Lawyer Jere Calls for Abolition of Death Sentence

The death sentence slapped on Chilanga Member of Parliament Keith Mweemba has reignited the debate about the sentence in Zambia. Former Presidential spokesperson turned lawyer Dickson Jere pens his views speaking strongly against the death sentence. Below are his thoughts: … Continued

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The death sentence slapped on Chilanga Member of Parliament Keith Mweemba has reignited the debate about the sentence in Zambia. Former Presidential spokesperson turned lawyer Dickson Jere pens his views speaking strongly against the death sentence. Below are his thoughts: Abolish Death Sentence By Dickson Jere The recent conviction and sentence to death of prominent politician, Hon. Keith Mukata, MP for murder has reignited the debate on capital punishment in Zambia. There is always sharp differences between two competing theories on death penalty and consensus almost impossible. Those for or against death sentence usually provide very convincing arguments, some backed up with religious overtones. Reminiscing the biblical scripture in Exodus 20:23-27 that teaches us the principles of “life for life†or “an eye for eyeâ€, are the comfort lines for those in support. But some of us the abolitionists argue that death sentence is not a deterrent and that people do need a second chance. We equally find comfort in the biblical scripture in Matthew 5:38-39 when Jesus taught us that “I tell you do not take revenge on someone who offends youâ€. We further argue that miscarriage of justice is possible at times and an innocent person may get to the gallows on unreliable evidence. In 2003, I was privileged to have been appointed as Commissioner by President Levy Mwanawasa to help gather views on the new constitution and the death penalty was one of the issues we considered. We received 1,661 petitioners who wanted death penalty abolished while 1,616 petitioned for it to be maintained. It was a close call! In Zambia, the sentence is imposed on very serious and few cases, namely, treason, murder and aggravated robbery. Zambian Presidents have been reluctant to sign the death warrants. Statistics show that between 1978 to 1987 and 1988 to 1997, only 7 and 12 convicts were executed in Zambia. There has been no execution from 1998 onwards, meaning President Mwanawasa, Rupiah Banda, Michael Sata and the current Edgar Lungu never appended their signatures on the death warrants. So effectively, we have a de facto moratorium on death penalty! When President Banda was given the warrants, he declined to sign saying he didn’t “want to have blood on my handsâ€. President Mwanawasa said: “I do not want to be a chief hangerâ€. And so when we finally sat as Constitution Review Commission (CRC) to decide the abolition of death penalty, we split into half and no consensus was reached. Thus our recommendation was that it should be kept on our statute book temporally while the final question should be decided by a national referendum. This explains why Zambia to-date has not ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Second Optional Protocol) that provides for the abolition of death penalty. And so I join those calling for the abolition of death penalty and don’t hang my friend! Replace it with life sentence or longer jail terms. I wonder if we still even have a hang man. From 1998 no job and getting free salary! The post Lawyer Jere Calls for Abolition of Death Sentence appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Cape Town Winning Day Zero Battle, but City Warns Residents to Keep Saving

[News24Wire] The City of Cape Town has repeated its call to locals to continue to save drinking water, even though Day Zero has been pushed back again – this time from July 9 to July 15.

[News24Wire] The City of Cape Town has repeated its call to locals to continue to save drinking water, even though Day Zero has been pushed back again - this time from July 9 to July 15.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

No Amount of Blackmail Can Stop My Son in-Law From Becoming Imo Governor, Says Rochas Okorocha

[Guardian] Owerri -Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has declared that no amount of blackmail would stop his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, from becoming the state governor.His Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, stated this in a statement yesterday.Okor…

[Guardian] Owerri -Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has declared that no amount of blackmail would stop his son in-law, Uche Nwosu, from becoming the state governor.His Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, stated this in a statement yesterday.Okorocah absolved Nwosu of sending loyalists to attack the Archbishop of Owerri, Dr. Anthony J.V. Obinna.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Political Parties Registrar and Chadema Altercation Hots Up

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The Registrar of Political Parties in Tanzania, Judge (rtd) Francis Mutungi, has written another letter to the leading opposition political party Chadema demanding an explanation regarding violations that were allegedly committ…

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The Registrar of Political Parties in Tanzania, Judge (rtd) Francis Mutungi, has written another letter to the leading opposition political party Chadema demanding an explanation regarding violations that were allegedly committed in Dar es Salaam by some of the party's leaders and supporters on February 16, 2018.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Newly Recruited EAC Members of Staff Now to Take Oath

[Citizen] Arusha -Newly recruited staff members of the East African Community (EAC), its organs and institutions, will now be required to take an oath if a Bill to the effect is passed by the regional assembly.

[Citizen] Arusha -Newly recruited staff members of the East African Community (EAC), its organs and institutions, will now be required to take an oath if a Bill to the effect is passed by the regional assembly.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Tanzania Says All ATCL’s Airplanes to Arrive By July

[Citizen] Dodoma -The government has reiterated that all the four airplanes it has purchased in the endeavor to tweak the operations for the state-owned Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) will arrive by the end of July this year (2018).

[Citizen] Dodoma -The government has reiterated that all the four airplanes it has purchased in the endeavor to tweak the operations for the state-owned Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) will arrive by the end of July this year (2018).

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

Freeman Mbowe Hospitalized Due to Severe Headache

[Citizen] Moshi -The Chadema national chairman is admitted at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) Referral Hospital in Moshi due to a severe headache, the hospital has disclosed.

[Citizen] Moshi -The Chadema national chairman is admitted at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) Referral Hospital in Moshi due to a severe headache, the hospital has disclosed.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania

New Political Party Confirms Mugabe Meeting

[The Herald] The National Patriotic Front has just confirmed that its leader Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri met former President Mugabe at his house in Harare and the pair discussed the morphing of the G40 cabal into a political outfit kno…

[The Herald] The National Patriotic Front has just confirmed that its leader Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri met former President Mugabe at his house in Harare and the pair discussed the morphing of the G40 cabal into a political outfit known as the New Patriotic Front.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Rwandan Doctor Wins International Innovation Grant

[New Times] Dr Fidel Rubagumya, a resident physician – clinical oncology and the founder of Rwanda Children’s Cancer Relief has won a $20,000 (about Rwf17 million) grant from American Society of Clinical Oncology.

[New Times] Dr Fidel Rubagumya, a resident physician - clinical oncology and the founder of Rwanda Children's Cancer Relief has won a $20,000 (about Rwf17 million) grant from American Society of Clinical Oncology.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda