Hichilema Maintains Directive: No UPND MPs At State Functions

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says there is nothing wrong with the directive for his Members of Parliament to stay away from state functions. And Hichilema says he is surprised that the ruling Patriotic Front has picked a fight with the … Continued

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UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says there is nothing wrong with the directive for his Members of Parliament to stay away from state functions. And Hichilema says he is surprised that the ruling Patriotic Front has picked a fight with the Law Association of Zambia whose existence they benefitted from during their years in opposition. Meanwhile the UPND leader has continued his attacks on Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu and Director Priscilla Isaacs. Featuring on Radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk, Hichilema said the constitutional amendments being proposed should not be supported. The UPND has hit the political spotlight following ban on their MPs not to attend State functions which was instigated by Keembe MP Princess Kasune Zulu attending a national planting session officiated by President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema said that his party could not wine and dine with the PF government at a time over 2, 000 of its members were in detention over election related charges. He said the move did not require even a directive from the secretary general Stephen Katuka but mere common sense. “If a number of our people are detained, are on bail or police bond or in hospital out of these vicious attacks. Tell me, which normal Member of Parliament or member of the UPND can be wining and dining, eating cakes when citizens that put them in office are in hospital beds where there are no medicines because they have been attacked by PF cadres?†he said. “Which normal MP will be wining and dining cutting cakes and basically enjoying Jameson in this environment?†He added: “There is a way you can express yourself, and this is one of them and I do not see anything wrong with that.†Hichilema said, “When you go to functions you have seen where those so called people in offices are abusing UPND members. So you have to be abused even when your members are already in pain.†On why UPND MPs still have to attend parliamentary sessions despite being directed to stay away from State functions Hichilema gave a dodgy response. “Parliament must be distinguished in the sense that they are there to represent the people… UPND is an institution with rules of conduct. You cannot have an organization which has no rules of conduct there will be chaos,†he said. “So that is what we are saying and part of the voice of our party is that we focus on serving the people even say things that are taboo or said to be taboo because the constitution allows that.†Hichilema said that State House press aide Amos Chanda should be sued for his sentiments that the judiciary may attract some reforms if they acted as if they were beyond reproach. Chanda on his appearance on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview had challenged the judiciary not to appear as if they had an open cheque to pass judgments. Hichilema alleged that Chanda had no right to criticize the judiciary as he was a representative of the executive. “He is a civil servant on tax payer’s money and is threatening another arm of government. He is a civil servant, sitting in the executive attacking another arm of government which is illegal. Actually Amos Chanda needs to be sued justifying why he is sitting as a civil servant advancing the PF agenda,†he said. And Hichilema trumpeted for the Linda Kasonde led Law Association of Zambia saying they got it right in admonishing Chanda for his statement on the judiciary. “We support wholeheartedly the LAZ reaction to Amos Chanda’s threats on the judiciary,†he said. “We want to give credit to the President of LAZ, the first woman President of LAZ (Linda) for her courage and the institution’s courage and that they ought to continue. They speak for the voice less.†He added: “The idea of saying LAZ is now speaking like UPND is to threaten LAZ from exercising its duty. This unacceptable these organizations have been here throughout history. When PF was in opposition they found value in LAZ, they found value in the Oasis Forum if you remember, churches, trade unions. Why should it be wrong today? Why should they not exist today? That is not correct.†Hichilema said that he was opposed to the proposed constitutional amendments as they sought to tailor the documents to the desires of the ruling party. He claimed that the PF wanted to remove the right to petition the outcome of the Presidential election as it had inconvenienced them. The UPND leader said there were plans to bring back deputy ministers. He alleged that MPs had been promised that they will be restored to the council chamber if they supported the amendments unconditionally. On the budget he said that the K300 upward threshold for Payee as You Earn was negative as the prices of commodities had gone up. The UPND leader appealed to his supporters to follow the High Court sessions that come up on Thursday and Friday over the push for the petition that was heard to be re-instated. He has invoked Article 89 of the Constitution which guarantees the right of citizens to be heard. The post Hichilema Maintains Directive: No UPND MPs At State Functions appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Paramount Africa Roadshow Lands in Kenya With Cybersecurity Critical On Its Agenda

[CIO] Paramount, a leading cybersecurity firm, enables customers to protect their critical information assets and infrastructure through a prudent combination of people, process and technology.

[CIO] Paramount, a leading cybersecurity firm, enables customers to protect their critical information assets and infrastructure through a prudent combination of people, process and technology.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Well Done for a Successful FISD Challenge Cup

[Nyasa Times] When Standard Bank suddenly announced to withdraw the prestigious the Knock-Out Cup that the bank was sponsoring, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) was completely taken aback because decision came so sudden without adequate notice.

[Nyasa Times] When Standard Bank suddenly announced to withdraw the prestigious the Knock-Out Cup that the bank was sponsoring, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) was completely taken aback because decision came so sudden without adequate notice.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi

Bentol City On a Mission to Fulfill ‘Promise, Purpose and Prosperity’

[Observer] Bentol, a small city situated thirty minutes from Monrovia, still bears some scars of the vandalism and looting that characterized Liberia’s first military coup in which President William Richard Tolbert, a Baptist preacher and native of the…

[Observer] Bentol, a small city situated thirty minutes from Monrovia, still bears some scars of the vandalism and looting that characterized Liberia's first military coup in which President William Richard Tolbert, a Baptist preacher and native of the town, was slain in 1980. The town also suffered more extensive looting during the country's back-to-back civil wars of the 1990's.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

We Value, Respect Education for Liberians

[Observer] Bridge School Liberia (BSL) says although detractors are demeaning the efforts of educators, parents, teachers, and partners alike in the management of their school system, the entity remains committed to improve the schools which the Minist…

[Observer] Bridge School Liberia (BSL) says although detractors are demeaning the efforts of educators, parents, teachers, and partners alike in the management of their school system, the entity remains committed to improve the schools which the Ministry of Education (MoE) has assigned to it in the pilot project.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Lottery Authority Commissions Vehicles, Donates Rice

[Observer] The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has commissioned two vehicles for use by its monitoring and evaluation department and donated 525 bags of rice to the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, the Group of 77 on Newport Street and the Na…

[Observer] The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has commissioned two vehicles for use by its monitoring and evaluation department and donated 525 bags of rice to the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, the Group of 77 on Newport Street and the National Commission on Disabilities, a press release said yesterday.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Set Aside Five Percent of Nat’l Health Budget for Mental Health

[Observer] A visiting Nigerian mental health specialist has urged the Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Health, to set aside at least five percent of its national health budget for mental health in the country.

[Observer] A visiting Nigerian mental health specialist has urged the Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Health, to set aside at least five percent of its national health budget for mental health in the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Rep. Karmo Joins Fight Against Child Marriage

[Observer] Bomi County Electoral District #1 Rep. Samuel Garya Karmo has joined the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MoGCSP) in condemning child marriage in Liberia.

[Observer] Bomi County Electoral District #1 Rep. Samuel Garya Karmo has joined the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection (MoGCSP) in condemning child marriage in Liberia.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia