“Your Excellency, as you assume the responsibilities of this higher office, I wish to reassure you of the Zambian Government’s support and firm commitment to enhancing fraternal relations between the two countries. Additionally, allow me to also reaffirm my country’s commitment to continue interacting and exchanging common positions on issues of mutual interest at the regional and international fora,” adds the President.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Mr. Issac Chipampe.
Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.
In a media statement issued, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area, Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.
“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.
She further reminded all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.
ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates
THE Constitutional Court has thrown out a petition which was challenging the nominations of running mates for lack of merit.
The court said the running mates are not supposed to pay nomination fees and also provide 100 supporters because they are merely invited by the party presidents.
Researcher and lecturer at UNZA Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa and Lusaka lawyer Alfred
Kanda petitioned 16 running mates to the Presidential candidates for political parties, seeking the nullification of their nominations because they do not meet the conditions set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) when filing in nomination
Those challenged are President Edgar Lungu’s running mate Professor Nkandu Luo, UPND’s Mutale Nalumango and running mates for all political parties taking part in this year’s elections.
President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares
THE Constitutional Court has declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the August 12 General Elections.
This is the third time the Constitutional Court is ruling that President Lungu is eligible to stand as President.
Delivering the abridged majority judgment, judge Anne Sitali declared that President Lungu was entitled to contest the elections as he has not twice held office.
She said Article 106 does not bar President Lungu from participating in the election this year.
“The first respondent’s nomination is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021.
The petitions have no merit and each party to bear own costs,” judge Sitali said.
However, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Professor Margaret Munalula, indicated that she had a dissenting judgment which she will deliver on June 30.
Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Chapter One Foundation and University of Zambia (UNZA) researcher and lecturer Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, through their lawyers John Sangwa and Linda Kasonde, argued that President Lungu already held office as President twice and that he was therefore, not eligible to stand in the forthcoming elections.
President Lungu was represented by Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba, Joseph Jalasi, Sakwiba Sikota and Lubinda Linyama while Attorney General Likando Kalaluka appeared for the State.