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President Hichilema calls for non-stop border posts at COMESA summit



PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has called on the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states to come up with non-stop border posts to help reduce the cost of doing business.

He says as the member states endeavor to have regional integration and pave way to development, there is need to harmonise borders to help make the continent stronger

Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema says that Africa cannot continue to be observers in decision making, but should be part of decision making.

He says Africa cannot allow decisions to be made for it, but needs to exploit resources which is why the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) needs to actualise regional integrations.

Speaking during the 22nd COMESA summit in Lusaka today, President Hichilema who is also the incoming COMESA chairperson taking up from his predecessor the President of the Arabic Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El Sisi, he called for non-stop border posts instead of one-stop border posts.

“Let us think inside before we look outside. As we endeavour to look outside for investment, we should look inside ourselves as a continent. Let us work together as countries to make our continent stronger and harmonise our borders. Let us have non-stop border posts to reduce the cost of doing business,” he said.

He said however, that in creation of non-stop border posts,the internal road blocks should not be stopped so as not to compromise on security.

Mr Hichilema also called for more meetings aside from summits, to help propel the developmental agenda of the African continent.

Meanwhile, The Head of State said that Africa cannot continue to be observers in decision making, but should be part of decision making.

He said for Africa to pave way for development, opportunities must be unlocked through the African Countries themselves.

Mr Hichilema reiterated the need to develop people to people relationships which are cardinal for development.

“As African, we cannot continue to be observers. We can’t have people make decisions on our behalf. We have to be present. We need to integrate as COMESA,” he said.

He said there is need to shape engagements as COMESA member states to unlock new opportunities for development for the African continent.

“Our footprint should show as COMESA member states. We need to remain at the table where decision making is taking place,” he said.

Mr Hichilema said sustainable growth is the engine to stability and economic growth, which is why as Africa there is need to promote stability through firstly promotion of people to people relationships.

“If people to people relationships are not developed, we cannot develop. Just like if there is no Government to Government relationship, we cannot develop. People to people relationships are very important. They are the foundation of all other relationships,” he said.

He noted that the gathering of 21 COMESA member states should help propel development and investment through integrations.

And the outgoing COMESA Chairperson President Sisi in his speech concured with President Hichilema on the importance of security and stabilities to achieve development.

“Any day that we waste without bringing development to our people will have an impact in the future. In all modesty and humility, I would like to indicate that Egypt is only designed to bring about calmness, dialogue and demonstrate patience in addressing issues and challenges,” he said.

President Sisi reemphasized Egypt’s commitment and efforts to employ capabilities of development to provide all ways possible in supporting it’s member States.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 8th June, 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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