Cabinet to Degazette Eight Forest Reserves

[Monitor] Parliament -Should Parliament carry a proposal by eight urban councils through the Ministry of Water and Environment, eight forest reserves will by May 2017 be degazetted.

[Monitor] Parliament -Should Parliament carry a proposal by eight urban councils through the Ministry of Water and Environment, eight forest reserves will by May 2017 be degazetted.

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Police Must Hear Ecweru On FDC Food Distribution

[Monitor] This paper on Thursday reported that the state minister for Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Refugees condemned the Uganda Police Force for blocking Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party officials from distributing food relief to hunger-s…

[Monitor] This paper on Thursday reported that the state minister for Disaster Preparedness, Relief, and Refugees condemned the Uganda Police Force for blocking Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party officials from distributing food relief to hunger-stricken residents in Toroma County, Katakwi District.

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Why Egypt Should Join the Consensus On Shared Use of Nile Waters

[Monitor] There are eleven countries that have a legitimate claim to the waters of River Nile, namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. The first nine are the riparian countries, which …

[Monitor] There are eleven countries that have a legitimate claim to the waters of River Nile, namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. The first nine are the riparian countries, which generate the waters flowing along this ancient river, whose source for thousands of years remained a mystery. The Sudan and Egypt are the countries that benefit most from the Nile.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

US, EU Condemn Hichilema Arrest, Treason Charge

The United States government and its European Union partners have condemned the incarceration of opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. Hichilema was arrested after a midnight raid at his residence on Monday. He has since been charged with treason and four … Continued

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The United States government and its European Union partners have condemned the incarceration of opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. Hichilema was arrested after a midnight raid at his residence on Monday. He has since been charged with treason and four other crimes in the wake of a road incident in which his convoy allegedly blocked a presidential motorcade during the Kuomboka traditional ceremony in Mongu last week. International partners have condemned the arrest. The US Embassy in Lusaka has also called for dialogue between the government and the UPND following the April 8 clash between the two parties. The Embassy says it remains concerned about the heightened tensions between the two parties after the April 10 raid of the opposition leader’s residence. BELOW IS THE US STATEMENT EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Affairs Officer April 13, 2017 Phone: 357000 United States Remains Concerned Over Heightened Political Tension The U.S. Embassy remains concerned over heightened political tension in Zambia, specifically noting the April 10 police raid of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s Lusaka residence and his subsequent arrest for treason. Recent events underscore the need for peaceful dialogue between the opposition and ruling party on matters of national concern. The U.S. government urges all actors to exercise restraint in addressing differences, to respect the rule of law and electoral proceedings, and to follow the due process Zambians expect from a country with a reputation for political pluralism and peaceful conflict resolution. The post US, EU Condemn Hichilema Arrest, Treason Charge appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hubby Killer, Precious Longwe, Jailed

LUSAKA High Court judge Sharon Newa has convicted and sentenced former BancABC employee Precious Longwe to death by hanging for shooting dead her husband Akakanda Lubinda Liteebele last May. And Precious, 31, appeared not to be moved by the verdict … Continued

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LUSAKA High Court judge Sharon Newa has convicted and sentenced former BancABC employee Precious Longwe to death by hanging for shooting dead her husband Akakanda Lubinda Liteebele last May. And Precious, 31, appeared not to be moved by the verdict as she looked composed even after the judge slapped a death sentence on her. She did not shed a tear as most female murder suspects do when convicted. However, her relatives wailed after the judge handed down the sentence. In her judgment delivered Thursday April 13, judge Newa found Precious guilty of murder saying she had no excuse to put up because she killed her husband in cold blood. Precious had denied the charge in her plea but 12 prosecution witnesses testified against her. And judge Newa said the convict had intention to kill as could be seen from the text message that she sent to him following a dispute on the material day, which read: “Anyway, you will pay for this Lubinda!!!†Judge Newa dismissed Longwe’s defence that the gun the couple were struggling for fired on its own. She said it was clear from the evidence by the ballistic expert that the type of the gun that was used in the shooting was a semi-automatic weapon, which could not fire without being triggered. “She was not in eminent danger of being shot. If there was indeed struggle for the gun, the pictures should have shown and there is no evidence to show that the deceased had intention to kill; he could have been in the sitting room watching television out of frustration,†she said. On the issue of provocation, judge Newa said the messages that the deceased sent to Longwe were not provocative. She also said the evidence by the defence that the accused was intoxicated failed. Judge Newa established that there was no evidence to show the amount of alcohol that Precious took that night. She said Precious recounted everything that happened on the material day as she managed to check on the baby when she returned home and that she also recognised her brother in-law’s vehicle parked in the yard. “There is no evidence to show that the accused was drunk to an extent of staggering, or failing to respond to questions while she was with friends,†judge Newa observed. She further established that the couple led a life of partying and drinking. Judge Newa said gender based violence should not be tolerated but that in this case, there was insufficient evidence to show that the violence by the deceased in the past culminated in the shooting. Precious’ lawyer Orsbone Ngoma in mitigation asked the judge to consider the alcohol factor that led to the murder but judge Newa ruled out the mitigation saying there was no excuse. In her defence, Longwe told the court her husband was shot accidentally in the struggle for the gun. She said the gun fired without her pulling the trigger because it was not her intention to kill her husband. Precious also told the court her husband was a violent man who beat her most of the time they had an argument. In her written submissions, Precious stated that she was provoked by the messages that her husband sent to her after he left Chez Ntemba night club where he said he had called her parents to inform them that she had refused to go home. Source: The Mast The post Hubby Killer, Precious Longwe, Jailed appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Govt Pledge Early Distribution Of Farming Inputs

GOVERNMENT will start distributing inputs for the 2017-2018 farming season under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) from June this year. Speaking to Lusaka Times Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Julius Shawa said in an interview yesterday that Government has … Continued

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GOVERNMENT will start distributing inputs for the 2017-2018 farming season under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) from June this year. Speaking to Lusaka Times Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Julius Shawa said in an interview yesterday that Government has already started initial preparations for tendering and procurement process of the farming inputs. Shawa said farmers are likely to start receiving farm inputs as early as June immediately after the procurement process is completed. “We have been tasked to ensure that we distribute farm inputs to the farmers as early as June, so we have started the preparations,†he said. Shawa said the early distribution of farm inputs will greatly enhance productivity in the agriculture sector as farmers will be able to plant their seed immediately the rainy season starts. He also said Government is putting in place modalities which will enable farmers using the electronic voucher system (e-voucher) to have their cards activated quickly. Last year, many farmers faced challenges in accessing farm inputs from agro-dealers due to the delay in activating the e-voucher cards. Shawa also appealed to farmers to start preparing for the 2017-2018 farming season by saving adequate funds for procurement of farm inputs. He said with the crop marketing exercise kicking off next month, farmers should be able to sell their produce to the Food Reserve Agency and start planning for this year’s farming season. “Farmers should not only depend on Government for the supply of inputs, they should also start preparing for this year’s farming season. They can do this by saving their earnings to buy inputs for the coming farming season,†Shawa said. The post Govt Pledge Early Distribution Of Farming Inputs appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu In Northern Province; Says He Will Not Interfere With Hichilema Case

President Edgar Lungu has re-affirmed that he will not intervene in the treason charge of opposition United Party for National Development president Hakainde Hichilema. The Head of State was speaking to journalists before departure for Northern Province on a three … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has re-affirmed that he will not intervene in the treason charge of opposition United Party for National Development president Hakainde Hichilema. The Head of State was speaking to journalists before departure for Northern Province on a three day working visit. President Lungu said Hichilema’s treason case will be dealt with according to the law. He said the people that arrested Hichilema will be left to do their jobs without his interference. Hichilema has been charged with treason and six other offences following the incident in Mongu on Saturday where he refused to give way to the Presidential motorcade. On Monday night police raided Hichilema’s house and arrested him around 11:00 hours on Tuesday and have been holding him at Lilayi Police Training College. On Wednesday Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja confirmed that Hichilema had been charged with treason and also failure to obey lawful orders among other charges. “Let’s allow each other space to do that which we have been assigned in our calling. As the President, I know my job and these people also as law enforcement authority they know their job, even lawyers know their job,†said President Lungu. “People calling upon me to intervene in the operations of the police, we don’t do that in a civilised state. The rule of law demands that the law is above all of us so those who are calling upon me to intervene or interfere in areas which are not under my control, I will not do so. Let us respect each other’s roles.†He added: “There’s the Legislature, the Executive, the Judiciary, President, Police Inspector General, all of us have got roles. Why do they want me to have all the power which I don’t have? I don’t have power.†Hichilema has since applied for a writ habeas corpus seeking that the law enforcement officers bring her before the courts of law. His writ of habeas corpus hearing has been adjourned to next Tuesday leaving him to spend the Easter weekend behind bars. The maximum punishment for treason is the death sentence. Meanwhile, President Lungu stepped out of the politically charged Lusaka to get down working in Northern Province. The Head of State is in Northern Province on a three day working visit as he touches base with development projects in the country. President will pay homage to paramount Chief Chitimukulu and hold a number of rallies in Kasama, Mungwi and Mporokoso. The post Pres. Lungu In Northern Province; Says He Will Not Interfere With Hichilema Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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FAZ Bans Nkana’s Walter Bwalya

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Disciplinary Committee has handed Nkana striker Walter Bwalya a three match ban for misconduct during the Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu Charity Shield final which his club lost 2-0 to Zesco United played on April 2, … Continued

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The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Disciplinary Committee has handed Nkana striker Walter Bwalya a three match ban for misconduct during the Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu Charity Shield final which his club lost 2-0 to Zesco United played on April 2, 2017. Bwalya was caught on camera shoving referee Wellington Kaoma with his side down 1-0. The 2016 MTN/FAZ top scorer pleaded guilty on all counts that include attacking a match official, threatening a match official and contesting a referee’s decisions. The Joseph Jalasi chaired committee also fined Bwalya with a K2, 200 for his conduct. “The Joseph Jalasi led disciplinary committee has further fined Bwalya K2,200 for his unprofessional conduct during the game. Bwalya is expected to pay the fine within 14 days of the verdict,†said FAZ Communications Manager Desmond Katongo in a statement. Bwalya appeared before the committee at Football House and readily admitted to his conduct. The ban will rule Bwalya out of this Friday’s MTN/FAZ Super Division week two fixture match against Nchanga Rangers and games involving Napsa Stars and Zesco United in week three and four respectively. Bwalya scooped the top scorer award after banging 24 goals for his club last season. He was on target in the semi final of the Charity shield that his side won 3-0 over Zanaco on March 31 at Arthur Davies Stadium. Nkana have a point from their opening fixture on match day one after being held 1-all by Nakambala Leopards. The post FAZ Bans Nkana’s Walter Bwalya appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: Hichilema’s Days In Jail May Be Longer Than Anticipated

Incarcerated opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema should brace himself for a long and hard road ahead. It is very clear that he will not be emerging from the bowels of incarceration anytime soon. The police have made their stand very … Continued

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Incarcerated opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema should brace himself for a long and hard road ahead. It is very clear that he will not be emerging from the bowels of incarceration anytime soon. The police have made their stand very clear that they will go through with their charge of treason which is non-bailable. There could be no consolation looking at the long list of distinguished citizens that have previously suffered the indignity of incarceration under the charge of treason. The state is unlikely to back down given that more distinguished citizens have been thrown in the dungeon without giving as much as the butt of an eye lid. We mention a few here like Valentine Musakanya, a former Secretary to the Cabinet and Bank of Zambia who battled his innocence for 10 years after being linked to the 1980 coup d’état. Musakanya pleaded his innocence and was eventually acquitted after a long and arduous court process. Fast forward to the Frederick Chiluba regime that also shunted distinguished citizens like Dean Namulya Mung’omba then leader of the Zambia Democratic Congress, Inonge Wina and the biggest of them all Dr Kenneth Kaunda who was infamously thrown in jail on Christmas Day. Former President Michael Sata was also to do 40 days in Chimbokaila after President Levy Mwanawasa fixed him with a non-bailable motor vehicle theft. No amount of lobbying and protests made the system budge until Sata was acquitted. It is very clear that Hichilema may be in jail for the long haul as even the court process in Zambia takes an arduously slow process. This is something that Hichilema may have already come across during his legal battles in the court challenge for the election of President Edgar Lungu. Even the writ of habeas corpus that he is seeking to invoke in the courts of law may just turn out to be an academic exercise. The post Opinion: Hichilema’s Days In Jail May Be Longer Than Anticipated appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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