Court Clears Siliya of Abuse of Authority Case

The Lusaka Magistrate has ended former Communication and Transport Minister Dora Siliya’s eight year stigma for corruption after having acquitted her of abuse of authority charges. Ndola High Court registrar Joshua Banda sitting magistrate found Siliya with no case to … Continued

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The Lusaka Magistrate has ended former Communication and Transport Minister Dora Siliya’s eight year stigma for corruption after having acquitted her of abuse of authority charges. Ndola High Court registrar Joshua Banda sitting magistrate found Siliya with no case to answer. Siliya was slapped 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. The Katete Member of Parliament who is now serving as Agriculture Minister in the Patriotic Front government was being pursued for corruption on the instigation of the then powerful Fred M’membe led cartel that wanted her jailed. A tribunal was subsequently set up with then Attorney General Mumba Malila (cartel plant) testifying against her during the tribunal. She was subsequently cleared but the matter was taken up in the courts of law with the acquittal coming eight years later. Justice Banda said that he did not find that Siliya acted arbitrarily in the cancellation of the tender. He said that Siliya did not initiate the cancellation but only carried on what her predecessors had recommended. “In accordance with section 206 of the CPC [criminal procedure code], I dismiss the charge and its allegations, consequently Ms Dora Siliya is acquitted,†he said. The prosecution alleged that Siliya, in breach of laid down procedure accepted a purportedly free offer from Selex Systemi Integrati for the repair of a radar at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport as a result of which Government paid K1,943,932,360, an act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government. The post Court Clears Siliya of Abuse of Authority Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Police Round Up UPND Officials at their Secretariat in Mongu

Police have continued coming hard on UPND members after rounding up the opposition political party provincial leadership on Friday afternoon at their secretariat in Mongu. The police arrested the five leaders after having set out to hold a press briefing … Continued

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Police have continued coming hard on UPND members after rounding up the opposition political party provincial leadership on Friday afternoon at their secretariat in Mongu. The police arrested the five leaders after having set out to hold a press briefing within the precincts of their secretariat labelling it as unlawful assembly. According to the police the UPND leadership were arrested on suspicion that they were going to demand the immediate release of their incarcerated president Hakainde Hichilema. Muvi Television journalist Lloyd Kapusa was also briefly detained but released after he was found within the premises trying to cover the briefing. Those arrested are provincial youth chairperson Jeremiah Lihongo, his deputy Moto Moto, David Changamali, Mbinji Siswashwa and coordinator Ellis Mukubesa, 66. The post Police Round Up UPND Officials at their Secretariat in Mongu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Lombe Mbalashi Is An Enabler In The Binene Sabwa (Walter Bwalya) Saga

The controversy surrounding Nkana striker Walter Bwalya (also known as Heritier Binene Sabwa) is a typical example of how crooked lawyers and corrupt police officers aid and abet the commissioning of crimes in the country. On one hand is Lombe … Continued

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The controversy surrounding Nkana striker Walter Bwalya (also known as Heritier Binene Sabwa) is a typical example of how crooked lawyers and corrupt police officers aid and abet the commissioning of crimes in the country. On one hand is Lombe Mbalashi, a lawyer with ZCCM-IH though also a football administrator and on the other, Peter Witola, a police officer who served as team manager for Forest Rangers and subsequently registered Binene as Walter Bwalya when he first arrived in Zambia from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. These revelations make the unfolding events around the case involving Binene an interesting study. The genesis of the Binene saga was a complaint filed by respected football administrator Simataa Simataa when until less than four weeks ago he served as Lusaka Dynamos CEO Simataa had asked FAZ to ascertain why Binene was featuring in the league when there is no evidence of the player being issued with an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) as per standard procedure and regulations governing an international transfer. The basis: The man known as Walter Bwalya in Zambia had apparently turned up for Lubumbashi Sports as Binene Sabwa in the DR Congo Professional Football League before crossing over to Forest Rangers in Ndola, Zambia and later Kitwe to join Nkana. Lusaka Dynamos presented all the necessary documentation to support their claim. After the Dynamos complaint, it emerged Binene was actually not Zambian, but Congolese. And documentary evidence leading to this is available. Yesterday, the Zambian immigration withdrew the National Registration Card Binene claimed was the basis that proved his nationality. And he now faces arrest and possible deportation. As all this unfolds and happened, one man that should know better to avert such damaging crisis is Lombe Mbalashi, a FAZ executive committee member who served Nkana at the time Binene was arriving in Wusakile. Mbalashi is not just an ordinary FAZ ExCo member, he is a lawyer and supposedly well vest with understanding and interpreting legislation because that is what his profession entails. And before he was romped into FAZ, Mbalashi served as a Nkana ExCo for about five years during which period Binene was signed on the books of the Kitwe giants. To add some intricacy to the Binene saga, Mbalashi was and is still the Head of the FAZ Player Status Committee over these years. The committee concerns itself with issues of transfers, players disputes etc. Put simply, this Binene fiasco was birthed and has now exploded under Mbalashi’s watch. Where has this Mbalashi been in all this? How could a lawyer allow such illegality to prevail under his nose? It’s not in dispute that a lawyer’s strength is founded on his/her ability to delve into historical facts, compiling data so as to establish a position that guides society. It’s not the case in the Binene saga. A lawyer has led us into a mess. What was Lombe Mbalashi’s role when Binene joined Nkana? Did he take an interest in looking at the player’s contract? Yes, he should have taken an interest. After all he even served as Nkana secretary at some point. What were the terms of Binene’s agreement? Did Nkana engage him as a Zambian player? If so, how? Any lawyer worthy of the learned title would make preliminary inquiries. Where was this player, in this case Binene, at youth level? Any academy or clubs beyond Forest Rangers? Did Mbalashi ever ask these and many other pertinent questions regarding Binene? It looks like he did not, or he conveniently ignored the questions to render the football family on a self destructive path as the one now before us. If the man at the helm of the FAZ Player Status Committee can lamentably fail to address the Binene saga before it reached this far especially when serving both at Nkana and FAZ, what competence does he have to hold such positions? There is no way the player can be punished alone. If Binene is punished for playing in the Zambian league for three seasons without an ITC, who facilitated? Should the facilitators and enablers be let loose? No ways. Binene did not just drop from nowhere to start playing for either Forest or Nkana. There are those who allowed this foolishness to prevail. And the answers as to who enabled this is not too far from us. Mbalashi is one of the many culprits in this matter together with Witola who is now stationed in Chirundu under the Zambia Police. All the officials that have played a role in allowing Binene’s presence in the league in the absence of standard clearance should be answerable in one way or the other. These levels of incompetence can’t be tolerated in our football. It’s bizarre to learn that Binene only got a work permit way after he had played more than a season and a half in the league. Really Zambia? It’s a shame that one can claim to be a lawyer when such straight forward cases would pass through their nose unnoticed. Or maybe we are accusing Mr Lombe Mbalashi of being a lawyer when he is just legal cleric. We are ready to apologize and withdraw our reference to Mr Mbalashi as a lawyer. The FAZ secretariat has a lot of explaining to do, too. This is not a rocket science kind of equation that takes ages to establish and resolve. It must be regularized in the soonest possible time by ensuring Nkana open negotiations with Lubumbashi Sports. FAZ must also ensure that Forest Rangers refund the transfer fee they obtained from Nkana by false presence. Let Binene continue his career after normalising his status in the league. When all is said, done and resolved, this will forever remain an indictment on the credentials of Lombe Mbalashi because more than anyone else, he knows better and should have acted above board. Not this rubbish he has subjected the football family to. Anyway, this is a case of a crooked lawyer and a corrupt police officer conniving and possibly forging Binene’s NRC for their football ends. What a shame. The post Lombe Mbalashi Is An Enabler In The Binene Sabwa (Walter Bwalya) Saga appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President Lungu Heads To The Copperbelt Today

President Edgar Lungu is today expected on the Copperbelt Province for a two-day working visit. Copperbelt Provincial Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga announced yesterday that the Republican President is expected to arrive at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at 16:00 hours … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu is today expected on the Copperbelt Province for a two-day working visit. Copperbelt Provincial Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga announced yesterday that the Republican President is expected to arrive at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at 16:00 hours and proceed for a night stopover in Ndola. President Lungu will tomorrow with Christians at Twapia UCZ Church before proceeding to Dola Hill for the ground breaking ceremony of the New Copperbelt International Airport. The President is later in the day expected to travel to Chingola for yet another groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of 400 township roads on the Copperbelt Province. Kamanga said the President will depart the Province for Lusaka soon after the ground breaking ceremony in Chingola. The post President Lungu Heads To The Copperbelt Today appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Letter: Four Months With No Pay At Copperbelt Solid Waste Management

Dear Editor Please let the powers that be quickly intervene on the happening at Copperbelt Solid Waste Management. Workers have gone for 4 months without salaries. The Managing Director is not concerned because he is busy abusing the little resources … Continued

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Dear Editor Please let the powers that be quickly intervene on the happening at Copperbelt Solid Waste Management. Workers have gone for 4 months without salaries. The Managing Director is not concerned because he is busy abusing the little resources available. He tells people that he doesn’t care whether people get paid or not. At one time hired a vehicle which the company paid K23, 000 for only 10 days yet the workers are not paid. We hear that he has kept some money to pay himself if they don’t renew his contract which expired on 31st May. He gets advances every week which is not recovered. We are worried the company is going to close and some of us have nowhere to go, we are going to suffer. Please let the powers that be help us before we die Withhold identity The post Letter: Four Months With No Pay At Copperbelt Solid Waste Management appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Be Factual, Nakachinda Tells Antonio Mwanza, Other Politicians

MMD National Secretary Raphael Nakacinda has advised fellow politicians to be factual and stop ridiculing institutions of governance for political expedience. Nakacinda, who was responding to a question relating to the statement issued by FDD Deputy National Secretary Antonio Mwanza … Continued

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MMD National Secretary Raphael Nakacinda has advised fellow politicians to be factual and stop ridiculing institutions of governance for political expedience. Nakacinda, who was responding to a question relating to the statement issued by FDD Deputy National Secretary Antonio Mwanza for accusing MPs of stealing from Zambians with their emoluments when he featured on Pan African radio, said it was important to be factual so as not to bring institutions of governance to ridicule. He said there is need to balance politics with facts. “When we are dealing with matters that have to do with our institutions of governance such as the judiciary, parliament and even the executive you need to be factual because you do not want to bring these institutions into ridicule just for political expedience as it will undermine the integrity of these institutions. “I think Antonio Mwanza was a little bit overzealous when he played to the gallery and started throwing out figures that he had not verified. I think that he over stretched the norminal figures. He needs to balance his politicking with facts,” he said. He lamented the lack of seriousness by Zambians when discussing national issues saying it has become a cancer that needs to be amputated. “We need as Zambians to be more serious on how we debate these issues. I think this is becoming a cancer across the board, as politicians we are invited to radio for example, we start to pop out whatever views some of which are misplaced, some of it is total misinformation. “People are saying things they have not researched, worse still when you open the phone line some people will call without even listening to what we are discussing just because they want to hear themselves speak on radio,” he said. The post Be Factual, Nakachinda Tells Antonio Mwanza, Other Politicians appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Sacu Summit to Talk Industrialisation

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Regional trade and industrialisation will form part of discussions at the 5th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit to be attended by President Jacob Zuma.

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Regional trade and industrialisation will form part of discussions at the 5th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit to be attended by President Jacob Zuma.

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Armed Robbery Suspect Nabbed By EIS Cluster

[SAPS] Yesterday, 21 June 2017, an Ethekwini Inner South Cluster Intelligence driven operation, together with Rapid Rail Police Unit apprehended a 35 year-old suspect who was found in possession of an illegal firearm. The team swiftly searched the Ntuz…

[SAPS] Yesterday, 21 June 2017, an Ethekwini Inner South Cluster Intelligence driven operation, together with Rapid Rail Police Unit apprehended a 35 year-old suspect who was found in possession of an illegal firearm. The team swiftly searched the Ntuzuma area, after receiving information from a reliable source that the suspect was in possession of an illegal firearm and for his involvement in armed robberies in Malvern and surrounding areas. The suspect was arrested and the team seized a 9mm Glock with the seria

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‘I Did Not Kill Karabo Mokoena’ – Murder Accused

[News24Wire] Alleged murderer Sandile Mantsoe has denied allegations made by the investigating officer that he had admitted to killing his ex-lover Karabo Mokoena, saying that he had been coerced into writing a statement by a female officer who threate…

[News24Wire] Alleged murderer Sandile Mantsoe has denied allegations made by the investigating officer that he had admitted to killing his ex-lover Karabo Mokoena, saying that he had been coerced into writing a statement by a female officer who threatened him.

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