A GROUP of young activists representing various political parties has written with the police, notifying them of their planned peaceful protest scheduled for October 28.
The group, calling itself the ‘Protest Movement,’ intends to voice their concerns about the surge in fuel prices resulting from monthly pump price adjustments.
Currently, diesel and petrol are priced at K29.96 and K29.98, respectively.
Thomson Luzendi, spokesperson for the ‘Protest Movement,’ said their primary aim is to highlight the adverse effects of exorbitant fuel costs on the livelihoods of the people.
He said the protest is planned to take place from cabinet office along Independence Avenue to woodlands stadium, as a direct response to high fuel prices following monthly pump price adjustments that have culminated into diesel and petrol now fetching an unprecedented K29.96 and K29.98 respectively.
“The protest march will be from Cabinet Office to Woodlands Round about via independence Avenue. The action will not have a key speech and all protestors will carry placards with messages on the issue; however, the organizers will provide private security to marshal the protest and ensure it is peaceful and within the confines of the Law. We will have about 500 citizens joining the procession,” he said.
But during a media briefing, Minister of Information and Media Cornelius Mweetwa castigated the planned protest, accusing the Patriotic Front as being behind it.
Mr Mweetwa said his office received information regarding the opposition political party’s intention to stage a demonstration on October 18 this year.
He said it is shocking that the opposition political party wants to demonstrate on the day of national prayers and reconciliation.
“As government we have received this message with shock that they can opt to perform a demonstration on a day set aside for prayers,” he said.
He said those talking about the protest should have the decency to think of a huge debt they left and has affected the country to date.
“You cannot create debt, leave the fuel sectors in tatters and you go out chanting slogans that lets demonstrate, who do you want to demonstrate against? Against what they left,” he said.
The Minister said PF has a stained record and should be the last to claim to speak on behalf of the Zambians.
“PF’s hands are dripping with blood because of the sufferings they caused. They cannot occupy any moral ground to speak on behalf of the people of Zambia and before they speak of rebranding they need to repent. We invite them on the 18th to repent of what they did to the people of Zambia,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 5th October, 2023)
Miner succumbs to injuries at Kansanshi Mine
A MINER at Kansanshi Mine lost his life when a rock fell on him in the underground dewatering decline portal, part of the mine’s ongoing development in the main pit.
The incident took place on Thursday around 20:00 hours.
The victim, Stephen Musukwa, employed by the mine’s contractor Reliant Drilling, sustained injuries and was promptly attended to by paramedics.
According to the Mine’s corporate affairs department, Mr Musukwa was subsequently evacuated to South Africa for treatment, where, he succumbed to his injuries.
“The relevant authorities have been informed and are at the scene of the incident.Our sincere condolences go out to his family, workmates and friends.Our priority for now is to ensure that his family receives our support during this difficult time,” reads the statement.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 25th November, 2023)
Police say over 50 people swindled in fake roofing sheets scam
OVER 50 people swindled after they paid more than K700, 000 in order to buy Iron sheets.
Chongwe man nabbed for allegedly smuggling 16 Ethiopians
FOUR people among them Geoffrey Chumbwe have been arrested for suspected migrant smuggling involving 16 Ethiopians.
Mr Chumbwe 32 in company of Samson Masuka,34 believed to be the master mind, Kakoma Masumba aged 31 and Renson Sinkala aged 25 were nabbed during an operation which began as a routine patrol.
In a statement, Department of Immigration public relations officer Namati Nshinka said the operation took place on Wednesday, November 22nd.
“The operation quickly escalated when Immigration Officers received information that a White Fortuner Registration number BBD 671 carrying suspected illegal immigrants had been spotted near Water Falls Mall in Lusaka’s Silverest Area. Following this lead, the Officers rushed to the scene and eventually located the vehicle, which was empty at the time most likely after the driver had dropped off the passengers at an unknown location,” he said.
Mr Nshinka said the Officers started trailing the vehicle until the Driver, Mr Chumbwe, parked the vehicle which appeared to have been modified by removing the back seats to maximize carrying capacity.
He said Mr Chumbwe initially expressed ignorance regarding the whereabouts of the suspected Ethiopians.
“He instead led the officers to Kaunda Square, where Kakoma Masumba and Renson Sinkala, whom he alleged had transported the Ethiopians from Kasama, resided. The officers picked the two suspects and further investigations led them to Geoffrey Chumbwe’s Residence in Silverest where the officers found 16 undocumented suspected Ethiopians in a Gazebo,” he said.
Similarly, the Department of Immigration in Mansa on November 18th and 19th apprehended 35 persons during a clean-up operation dubbed ‘Operation Kolopa’.
Mr Nshinka explained that the operation was mainly on the Pemba Islands on the Luapula River, which is believed to have an influx of suspected illegal immigrants engaged in agricultural and fishing activities.
‘Those apprehended were 33 Congolese, 32 of whom were nabbed for illegal entry and unlawful stay and one for engaging in business without a Permit, and two Chinese for failure to observe the terms and conditions of their permits,” he saids.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 24th November, 2023)