President Hichilema calls for active participation of youths to maximise Africa free trade area benefits
AS Zambia joins the rest of the African continent in celebrating African Freedom day today, President Hakainde Hichilema says to realise benefits of the African free trade area, their is need for active participation of youths.
He said as government positions the country in the African free Trade area, their is need to maximise and realise the potential of youths in the agenda.
President Hichilema also noted that for the developmental agenda to propel forward, Political freedom must be accompanied by Economic freedom.
In his message to commemorate African Freedom day celebrations today, the President said the country’s developmental stakeholders should ensure that youths and the community actively participate to achieve development.
“To realise maximum benefits from continental free trade area, we require active participation of our youth together with other members of our community. We therefore encourage all stakeholders to ensure that the youth can take advantage of opportunities presented by free trade area,” he said.
The Head of State said African Freedom day commemorates the founding of the organisation of African unity and also presents an opportunity for Zambia to join the rest of the continent in celebrating freedom and achievements.
He also noted that their is need to realise that Political freedom must be accompanied by economic freedom.
“The theme reminds us of the need to drive trade and investment among African countries to achieve a strong and sustainable economic development. This will lead to more jobs, greater wealth and improved welfare for all our people.
“The continental free trade area has a population of 1 .3 billion people with a value of USD$3.4 trillion. We have resolved to maximise the benefits of the continental free trade area. We have already invested in starting to improve our border facilities as we move to non-stop border posts through out the region. Further we are investing trade related infrastructure such as road, rail and air transport networks,” he said.
Mr Hichilema also added that to achieve economic freedom, government must be able to provide an attractive environment for the private sector to grow.
“We are also positioning our country for a future where we are a net exporter of energy , agriculture and manufacturing related goods and services. This will improve our export energy and lead to stronger growth in our country,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 25th May, 2023)
Max acquitted of unlawful wounding charges
THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has set at liberty Patriotic Front sympathizer Maxwell Chongu alias Max in a case he was facing two charges of unlawful wounding.
Lusaka Magistrate Kawama Mwamfuli acquitted Chongu after finding him with no case to answer.
“I find that a premafacie case has not been made out against the accused person sufficiently to require him to make out a defence, the case against him is hereby dismissed,” Magistrate Mwamfuli said this morning.
She also ruled that the prospection’s evidence, including a medical report, had been discredited by the defence during cross examination.
And speaking to journalists after his discharge, Mr Chongu thanked God for the outcome in the December 2021 case and that he has faith in the Judiciary.
“I never went to social media to complain, I never called anyone names, any administration names, because I believe in the judiciary and with the judgment that has come from there it clearly shows that the picture that was portrayed out there about the name Maxwell Chongu is not the actual person,” he said.
Mr Chongu also commended his lawyers for ably representing him in the matter.
“I am overwhelmed with joy and I cannot say much, it’s not easy telling your wife I may go two or three years but I will come back. I was having sleepless nights preparing for the toughest situation and coming here and being told you have been acquitted.
“I want to thank God and I want to thank my lawyers, Jonas Zimba, Francis Daka, Makebi Zulu and I want to thank my wife who has been with me,” he said.
But he was unhappy with the conduct of law enforcers who investigated the issues and manufacturered charges against him without substantiative evidence.
“I only appeal to the law enforcement agencies that let us not rush in bringing cases to court without sufficient evidence because you are making the courts look biased when they are not, you are making the judiciary look like they are protecting certain individuals when they are not”
This is a matter in which Chongu was accused of wounding Richard Sinonge and Innocent Nyambe.
It was alleged that on March 4, 2017, Chongu allegedly unlawfully wounded Sinonge aged 37 by inflicting a deep cut on his left ankle and Nyambe aged 32 a deep cut on the stomach whilst using a machete.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
NGOCC protests security protocol that bar women from entering State House with handbags
NON-Governmental Gender Organisation’s Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has protested State House Security protocols that bar women from entering with their handbags.
NGOCC Chairperson Grace Sinkamba revealed in a statement that some women were barred from accessing State House during the commemoration of African Freedom Day because they had nowhere to leave their handbags.
Ms Sinkamba said this amounts to a human rights infringement on women and the girl child.
“Women carry essentials in such bags that form part of their being based on their biological makeup, including items that are necessary for personal hygiene. It is therefore a gross infringement of their rights for the event security to deny women entry into State House with their bags during the last commemoration of African Freedom Day,” she said.
“We noted several women who were denied entry because they had nowhere to leave their handbags. The invitation did not indicate that women were not to enter with their handbags, nor was there any provision for women to leave their handbags in a safe place at the entrance. This disadvantaged women, some of whom were not able to attend the event at all,” she said.
She said it must be emphasised that handbags are part of a woman’s dress, which forms an integral part of their rights to expression and privacy.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
Former Presidential advisor nabbed in connection with possession of articles for terrorism
FORMER President Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Chris Zumani Zimba has been charged and arrested for allegedly being in possession of articles for terrorism.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said Dr Zimba has been jointly charged and arrested with Given Phiri 37 of unknown house number in Misisi Compound, Marlone Banda 36 of Plot number 811 in 12 miles area and Portipher Gwai 44 of Plot number 194/17 Mutendere Compound in Lusaka.
He said the four are alleged to have been Possession of Articles for terrorism or proliferation purposes Contrary to Section 25 of the Anti- terrorism Act number 6 of 2018 as read with Section 2 of the Amended Anti–terrorism Act number 6 of 2023.
“It is alleged that the accused Jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown did possess offensive articles namely Deep 600 and Halothane and others with intent to endanger life,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the incident occurred in February,2020 in Petauke District, in Eastern Province.
He said the four are currently detained in Police Custody and will appear in Court soon.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 30th May, 2023)