Opinion: Tutwa Ngulube Offside – Chipenzi

I read a reaction story from my dear Cde Tutwa Ngulube, Legal Practitioner and Member of Parliament for Kabwe Central on the ruling party, where he is quoted rightly or wrongly in the Daily Nation story dated February 8, 2018 … Continued

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I read a reaction story from my dear Cde Tutwa Ngulube, Legal Practitioner and Member of Parliament for Kabwe Central on the ruling party, where he is quoted rightly or wrongly in the Daily Nation story dated February 8, 2018 headlined, “Tutwa ticks off Chipenzi†in which he seemingly suggested that only lawyers can or should argue on or raise Constitutional issues because they understand the law than non-lawyers. Cde Tutwa, allegedly made his reaction to my statement on the removal of presidential and other immunities contained in the Constitution and other national laws so as to promote transparency and accountability in the management and administration of public, private and religious affairs. According to the story, Cde Tutwa is alleged to have described my sentiments on this subject as misplaced, baseless et al because I did not understand the history of the immunities since I was not a lawyer. Surprisingly, Tutwa based his argument or dismissal of my sentiments on my being “not-lawyer†and not on my experience on constitutional matters which he may not be privy to. I took his reaction as just politics and not legal or constitutional because he did not provide any quote from the Constitution to prove me wrong or why non-lawyers shouldn’t raise constitutional matters in their discussion, debates and statements on national matters. Being a trained lawyer himself and serving under the current regime and president who even misled the ministers to stay on in office after the dissolution of parliament despite us non-lawyers raising the illegality of their stay, Cde Tutwa, seemingly raised no objection to this unconstitutional act perpetuated by the President who is unaccountable to no one because of the existence of the immunity Clause. May be as a reminder to Cde Tutwa that the Constitution gives me a right and a duty under Article 2 to “defend, resist or prevent a person from illegally abrogating this Constitution†which some lawyers, said to understand the law, have allowed to be breached but I have exercised this responsibility with great love and diligence. Further, under Article 43 (2) of this same Constitution, which some lawyers have misinterpreted before, does mandate me to endevaour, as a citizen [not a lawyer], “to acquire basic understanding of this Constitution and promote its ideals and objectives.†In doing so and coupled with some basic trainings done in “Constitution Building for Democracy†obtained both in and outside Zambia, i have a loci standi to raise such issues as i have not only training but interest in and understanding of, not only constitution making processes, but the content and interpretation of the Constitution itself too. So I don’t need to be a lawyer to understand the Constitution but I just need to be a citizen as per Constitution provision in Article 43 quoted above. Therefore, I have the pleasure to inform Cde Tutwa that I have the necessary understanding of the Constitution, not only of this country but others too. Even defending a case in Court, I don’t necessary need to be a lawyer to stand and defend myself in Court as this has been ably demonstrated by senior citizen, Brig General Godfrey Miyanda and many others. All i need is understanding the law including the Constitution. May be the only position I would need to be a lawyer in order to function properly is to be a Judge, Attorney General, Solicitor General, and/or Director of Public Prosecution et al not in understanding the Constitution. If a senior lawyer of many years of practice can misinterpret the Constitution as is the case on the issue of Ministers’ illegal stay in office and yet non-lawyers did interpret the Constitution correctly, where does Cde Tutwa’s argument stand on the Law of Probability of Correctness in as far as being not a lawyer or being one entails on Constitution understanding? In this regard, my challenge to Cde Tutwa is to highlight an Article or Clause that debars non-lawyers from raising constitutional issues in Zambian laws, otherwise, i find his reaction, if correctly quoted, constitutionally offside. Immunity Must Go! Aluta Continua I submit! Written by McDonald Chipenzi Political Commentator & Electoral Expert The post Opinion: Tutwa Ngulube Offside – Chipenzi appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Cameroonian Refugees in Cross River, Recount Ordeal

[Guardian] Calabar -Some of the refugees fleeing the crisis in English-speaking part of Cameroon, who appear to be at home with their Boki ancestral brothers and sisters in Cross River State, recount their ordeals, just as their hosts lament inadequate…

[Guardian] Calabar -Some of the refugees fleeing the crisis in English-speaking part of Cameroon, who appear to be at home with their Boki ancestral brothers and sisters in Cross River State, recount their ordeals, just as their hosts lament inadequate and overstretched facilities and insecurity of the areas bordering Nigeria and Cameroon.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Abraham Kiprotich Wins 2018 Lagos City Marathon

[Guardian] Lagos -Kenya-born French long-distance runner, Abraham Kiprotich, has won the 3rd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon returning 2hrs 15mins o4secs, while Ilya Pam was the first Nigerian to cross the finish line with the time of 2hrs 27mins.

[Guardian] Lagos -Kenya-born French long-distance runner, Abraham Kiprotich, has won the 3rd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon returning 2hrs 15mins o4secs, while Ilya Pam was the first Nigerian to cross the finish line with the time of 2hrs 27mins.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

At Nigeria Travel Award, NTDC Boss Tasks Stakeholders On Domestic Tourism

[Guardian] The Pearlwort Hotel & Suites, Ikeja, Lagos, recently played host to practitioners and stakeholders in the country’s travel, tourism and hospitality sector, who converged at the venue for the second edition of Nigeria Travel Awards.

[Guardian] The Pearlwort Hotel & Suites, Ikeja, Lagos, recently played host to practitioners and stakeholders in the country's travel, tourism and hospitality sector, who converged at the venue for the second edition of Nigeria Travel Awards.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

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[Guardian] St. Valentine Day, commemorated every February 14, is here again. Some screen celebrities spoke on the significance of the day reflected on their memorable valentine moments.

[Guardian] St. Valentine Day, commemorated every February 14, is here again. Some screen celebrities spoke on the significance of the day reflected on their memorable valentine moments.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

Eskinder Nega Refuses to Sign False Confession In Exchange for Prison Release

[CPJ] New York -The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Ethiopian government’s attempts today to compel Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega to sign a false confession before releasing him under a presidential pardon. Eskinder, who …

[CPJ] New York -The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Ethiopian government's attempts today to compel Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega to sign a false confession before releasing him under a presidential pardon. Eskinder, who has spent almost seven years in jail for his work, was one of 746 prisoners due to be pardoned by President Mulatu Teshome on February 8, according to media reports.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia

Tongues Wag About Amosun’s Brother’s Influence

[This Day] If there is anyone who is almost as powerful as the number one citizen of Ogun State today, it is no other than Alhaji Abidoye Ajani Amosun, elder brother of Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

[This Day] If there is anyone who is almost as powerful as the number one citizen of Ogun State today, it is no other than Alhaji Abidoye Ajani Amosun, elder brother of Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

2019 – Inside the ‘War’ of the Generals

[Daily Trust] Abuja and Lagos -Letters, messages, and all kinds of intrigues have recently coloured the relationship between ex-leaders Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, with President Muhammadu Buhari. This has sparked various narrativ…

[Daily Trust] Abuja and Lagos -Letters, messages, and all kinds of intrigues have recently coloured the relationship between ex-leaders Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, with President Muhammadu Buhari. This has sparked various narratives, some of which say it is all power play at high levels. But what does all this mean for the political landscape?

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

KLM, Travelstart Collaborate With All-Female Nigerian Bobsled Team

[This Day] Travelstart and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have collaborated to fly the historic Nigerian female bobsled and skeleton contingent to South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

[This Day] Travelstart and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have collaborated to fly the historic Nigerian female bobsled and skeleton contingent to South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria