Squatters Ordered to Vacate Municipal Land

[New Era] Windhoek -Ten home owners who have illegally occupied municipal land in Otjomuise were ordered by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court to vacate the property following an application by the City of Windhoek.

[New Era] Windhoek -Ten home owners who have illegally occupied municipal land in Otjomuise were ordered by the Windhoek Magistrate's Court to vacate the property following an application by the City of Windhoek.

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Chipenzi Backs Impeachment Motion

Political activist MacDonald Chipenzi has weighed in the impeachment motion debate highlighting the pros and cons of the planned move by the opposition UPND. Chipenzi has detailed the permutations within the constitution about the impeachment. BELOW IS HIS FULL POSTING: … Continued

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Political activist MacDonald Chipenzi has weighed in the impeachment motion debate highlighting the pros and cons of the planned move by the opposition UPND. Chipenzi has detailed the permutations within the constitution about the impeachment. BELOW IS HIS FULL POSTING: AN IMPEACHMENT MOTION AGAINST PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU: IS IT LEGAL AND/OR CONSTITUTIONAL? I have heard and read a number of people and stories accusing those who have indicated the desire to move an impeachment motion against President Lungu as either committing treason or indeed wasting their time because the chances of it succeeding are very limited. I will not delve into those details but suffice to say that surprisingly, none of them have argued on whether or not an impeachment process is constitutionally and legally allowed under the current Zambian laws. In other words, those who have accused the supposed movers of this motion have not asked the extent to which the motion is legal and constitutional in Zambia. Last time the country witnessed this talk and action was during late Levy Patrick Mwanawasa’s early days of his reign. In Zambia, an impeachment process is an operation of law i.e. it is backed by the republican Constitution and those who have taken this path to move an impeachment motion in the National Assembly against the sitting President are actually operationalising Article 108 and the law in general. They are doing so within the succinct of the Constitution. They are trying to test the provisions of Article 108 of the republican Constitution as amended in 2016 and assented to, by President Lungu. Therefore, an impeachment is a process by which a legislative body [National Assembly] formally levels charges against a sitting President. However, this does not necessarily mean an automatic removal from office of that President on whom the charges have been leveled against but just a formal statement/list of charges similar to those on an indictment in criminal law. According to Article 108 (1), it succinctly puts the impeachment process thus “a Member of Parliament, supported by at least one-third [56] of the Members of Parliament, may move a motion for the impeachment of the President alleging that the President has committed—a violation of a provision of this Constitution or other law; a crime under international law; or gross misconduct.†The proposed impeachment motion against President Lungu will be done within the law and there is no need to ostracise those exercising their constitutional rights, may those who do not want to since they are summoned by Article 2 which states that “every person [members of parliament inclusive] has the right and duty to defend this Constitution; and resist or prevent a person [a sitting President inclusive] from illegally abrogating this Constitution…†Further, the argument that it may not succeed to achieve its ultimate goal of removing the President from office may hold water but the likelihood of it being introduced and debated in the National Assembly is extremely very high. Perhaps, this is the intention of the supposed movers. This is so because the movers seem to have the necessary numbers to introduce and put the impeachment process into motion in the National Assembly for debate. In line with Clause (2) of Article 108 which stipulates that “the motion, moved in accordance with clause (1) shall specify the particulars of the allegation†against the President, the movers of this motion may have some grounds necessary for leveling charges against President Lungu. This is so because since he assumed office, he seems to have breached the constitution and other laws, time without number. So in terms of specifics, the charges on the violation of the Constitution and other laws may stand solidly with specifics. What is not clear, however, is the actual success of the motion’s final intention-to have the President probed by a tribunal on the allegations and subsequently be removed from office, if that is the intention of the supposed movers. The introduction of an impeachment motion in the National Assembly is the first stage to removing a perceived erring sitting President and once an impeachment motion is either successfully or unsuccessfully argued, the motion is subjected to a vote which vote puts the sitting President right in face with the possibility of conviction and dents his reputation both locally and internationally. If the 2/3 members of the National Assembly voted for the motion, the removal of the President from office begins. The Speaker of the National Assembly informs the Chief Justice of the adoption of the resolution to impeach the President. The Chief Justice, in consultation with the Judicial Service Commission, sets up a tribunal to probe the allegations against the President. Others have argued by advancing the issue of numbers of members in the National Assembly apportioned to those perceived to be for the motion [opposition inclusive of some independents] and those against the motion [ruling party and some independents]. The current composition of the National Assembly is 169 members inclusive of the Vice-President, Speaker and first Speaker. On paper, there are 77 opposition MPs combined and independents inclusive out of the 169 Members of the National Assembly while the PF, on papers, has 92 inclusive of the Vice-President, the Speaker and First Speaker save that the Speaker has no voting powers [Art 78 (2) (a)]. The 2/3 members of the National Assembly gives us 112 MPs out the 168 members with voting powers while 1/3 is 56 MPs exclusive of the Speaker are required to pass a resolution and introduce a motion to impeach the President in the National Assembly respectively. However, we must take cognizance of the provisions of Articles 77 and 78. Article 77(2) guides that “the proceedings of the National Assembly shall not be invalid due to a vacancy in its membership†[in the case of Keith Mukata] while Article 78 (1) stipulates, “except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, a question proposed for decision in the National Assembly shall be determined by a majority of the Members of Parliament present and voting†[precedence at the extension of the State of Threatened Public Emergency] What we need to determine, nonetheless, is the meaning of 1/3 and/or 2/3 of the members of the National Assembly in an event that only 130 members are present at the time the motion is introduced and resolution is supposed to be made. Does it mean only those “present and voting†in the National Assembly as demonstrated during the extension of the State of Threatened Emergency in July 2017 will participate in making this resolution or 1/3 and/or 2/3 of the members means the total composition of the National Assembly i.e. 169 members of the National Assembly? Once this is determined, then we can start arguing on numbers. For now, whether the motion succeeds or not, it would have formally laid charges against President Lungu which may be a dent on his name, presidency and likely to be book lifted in future after leaving office in an event of the new government’s desire to remove his immunity. Those charges which would remain black and white in the parliamentary hasards would be active and redeemable at the right time. Therefore, an impeachment is not a treasonous process or act but an operation of the law and constitutionally permitted.There is no need to threaten anyone exercising his/her constitutional rights or mandates. Instead, there is every need to censure those who want to abate the breach of the constitution. The post Chipenzi Backs Impeachment Motion appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Strangled Girl’s Body Found in Bushes At Rundu

[New Era] Rundu -A naked, half decomposed body of a teenager, believed to be about 13 to 14 years of age, was discovered behind the new MICT office building in Rundu on Wednesday morning.

[New Era] Rundu -A naked, half decomposed body of a teenager, believed to be about 13 to 14 years of age, was discovered behind the new MICT office building in Rundu on Wednesday morning.

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Teenager Dies From Suspected Congo Fever

[New Era] Windhoek -The family of the 19-year-old man from Okalongo in Omusati Region, who died early last month (February) after he was bitten by a tick, are still waiting for the state to inform them of the cause of death, although management at Oshi…

[New Era] Windhoek -The family of the 19-year-old man from Okalongo in Omusati Region, who died early last month (February) after he was bitten by a tick, are still waiting for the state to inform them of the cause of death, although management at Oshikuku Catholic Hospital hinted the victim died from Congo Fever .

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CBU Appeals To Government To Release Funds For Hostels

The troubled Copperbelt University (CBU) management has appealed to government to release funds for completion of the students’ hostels under construction at the Riverside Campus in Kitwe. CBU director for planning, property and service Bernard Mabo said works at the … Continued

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The troubled Copperbelt University (CBU) management has appealed to government to release funds for completion of the students’ hostels under construction at the Riverside Campus in Kitwe. CBU director for planning, property and service Bernard Mabo said works at the project have slowed down due to poor funding towards the project. Mabo said CBU management would want the project to be completed as soon as possible so that the shortage of accommodation can be reduced at the institution. He, however, said that management was aware that government through the Ministry of Higher Education was working on modalities to avail funds for the project. But unionised workers at the institution have demanded for an audit of funds the institution has received. Speaking on behalf of all unionised workers, Copperbelt University Academics Union President Dr Derrick Ntalasha said it was embarrassing for management to continue asking for funds from government when the institution continues to receive money through various fees. “It is a great embarrassment not only to the institution but to the nation as a whole for a vice Chancellor to be on record asking for K 1.8 million from government for rehabilitation of infrastructure when in fact the students pay a compulsory amount of K385 for maintenance of infrastructure, K 385 for recreation, K 385 for technological fees each year and with over 10,000 students each year the institution gets over K3.85 million each year which is supposed to go towards infrastructure maintenance and development, yet the infrastructure remains in a dilapidated state,†said Dr Ntalasha. He said there was need for management to clearly explain how the money is being spent before any other is released by the government. CBU management is under fire with workers demanding the removal of Vice-Chancellor Nason Ngoma. The post CBU Appeals To Government To Release Funds For Hostels appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Nehawu North West Reaction to SOPA

[COSATU] The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] in the North West Province notes the State of the Province delivered by the Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, on the 23rd February 2018. In the overall we welcome the emphasis placed o…

[COSATU] The National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] in the North West Province notes the State of the Province delivered by the Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, on the 23rd February 2018. In the overall we welcome the emphasis placed on the Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies [VTSD] in terms of the government's socioeconomic development plans and we acknowledge some of the achievements registered by the government in the province since 2014.

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SME Bank Minority Shareholders Issue Fresh Challenge

[New Era] Windhoek -The minority shareholders in the liquidated SME Bank have launched an urgent application in the Windhoek High Court to rescind an order by Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula allowing liquidators DJ Bruni and Ian McLaren to pay out …

[New Era] Windhoek -The minority shareholders in the liquidated SME Bank have launched an urgent application in the Windhoek High Court to rescind an order by Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula allowing liquidators DJ Bruni and Ian McLaren to pay out deposits and institute legal proceedings in courts locally and internationally to recover the bank's lost millions.

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Hawks’ Matakata – Ngcobo Horror and Churches As Criminal Enterprises

[Daily Maverick] The case of the Seven Angels Ministry in Ngcobo has gripped the country, as stories tend to do when they involve a sinister cult, stolen guns, police killings, and alleged sex slaves. But when Hawks head Yolisa Matakata appeared before…

[Daily Maverick] The case of the Seven Angels Ministry in Ngcobo has gripped the country, as stories tend to do when they involve a sinister cult, stolen guns, police killings, and alleged sex slaves. But when Hawks head Yolisa Matakata appeared before Parliament on Tuesday to report back on specialised units within the Hawks, it was a reminder that some of the horrifying elements of the Ngcobo narrative are not unique to that case.

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Agribank Defaulters Turn to Geingob

[New Era] Windhoek -Panic-stricken black commercial farmers, who reportedly owe Agribank a combined N$500 million in unpaid debts, have approached President Hage Geingob to help stop looming repossessions of their farms by the state-owned bank.

[New Era] Windhoek -Panic-stricken black commercial farmers, who reportedly owe Agribank a combined N$500 million in unpaid debts, have approached President Hage Geingob to help stop looming repossessions of their farms by the state-owned bank.

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