Chikumbutso Mtumodzi Arrested, Hospitalised

[Nyasa Times] Activist Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, a former spokesman of late president Bingu wa Mutharika, has been arrested on allegations that he was inciting venderos to revolt against government.

[Nyasa Times] Activist Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, a former spokesman of late president Bingu wa Mutharika, has been arrested on allegations that he was inciting venderos to revolt against government.

source: AllAfrica News: Malawi

Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc in Mchinji

[Malawi News Agency] Mchinji -Heavy rains which resulted in into flush floods washed away crops and destroyed houses in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlonyeni in Mchinji Monday.

[Malawi News Agency] Mchinji -Heavy rains which resulted in into flush floods washed away crops and destroyed houses in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlonyeni in Mchinji Monday.

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P140 Million for EVM Project

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr Eric Molale has told Parliament that the budget estimate for the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) project is P140 million.

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Mr Eric Molale has told Parliament that the budget estimate for the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) project is P140 million.

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PF Officials Calls LAZ Hypocrites

PF official Sunday Chanda has branded the organisation hypocrites charging it was politically inclined to champion opposition UPND agenda. BELOW IS CHANDA’S STATEMENT LAZ MUST QUIT ITS HYPOCRISY GAME – SUNDAY CHANDA, PF MEDIA COMMITTEE MEMBER Lusaka, Zambia, 30th November … Continued

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PF official Sunday Chanda has branded the organisation hypocrites charging it was politically inclined to champion opposition UPND agenda. BELOW IS CHANDA’S STATEMENT LAZ MUST QUIT ITS HYPOCRISY GAME – SUNDAY CHANDA, PF MEDIA COMMITTEE MEMBER Lusaka, Zambia, 30th November 2016 – The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) opposition inclined leadership has once again shown that it will clutch at every straw to openly show contempt towards President Edgar Chagwa Lungu and anyone deemed to be close to him. This is one sad clear pattern we have noticed ever since President Lungu convincingly won the heavily contested August 11 polls were the man they overtly support Mr Hakainde Hichilema of UPND tumbled for what appeared like the umpteenth time. We feel the pain of LAZ, especially that of its greenhorn leader Ms Linda Kasonde. We understand LAZ’s shared contempt and bitterness with Mr Hichilema and the UPND after the devastating loss as they continue to lick their wounds but there is something we do not want to allow to continue. We do not want LAZ and UPND to continue misleading the nation that there is a neutral call for justice and accountability, of President Lungu and those that work for him such as Mr Amos Chanda, his spokesman. It is unfair for LAZ and UPND to intimate that President Lungu is directly or remotely interfering with the judiciary in Zambia when history is replete with numerous incidents of President Lungu, a friend of the bench abiding with the law even when he could have arm-twisted matters ex officio. Below are some explicit examples that demonstrate President Lungu’s respect for the law of the land. • When President Michael Chilufya Sata died on 28th October 2014 (MHSRIP), a scheme by those close to LAZ was hatched to grab power from acting President Lungu. Instead of fighting the hostile take-over and create two centres of power, President Lungu gave up power in order to maintain law and order • At party level when the party was divided on the mode of adopting a candidate to replace President Sata as the PF leader with the majority wanting President Lungu to take over, the Head of State still chose the hard route of going to a national convention that needed to be attended by no less than 4000 delegates from all ten provinces of Zambia • When he did not need to after his first popular election of January 2015, President Lungu went ahead and signed a constitution that did not favour him by including the much-dreaded 50 percent plus one vote, albeit through his immense popularity, defied critics and beat the LAZ and Mast (formerly The Post) supported Hichilema hands down again. • After he won the popular vote with an extra 100,000 votes to spare and got declared winner by the influential Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) on 15th August 2016, President Lungu did not assume office despite direct and indirect intimations for him to assume office. This was in the back drop of receiving an unprecedented flow of international endorsements emanating from Washington, Beijing, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace and the local church to mention but a few that felt the election was fairly won by President Lungu. • President Lungu waited until the day the Constitution Court returned with a decision that echoed that of the ECZ chief Judge Esau Chulu. Only then did he agree to be sworn in as Sixth President of Zambia on 13th September 2016. All this time, Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Mwamba had refused to accept the legally declared results, casting aspersions on the Judge Chulu led ECZ and the entire international community. President Lungu sucked it all in and now barely one hundred days after he assumed office, his Spokesman says the judiciary is not above reproach just like everyone else in Zambia, including President Lungu who was taken to the Concourt, the UPND backed LAZ flags are flying relentlessly, airing the LAZ presser live on their page and baying for Mr Chanda’s blood, whom by extension they associate with President Lungu and we feel it is not fair. What is fair in our view is that Ms Kasonde, UPND and the questionable Mast must come out in the open and state that they are one political front bent on one thing—the opposition of President Lungu. We have said in the past that we wonder “where Ms Kasonde was the day they taught law in law school†given her open lack of depth and impartiality in dealing with issues and we are going to say it again. Except this time we are going to add regarding Ms Kasonde that, “there is nothing more dangerous in a game of political chess than a pawn that thinks it’s a Queen.†Ms Kasonde, Mr Hichilema, UPND and The Mast, collectively and or individually, please wake up and smell the coffee—President Lungu is the President of Zambia, legally elected, legally, sworn in and legally in State House. You have another five bitter years to wait. Where was Ms Kasonde and LAZ when Mr. Hichilema attacked Judges Anne Sitali, Pallan Mulonda and Mungeni Mulenga whom he likened to the biblical Judas Iscariot who betrayed a cause for pieces of silver? Where was LAZ when the UPND leader insulted the Judiciary with such impunity that every reasonable Zambian thought he would be cited for contempt of Court! Zambians recall that on 10th September 2016, UPND leader Mr. Hichilema charged that constitutional court judges were paid huge amounts of money to deliberately lapse the UPND petition to nullify the re-election of President Edgar Lungu in the 11th August general elections. Why did LAZ keep quite unless they clapped and nodded in approval of Mr. Hichilema’s lies and insults targeted at the Judiciary! On the date, Mr. Hichilema described the Constitutional Court judges as thugs and criminals who, according to him, had raped the Constitution and were therefore not worth the gowns they wore as they lacked integrity and impartiality. Where were Ms. Linda Kasonde and her LAZ to condemn these insults and label them as contemptuous?! This is the hypocrisy we must question and LAZ must come out clean. LAZ especially under Ms Kasonde is not above public criticism over its conduct. Lastly, we challenge LAZ to tell Zambians why Ms. Kasonde’s Press Conference was being streamed Live on Mr. Hakainde Hichilema’s Facebook Page. Could it be that Mr. Hichilema was privy to Ms. Kasonde’s statement? Could it be that LAZ is in liaison with the UPND? Issued By: MR. SUNDAY CHILUFYA CHANDA PF MEDIA COMMITTEE MEMBER The post PF Officials Calls LAZ Hypocrites appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Zanaco Win Title…as Zesco Edge Napsa Stars To Keep Fight for 2nd Slot Alive

Zanaco Football Club claimed their seventh league title with a 1-0 win over Lumwana Radiants in a rescheduled Week 27 fixture. International Isaac Chansa won it for the bankers in the 63rd minute when smashed home a wonder strike into … Continued

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Zanaco Football Club claimed their seventh league title with a 1-0 win over Lumwana Radiants in a rescheduled Week 27 fixture. International Isaac Chansa won it for the bankers in the 63rd minute when smashed home a wonder strike into the roof of the net to lift Zanaco to 75 points. Second placed Nkana can only hope to reach 70 points with one game remaining while Zesco United can still leapfrog if they win their remaining matches which could take them to 72 points. Zanaco last won the league in 2012 under the tutelage of Keagan Mumba. Youthful Zanaco coach Numba Mumamba joins the elite club of coaches to have won the crown both as a player and also coach. The bankers have confirmed their ticket in CAF Champions League while second position is yet to be decided. Elsewhere Zesco United picked up from where they left on Saturday with Barclays Cup glory with a 1-0 win over Napsa Stars. Kondwani Mtonga headed home in the 73rd minute to keep their spirited chase for second place in sight while at Godfrey Chitalu Stadium Kabwe Warriors and Power Dynamos settled for a barren draw. The post IT’S OFFICIAL: Zanaco Win Title…as Zesco Edge Napsa Stars To Keep Fight for 2nd Slot Alive appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hubby Killer’s Trial Delays

Murder accused Precious Longwe had another vain trip at court this morning with another of her cases over alleged theft of K200, 000 failing to take off. Longwe who gained national notoriety with her alleged murder of her husband Lubinda … Continued

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Murder accused Precious Longwe had another vain trip at court this morning with another of her cases over alleged theft of K200, 000 failing to take off. Longwe who gained national notoriety with her alleged murder of her husband Lubinda Litebele whom she shot five times, appeared in the theft case where as a Customer Relations Officer at Banc ABC she allegedly stole K200, 000. When the matter came up before Magistrate Thandose Chabala the prosecution did not present witnesses before the court forcing the adjournment of the matter. Magistrate Chabala adjourned the matter to December 20 advising the State to present witnesses at the next sitting when trial is expected to commence. The post Hubby Killer’s Trial Delays appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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LAZ Weigh In On Amos Chanda’s Remarks On Judiciary

The legal maelstrom stirred by Special Assistant to President Edgar Lungu, Amos Chanda on the judiciary has got the belated attention of the Law Association of Zambia that has sprung to the defence of the judiciary. On Sunday during ZNBC’s … Continued

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The legal maelstrom stirred by Special Assistant to President Edgar Lungu, Amos Chanda on the judiciary has got the belated attention of the Law Association of Zambia that has sprung to the defence of the judiciary. On Sunday during ZNBC’s Sunday Interview program, Chanda warned the judiciary against making it appear that they were available to fight political. Chanda also said that the judiciary should not behave like they were in another planet making them make judgments out of tune with the demands of societal justice. He said that the judiciary should not push the executive to advocate for reforms the “Kenya Styleâ€. On return from a State visit in Zambia President Edgar Lungu walked into the storm directing ZNBC to re-run the interview on Thursday after the 19:00 hours main news so that he forms an informed judgment. The Head of State said that he did not expect his spokesperson to issue statements that were not a reflection of his views. “I respect the judiciary, if I did not I would not have sat down in State House and wait for them to adjudicate after elections. I didn’t and I do not think Amos would go and do different because Amos is my Spokesperson and he understands my sentiments about the judiciary,†President Lungu said. “Probably we just want to politicise whatever he said. So I say let’s tune in on Thursday after the news and we listen to what he said then we debate. You know why I am saying this, Zambians depend on hearsay, opinion and want to run with what others think so I am saying let’s listen to what Amos said then we can debate,†he added. “I have heard Amos, Amos, and I was talking to him and he says he did not say anything to warrant that so if you tell me what exactly he said then I can answer, what did he say that offended the judges,†he said. Last week the judiciary took centre stage with various rulings over parliamentary seats claiming the scalps of two sitting ministers along the way. LAZ President Linda Kasonde told a media briefing that the sentiments by Chanda seemed to be an attempt to intimidate the judiciary. “The comments by Mr Chanda appear to suggest that any judgment against a Member of Parliament from the ruling party is not in the interest of justice. The statement went further to suggest that there will be repercussions against any judge that rules against a ruling party Member of Parliament,†Kasonde said. “These comments are extremely unfortunate in view of the fact that many of the election petitions have gone on appeal to higher courts and are therefore subjudice. The comments appear to have been made in an attempt to influence the appeal courts in these matters.†She added: “This creates two concerns; the first is that Mr Chanda’s views are the views of the Head of State, who is the Head of the Executive arm of government and the appointing authority of all judicial officers. In a properly functioning democracy the doctrine of separation of powers demands that the executive and the legislature do not interfere in the work of the judiciaryâ€. The post LAZ Weigh In On Amos Chanda’s Remarks On Judiciary appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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