Government has dispelled allegations by some people in some sections of the media that it was involved in the alleged Zambia- Malawi maize gate scandal. Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Kampamba Mulenga has told the media that the Zambian Government was not directly, or indirectly linked to the transaction. Mulenga says in the spirit of good neighbourliness, President Lungu and his Malawian counterpart went into an agreement to facilitate the Zambian grain dealers that had sufficient maize stocks to trade with their Malawian counterparts.
“The Government only played a facilitatory role through the Ministry of Agriculture by waiving the maize export ban,” Mulenga says. Mulenga who is also Chief Government Spokesperson says government finds the alleged persistent attacks from opposition UPP President Dr. Saviour Chishimba totally baseless, misplaced and lacking credibility. “At the height of the shortage of maize in Malawi and the region due to the severe drought that visited the entire Southern African region, only Zambia and Tanzania were food secure in terms of cereal sufficiency,” she has said.
“As a matter of fact, Zambia has continued to receive requests from neighbouring countries to waive the maize export ban ,the latest being the Democratic Republic of Congo which sent a delegation a week ago to confer with the Zambian Government.” Mulenga says government has since allowed the Congo DR Government to buy 25,000 metric tonnes from grain dealers in the country.
She adds that due to the imminent threat of hunger that faced the nation, government slapped a ban on the exportation of Maize until further notice as one of the stop gap measures. “To this end, Zambia National Service officers and other law enforcement wings were deployed to man the borders throughwhich maize and mealie-meal were being smuggled to the neighbouring countries,” adds Mulenga.
She has noted that it is important for people aspiring to the highest office in the land to be factual when discussing issues of national interest. “Government will not be swayed from helping its neighbours by persistent attacks from one- man party leaders like Dr. Chishimba,” says Mulenga.
Mine accident claims lives as victims feared drowned in buried tunnels
FOLLOWING a mine accident in Chingola district on the Copperbelt, reports suggest the victims that were buried alive are feared to have drowned.
The victims are suspected to have drowned in the tunnels where they were digging copper ore after heavy rains and landslides buried the tunnels.
Police received a report of drowning from Abedenigo Keshinako who has since identified seven of his colleagues that were victims of mine accident at Kasenseli of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM)open pit.
A combined rescue team of police, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) staff and fire brigade have however, not yet retrieved any of the bodies.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred on November 30th between 21:00 hours and 22:00 hours.
“Mr Keshinako reported that those that are suspected to have drowned are Christopher Chungu ,Silvester other names not known ,John other name not known ,a person only known as Bashi Prisca , Joe other names not known,Gold other names not known and another one only known as Bashi Emma,” he said.
He noted that those identified together with others drowned in the tunnels where they were digging copper ore after heavy rains.
“The Police, KCM rescue team and fire brigade visited the scene and it was discovered that there were two sites within the pit where the victims were buried. The bodies are not yet retrieved as efforts are being made to retrieve them,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
State to compensate Mapenzi Chibulo family with K3.5million
A lastest consent judgement shows that the State will pay the family of late UPND supporter Mapenzi Chibulo, who was shot dead by police during a protest in 2021, K3.5million compensation for loss of life plus another K500,000 in legal costs.
“That the defendant shall pay the plaintiff the sum of only K3,500,000 being damages for loss of life ,damages for loss of dependency ,damages for loss of expectation of life damages for funeral expenses,” the consent Judgement reads in part.
The consent Judgement, which has been endorsed by the plaintiff’s lawyers and The Attorney General, is yet to be signed by Judge Charges Kafunda.
This is in a lawsuit filed by late Ms Chibulo’s father, Douglas Chibulo, who sued the State seeking compensation after his daughter was shot dead at Downtown Shopping Mall.
The shooting was during a procession from the United Party for National Development Secretariat to Chawama where the UPND were scheduled to have a rally.
In 2017, Mr Chibulo, then sued the state claiming damages for loss of life and asked the Lusaka High Court to award him damage.
He complained that the loss of life was as a result of negligence by the Zambia Police.
Mr Chibulo, citing the Attorney General as respondent, submitted that on July 8, 2016, the police, in their efforts to disperse people who were peacefully parading in a match past, used live ammunition to shoot at unarmed citizens
He said in the process, his daughter was shoot dead because of the careless act by the state agents.
The plaintiff submits that his family suffered financial loss at the time his daughter died especially in terms of communication and other funeral expenses.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 29th November, 2023)
Zambia Correctional Service Officer arrested for alleged murder of a bricklayer who delayed to bring him food, police say
POLICE in Mumbwa have arrested and charged a Correctional Service Officer stationed at Kitumba Correctional Farm in Mumbwa for alleged murder of Richard Silwamba aged 42 a bricklayer at Sugarloaf Enterprise Kaindu in Mumbwa.
Clifford Chota Mubili 29 allegedly beat up the deceased after he delaying from buying his food.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the officer will appear in court soon.
“It is alleged that the deceased delayed to come back from buying foodstuffs after having been sent by the suspect, making him annoyed and later got a metal bar and hit the deceased on the face,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the body of the deceased was inspected and a deep cut was seen on the upper right eyebrow.
The body has been deposited in Mumbwa District Hospital Mortuary awaiting Postmortem while the suspect is detained in Police custody and will appear in Court soon,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 27th November, 2023)