Murder Accused Longwe’s Lawyer Keeps Court Guessing

Murder accused Precious Longwe’s no show lawyer in her case of theft has angered the Lusaka Magistrate Court. Magistrate Thandose Chabala was forced to adjourn the matter again after the accused person’s lawyer Osborne Ngoma did not show up without … Continued

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Murder accused Precious Longwe’s no show lawyer in her case of theft has angered the Lusaka Magistrate Court. Magistrate Thandose Chabala was forced to adjourn the matter again after the accused person’s lawyer Osborne Ngoma did not show up without any explanation. Longwe is facing a charge of theft of K200, 000 from her former employer Bank ABC where she served as a Customer Relations Officer before being arrested for murder. The money was discovered by investigation officers who went to her home during the murder case. Longwe is suspected to have stolen the money around May 24, 2016 in her capacity as Customer Relations Officer. Magistrate Chabala adjourned the matter to January 21st for commencement of trial. In another case that has since been committed to the High Court Longwe is facing a charge of murder for shooting her husband Lubinda Litebele five times. The post Murder Accused Longwe’s Lawyer Keeps Court Guessing appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Xavier Chishimba Reports Kampyongo, Mawere to ACC Over Higer Buses

United Progressive Party Saviour Chishimba has made the Anti Corruption Commission his playground reporting Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo and his sports counterpart Moses Mawere. Chishimba, who not too long ago knocked on the Anti Corruption Commission reporting the maize … Continued

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United Progressive Party Saviour Chishimba has made the Anti Corruption Commission his playground reporting Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo and his sports counterpart Moses Mawere. Chishimba, who not too long ago knocked on the Anti Corruption Commission reporting the maize deal that extends to Malawi and alleges that some government officials are involved in the saga. Malawi President Peter Mutharika has instituted a Commission of Inquiry on the matter with investigative officers sent to Zambia. Chishimba accuses Kampyongo and Mawere of bypassing the Public and Private Drivers Association that was supposed to be the vehicle under which Higer Busses got from the Chinese firm was to be distributed to youths under the Youth Bus Empowerment Program. Below is Chishimba’s Petition to the ACC handed in today: STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE CORRUPT PRACTICES INVOLVING SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND AN ILLEGAL COMMITTEE OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DRIVERS ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YOUTH BUS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME ————————————– The Public and Private Drivers Association of Zambia (PPDAZ) was duly registered pursuant to section 7 (2) of the Societies Act Cap 119 of the Laws of Zambia on 9th August, 2010 with registration number ORS/102/35/5183 instant under the hand of the Registrar of Societies (Exhibit Marked “UPP 1â€). The original office bearers (Marked as Exhibit “UPP 2â€) were as follows: 1. President: Mr. Samson Moyo; 2. Vice President: Mr. Joseph Chirwa; 3. Secretary General: Mr. Fidelis Chanda; 4. Deputy Secretary General: Mr. Josias Majuru; 5. Treasurer General: Mr. Joe Mbewe; 6. Vice Treasurer General: Mr. Godwin Mtwale; 7. Information and Publicity: Mr. Steven Zulu; 8. Vice Information and Publicity: Jackson Namobe; 9. Trustee: Mr. Charles Phiri; and 10. Trustee: Mr. Musa Mumba. The said PPDAZ duly crafted and submitted the constitution to the registrar (Exhibit “UPP 3â€). The constitution sets out the rules for PPDAZ including the process of replacing office bearers and other administrative procedures. On dates unknown, but between 2012 and 2013, Mr. Josias Majuru started running the organisation without the consensus and cooperation of other executive committee members. He also established a direct relationship with Hon. Panji Kaunda the former Minister of Works of Supply (witnesses and/or audio available) who was generally overseeing the pilot Youth Bus Empowerment Programme. During the same period, all private and public drivers across the country were subjected to paying Kwacha One Thousand Five Hundred only (K1, 500.00) as supposedly membership fee to qualify for bus empowerment. Apparently, the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) entered into a loan agreement with Higer Bus Company of China. The buses were to be given to beneficiaries to run them under the purview of GRZ (initially through the Ministry of Works and Supply and later through the Ministry of Youth and Sport). The day-to-day supervision was to be executed by PPDAZ. The interest of GRZ was to ensure that a proportion for loan repayment was secured while the interest of beneficiaries was to acquire the buses in the long run. In this regard, the role of PPDAZ was to ensure that the interests of the youth were protected. Contrary to the expectations of the youth, Mr. Josias Majuru usurped all the powers and engaged in several counts of bribery and making procurements for PPDAZ without following procedures (witnesses and/or audio available). Members complained to him and all attempts to compel him to follow the law failed. On dates unknown, but in the year of our Lord 2013, members complained to the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sport, but no action was taken to regularise the operations of the programme. Noting that PPDAZ’s activities were ultra vires the law and on suspicion of various corrupt practices as complained by members whose locus standi is indisputable, the registrar of societies wrote to PPDAZ to ask for the following: (a) Current office bearers (b) compliance of payment of statutory fees and (c) audited books of accounts (Exhibit “UPP 4â€). At this stage Mr. Josias Majuru had co-opted new members of the executive who were basically his stooges without following the rules of the club as well as the provisions of Cap 119. In response to the minute from the registrar of societies, the secretary general of PPDAZ a Mr. Fidelis Chanda submitted as follows: (a) that Mr. Josias Majuru and Mr. Joseph Chirwa had engaged in several counts of abuse of authority of office and other corrupt practices (b) that the executive committee had not been operating within the provisions of the law (c) that Mr. Josias Majuru, Mr, Joseph Chirwa and Mr. Charles Phiri had been running PPDAZ to the exclusion of all others (d) that the trio, hereinbefore mentioned, had been terrorising other members of PPDAZ (e) that the file of PPDAZ mysteriously went missing for two and half years at the registrar of societies (f) that there were a lot of anomalies suspected to have been aided by some officers in the office of registrar of societies in connivance with the trio, and (g) that there was a petition (attached to the letter) from the general membership of PPDAZ to ask the trio to step down (exhibit of the letter marked “UPP 5â€). On dates unknown, but between 2013 and 2014, the grieved members of PPDAZ took the matter to court by way of seeking an order to declare the Josias Majuru-led committee illegal and restore order. The said Mr. Josias Majuru went to Hon. Panji Kaunda (as deputy minister of Works and Supply at that time) to inform him that his corrupt practices and acts of bribery were going to be exposed. Hon. Panji Kaunda allegedly called an unknown officer in the registry of the High Court for Zambia to find out about the judge before whom the matter was scheduled to come up. Upon being given the name of the Judge, Hon. Panji Kaunda allegedly called the judge and asked him to dismiss the case. Accordingly, the judge (unnamed) dismissed the case before hearing it (witnesses and/or audio available). Following the abuse of authority of office by Hon. Panji Kaunda to cause the case to be dismissed contrary to the rules of the court, Mr. Josias Majuru started openly boosting that he was untouchable and that not even the President of Zambia could touch him (witnesses and/or audio available). When the first twelve (12) higer buses came into the country, two (2) of them (buses) were given to two (2) drivers by late President Michael C. Sata at State House at the official handover ceremony. One the two beneficiaries was late Sara Njovu (a taxi driver who used to operate at Hotel Intercontinental). After one month, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sport Ms. Agnes Musunga connived with the illegal committee of PPDAZ to allegedly caused the possession of the two buses that were given to two young people on account that the buses were only given to them by the President ceremonially (witnesses and/or audio available). Against the foregoing, members of PPDAZ, in an undated letter but duly signed, wrote to His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu on the matter. The letter was referenced “seeking audience to discuss urgent matters in the transport industryâ€. In this letter (Exhibit “UPP 6â€), the youth from all the ten provinces of Zambia complained about the corrupt practices of the trio, hereinbefore mentioned, as well as about the pervasion of justice on the matter. The youth notified the head of state about the K1, 500 that the trio were collecting from all the potential beneficiaries and that about K450, 000.00 had been collected in the material year the case was being reported to the President of Zambia. Records however indicate that by this time K525, 000.00 had been collected from the youth (Exhibit “UPP 7â€). Furthermore, the youth complained to the President of Zambia that the same case had been reported to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), but there were no headways. Upon not getting any intervention from the President of Zambia, the youth brought the matter to the attention of Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) in a letter dated 5th November, 2016, but no action has been taken by TIZ to help the helpless and voiceless young people (Exhibit “UPP 8â€). Two weeks ago, the youth of Luangwa District took the law into their hands by stopping the GRZ buses from loading. This was in protest against the non-action by government in respect of their credible grievances over the corrupt trio. These are young people who despite yearly remittances of K1, 500 have never received bus empowerment or any form of monetary empowerment ever since the higer buses came into the country. The youth have been subjected to contributing K1, 500 to PPDAZ from across the country by either Zoona (Exhibit “UPP 9â€) or making deposits into account number 0140518253601 of PPDAZ with Stanbic Bank (Exhibit “UPP 10â€). There are thousands of young people with an interest in this matter (Exhibit “UPP 11†– partial list). When the protest, a right which is constitutionally entrenched, of the youth in Luangwa was brought to the attention of the trio, a group of thugs was hired and they drove to Luangwa to beat up the innocent young people. This act of violence was committed under the supervision of Mr. Joseph Chirwa (Mr. Joseph Chirwa was arrested by DEC a few days ago for drug related offences). When the police rushed to the scene of crime, Mr. Joseph Chirwa jumped unto the bus and drove off leaving the youth that he had hired behind. These hired youth and other innocent ones in Luangwa were detained by the police in Luangwa (witnesses and/or audio available). Two weeks ago, the youth in Lusaka peacefully demonstrated to the Lusaka Provincial Administration (Office of the President) where they had an audience with Hon. Japhen Mwakalombe the Provincial Minister. The Minister reportedly called President Edgar C. Lungu who in turn directed the Minister to go to the Minister of Youth and Sport. The provincial minister proceeded to the Ministry of Youth and Sport where he met with Hon. Moses Mawere the Minister of Youth and Sport. The Patriotic Front Lusaka Province Chairman, Mr. Kennedy Kamba also accompanied the young people as a sign of solidarity. To the dismay young people, they found Hon. Moses Mawere sitting comfortably with the corrupt trio in his office. There were also paramilitary officers in the office of the Minister. Hon. Stephen Kampyongo, the Minister of Home Affairs also joined the meeting much later. During the meeting, the Cabinet Ministers defended Mr. Josias Majuru on account that he helped the PF during the campaigns and that if the United Party for National Development (UPND) won the election Mr Majuru was going to be jailed (witnesses and/or audio available). Later the Ministers wanted to find out who sent the thugs to Luangwa with the expectation that the culprits were the complaints so that the paramilitary officers could arrest them instantly, but to their disappointment they learnt that it was the suspected corrupt Joseph Chirwa who actually hired the thugs. Instead of directing his (Joseph Chirwa) arrest, the Minister of Home Affairs did not act (witnesses and/or audio available). The meeting ended with a clear defence of the corrupt trio by the ministers at the expense of tens of thousands of young people who want justice over their hard earned money. During the course of last year, an additional twenty eight (28) big higer buses were brought into the country with the expectation that one bus would be transparently allocated to a group of seven (7) youth. In this context four hundred and six (406) were expected to be direct beneficiaries. The inclusion of the other 12 buses would bring the number to 490 young people. The poor management of the project has seen some of the buses grounded without repair because funds are ending up in private pockets through corrupt practices (witnesses and/or audio available). The trio have also been stage-managing the whole programme by way of putting as a front a few youth as fake beneficiaries whenever inspections are ordered. Evidence shows that it’s not the youth who are co-running these buses as evidenced by the following: (a) funds from the fleet of buses are deposited into the PPDAZ account number 14-07-1-0220224-014 at Investrust Bank (Exhibit “UPP 12â€) (b) the judgement (Exhibit “UPP 13â€) against PPDAZ by the subordinate court (2015/SSR/343) in Kitwe – the plaintiffs (Mwiya Lubasi; John Katebe; Chifuna Nelson; and Anthony Kalimanshi) successfully sued for salary arrears as employees of PPDAZ in pursuance of the Employment Act Cap 268 of the Laws of Zambia (thus the youth have never ever been in-charge of these buses), and (c) some of the collections from bus operations are not deposited and allegedly used for acts of bribery. These daily collections are not even recorded in books of accounts (Exhibit “UPP 14â€). The interests of the thousands of the unemployed youth and all the taxpayers in Zambia are entrenched predominantly because should the project fail to run profitably through the allegedly corrupt lining of Ministers’ pockets, the trio and other government officials, the Government of the Republic of Zambia will have recourse to subventions from the public treasury to repay the loan to Higer Bus Company. The burden of taxpayers to sustain government can no longer be taken for granted. The land of Zambia is bleeding from corruption. A speedy action to stop this is urgently required. Meanwhile, we urge all those who have been named to clear their names because it is not our deliberate intention to be malicious. We seek fairness and justice for all. Public leaders must be accountable to the people of Zambia. UPP shall continue to provide checks and balances, with credible evidence. It is our prayer that the PF Government will restore law and order in Zambia by permitting all investigative wings to operate professionally without the interference of politicians. God bless our nation! Saviour Chishimba UPP PRESIDENT The post Xavier Chishimba Reports Kampyongo, Mawere to ACC Over Higer Buses appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Warriors – Flash in the Pan or Serious Afcon Contender?

[allAfrica] Whether Zimbabwe’s battling 2-2 draw with Algeria in their opening Group B clash at the 2017 African Nations Cup was a flash in the pan or a sign of genuine quarterfinal credentials will be put to the test against pool favourites Senegal in…

[allAfrica] Whether Zimbabwe's battling 2-2 draw with Algeria in their opening Group B clash at the 2017 African Nations Cup was a flash in the pan or a sign of genuine quarterfinal credentials will be put to the test against pool favourites Senegal in Franceville on Thursday (19h00 GMT).

source: AllAfrica News: Senegal

Court Adjourns Namulambe Assault Case

Former Mpongwe Member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe’s legal troubles seem not to be going away after he failed to acquire the services of a lawyer in his assault case. The former Sports Minister is in court for allegedly assaulting Regan … Continued

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Former Mpongwe Member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe’s legal troubles seem not to be going away after he failed to acquire the services of a lawyer in his assault case. The former Sports Minister is in court for allegedly assaulting Regan Njobvu of Shaka Investments Farm in Mpongwe. When the matter came up before Magistrate Dominic Lesa Namulambe asked for an adjournment to enable him find a lawyer. Magistrate Lesa adjourned the matter to February 24, 2017 warning that the matter will take off even Namulambe does not retain the services of a lawyer. In November Namulambe landed himself in trouble in Mpongwe for allegedly hiring a witch finder to deal with people he suspected were bewitching members of his family. He was picked up by police in an action said to be in contravention of the Witchcraft Act. Namulambe went around the nearby village with a witch doctor trying to forcibly fish out suspected “witches and wizardsâ€, it has emerged. The former Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister who owns a sprawling farm in Mpongwe area is said to have become paranoid after some deaths of close members of his family. He resorted to hiring the ancient services of a witch finder. The witch-finder and Namulambe then set about to evict and flash out those he suspected to be involved in black magic. The matter is still active under the courts of law. The post Court Adjourns Namulambe Assault Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres Lungu Honours Former Agric Minister with State Funeral

President Edgar Lungu has declared a day of national mourning in honour of former Agriculture Minister Mischeck Chiinda. Chiinda served as Agriculture Minister under Frederick Chiluba in 2001 and later became Mazabuka District Commissioner from 2004 to 2007 under late … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has declared a day of national mourning in honour of former Agriculture Minister Mischeck Chiinda. Chiinda served as Agriculture Minister under Frederick Chiluba in 2001 and later became Mazabuka District Commissioner from 2004 to 2007 under late Levy Mwanawasa. The Head of State has declared Thursday January 18, 2017 as the day of national mourning. Chiinda will be buried in his home village in Chikankata on Thursday. The post Pres Lungu Honours Former Agric Minister with State Funeral appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Zambia Railways Workers Down Tools

Workers at Zambia Railways in Kabwe have downed tools demanding better conditions of service. Management has locked up the premises in response to the industrial action by the workers. Kabwe Central lawmaker Tutwa Ngulube has condemned the action by management. … Continued

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Workers at Zambia Railways in Kabwe have downed tools demanding better conditions of service. Management has locked up the premises in response to the industrial action by the workers. Kabwe Central lawmaker Tutwa Ngulube has condemned the action by management. Below is what he posted: ZAMBIA RAILWAYS LIMITED in Kabwe this [yesterday] morning has locked its workers outside for lawfully demanding better conditions of service. Government has injected a huge amount of money in the operations of the parastatal. The company has lost in its profits as a result of alleged company mismanagement. We will sue on their behalf and compel management to negotiate. The post Zambia Railways Workers Down Tools appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Agreement Paves Way for First Democratic Transition in DRC

[allAfrica] Late last year, the Democratic Republic of the Congo approached a constitutional crisis. As President Joseph Kabila’s second and final term drew to a close, there was no plan for elections to select his replacement. Fears of an indefinite d…

[allAfrica] Late last year, the Democratic Republic of the Congo approached a constitutional crisis. As President Joseph Kabila's second and final term drew to a close, there was no plan for elections to select his replacement. Fears of an indefinite delay spread. Security forces met peaceful protests with violence, and the country girded for prolonged instability.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Fighter Jet Mistakenly Bombs Displaced Civilians, Killing Scores

[Premium Times] The MSF, otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, has said that at least 52 people were killed after a Nigerian fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on an internally displaced persons, IDP, camp.

[Premium Times] The MSF, otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, has said that at least 52 people were killed after a Nigerian fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on an internally displaced persons, IDP, camp.

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BCP Woos Voters Ahead of Saturday Poll

[Botswana Daily News] Palapye -The opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) launched Mr Area Gabathuse as their candidate for Boikago/Madiba ward bye election this coming Saturday (January 21).

[Botswana Daily News] Palapye -The opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) launched Mr Area Gabathuse as their candidate for Boikago/Madiba ward bye election this coming Saturday (January 21).

source: AllAfrica News: Botswana