Chipenzi Wants Commission On Voting Pattern Disbanded

Electoral expert MacDonald Chipenzi says the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence has outlived its legal mandate and must be disbanded. Chipenzi says the law stipulates that such an inquiry can only last 120 days. He charges … Continued

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Electoral expert MacDonald Chipenzi says the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence has outlived its legal mandate and must be disbanded. Chipenzi says the law stipulates that such an inquiry can only last 120 days. He charges that anything beyond the requisite mandate will be illegal. BELOW IS THE STATEMENT PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 23, 2017 President Edgar Lungu must, with immediate effect, disband the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence because its mandate has expired. According to the Statutory Instrument No. 72 of 2016 that birthed the Commission of Inquiry late last year, its lifespan was for 120 days which have since expired. It was expected within these 120 days to complete its work and handover the report to the President. It will be illegal and against the dictates of the Statutory Instrument for the Commission of Inquiry and its commissioners to exist beyond the stipulated timeframe in the Instrument. President Lungu is therefore challenged to tell the nation whether he has issued another Statutory Instrument to extend the life of the Commission of Inquiry and at what cost to the country. On what basis would the Inquiry exist beyond its lifespan and how credible would its work be which would be done after the expiry of its mandated? The credibility of the findings and the entire report would be rendered illegal, questionable and an academic exercise in the public court. It is clear that the Inquiry has lamentably failed to attract enough witnesses as it is fact that people have resisted to be wooed to support a Commission of Inquiry bent at violating their constitutional right to vote, associate and the right to a secret of the vote. It is, therefore, reasonable that the money being spent on the 15 commissioners who are currently gallivanting around the country and spending huge sums of taxpayers’ money on lodging in expensive hotels and fuel be channeled to needy areas such as uplifting the lives of persons with disability and also stocking hospitals and health centres with necessary drugs and essentials. Further, President Lungu would better learn from his Malawian counterpart who only appointed a 3 member Commission of Inquiry on the maize-gate scandal involving Zambia and that country, gave it less days than ours to finish its work and submit its report which it has since done and the Malawian president has acted upon it based on its recommendations. In our case, 15 member commission of inquiry which was given 120 days has failed to conclude its work on time. Where is efficiency and the prudence in the utilization of the country’s meagre financial resources? McDonald Chipenzi Electoral Expert The post Chipenzi Wants Commission On Voting Pattern Disbanded appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Court Freezes 21 Accounts Linked to Stella Oduah

[Vanguard] A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained Senator Stella Oduah and Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited from making any withdrawals from their accounts and those of three other companies domiciled with 21 commercial banks.

[Vanguard] A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained Senator Stella Oduah and Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited from making any withdrawals from their accounts and those of three other companies domiciled with 21 commercial banks.

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FQM Spends US $3.5 Million On Solwezi-Chingola Road

FIRST Quantum Minerals (FQM) has spent more than US$3.5 million in engineering and maintenance works at the Solwezi-Chingola road. FQM head of government affairs John Gladston said the mining firm had worked on 128km of the 168km road, carrying out … Continued

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FIRST Quantum Minerals (FQM) has spent more than US$3.5 million in engineering and maintenance works at the Solwezi-Chingola road. FQM head of government affairs John Gladston said the mining firm had worked on 128km of the 168km road, carrying out pothole and shoulder repairs, and reconstruction of certain sections and even surfacing of some of the unsealed base courses constructed by the contractors. “FQM decided that urgent action needed to be taken, as the road is the lifeblood of the company, and indeed the country. Gladston was speaking following President Lungu’s visit to North Western Province last week during which he inspected construction works on the Solwezi-Chingola Road “ All its consumable goods and finished copper is transported on the same road. And we have completed temporal rehabilitation of the Chingola-Solwezi road, much to the delight of all motorists, as it has made the road passable during the rainy season,†he said. The mining company thanked President Edger Chagwa Lungu for taking the time to inspect the Solwezi-Chingola road. Mr Gladston said good road infrastructure played an important role in attracting foreign direct investment, not just in North-Western Province, but in the nation generally. He said that the road had deteriorated to such a state that North-Western Province faced being cut-off from the rest of the country during the rainy season, potentially bringing copper exports to a standstill. “We rely on the road not only for supply but also to move our copper concentrate to the smelter on the Copperbelt, “Any work stoppage due to the bad state of the road would have crippled operations at the mine will suffer, and we would not have suffered alone, the Zambian economy would suffer as a whole, as well,†said Gladston. The mining company deployed 85 staff and contractors, including road engineers and labour, along with equipment to complete remedial work on the road which carries 60 percent of the nation’s mineral wealth to market. “The work done by First Quantum served to stabilize this road which was previously in a deplorable state and presented a real and present danger to the mining sector and to those Zambians whose livelihoods depend on it, “The works we undertook on the road has kept business flowing in Zambia’s new Copperbelt, much to the benefit of the Zambian economy,†Mr Gladston said. Gladston said FQM had recognised the transport sector as an important component of the economy and a common tool used for development, with a clear relationship between the quantity and quality of transport infrastructure and the level of economic development. Source: Daily Nation The post FQM Spends US $3.5 Million On Solwezi-Chingola Road appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Why I Rejected Four Bills, Osinbajo Tells N/Assembly

[Daily Trust] Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has declined assent to four bills amended by the National Assembly for several reasons including an ongoing court case against one of the Acts.

[Daily Trust] Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has declined assent to four bills amended by the National Assembly for several reasons including an ongoing court case against one of the Acts.

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Gender Bill Flops in Senate

[Nation] An attempt by the Senate to increase the number of women in Parliament suffered a blow when Senators opposed to the bill skipped voting.

[Nation] An attempt by the Senate to increase the number of women in Parliament suffered a blow when Senators opposed to the bill skipped voting.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Floods Hit Lusaka

Heavy rains have caused serious flooding in some part of Lusaka with the poor drainage system largely to blame. The country has experienced unprecedented rainfall but the poor drainage system is not helping matters. Roads and houses around the upmarket … Continued

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Heavy rains have caused serious flooding in some part of Lusaka with the poor drainage system largely to blame. The country has experienced unprecedented rainfall but the poor drainage system is not helping matters. Roads and houses around the upmarket Mass Media area are submerged and in some cases impassable. The same applies to the country’s elite shopping destination – Arcades. So far, authorities are yet to announce any measures for the affected areas. The post Floods Hit Lusaka appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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