FORMER President Edgar Lungu’s political advisor Zumani Zimba has pleaded not guilty to aiding two people in engaging in terrorism acts during gassing incidents which rocked the country in 2020.
In this matter, Zimba, who is also a lecturer, is jointly charged with male nurse Portipher Gwai and businessesmen Given Phiri and Marlone Banda.
The suspects are facing three counts of being in possession of terrorism articles, procuring of terrorism articles and aiding of terrorism acts.
In the first count, Phiri and Banda are charged with possession of terrorism articles Contrary to Section 25 of the The Anti-Terrorism and Non- Proliferation Act, 2018 as read with Act No 6 of 2023 of the Laws of Zambia.
Allegations are that that between February 22, 2020, and February 23, 2020, in Petauke, the duo, jointly and while acting together did possess 1 Bottle of 250mills Halothane, a bottle of 350mls Deep 600 and a bottle of 250ML Forane Isoflurand BP, articles for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism or proliferation.
In the second count, Gwai charged with the offence of Procures of terrorism articles Contrary to Section 28 of the The Anti-Terrorism and Non- Proliferation Act, 2018 as read with Act No 6 of 2023 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars are that between February 1, 2020 and 22nd February 2020 in Lusaka, procured a Bottle of 250ml Halothane, a Bottle OF 350ml Deep 600 and a Bottle of 250ml Forane Isoflurane, articles used for the commission of a terrorist act or proliferation.
In count three, Zimba is charged with ading of terrorism acts contrary to Section 28 of the The Anti-Terrorism and Non- Proliferation Act, 2018 as read with Act No 6 of 2023 of the Laws of Zambia.
Allegations are that between February 1, 2020 and February 22, 2020 at Lusaka, Zimba aided Phiri and Banda to conduct terrorist act or proliferation in Petauke district.
Yesterday, the accused appeared before Lusaka High Court Judge Koreen Mwenda-Zimba and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Defence lawyer Benjamin Mwelwa then applied for bail pending trial.
“We have an application for bail and the bail we are applying for before this court is a constitutional bail. We are applying for a constitutional bail for obvious reasons and we shall advance them,” Mr Mwelwa said.
Judge Mwenda-Zimba advised Mr Mwelwa to formally file his application.
” Those obvious reasons are not obvious to thic court.
“Can’t you make your application formerly, file formal documents. And the court will deal with it or give directions in accordance with the law,” Judge Mwenda-Zimba ruled.
The matter will come up again on Thursday this week for possible trial.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 5th September, 2023)
Edith Nawakwi in court for abduction and threatening to kill Hatembos
FORUM For Democracy and Development (FDD) Edith Nawakwi has been taken to court to explain why she allegedly abducted and threatened to kill two farmers, Pheluna and Milton Hatembo.
Ms Nawakwi, 63, has been charged with four counts of a kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person and threating violence.
Allegations are that between August 31, 2021 and September 1, 2022, the accused, while acting with others unknown, with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Pheluna.
Ms Nawakwi did so when she allegedly told Pheluna that “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.
In the second count, it is alleged that between the same dates, the former Minister of Finance, while acting with others unknown and with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Milton.
She did so when she allegedly told Hatembo “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.
In the third count, allegations ate that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Pheluna from Choma to Lusaka.
She allegedly abducted the victim with intent to cause the woman to be secretly and wrongly confined against her wishes.
In the last count, allegations are that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Milton from Choma to Lusaka with intent to cause her to be secretly and wrongly confined against his wishes.
When the case came up yesterday, Lusaka chief resident magistrate Davies Chibwili allocated the case to magistrate Amy Masoja.
Ms Nawakwi is yet to take plea in the case which was widely publicized prior to the August 12, 2021 general elections.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st November, 2023)
PF infighting continues as Mile Sampa’s election challenged in court
PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) Mporokoso Member Parliament of Brian Mundubile has petitioned the Lusaka High Court to declare null and void the extraordinary convention which elected Miles Sampa as party president.
Mr Mundubile seeks a declaration that Mr Sampa was expelled from the PF and is not a member of the party.
He also wants a declaration that Mr Sampa’s move to appoint Morgan Ng’ona as PF secretary general is null and void because the correct office bearer is Raphael Nakacinda.
The politician also wants the court to declare that Mr N’gona is not the PF secretary general.
Mr Mundubile also wants a declaration that the changes made to the office bearers of PF at Registrar of Societies, by the Miles Sampa-led PF, are null and void.
He also seeks a restraining order stopping Mr Sampa and Mr Ng’ona and their agents from issuing any statements on behalf of PF.
In this lawsuit, Mr Mundubile has cited Mr Nakacinda, Mr Sampa, Mr Ng’ona and the The Registrar of Societies as defendants.
He submits that Article 52(2) of the PF constitution provided that a candidate interested in contesting as party president must indicate his interest to the SG of the party.
Mr Mundubile says upto 600 delegates from each province are to be selected in accordance with rules made by the central committee as provided for by Regulation 69(b) of the PF constitution.
“That the PF constitution requires that for a general conference to be held. The central committee must summon such a meeting as required by article 58(k) of the PF constitution,” he submits.
On October 24, Mr Sampa was elected PF president at an extra -ordinary general conference held at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
Mr Sampa, who is Matero Member of Parliament, was elected after polling over 2,000 votes beating six other candidates.
But the PF deemed the extra-ordinary convention illegal.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 2nd November, 2023)
Unka-Go’s General manager shares remarks at Lusaka Tigers FC MoU Sponsorship Handover
As the cool breeze of Lusaka’s evening air filled the atmosphere, a historical moment unfolded at the grounds of the Lusaka Tigers Football Club. Under the watchful eyes of the club’s Chairman Mr. Edwin Mulenga, the Vice Chairman Mr. Mumbo Lombe, Treasurer Mr. Steven Chishimba, distinguished guests, and members of the media, Ms. Angela Chipalo, the esteemed General Manager of Unka-Go, took to the podium.
Her speech was not just words; it was a testament to Unka-Go’s unfettered commitment to not just business growth, but societal upliftment, a pledge to weave the fabric of community development through sports.
“For us at Unka-Go, mobility is not just about moving from point A to B, but about moving dreams, aspirations, and communities towards growth and progress,” Ms. Chipalo stated. A renowned mobility company under the Probase Group, Unka-Go has reimagined taxi hailing and motorbike delivery services, bringing an integration of efficiency, safety, and innovation.
A gleam of pride was evident in Ms. Chipalo’s eyes as she reminisced on the brand’s journey, including the successful partnership as the official mobility ally for the Stanbic Music Festival. Yet, this evening was about a new chapter, a chapter scripted in the lanes of Matero, home to the Lusaka Tigers Football Club.
“We are not just sponsors; we are partners, allies, and supporters,” asserted Ms. Chipalo. This one-year sponsorship, with prospects of renewal, is a pledge to breathe life into the club’s aspirations, nurture young talents, and make football not just a sport, but a catalyst for community transformation.
As Ms. Chipalo handed over a cheque of K200,000 to the club, it symbolized more than financial support; it was a gesture of faith in the club’s potential, and an investment in the dreams of many young footballers in Matero and beyond.
“In every strike of the ball, every goal scored, and every triumphant cheer, we see the echo of Unka-Go’s ethos – moving beyond boundaries, breaking barriers, and creating paths where none existed,” she remarked.
Football is more than a game. For the Lusaka Tigers and the community of Matero, it’s a source of hope, unity, and a platform where dreams take flight. Unka-Go’s sponsorship is not just about nurturing football talents but is a pledge to be a wind beneath the wings of the community’s aspirations.
As the event concluded, the stars twinkling in the night seemed to dance in harmony to the new melody scripted in the partnership of Unka-Go and Lusaka Tigers. A melody of hope, progress, and an unyielding drive for excellence. This is more than a sponsorship; it’s a journey where every stride, every victory, and every challenge will be a shared experience.
In the heart of Matero, as the cool night whispered the tales of a new beginning, Unka-Go and Lusaka Tigers stood not just as partners but as a symbol of a community’s unyielding spirit and undaunted dreams. Today, Lusaka didn’t just witness a sponsorship announcement but the dawn of a new era in Zambian football.
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