Fourth Religious Lecture of Ramadan Postponed

[MAP] Rabat -The fourth religious lecture of the holy month of Ramadan, which HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, was expected to chair on Monday in the royal palace of Casablanca, has been postponed, the Ministry of the Royal Household, Pr…

[MAP] Rabat -The fourth religious lecture of the holy month of Ramadan, which HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, was expected to chair on Monday in the royal palace of Casablanca, has been postponed, the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced.

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Opinion: The Judiciary Is On Standstill

I want to comment ahead of the opening of Parliament on 13th June which is in a few days. I comment on the recent announcement by government through Minister of Justice Hon. Given Lubinda who has intimated govt’s intention to … Continued

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I want to comment ahead of the opening of Parliament on 13th June which is in a few days. I comment on the recent announcement by government through Minister of Justice Hon. Given Lubinda who has intimated govt’s intention to introduce whopping law reforms through enactments and amendments in the upcoming parliament sessions. The move is welcome but cannot go without comment on the need to ensure the law makers themselves are cautioned on the lack of seriousness when doing so. Last year a number of law reforms were introduced, but the handlers and crafters did this in a hasty manner overlooking a number of basic minimums and prerequisites to harmonise the new laws with the existing ones. Worse of our Parliamentarians did a major de-service to the Zambian people by enacting laws they didn’t dare read nor understand. The Judiciary being an end user of laws written by Parliament, has gone on stand still. This has been necessitated by a weak parliament. What is more baffling even so, is the audacity for the same politicians especially those in parliament to insult the Judiciary? The Judiciary is in a quagmire. The new constitution is now operational since enactment last year, but much as we have seen some minimal gains like the 50%+1, the removal of Deputy Ministers, introduction of grade 12 Certificate etc, the bulk of it has seen no visible incremental gains as purported by those who crafted it. It is now a public secret that Zambians are slowly realising the deficits of the document, the document in itself is a manifestation of the mentality of law makers. The legislative function of Parliament to make laws has been overly abused by this crop of politicians in a manner unprecedented. It is against this background of negligence on the part of our law makers that we have the current happenings today, where the Zambian judiciary has been choked by the bulk of never ending political cases. Zambians have never witnessed this level of an abuse of the courts by politicians. This is so because politicians have misused their legislative privilege to make laws that have concentrated on making laws that benefit themselves. I am of the view that today in Zambia we only have a semblance of democracy, because some arms of government like parliament have continued to ignore their role, they enact laws for their good, and while they jostle and compete to enact laws to favor their individual needs, they make ambiguous laws with varying interpretations thereby putting the courts(Judiciary) in an awkward position with interpretations. It is no wonder laws are so porous, such that people especially politicians are abusing the courts, to the extent of having cases in all different courts while duplicating the cases. It is a curious case of convenient liberalism, parliament in its current structure lacks the decorum to amend and enact laws that will eliminate the despondency of the judiciary. This dichotomy of approach needs to be addressed. As things stands, the only, of the three center of constitutional power that seems to be working is the executive, our Parliament has ceased to understand and illustrate that they have a sworn duty to uplift and protect the poorest of the poor. The only positive law reforms can only come if the opposition political parties in parliament man up to provide an objective and balanced position in parliament. Unfortunately, the opposition is too preoccupied with petty politicking which led us to lose a great and milestone opportunity to have a new Republican Constitution with an enhanced Bill of Rights. Instead of working as per elected, they are seen boycotting parliament seatings, it is nothing but a mess. Worse of our independent candidates are more confused and are aligned to some political parties. LAZ is incandescent in an in-house division, they are only seen shooting in the air. It’s madness, the onus in the demand for progressive law reforms cannot be left to parliamentarians alone but on all of us. You can’t have govt making laws alone in a room, of course some laws from govt are progressive but that is dangerous for our democracy. Finally having observed the poor quality of laws coming from parliament, my appeal goes to law reform societies, advocates, NGOs, LAZ and our cooperating partners like the EU Parliament to strongly consider conducting skills trainings and workshops in order to drill our parliamentarians into enacting quality laws for the sake of enthroning justice. Issued by; Prince J. Ndoyi The post Opinion: The Judiciary Is On Standstill appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Responds To Pilato From Mukobeko; “I’M Not Mandela; I Don’t Fear Death; Tulinshimbi!”

Incarcerated UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has reciprocated the gesture from controversial poet and musician Pilato. Last week Pilato sent a note to Hichilema identifying with his anguish in jail for political purposes and urged him to stay strong. Pilato himself … Continued

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Incarcerated UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has reciprocated the gesture from controversial poet and musician Pilato. Last week Pilato sent a note to Hichilema identifying with his anguish in jail for political purposes and urged him to stay strong. Pilato himself is no stranger to incarceration having been arrested in June 2015 for his incessant bite at the ruling Patriotic Front government. BELOW IS HH’s response: Dear Pilato and All, I received your witty letter in peace for which I was very thankful. Your reiteration of our common belief in justice, peace, love, harmony and humanity brought me great encouragement. What you and I accept also is that men rule this world, and men by their very nature are infallible and short sighted. For a start Pilato, I am not Mandela. Nelson Mandela stood for something and this is the reason he did not fall for just anything. You have been consistent in your quest for justice and the betterment of your fellow man. As I write this letter and if my memory serves me right, I have been arrested over 12 times from the time the PF came into power, so much so that, when I walk into a court room, I do not even know which case I am on trial for! Anyway, that is the nature of abused power. As I was saying, you are consistent, you are on the side of the down trodden, the persecuted and that has not changed from the time you and I started our respective journeys. I thank you for not sympathising with me, for that is not what is required. What my co-accused and I desire is the liberation of our country, we acknowledge that indeed, a few of us have to be sacrificed in our quest for the true liberation of our beloved motherland. As GBM often says, “ichalo lifupa, wakolokota ko fye washaâ€. In short, we are all just passing through; no one will live on this earth forever. I however believe that our names live beyond us, and this is where a man must now question his conscience. One must ask what their purpose is; what legacy do they wish to leave behind? When Hakainde is gone, what will people say about him? Names have been known to open doors; by the same measure a name can close a door. Tulinshimbi! All these people who are my co-accused were once herdsmen – Ba kachema! It’s only when you are subjected to this kind of treatment when the instincts of a kachema kick in. Wallace Chakawa and myself are childhood friends; we both went through the same kind of life. We faced the similar bullies as we are facing today. Bullying is nothing new to us. Living on minimums is not new to us. Sleeping in less than human conditions is not new to us. Intimidation is not new to us. We survived death as young boys from things that do not reason, animals! Death, we do not fear, for if that is what they want, there is little we can do. However will the conscience of those who persecute us be clear as we rest in peace? We have after all survived for more than 55 years; as upright citizens because our folks and the community that raised us taught us three things; hard work, integrity and honesty. But when our values clash with those whose values are at variance with ours, this is the result: unwarranted persecution. We shall meet again Pilato, if it’s not out there, you will find me here in Mukobeko and we shall share our light moments again, because I know you as a speaker of the truth, your conscience could easily rub the oppressors the wrong way and they throw you in jail! For the UPND supporters and sympathisers, we shall continue talking to you from here. Nothing stops us from communicating to the world. They will throw us in jail some more if they wish but that is the fight we have embarked on. We knew as far back as 2006 when we entered the world of politics, that we shall face all sorts of things and this is just one of those things. The “freedoms†we claim to have today were a result of people that sacrificed their comfort and freedom to make Zambia what it is today. We have made a lot of progress as a country; we have had elections consistently since 1991 under a democratic system that maybe far from being perfect, nevertheless it exists. With the right leadership we can build a more solid and inclusive democracy. Countries are like families. Where there is an irresponsible Father, the family is likely to struggle. Have a responsible Father and the family will be on the right course. Be strong colleagues, this is the final phase of our challenges, and trust us, we will be there when Zambia is free and the beacon of prosperity in Africa. For that is the true reflection of a Christian nation. Your words Pilato put it very well, “It’s those that believe in the future that can see beyond this smoke.†Worry not dear brethren; for the bible says in Proverbs 11:8 “The righteous man is rescued from trouble, and it comes on the wicked instead.†God bless you and our nation. HH The post Hichilema Responds To Pilato From Mukobeko; “I’M Not Mandela; I Don’t Fear Death; Tulinshimbi!” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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YALI Urges Donors To Ignore Funding Freeze Due To Hichilema Detention

The Young African Leaders Network has condemned UPND aligned opposition political parties for urging the international community to suspend aid to Zambia over the incarceration of Hakainde Hichilema. YALI executive director Andrew Ntewewe said that the call to freeze aid … Continued

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The Young African Leaders Network has condemned UPND aligned opposition political parties for urging the international community to suspend aid to Zambia over the incarceration of Hakainde Hichilema. YALI executive director Andrew Ntewewe said that the call to freeze aid to Zambia was selfish and would only hurt ordinary citizens. Ntewewe said that it was irresponsible for anyone to push for the isolation of Zambia on grounds of the arrest and detention of the opposition leader. Hichilema has been detained from April 10 and was last week moved to Mukobeko Maximum prison after the Lusaka Magistrate committed him to the High Court on a treason charge. Ntewewe said the best way to resolve the current political impasse that has the PF on one side and the UPND on the other side. Opposition leaders Nevers Mumba (MMD faction), Charles Milupi (ADD) and Mike Mulongoti (People’s Party) called for the IMF and other donors to withhold aid to Zambia to pressure President Edgar Lungu’s government release Hichilema. The post YALI Urges Donors To Ignore Funding Freeze Due To Hichilema Detention appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Knysna Homeowner Gets Attempted Burglar to Battle Blaze

[News24Wire] A Knysna resident, desperate to save his home from fast-approaching flames, stopped an apparent burglar from entering and possibly looting it and offered the man money to help him battle the blaze.

[News24Wire] A Knysna resident, desperate to save his home from fast-approaching flames, stopped an apparent burglar from entering and possibly looting it and offered the man money to help him battle the blaze.

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SA, Lesotho Agree to Share LHWP Contracts

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The South African and Lesotho governments have agreed on the equitable sharing of contracts to be awarded during the construction of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The South African and Lesotho governments have agreed on the equitable sharing of contracts to be awarded during the construction of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP).

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Eight Suspects Arrested On Murder and Robbery Charges in Kamesh

[SAPS] Relentless efforts to ensure that offenders are brought to book, SAPS members worked tirelessly to apprehend the suspects who were allegedly responsible for the murder of 20-year-old Jacques Jansen. According to police information, at about 00:5…

[SAPS] Relentless efforts to ensure that offenders are brought to book, SAPS members worked tirelessly to apprehend the suspects who were allegedly responsible for the murder of 20-year-old Jacques Jansen. According to police information, at about 00:50 on Sunday morning, 11 June 2017, the victim and a friend were walking home through an open field next to Kamesh Road, when they were confronted by a group of males. This group allegedly robbed the two of their belongings (cash and tekkies). The suspects then alleg

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Over 50 Students at Mulungushi University Suspended

Over 50 students at the Mulungushi University have been suspended in the aftermath of recent riots at the institution disqualifying them from writing examinations. The 50 students were identified as having played a part in protests over increased examination fees. … Continued

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Over 50 students at the Mulungushi University have been suspended in the aftermath of recent riots at the institution disqualifying them from writing examinations. The 50 students were identified as having played a part in protests over increased examination fees. Currently students are sitting for their examinations but those that have been suspended have been barred from sitting for examinations. The victims of suspensions have decried the manner the suspensions were done alleging that no thorough investigations were conducted before the action was executed. Mulungushi University has also been be-docked by academic instability. The post Over 50 Students at Mulungushi University Suspended appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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