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Sugilite saga deepens, as former Minister, senior police officers and ruling UPND cadres nabbed



THE saga involving the mining of Sugilite mineral ore in Luapula province has taken another twist with 19 people, among them the recently fired Minister and Northern province police commanding officer Gloria Mulele arrested.

In a media statement issued, police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga disclosed that the 19 who also include United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres have been arrested and charged for carrying out mining operations without a license and conveying property reasonably to have been unlawfully acquired.

Mr Hamoonga said brief facts of the matter are that the 19 are alleged to have between the January 4, 2023 and February 13, 2023 mined 23 tonnes of Sugilite Mineral Ore without a license in Muombe Mine area of Chembe District of Luapula Province and later conveyed it from Chembe to Kapiri Mposhi district.

“Police in Mansa have jointly arrested and charged nineteen people for two offences of Carrying out mining operations without a License contrary to Section 12 (1) and (3) of the Mines and Minerals Development Act No.11 of 2015 and Conveying property reasonably to have been unlawfully acquired Contrary to Section 319 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said those arrested are former Minister and Nchanga Member of Parliament Derrick Chilundika 47, a police Commissioner for Northern Province Ms Gloria Cheelo Mulele aged 57, Luapula province UPND youth chairperson Nelson Kalembwe aged 43, Jones Nkandu aged 32 a UPND Provincial youth leader.

Jerry Justin Bwalya  aged 47 Acting UPND Provincial Chairperson, Obbrey Simauki aged 42 a Provincial UPND Youth Secretary, Royd Mwansa aged 55 former Deputy Permanent Secretary for Luapula Province, Robert Mutepuka aged 37 former District Commissioner for Nchelenge, Morton Sikazwe aged 30 former District Commissioner for Mwansabombwe, A Police Constable Sydney Mulongwe aged 37,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said others are a police officer Simon Chiwala aged 27, a police chief Inspector Masauso Jere aged 46, a police Sergeant Mulenga Chilufya aged 37 and a superintendent of Police Joshua Chimuli aged 54.

Other are Justin Chisha aged 50 a businessman of Mansa, Kelvin Mulenga aged 35 a businessman of Mansa,Stephen Chikota aged 42 Mwense Town Council Chairperson, Kelvin Mukuka aged 33 a businessman and Kingston Chingu aged 36 a businessman of Mansa.

Mr Hamoonga said all the suspects have been released on police bond and will appear in court soon.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 8th July, 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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