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President Hakainde Hichilema arrives in Germany



PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has arrived in the Federal Republic of Germany to participate in the fifth G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) conference.

The Head of States visit to that country aligns with his ongoing pursuit of economic diplomacy aimed at attracting trade and investment opportunities for Zambia. .

State House Chief Communications specialist Clayson Hamasaka said the President’s attendance of the conference is at the invitation of the Federal Republic of Germany Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

“This visit aligns with his ongoing pursuit of economic diplomacy, aimed at attracting trade and investment opportunities for Zambian citizens as part of his economic policy reform agenda,” he said.

Mr Hamasaka said the primary objective of the CwA is to increase the attractiveness of private investment through substantial improvements in the macro, business, and financing frameworks.

He said it brings together reform minded African countries, international organizations, and bilateral partners from G20 and beyond to coordinate country-specific reform agendas, support policy measures, and advertise investment opportunities to private investors.

“Since its launch in 2017 under the German G20 Presidency, the CwA has garnered significant interest, with 13 African countries already signed up, among them leading economies such as Rwanda, Ghana, and Egypt,” he said.

He noted that Zambia is being invited for the first time, owing to its recent economic transformation reform agenda and has expressed interest in joining the CwA initiative.

Mr Hamasaka said President Hichilema and his government firmly believe that, instead of relying on debt acquisition for capital, the country’s abundant natural resources, youthful and energetic population, and stable political climate can attract private investment, fostering sustainable economic development.

“The G20 Compact with Africa (CwA), therefore, provides a significant opportunity for Zambia to attract private investment, including in infrastructure.The key aspect of the CwA initiative is based on the premise that economic progress can be achieved through country-specific programs, rather than generic cases drawn from elsewhere,” he said.

Mr Hamasaka added that in the pursuit of this approach, President Hichilema emphasises that the Compact is about African ownership, not external prescription.

“Therefore, Compact Countries must take ownership of the processes in cooperation with international organizations and bilateral partners, developing tailor-made economic measures that are attractive to investors,” he said.

He further added that on the sidelines of the conference the President will also hold bilateral talks with his German counterpart Mr Olaf, the World Bank President Ajay Banga and hold engagements with actors in key economic sectors including the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 19th November, 2023)


President Hichilema to continue living at Community House, as Concourt dismisses petition against his stay at the private house



THE Constitutional Court has dismissed for lack of a merit Patriots for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo’s petition challenging President Hakainde Hichilema’s continued stay at his private house instead of shifting to State House.

This means that the President will continue staying at his private Community House in New Ksama.

Passing judgment, Constitutional Court deputy judge president Arnold Shilimi  said the court found Mr Tembo’s petition to have lacked merit  because the constitution does not compel the President to move to Nkwazi House.

Further, the judge said the court found that Mr Tembo’s plea for the court to declare an order compelling the President to shift to State House is not tenable considering that no law that obliges the Head of State to reside at State House.

“We find that in the absence of any Constitutional provision or any other law that compels the President to reside at State House,and in light of the Respondent’s[Attorney General] submission on the dilapidated state of Nkwazi House requiring high cost of renovations.

“The alleged constitutional breaches relating to the President’s alleged refusal to shift to State House lacks merit and is misconceived,” Judge Shilima said on behalf of other judges who heard the case.

“We find that the alleged breach relating to the right to life is improperly before this court for want of jurisdiction over part iii of the constitution,” he added.

The court consequently dismissed the petition for lack of merit.

In this matter, Mr Tembo petitioned the Constitutional Court over President Hichilema’s refusal to relocate to State House since he was elected in August, 2021.

The politician had submitted that the President was spending huge sums of money through his trips from Community House to State House on a daily basis and putting at risk the safety of many Zambians on the route he is using to access his house.

He  further argued that the huge sums of money which was being used on a daily basis, about K126 million per year, could be channeled to other areas of need such as procurement of drugs in hospitals and books for readers in schools.

However, in reply, the State, through Attorney General Mulilo Kabesha, argued that the petition lacked merit because Mr Tembo  did not cite the particular article or law which mandates the president actually reside at State House.

He also argued that accommodation of the past Presidents at State House was only a matter of practice or custom and not law.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 9th December, 2023)

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Masturbation comment invites Sean Tembo to court



PATRIOTS for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo has pleaded not guilty to using insulting language when he compared the intervention to sale cheaper ZNS mealie meal in the wake of escalating prices of the commodity prices to masturbation.

The outspoken businessman has been charged with use of insulting language which he allegedly uttered on October 17 this year, the eve of National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation.

Allegations are that on the material day, the accused said “Bally is selling a few bags of ZNS mealie meal using Shoprite, hoping to create a perception of low price is equal to masturbation”.

The sentiments are alleged to likely provoke Abel Mashowo, who reported the case, to break the law or commit any offence against Tembo.

When the case was called today, a magistrate readout the charged and asked the accused whether he understood it.

In response, Mr Tembo responded in the affirmative and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The court adjourned the case was adjourned to next month for commencement of trial.

(Mwebantu, Friday,  8th December, 2023)

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DPP wants more punishment for CK



THE State, through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gilbert Phiri, has filed a notice to appeal against the five months sentence imposed of Chishimba Kambwili after he was found guilty of promoting hate speech by uttering tribal remarks.

On Thursday, Mr Kambwili, a Patriotic Front member of the central committee, was sentenced to five months imprisonment with hard labour.

This was after the Kasama Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of the offence of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule, or contempt for persons because of tribe or place of origin.

After being hailed, the politician appealed against the verdict and was later released on bail pending hearing of his appeal against the sentence.

But the DPP has filed a cross appeal seeking to challenge the five months jail term imposed on the outspoken former Roan MP.

Mr Phiri feels the sentence was too lenient and that when his application is being heard, he wants to be present in court..

“I, the above named appellant(DPP) , hereby give notice that I desire to appeal to the High Court against the sentence of the accused person.

I desire to be present when the court considers the appeal,” the notice of appeal, which has been circulated online, reads in part.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)

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