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The PS was evidently helpless and allowed his members of staff to be harassed in his presence, says Dr. Simon Miti

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SECRETARY to Cabinet Simon Miti has instructed deputy Secretary to Cabinet, in charge of administration, Patrick Kangwa to immediately institute disciplinary action against Ministry of Works and Supply Permanent Secretary Lennox Kalonde for failing to stop the harassment of his member of staff by suspected Patriotic Front cadres.
Dr Miti says the disciplinary action should be taken against Mr Kalonde for also failing to prevent illegal trespass of his office by unknown persons.
In a statement issued, Dr Miti said the cadres have no legal mandate or basis to conduct themselves like that at a government office.
He said Mr Kalonde failed in his duties as one responsible to manage affairs of his Ministry in line with government rules and procedures.
“The PS was evidently helpless and allowed his members of staff to be harassed in his presence with no recourse to that trespass on his office and subsequent misconduct by the purported cadres who had no legal basis for such conduct in a government office. This is unacceptable from an officer who is charged with the responsibility to manage the affairs of his or her ministry in line with the government rules and procedures,” Dr Miti said.
He said civil servants are expected to be politically neutral as prescribed by Civil Servants’ regulations and Code of Conduct.
Dr Miti said party cadres or any other outsiders cannot enforce the Civil Service Code of Conduct on behalf of his office or Government.
He has since thanked the Zambia Police for moving swiftly and arresting the cadres that harassed the officer.

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Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF

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POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.

In a media  statement issued,  Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area,  Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.

“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.

She further reminded  all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.

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ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates

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THE Constitutional Court has thrown out a petition which was challenging the nominations of running mates for lack of merit.

The court said the running mates are not supposed to pay nomination fees and also provide 100 supporters because they are merely invited by the party presidents.

Researcher and lecturer at UNZA Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa and Lusaka lawyer Alfred
Kanda petitioned 16 running mates to the Presidential candidates for political parties, seeking the nullification of their nominations because they do not meet the conditions set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) when filing in nomination
papers.

Those challenged are President Edgar Lungu’s running mate Professor Nkandu Luo, UPND’s Mutale Nalumango and running mates for all political parties taking part in this year’s elections.

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President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares

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THE Constitutional Court has declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the August 12 General Elections.

This is the third time the Constitutional Court is ruling that President Lungu is eligible to stand as President.

Delivering the abridged majority judgment, judge Anne Sitali declared that President Lungu was entitled to contest the elections as he has not twice held office.

She said Article 106 does not bar President Lungu from participating in the election this year.

“The first respondent’s nomination is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021.

The petitions have no merit and each party to bear own costs,” judge Sitali said.
However, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Professor Margaret Munalula, indicated that she had a dissenting judgment which she will deliver on June 30.

Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Chapter One Foundation and University of Zambia (UNZA) researcher and lecturer Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, through their lawyers John Sangwa and Linda Kasonde, argued that President Lungu already held office as President twice and that he was therefore, not eligible to stand in the forthcoming elections.

President Lungu was represented by Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba, Joseph Jalasi, Sakwiba Sikota and Lubinda Linyama while Attorney General Likando Kalaluka appeared for the State.

(PICTURE: FILE)

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