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Simon Mwewa to ‘Say it Right’ in prison for six months 

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VLOGGER Mwewa Chitambala has been jailed half a year for deflating tyres for a mini bus which was parked on Kalusha Bwalya Road, near the Simoson Building, which the convict owns.

This is in a case the Simon Mwewa Lane TV anchor was charged with malicious damage to property, which attracts a maximum two years jail term.

It was alleged that on June1, last year, Chitambala maliciously damaged property, two tyres, on a bus belonging to Benjamin Chalamuka who had engaged Ricky Nyimbiri to operate it.

The accused pleaded not guilty before Lusaka magistrate Fine Mayambo and the prosecution called four witnesses.

Evidence by Mr Nyimbiri, 31, is that he was employed by Mr Chalamuka to driver a Hiace minibus.

He told court that he loads and offloads passengers at Citiy Market and that on the material day, he was on Kalusha Bwalya Road, in a queue of busses.

Mr Nyimbiri said he then heard some sound of air pressure from the types of the bus he was driving before he saw a man in a reflector with a knife.

He said the two tyres of the bus he was driving were deflated.

When Mr Nyimbiri followed the man, the suspect had gone but he told the court he identified him as Mwewa Chitambala, who he has known since 1992.

He told the court he clearly seen the accused on that day.

Mr Nyimbiri told the court that he informed his boss, Mr Chalamuka about the tyre deflation.

A bus conductor also identified Mwewa as the person who deflated the tyres on the material day.

An arresting officer told the court that the accused admitted deflating tyres of a bus on Simoson building and not those on Kalusha Bwalya Road.

Magistrate Mayambo later found the accused with a case to answer and placed him on defence but he opted to remain mute.

Passing judgment, the court found that from the evidence, the prosecution team proved the case against Chitambala beyond all reasonable doubt.

“If it was an accident, he would have tendered in an apology. It follows that whatever the motive, the act was deliberate,” magistrate Mayambo said.

He convicted the accused and asked him to give his mitigation.

But Mr Mwewa said he was not sure what the court was talking about, in reference to mitigation.

“The court is about to impose the punishment for the offence. The court is giving you an opportunity to mitigate or to tell the court what you would want to the court to consider before the punishment is imposed,” the magistrate explained.

In response, Chitambala said he is a first offence.

“Without sounding redundant, I am a family man and I asked for leniency”.

In his verdict, the magistrate condemned the netizen for his behaviour, describing it as “disappointing” and irresponsible of a person who is supposed to be a role model.

“It is quite disappointing to see people like you who is supposed to be a model in society behaving in a manner that you did.

“Members of the community are supposed to look up to you, to learn good manners from you but the action taken by the convict is not pleasing at all,” magistrate Mayambo said.

“The behaviour of this manner cannot be accepted at any level of the society,” the magistrate said before passing the six months simple imprisonment jail term.

The face-masked Chitambala, clad in reflector, had a phone in the dock, shortly before being taken to a correctional centre.

Few minutes later, the convict, known for correcting other people’s grammar, updated his Facebook page about his imprisonment, as his followers corrected his spelling for tyres, which was tires.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 10th January, 2024)

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Government to sink boreholes across the country

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“WITH the current devastating climate change, the government is going flat out to sink boreholes and do crop irrigation across the country”, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

The President said his administration is determined to ensure food security despite the challenging circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that food security is attained even during these difficult times. Let us all get involved and get it solved. We shall overcome as God will do the rest,” he said.

President Hichilema urged citizens to actively participate in the efforts, stating the collective responsibility to overcome the challenges emanating from the dry spell.

Last week, President Hichilema declared the ongoing drought a national disaster, announcing a comprehensive set of measures to mitigate its impact.

The declaration was prompted by the destruction of one million hectares of farmland, affecting over one million households across the country.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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‘Why are you pretending to be rich?’ HH asks Gov’t officials who insist on traveling on business class

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has described government officials that prefer traveling on business class as cheats and pretenders.

The head of state has revealed that the country has limited resources and it does not make sense for a government official to move in business class at the expense of the treasury.

The president said following the declaration of a national disaster as a result of the prolonged dry spells, that there will be for prudent usage of resources.

“We will aggressively shift resources from consumption, wastage travel, and business class. Secretary to the treasury, I hear there are people who want to travel business class from Lusaka to Johannesburg?” he said, “for one hour 30 minutes [you want to be on business class], we sit on our stools for three hour we village people,”

He wondered what is wrong with a government official travelling on economy class.

What’s wrong with economy ticket for one hour 40 minutes, this is what I call pretence, for one hour 40 minutes you want to fell rich, that’s cheating,” the President said.

He said he has already given his cabinet the signal that there will be no more unnecessary travels.

“There will be no more of such things, including unnecessary travels, size of delegation, I sent this signal to my colleagues in cabinet and I have made this official, resources are limited, the question is how do we utlise the limited resources,” Mr Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, he warned that there will be accountability in the utilization of resources and those found wanting “Will be on their own”

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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House of Chiefs commends President Hichilema’s swift response to drought crisis.

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TRADITIONAL leaders have commended President Hakainde Hichilema’s decisive action in addressing the drought.

House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Chisunka said the President’s declaration is a timely and crucial step in mobilising resources and support to mitigate the impact of this drought on the affected communities.

Dr Chisunka said the effects of climate change, particularly the prolonged dry spells and erratic rainfall patterns, have posed unprecedented challenges to agricultural systems, water sources, and, most importantly, the livelihoods of people.

He underscored the urgent need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Chisunka said the traditional leadership is committed to supporting the government and ensuring coordinated relief efforts.

“As traditional leaders, we commend President Hakainde Hichilema for his swift and decisive action in recognizing the gravity of the situation and marking our country’s debilitating drought as a national disaster and emergency. Together, we can overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We will continue to work together to build a better and brighter future for all our people,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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