#Mwebantu, The Early Warning and Early Response System Projeect has officially been launched. The project falls under the Democracy strengthening in Zambia project and will be used during the upcoming August 12 General Election Zambia and beyond. To learn all about the system, watch the video of the launch that took place virtually and brought to you by Human Rights Commission , UNDP and other partners.
Kambwili advises President Hichilema to reverse the appointments of Mrs Zaloumis ECZ chairperson and Mr Chipenzi as ECZ commissioner
“LISTEN to the voice of wisdom and reverse the appointments of McDonald Chipenzi and Mwangala Zaloumis as Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) commissioner and chairperson subject to ratification by parliament” aspiring Patriotic Front (PF) presidential candidate Chishimba Kambwili has advised President Hakainde Hichilema.
Dr Kambwili says he has nothing against Mr Chipenzi and Mrs Zaloumis, but that they should not be ratified in parliament to head the ECZ because they have proved to be partisan.
Dr Kambwili has instead advised Mr Hichilema to consider giving them appointments in other areas of Government and not ECZ because asit stands, their appointments will erode the credibility and confidence of the Commission.
Dr Kambwili speaking during a live Facebook feed on his page advised the Head of State that the country should not be narrowed to political cadres in appointments made especially when it comes to important bodies like the ECZ.
“My Brother President Hakainde Hichilema, there are so many people you can appoint as chairpersons for ECZ, but those people should not be Mrs Zaloumis and Mr Chipenzi. I have nothing against both as I regard Mrs Zaloumis as a mother, but she is partisan and has affiliated herself and even Chipenzi, because he cannot divorce himself from the United Party for National Development (UPND).I am also advising Members of Parliament from both UPND and PF, do not ratify these appointments once tabled in parliament,” he said.
He further also advised the two appointees not to accept their appointments as they were full time partisan members affiliated to the UPND.
Dr Kambwili said that Mrs Zaloumis was qualified, but it would be in her best interest to reject the appointment as well as Mr Chipenzi.
“If you want Zambia with no tension and want to regard ECZ as fair, do not appoint the two individuals. This country should not be harassed by political cadres in terms of appointments. If any country does not trade carefully on the issue of electoral bodies, the democracy is bound to fail,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 30th November, 2022)
Two of 12 suspects who escaped from Lawful custody jailed for two years for escaping
TEN of the 12 suspects that escaped at a police station in Lundazi are still at large and allegations are that the are now terrorising the people in the area.
While two of the suspects who were facing the offence of Aggravated Robbery have since been apprehended , convicted and sentenced to two-years-imprisonment for the offence of escaping from Lawful custody.
Among the 10 other suspects still at large, one is a Murder suspect, one Aggravated Robbery suspect, two Arson suspects, two suspects facing unlawful possession of a firearm, one facing theft by servant, one facing the offence of naming someone to be a witch and one facing criminal trespass.
Lundazi area Member of Parliament Brenda Nyirenda during a question and answer session in parliament put a question to the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu seeking to find out if police was aware of terror being caused by 12 suspects that escaped from unlawful custody last week Tuesday.
She further asked what the police what measures were taken to ensure that the 12 were taken back into custody.
In response, Acting Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Chipoka Mulenga who is the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry said the Police was aware and that efforts were being made to bring the suspects back into custody.
“So far, two of the 12 suspects that escaped from lawful custody have been arrested and we’re convicted and sentenced to two-years imprisonment. These two suspects were facing the charge of Aggravated Robbery before they escaped,” he said.
He said however, that police had not recorded any cases of criminals terrorising members of the public, but that measures had been put in place to ensure the suspects were brought to book.
“Police have put in place intensified searches for the 10 escapees at large, intelligence searches which are working with members of the community and we have also enhanced foot patrols,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 30th November, 2022)
Banker demands K200,000 over malicious graffiti prosecution
AFTER being arrested and detained on allegations that he wrote graffiti “Free HH” on the wall of a toilet in Government complex in 2017, a banker has gone to the Lusaka High Court demanding K240, 000 compensation for malicious imprisonment.
Mwanakatwe Sikasalu complains that his reputation as a professional banker has been tarnished in that he has been denied employment and business opportunities because he viewed as an untrustworthy criminal after being maliciously arrested in 2017.
Mr Sikasula also wants the court to order the State to pay him special damages and the money he spent on medication after developing an allergy while he was in detention.
He states in the court documents that he was arrested at Government complex for disorderly conduct based on the allegation over a graffiti ‘Free HH’ written on the wall in one of the toilets.
The plaintiff submits that during the material time, he was at one of the ablution blocks at Government complex.
“The plaintiff then heard people screaming on top of their voices and before he could understand what was being said, he was grabbed by several people accusing him of having written graffiti,” the document reads.
“The plaintiff was roughed up like a common criminal and dragged to the complex’s main reception where he was forced to sit on the floor for a period of time.
“While this was happening, several people gathered around, others attempted to beat the plaintiff calling him all sorts of unpleasant names with others taking pictures and videos of him,” the document reads.
Mr Sikasula also complains that some of his aggressors streamed the embarrassing ordeal live on Facebook before he was later detained and denied police bond at Lusaka Central Police Station.
“The plaintiff was later on transferred to Kamwala Remand Correctional Facility for 15 days. The plaintiff later developed a skin condition which caused the inflammation of his skin all over the body. He was treated at Sikanze Hospital using prescribed procaine penicillin and hydrocortisone,” the document reads.
He submits that his detention was wrong and without reasonable cause.
“The plaintiff’s arrest was calculated to humiliate, embarrass and bring his reputation in public odium as the incident was aired by all media houses,” the document reads.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 29th November, 2022)