I Was Duped Into Believing My Lawyers Were Present For Luanshya Court Session, says Hichilema

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema says he was duped into believing he had legal representation for today’s court session in Luanshya. There was speculation Hichilema had been taken to unknown place only to appear in Luanshya attending a court session for … Continued

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Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema says he was duped into believing he had legal representation for today’s court session in Luanshya. There was speculation Hichilema had been taken to unknown place only to appear in Luanshya attending a court session for unlawful assembly. Hichilema says he was picked from his cell at Mukobeko Prison around 06:00 AM for the Luanshya court session. When he inquired about legal representation State Police told him they were outside waiting to accompany him to court. BELOW IS HICHILEMA’S WRITE UP THIS EVENING Good evening fellow countrymen and women, It is my sincere hope that you all are doing fine out there. I wish to thank you all for your growing concern and prayers over my health and treatment during this period. May I also take this opportunity to confirm that indeed this morning I was picked from Mukobeko Maximum prison in Kabwe, Central, Zambia around 06:00hrs to Luanshya Magistrate court on the Copperbelt to attend a court case in which I am charged with unlawful assembly and seditious practices. I wish to state here that I was picked alone in the midst of the state officers who drove me to Luanshya and back to Mukobeko, I understand this made it difficult for my family, party members and friends to know my whereabouts or indeed my wellbeing. I did appear in Luanshya Magistrate court for a case of unlawful assembly and it has since been adjourned to 28th August, 2017. However, I understand that you were all wondering about my whereabouts, well! just to also let you know that the State Officers picked me, alone, early in the morning from the cell room. I queried on the whereabouts of my legal team but I was duped that they were outside the Prison cells awaiting for me to come out so they can accompany me to Luanshya for a court case. When I came out of the prison, I just discovered that my lawyers were not even present and available to accompany me to Luanshya contrary to what I was told inside the prison cell. I then realised that I was going to be moved without my lawyers or anyone close by. I have now been re-joined with my fellow 5 co- accused in the treason case and now at Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe’s Central Zambia. And yes, I understand your anxieties and emotions about what is happening in our country, just like you, I am also concerned. I am concerned even on how people are living both in here and out there, and really this is an opportunity for me to even identify better solutions on how our country can fight poverty, reclaim our democracy and our freedoms. We must as a country stand firm and lead the way to good governance, democracy and development. We must as a nation join hands and stand together for the good of our country, just like we united to end one party state in the country. At this stage, yes, just like everyone else out there, my life is in danger, in danger because just like you, my rights to health check ups are restricted and am sure even our people in Kashinakazhi, Mbangomba, Chilubi Island, Sikongo, and several other places may have no access to better health care. I sympathise with them and can only assure them that we are not far from eradicating poverty. Our vision has always been that of channeling the scare state resources to sectors such as health, education, agriculture, and not political persecutions. Fellow citizens, when in such times, always say to yourself this biblical quote: “He who is in me, is greater than the one outside”. God bless you all, God bless our country. Hakainde Hichilema. UPND PRESIDENT. The post I Was Duped Into Believing My Lawyers Were Present For Luanshya Court Session, says Hichilema appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Antonio Mwanza: Is History Repeating Itself?

Before our very eyes, history is repeating itself. The question is, will we ever learn? Those who have eyes let them see, those who have ears, let them hear. 18th August, 1997 At a press briefing later in the day, … Continued

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Before our very eyes, history is repeating itself. The question is, will we ever learn? Those who have eyes let them see, those who have ears, let them hear. 18th August, 1997 At a press briefing later in the day, State House spokesman Richard Sakala said that government’s initial investigations into the fires and acts of violence indicated that these were caused by UNIP. Government spokesman David Mpamba also said that the fires and the violence were the work of the opposition parties. Sakala said that some of the youths who had marched to State House to protest the burning of the stalls later regrouped at Freedom House, the UNIP headquarters. Sakala also said the probe would soon be completed and the culprits brought to trial. UNIP president Kenneth Kaunda denies that his party was responsible for the fires and charges that they were in fact started by the government. He claims that the fires were deliberately started by the government to cause confusion in the country and provide the government with an excuse for declaring a State of Emergency and to ban UNIP. Some members of the ruling MMD have called on President Chiluba to declare a State of Emergency amid growing speculation that there could be a dusk to dawn curfew imposed on Lusaka. Antonio Mwanza. The post Antonio Mwanza: Is History Repeating Itself? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Letter: Zambia’s Future Is Bleak

Dear editor, I see the future so dark about Zambia, I see innocent people suffering more especially women, children, people with disability and old ones. Let’s forgive each other and [I] call upon God to maintain piece. You know love … Continued

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Dear editor, I see the future so dark about Zambia, I see innocent people suffering more especially women, children, people with disability and old ones. Let’s forgive each other and [I] call upon God to maintain piece. You know love is the only capable force to transform an enemy into a friend, so forgive and forget for a better Zambia. MC The post Letter: Zambia’s Future Is Bleak appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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SAPS Officer Fatally Wounded During Robbery in Diepkloof

[SAPS] Last night, 12 July 2017 about 19h40, reservist Constable Collins Maluleke and his colleague, Const (f) Masipa from Diepkloof SAPS were doing foot-patrol at Diepkloof taxi rank. They responded on foot when they received a complaint of a business…

[SAPS] Last night, 12 July 2017 about 19h40, reservist Constable Collins Maluleke and his colleague, Const (f) Masipa from Diepkloof SAPS were doing foot-patrol at Diepkloof taxi rank. They responded on foot when they received a complaint of a business robbery at Salaam Supermarket at the rank. When approaching the address, the suspects started firing at the members. Reservist Constable Collins Maluleke was shot in the chest and rushed to the hospital where he was declared deceased.

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Minister Ayanda Dlodlo – Rainbow Push Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 46th Annual Convention

[Govt of SA] Address by the Minister of Communications, Honourable Ayanda Dlodlo at the Rainbow Push Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 46th Annual International Convention during the Global and Africa Diaspora Investment Forum

[Govt of SA] Address by the Minister of Communications, Honourable Ayanda Dlodlo at the Rainbow Push Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 46th Annual International Convention during the Global and Africa Diaspora Investment Forum

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Mandrax Tablets Worth R4 Million Seized, Two Suspects Arrested

[SAPS] The fight against drug trafficking gained success when members of Hartbeespoortdam Visible Policing apprehended three male suspects aged between 25 and 56 for possession of drugs at about 19:00 on Wednesday, 12 July 2017.

[SAPS] The fight against drug trafficking gained success when members of Hartbeespoortdam Visible Policing apprehended three male suspects aged between 25 and 56 for possession of drugs at about 19:00 on Wednesday, 12 July 2017.

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Incarcerated Hichilema Appears in Luanshya Court

Incarcerated UPND vice president was ferried to the Luanshya Magistrate Court in another of the numerous court appearances he is making routinely. Hichilema who on Wednesday was couriered from the Lusaka Central Prison to Mukobeko Magistrate Court was appearing in … Continued

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Incarcerated UPND vice president was ferried to the Luanshya Magistrate Court in another of the numerous court appearances he is making routinely. Hichilema who on Wednesday was couriered from the Lusaka Central Prison to Mukobeko Magistrate Court was appearing in the case where he is charged alongside his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba for unlawful assembly. The prosecution team has applied for an adjournment as the lead advocate in the matter is in Lusaka attending to another matter. Magistrate John Mbuzi adjourned the matter to a later date. Hichilema’s co-accused GBM was not in court. The UPND leader has been in jail from April 10 on a charge of treason and has spent time at Chimbokaila and Mukobeko Maximum Prison. Hichilema is expected to be taken back to Mukobeko where he is will await for his next day in court. The post Incarcerated Hichilema Appears in Luanshya Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Do Not Break The Law But Speak Up – Laura Miti

Social commentator Laura Miti has penned her thoughts on the political comedy in Zambia submitting that President Edgar Lungu had always been cut out to be a dictator. Miti, who is based in South Africa and a former columnist in … Continued

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Social commentator Laura Miti has penned her thoughts on the political comedy in Zambia submitting that President Edgar Lungu had always been cut out to be a dictator. Miti, who is based in South Africa and a former columnist in the closed Post Newspapers, calls on Zambians to legally challenge the emerging dictatorial traits in President Lungu. BELOW IS HER FULL POSTING: There was never a time when it looked like Candidate Edgar Lungu would be a good President. It was always clear that our democratic, economic and social gains would all regress under him. But somehow, we bought into the twaddle of a humble President blah blah. PF being the first to allow his bizarre rise to office. Then they shielded him from any real interaction with the public that would allow citizens to see the vacuum at the centre of man’s candidature. Well here we are now. Not too many citizens could have imagined Zambia so divided, so violent, Ministers that promise to murder citizens, words like terror bandied around with no care for what they mean. It is up to citizens now to decide which Zambia they want? Do they want this new Zambia to stay? It will not only stay but get worse if we allow this President, these Ministers to continue to have their way with absolutely no citizen checks. This is not the time to retreat in fear. Do not break the law but speak up. Make it clear to power holders the Zambia you want. They serve at your pleasure. The post Do Not Break The Law But Speak Up – Laura Miti appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Former ANC MP Claims President Harassed Her

[News24Wire] Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has alleged in a new book that President Jacob Zuma made inappropriate sexual advances on her while he was deputy president of the country.

[News24Wire] Former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor has alleged in a new book that President Jacob Zuma made inappropriate sexual advances on her while he was deputy president of the country.

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