Former Mines Minister Acquitted of Corruption Charges by High Court

Another former minister in the MMD government has walked free in an abuse of authority case less than a week after Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya was acquitted on corruption charges. Maxwell Mwale who crossed over to the Patriotic Front in … Continued

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Another former minister in the MMD government has walked free in an abuse of authority case less than a week after Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya was acquitted on corruption charges. Maxwell Mwale who crossed over to the Patriotic Front in the heat of the August 11 elections was in June 2015 convicted of abuse authority of office by facilitating the issuance of mining licences to a Chinese firm. He was sentenced to two years with hard labour but appealed with the High Court ruling that there was no way he could have influenced the process of awarding the licence to Zhongui International Mining Industry Group Limited and its related companies. High Court Judge Mubanga Kondolo said that said the mining licences were awarded by a team of experts at the Ministry of Mines. Mwale was represented by Makebi Zulu advocates. On Friday the Lusaka Magistrate Court acquitted Siliya was charged with two counts of abuse of authority of office for allegedly cancelling a tender for installation of a radar system, and instead accepting a free offer from Italian firm Selex Systemi Integrati. When the case came up for ruling before Ndola High Court registrar Joshua Banda, sitting as magistrate, he found Siliya with no case to answer. The post Former Mines Minister Acquitted of Corruption Charges by High Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Habiyakare – The School Dropout Who Earns Millions From Pineapple Farming

[New Times] When Emile Habiyakare dropped out of school over 15 years ago due to lack of fees, his future became uncertain. He, however, says the experience forced him to think outside the proverbial box and started doing small income-generating projec…

[New Times] When Emile Habiyakare dropped out of school over 15 years ago due to lack of fees, his future became uncertain. He, however, says the experience forced him to think outside the proverbial box and started doing small income-generating projects to earn a living. Eventually, Habiyakare decided to venture into farming. Today he is a successful pineapple farmer.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Four FDC Youth Go Missing

[Monitor] The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has raised a red flag over the disappearance of their youth leaders, accusing the State of having a hand in their kidnap.

[Monitor] The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has raised a red flag over the disappearance of their youth leaders, accusing the State of having a hand in their kidnap.

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Agriculture Ministry Targets 800,000 Litres of Milk Next Year

[New Times] The Ministry of Agriculture plans to increase hybrid cows, improve breeds, ensure better feeding and veterinary services to help dairy farmers raise milk production from the current 770,000 litres per year to over 800,000 next year.

[New Times] The Ministry of Agriculture plans to increase hybrid cows, improve breeds, ensure better feeding and veterinary services to help dairy farmers raise milk production from the current 770,000 litres per year to over 800,000 next year.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Health Achievements After Genocide ‘Unbelievable’

[New Times] The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has described Rwanda’s achievements in the health sector after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as “unbelievable.”

[New Times] The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has described Rwanda's achievements in the health sector after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi as "unbelievable."

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CSOs Question Zambia’s Democratic Credentials

The Bishop John Banda led Civil Society Constitution Agenda has raised wide ranging issues on the current political developments in the country placing top of the list the violence that occurred between UPND and PF cadres at the Leopards Hill … Continued

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The Bishop John Banda led Civil Society Constitution Agenda has raised wide ranging issues on the current political developments in the country placing top of the list the violence that occurred between UPND and PF cadres at the Leopards Hill Memorial Park. In a statement, Bishop Mambo stated that recent arrest of UPND officials in Mongu pointed to deterioration of the rule of law. BELOW IS THE FULL STATEMENT: CIVIL SOCIETY CONSTITUTION AGENDA PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE LUSAKA, 26 JUNE 2017 The Civil Society Constitution Agenda (CiSCA) is appalled at the continued breach of the rule of law, the constitution and deliberate disrespect of the Bill of Rights by those wielding state power and their associates. Over the past week since our media conference held on Friday, June 21, 2017, CiSCA has noticed the restriction of people’s rights and freedoms to assemble, protest and demonstrate by the Zambia Police Service which is contrary to the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia. The rights and freedoms to assembly, associate and expression (peaceful demonstrations, protests) are guaranteed in our constitution under Article 20 and 21 and further, the police service is mandated by the constitution in Article 193(e) “to uphold the Bill of Rightsâ€. This continued denial of people’s rights and freedoms to assembly and expression is a contravention of the international and regional human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and our very own African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights to all of which Zambia is a State party. Further, CiSCA has noted with concern government’s reluctance to operationalise the provisions of Article 60 of the Constitution through an Act of Parliament to guide the operations, conduct and activities of political parties in Zambia including the provision on state funding to political parties with representation in parliament. It is our considered position that the PF government must facilitate the process of coming up with a political parties’ Code of Conduct as provided to be prescribed in Article 60(2) (g). We are backed on this demand by President Edgar Lungu’s words, at the assent to the amended Constitution ceremony on January 5, 2016, which gobbled K4m taxpayers’ money, when he said, “The impact of this constitution amendment bill is that it will enhance political stability which is prerequisite for attracting increased levels of investment and improving the business environment in general. Zambia will enhance her credential as a truly democratic state governed by the rule of law.†Has President Lungu lived true to the above statement a year and half after he issued it? Is there political stability now than at the time he assented to the Constitution? Do we have better democratic credentials now than ever before? And are we a true democratic state governed by the rule of law now than that time? As we have said before and we want to repeat, Zambia is now worse off and actually deteriorated to a dictatorship. One and half years after the assent to the amended constitution, Zambia has witnessed a backslide in democracy, political stability and enjoyment of people’s political, cultural and civil rights and freedoms. There is limitation to or no freedom of assembly, association, expression, no demonstration and protests allowed by the police, media freedoms are under threat, individual artists under siege, the church being threatened and political tension, bickering and crisis being the order of the day. This, President Lungu, must reflect seriously to find out why he has sailed the once peace and democratic country to the shores of democratic and human rights deterioration. It is sad that under President Lungu’s reign mourners in Zambia are hacked and made to flee from decently burying their dead by his cadres and yet he promised observance to the rule of law and a democratic state. It is very disturbing that the rule of law has been turned into the rule of powerful and thuggish men and women. CiSCA therefore, condemns in the strongest term possible the unashamedly disregard of not only the Zambian Constitution values and principles but also our cultural values, custom, and tradition on the respect for the dead as exhibited by the PF cadres and sympathisers during the burial of the UPND’s Clance Zulu at Lusaka’s Memorial Park Cemetery in Lusaka on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Clearly, the dearthening silence or lukewarm statements coming from the President, his vice president, party secretary general and Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs signals volumes of how much they have appreciated this barbaric act and exhibits their agreement to this barbaric and unZambian act orchestrated by their cadres at the cemetery. CiSCA challenges Patrotic Front Party Secretary General Davies Mwilato take responsibility for the action of their party cadres on Saturday, to roundly condemn this and to bring all the culprits involved to book. It is unacceptable that the PF and other institutions such as the Human Rights Commission can condemn both the perpetrators and victims. This will only serve to further heighten the tension in the country as the victims feel belittled and unprotected. We equally challenge the Human Rights Commission and other well-meaning Zambians to be bold and courageous enough to call this for what it is – state sponsored violence by the Patriotic Front government. How else can we label this when the perpetrators were using government vehicles? Most astonishing is that despite President Lungu on March 17, 2017 addressing the nation on the need to adhere to national values, ethics and principles in the daily lives of citizens and the appointment of the Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs to actualise these values as espoused in Article 8 of the Constitution, both himself and his minister of national guidance have remained visibly mute over the deteriorating national values and principles in the country. Was the national address on these values and principles just a fulfilment of a constitutional fixture without conviction? Why has he remained mute when he passionately pledged to ensure these values and principles are respected? To this end, CiSCA wishes to caution President Lungu and his government that the patience and resilience of most citizens save for those eating with him over these blatant breaches of the constitution, rule of law and disrespect of human rights are wearing extremely thin. We will be failing in our duty if we did not demand for the full implementation of the provisions of the amended constitution and demand for the respect of our human rights and the need to uphold the constitutionalism and the rule of law in Zambia. Signed by John H Mambo Chairperson-CiSCA. The post CSOs Question Zambia’s Democratic Credentials appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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