THE Ndola High Court has nullified the election of Patriotic Front Chimwemwe Member of Parliament Allen Banda.
This was after the court found that the elections were not conducted in line with the provisions of the Electoral Process Act .
Lusaka High Court judge Bubile Shonga who sat in Ndola said Electoral Commission of Zambia’s failure to provide the petitioner’s polling agents with Gen 20 forms in about 30 polling stations affected the credibility of the elections.
She further said the misallocation of votes in six polling stations also affected the outcome of the elections.
The judge ruled that the petitioner also failed to verify elections results in some polling stations due to lack of Gen 20 forms.
In this case, Bothwell Matanda petitioned Mr Banda citing bribery, unauthorised opening of ballot boxes and misallocation of votes by ECZ.
However, judge Shonga said she accepted the statement by Mr Banda that the drilling of the borehole was done in February before he was adopted as candidate.
“I find as a matter of fact that the first respondent participated in the community project before he was adopted as a candidate,” she said.
Judge Shonga also established that Mr Banda contributed to the construction of the school before he was adopted.
She further found that the donation of K3,000 to the Kitwe Pastor’s Fellowship was made as offering during a meeting in which both Mr Matanda and Mr Banda attended during campaigns.
ACC arrests owners of “48” houses
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested the owner of the controversial 48 houses Charles Mukomena Loyana and his
wife Susan Sinkala Loyana.
And the Commission has charged the couple with two counts of corrupt practices involving concealment and possession
of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe has confirmed in a statement today that the property in question is valued at over K37 million.
Chibwe said the couple has in the first count been charged with Concealment of Property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.
“In the first count, Mr. Loyana aged 51 and Mrs Loyana aged 46 of House Number 2728 off Shantumbu Road, Chalala in Lusaka have both been charged with One Count of Concealment of Property suspected
to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010,” Chibwe said.
In the second count, Chibwe said the duo is charged with One Count of Possession of Property suspected to be proceeds
She revealed that on dates unknown but between 1st January 2012 and 30th June 2019, Mr. Loyana, Senior Accountant at the Ministry of Finance and Mrs. Loyana, an Assistant Accountant at the Ministry of Works and Supply jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, did conceal and possess 51 properties valued at the stated amount, properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
She said the duo has been released on bond and will appear in court on 14th December, 2021.
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Hundreds to lose jobs as Indeni Refinery is placed under care and maintenance by government
MINISTER of Energy says government has decided to put Indeni Petroleum Refinery on care and maintenance a situation that will see some employees lose their jobs.
In a statement, Peter Kapala said the other employees will be reassigned to manage fuel storage depots with Tazama Petroleum Products Limited.
Mr Kapala also disclosed that government has begun the process of reforming the petroleum subsector.
He noted that this resonates with the UPND’s manifesto where it promised that it will restructure the fuel supply chain so as to achieve least cost pricing while ensuring stable supply of petroleum products.
“As you may be aware, the sector has been marred with a lot of inefficiencies which have increased the cost of the various petroleum products,” he said.
Mr Kapala explained that the reforms are aimed at ensuring that there is adequate, reliable and affordable supply of petroleum products in the country.
“The overall objective of the reforms will be to increase security of supply of petroleum products in the nation,” he said.
“Government has begun to look at modalities that will reduce the cost of transporting petroleum products and improve efficiency in delivery petroleum products,”.
He added that government also intends to implement under transportation, the reconfiguring of the Pipeline to enable the pumping of Low Sulphur Gasoil (LSG- Diesel) through the TAZAMA Pipelines as one of the reforms.
He further said products such as Petrol, Jet A1, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Kerosene and Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) will be transported via road as they will no longer be produced by the Refinery.
“Instituting the above reforms in the fuel supply and procurement system will ensure security of supply of petroleum products leading to stability in the market,” Mr Kapala stated.
“Government will promote, with these reforms, transparency and private sector participation in the sector,”.