THE East African Caucus at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) is reportedly rallying behind Hon. Albino Aboug from South Sudan in the upcoming Presidential elections for the continental parliament scheduled for the 29th of June 2022 in Midrand, South Africa. PAP will elect new leaders for all political positions in its Parliament later this month.
Hon. Aboug is a Member of the South Sudan National Assembly and the presidential special envoy for Salva Kiir. He has held numerous diplomatic positions across Africa and has been termed “the best person to unify the PAP and ensure the complete ratification of the Malabo protocol” by the Speaker of South Sudan, Rt. Hon. Jemma Nunu Kumba in a communication to all Parliaments in Africa.
Hon. Aboug is expected to run against either Hon. Fortune Charumbira from Zimbabwe or Yeremia Chihana from Malawi both of whom are battling to represent Southern Africa and a yet to be nominated representative from North Africa. Aboug is deemed a shoo-in for the role by former Speaker of Kenya, Rt. Hon. Kenneth Marende who worked with, and mentored him for many years. According to Marende, “Aboug brings a fresh perspective to the parliament, and unparalleled insight of a child soldier, turned refugee, who became a business magnate and political leader in Africa”.
Hon. Aboug says he is a “self-made man who battled his whole life for the freedom of Africans”. Although both he and President Kiir come from the same state, he says they are not related in anyway. His diplomatic appoints were based on his political activism, diplomatic expertise and the strong network that he has developed with various heads of state across the world.
Once elected, Aboug plans to get the continental parliament full legislative powers within 18 months of taking office. The East African caucus at the PAP had taken a very strong stance in May 2021 to ensure the region is led by South Sudan this time. Unlike Southern and North Africa where various candidates have shown interest in the role, East Africa is uniting behind the candidature of only Hon. Aboug. No other current member from the East has indicated interest to compete against South Sudan.
PAP meets 3 times a year for 2 weeks plenary sessions in SA.
Each member state of the African Union sends 5 MPs from the main political parties in their Parliament. Zambia’s PAP MPs are Hon. Mirriam Chonya(UPND), Hon. Newton Samkai(UPND), Hon. Mulenga Kampamba (PF), Hon. Miles Sampa (PF) and Hon. Menyani Zulu (Independent).
LAZ to co-operate with the FIC and other stakeholders to ensure that the matters highlighted in the report touching on the legal profession are thoroughly investigated
THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has distanced itself from criminal activities by any of its members.
This follows a report by the Financial Intelligence Centre which has highlighted how some law firms are involved in money laundering and fraud.
In statement issued, Association honorary secretary Peter Chilembo said LAZ remains committed to ensuring that the legal profession continues to play its critical role of advancing societal interests
“LAZ has noted, with concern, the FIC 2021 Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Trends Report, which implicates some law firms in money laundering and fraudulent activities.LAZ observes that the purpose of the said report, as the report itself states, is to further the FIC’s mandate to conduct strategic analysis to identify trends and patterns relating to Money Laundering, Terrorism and Proliferation Financing or any other offence. Whilst the Report does not entail that those named are already guilty, LAZ does not condone criminal activities by any of its members, and remains committed to ensuring that the legal profession continues to play its critical role of advancing societal interests,” Mr Chilembo said.
He said LAZ is a designated supervisory authority over law firms in anti-money laundering matters as provided by Section 2 of the Financial Intelligence Centre (Amendment) [No. 16 of 2020], with power to mete out appropriate sanctions.
Mr Chilembo said as a designated authority, LAZ will co-operate with the FIC and other stakeholders to ensure that the matters highlighted in the Trends Report touching on the legal profession are thoroughly investigated, and appropriate sanctions meted out, where wrongdoing is proved.
He said the legal profession will play its role to enhance compliance of anti-money laundering legislation by its members.
(Mwebantu, Monday, June, 27th, 2022)
Chapter One Foundation condemns, UPND’s William Banda, over his discriminatory remarks against women
CHAPTER One Foundation Limited has condemned remarks made by the United Party for National Development (UPND) member William Banda, directed at New Heritage Party president Chishala Kateka following her lone protest against hunger in Zambia.
The Foundation says Zambia is a democratic nation wherein the national values and principles of equality and dignity for all are embedded in the Constitution.
In a media statement, the Foundation state that that Article 23 of the Constitution, prohibits all forms of discrimination, including such discriminatory remarks against women.
“Ms Kateka, like any other Zambian citizen, has the right to freely participate in the governance of her country and enjoy the full scope of her Constitutional freedoms. An attack on her person is an attack on the values and principles we hold dear, it is a thinly veiled and shameful attempt to undermine women and their place in our society,” reads the statement.
The Foundation further state that remarks like those of Mr Banda are indicative of a worrying attitude towards women in politics and decision-making positions.
“The deliberate verbal attack on Ms. Kateka’s person is but one example of a practice of silencing women who dare to publicly air their views, a practice which ought to be shunned by government officials and persons in leadership roles. This practice and accompanying attitude have the harmful effect of discouraging women from freely participating in politics. Zambia is party to the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. All of these instruments obligate states to uphold and protect the rights of women in politics and eradicate all forms of violence against them,”
The Foundation has since urged the UPND government to demonstrate its commitment to gender issues by taking immediate and decisive action against M Banda and party members and sympathisers who promote sexist, divisive and retrogressive politics.
(Mwebantu, Friday, June 24th, 2022)
Law Association of Zambia condemns military brutality
THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has called on the Army Commander to take action against officers who assaulted unidentified youths for allegedly insulting the President.
The association says it is appalled at videos showing military personnel assaulting unidentified youths for purportedly insulting the President of the Republic of Zambia.
In a media statement, LAZ honorary secretary Peter Chilembo said regardless of the behaviour exhibited by the youths, Zambia has sufficient laws in place to deal with such conduct.
“The institution bestowed with the constitutional power to effect arrests over such conduct, and possibly prosecute, is the Zambia Police Service, acting in liaison with the Director of Public Prosecutions. There is no law that gives military personnel power to mete instant penalties on erring members of society. To say the least, the conduct exhibited by the military personnel, who are identifiable in one of the videos, is illegal, inhumane, degrading and undermines the Rule of Law and Constitutionalism in the country,” he said.
Mr Chilembo said military personnel in Zambia play a key role, and their importance cannot be overemphasized, however, no one is above the law, and under no circumstances must any citizen, let alone men and women in uniform, take the law into their own hands and mete out street justice.
“Therefore, it is LAZ’s strong view that such conduct by military personnel on private citizens should immediately be redressed by the Military Command. LAZ therefore, calls upon the Army Commander to take appropriate steps to promptly deal with the erring officers so as to maintain the Rule of Law, and to deter would be offenders within their ranks.
LAZ will not relent in execution of its statutory mandate to protect Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law, for the greater good of the Nation,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, June 23rd, 2022)