STATE House Press Aide Amos Chanda says the reason why president Edgar Lungu took a drastic step to fire Minister Emerine Kabanshi is because he wants all the funds that were embezzled to reach the poor.
Speaking when he called in during a Hot fm breakfast show this morning, Chanda said governent will evakuate the matter and quickly return to the financing of the social cash transfer programme for the poor.
And Chanda said is not true that newspapers and radio stations have caused the firing of Kabanshi but because publicizing the issue has disrupted certain pieces of evidence.
“The president regretted that this matter has taken too long since he ordered an inquiry. It is a regrettable situation which is why we don’t want to believe that there is any malicious intent in those generous donors who have been doing. It is a requirement that we look at the matter objectively,” Chanda said.
He said admitted that government at the moment does not have sufficient resources to finance certain projects.
“Government does not have sufficient resources to run this programme which is why it is working to take corrective measures to clean up the problems so that all these discussions are fore stored,” Chanda said.
“The government does not have sufficient money. Regrettably the poor who are the focus, primary goal for the President, yes there has been inconveniences regrettably which is why decisively and more quicker action was required.”
He also explained why President Lungu had to fire his Minister.
“The goal of taking that drastic action is to make sure that this theft does reach the poor. It is expected that we will quickly evaluate their position and quickly return to the financing of this programme for the poor,” Chanda explained.
And Chanda said it is not true that the media has caused President Lungu’s action.
“It is not true that the newspapers and the radio stations have caused the action but of course they have disrupted certain things. Government will not tell you what those premature announcements you have disrupted but from that point when it was now clear that certain pieces of evidence being protects an no longer be protected because the matter is in the public domain, the President would have to act swiftly as he did,” said Chanda.
Lusaka cameraman, Chellah Tukuta, denied bail
THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has refused to grant cameraman Chellah Tukuta bail pending appeal.
Mwebantu Reports, that Lusaka High Court judge Lameck Mwale sitting as magistrate, said he is of the view that Tukuta’s conviction is firm and his appeal against the two years jail term will not succeed.
He also said appeals now take about 90 days which means that Tukuta would not have served the substantial part of the two years if not granted bail.
On July 17, magistrate Mwale sentenced Tukuta to two years with hard labour for defaming former information minister Dora Siliya.
Police arrest 108 people for various political related offences
POLICE have disclosed that a total number of 108 people have been arrested for various political related offences as of Saturday, 24th July, 2021.
And in central province have arrested two suspected political cadres in connection with the assaults when the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema was in chisamba.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said those arrested have been identified as Alick Mbewe and Kennedy Sichone of chisamba turn off.
Mrs Katongo said investigations into the matter have continued.
Neawhile, police in Ikelengi of North Western province have arrested 19 suspects in connection with the riotous behaviour.
The incident happened during a burial procession involving some UPND members following the death of Betty Chipoya who died on 21st july, 2021 at her home.
“On their way back from burial at about 15:00 hours , the cadres are alleged to have attacked some patriotic front cadres at ikelenge market and pulled down some of their campaign matrials,” she said
Mrs Katongo said police fired teargass cannisters to dispurse them.
“The cadres are further alleged to have damaged some window panes at a local police station and a wind screen of a police motor vehicle ZP 2154 b which was parked at the police station. They are further alleged to have assaulted victor mwila aged 43 years, an officer from zanis in ikelenge who was on duty and he sustained multiple unjuries in the head and some general body pains . the government camera, his mobile phone and cash money amounting to 1, 000=00 was grabbed from him,” she said
Mrs Katongo said the police command has commended all police officers deployed to police elections for their commitment to duty and has urged them to continue being alert and bring all perpetrators of crime to book irrespective of their political affiliation.
Printing of ballot papers for August 12th polls to be completed on July 30, says ECZ.
THE printing of ballot papers for August 12, general elections is expected to be completed on July 30.
Dubai based Al Ghurair Company has since completed printing the Presidential, National Assembly and mayoral ballot papers.
Electoral Commission of Zambia commissioner Ali Simwinga announced at a press briefing in Dubai.
“Overall progress is at 95% with the Presidential ballots completed at 100%, Mayoral ballots completed at 100%, National Assembly completed at 100% and Local Government ballots at 79%,” he said