Cost Of Living Drops By K40 In Zambia – Catholic Agency

JESUIT Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has disclosed that the cost of living for a family of five in Lusaka has reduced by more than K40 due to a general decline in food prices. Announcing the latest JCTR “Basic Needs … Continued

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JESUIT Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has disclosed that the cost of living for a family of five in Lusaka has reduced by more than K40 due to a general decline in food prices. Announcing the latest JCTR “Basic Needs Basket†(BNB), which normally takes into account the cost of living for a family of five across 15 major urban towns in the country, the cost of living for a family of five in Lusaka was recorded as K4,973.03 in April, 2017, down from more than K5,000 in March. This is on account of reduced food and non-food prices. “The April 2017 JCTR Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for a family of five living in Lusaka stood at K4,973.03, reflecting a K44.06 decrease from the March 2017 BNB of K5,017.09. The reduction in the April BNB is attributed to reduction in the cost of some food items such as beans which reduced from K40.1 to K30 per kg,†JCTR media and information officer Tendai Posiana states in a press statement. The reduction in food items is attributed to increased food supply as the harvest season begins. However, according to the BNB, data shows an increase in the price of kapenta from K181.05 per kg in March to K208.17 per kg in April, mainly attributable to the scarcity of the commodity due to depletion of species, while demand has remained constant. And JCTR states that the BNB has ranged between K4,500 and K5,300 in the past four months, far higher than the monthly urban average income of K3,152.00, as estimated by the Central Statistical Office in the 2015 living conditions monitoring survey. The annual rate of inflation, a major macroeconomic fundamental in influencing food and non-food prices, dropped to single digits last November and was 6.7 percent as at April, 2017. The post Cost Of Living Drops By K40 In Zambia – Catholic Agency appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu Heads To Equatorial Guinea

President Edgar Lungu is tomorrow expected in Equatorial Guinea to attend the Summit of Heads of State of the African Union Committee of Ten (C10) on the reforms of the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu is tomorrow expected in Equatorial Guinea to attend the Summit of Heads of State of the African Union Committee of Ten (C10) on the reforms of the United Nations (UN) Security Council. Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba told journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka today that the C10 Summit will be preceded by a Ministerial and Ambassadorial segment starting today. Kalaba said the C10 Summit will map out strategies to further expand and intensify advancement of the African common position in the UN Security Council as agreed by the AU Ministerial meeting held in Swaziland in March, 2005. He said the importance of ensuring that Africa takes its rightful position within the decision making process of the UN Security Council cannot be overemphasized. The Committee of Ten comprises Algeria, Libya, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Namibia and Zambia. The post Pres. Lungu Heads To Equatorial Guinea appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Zambia Under-20 Concludes Spain Tour On High

The Zambia U-20 national team wound up their training camp in Spain with a 4-0 win over Las Palmas B side in a practice match. Goals from Musonda Siame and Conlyde Luchanga in the 12th and 28th minute capped an … Continued

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The Zambia U-20 national team wound up their training camp in Spain with a 4-0 win over Las Palmas B side in a practice match. Goals from Musonda Siame and Conlyde Luchanga in the 12th and 28th minute capped an impressive first half. Fashion Sakala made it 3-0 in the 57th minute while second half substitute Patson Daka closed the business in the 64th minute. Coach Beston Chambeshi fielded James Phiri in goal while the backline had a familiar line with Proper Chiluya and Shemmy Mayembe deployed as wingbacks while Solomon Sakala and Moses Nyondo partnered in central defence. Boyd Musonda took command of the holding role while the midfield creative power had Emamnuel Banda, Musonda Siame and Enock Mwepu. Upfront Luchanga was partnered with Sakala as the team played its third match on the Spain tour that is a prelude to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017. In the second half Chambeshi threw in Daka for Banda while Edward Chilufya was withdrawn for Siame. Luchanga was brought off for Harrison Chisala while Sakala was withdrawn for Kenneth Kalunga. Later substitutions had Ngosa Sunzu coming in for Musonda while Mwepu came off for Edward Tembo. The team warmed up with a 3-0 win over Tenerife on May 10 before drawing 2-all with Deportivo Marino. Zambia flies out of Spain tomorrow and is expected in South Korea in May 17. The team plays its first match on May 21 against Portugal at the Jeju World Cup stadium. In Group C the African champions will face Portugal, Costa Rica and Iran with the matches to be broadcast live by pay television channel SuperSport. The post Zambia Under-20 Concludes Spain Tour On High appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Ambode Donates N55 Million to Families of Slain Police, Army Officers

[Premium Times] The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday presented cheques totalling N55 million to the families of security officers who lost their lives in the Ishawo area of Ikorodu after an ambush unleashed on them by militants.

[Premium Times] The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday presented cheques totalling N55 million to the families of security officers who lost their lives in the Ishawo area of Ikorodu after an ambush unleashed on them by militants.

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Court Gives Officials 2 Weeks to Compile Evidence in Sex Assault Case

[Seychelles News Agency] The Seychelles’ Supreme Court on Monday gave prosecutors two weeks to compile all evidence in the case of a Mauritian man charged with sexual abuse for an alleged attack against a Russian travel writer at a resort.

[Seychelles News Agency] The Seychelles' Supreme Court on Monday gave prosecutors two weeks to compile all evidence in the case of a Mauritian man charged with sexual abuse for an alleged attack against a Russian travel writer at a resort.

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After 11 Years in Prison Custody, Armed Robbery Suspects Freed

[Premium Times] Justice Adegbola Gbolagunte on Monday discharged Abideen Alasela and Tope Mustapha due to the failure of the prosecution to present witnesses against them.

[Premium Times] Justice Adegbola Gbolagunte on Monday discharged Abideen Alasela and Tope Mustapha due to the failure of the prosecution to present witnesses against them.

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23-Year-Old Sues Father for Blocking Her Marriage

[Premium Times] A 23- year -old spinster, Khadija Ibrahim, on Monday, sued her father, Ibrahim Bassa, before an Upper Area Court, Karu, Abuja for not allowing her to marry a man of her choice.

[Premium Times] A 23- year -old spinster, Khadija Ibrahim, on Monday, sued her father, Ibrahim Bassa, before an Upper Area Court, Karu, Abuja for not allowing her to marry a man of her choice.

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Hichilema Acquitted; Remains In Prison For Treason

Lusaka magistrate David Simusamba has set May 22 as the date for ruling on whether the alleged treason charge against Hakainde Hichilema and five others should be refereed to the High Court through a committal or for constitutional issues. Hichilema … Continued

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Lusaka magistrate David Simusamba has set May 22 as the date for ruling on whether the alleged treason charge against Hakainde Hichilema and five others should be refereed to the High Court through a committal or for constitutional issues. Hichilema earlier appeared before Magistrate Greenwell Malumani where he has been acquitted of the charge of using insulting language. Malumani acquitted UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema in the case of ‘use of insulting language’, saying the prosecution has failed to prove the case beyond any reasonable doubt. In his judgement today, he noted that it was clear that the arresting officer Mbita Mpazi did not conduct any investigations in any of the cases including treason, but watched television and based on his impressions charged the accused with treason and other offenses. Magistrate Malumani said the accused can only be convicted if he used offensive language to the complaint at a public place or if the offending words would lead the complainant to commit any offense. In summarizing the testimonies of four state witnesses, Magistrate Malumani noted serious contradictions in the first witness’ testimony and said he also took note of demeanor. On the second witness, magistrate Malumani said he told the court that the complainant was the arresting officer but later changed his position that the complainant was in fact the state. On the third witness, who was the arresting officer, Mbita Mpazi, Magistrate Malumani said he was shocked by Mpazi’s inconsistency. “I was shocked with the extent of this witness’ inconsistencies. He exhibited great ignorance about how a matter must be brought to court according to the Criminal Procedure Code,†he said. Magistrate Malumani also said he noted his demeanor and noted that he exhibited arrogance and lack of knowledge of court etiquette. He said Mpazi gave him an impression that he was not telling the truth and his conduct was regrettable. “I must state that the conduct of this witness was regrettable. It was clear that he intended to tell lies to the court on oath,†magistrate Malumani said. H e noted that it appeared Mpazi was bent on destroying the prosecutions case. “He said some other witnesses were Prime TV and ZNBC…It implied that he was watching television and based on the impressions he got, he went to the accused house and apprehended him without recording any statements from any witness.†On the fourth and last witness, Magistrate Malumani noted that he also drew an impression that he was concealing the truth. “I was prompted to record his demeanor because he made me draw an impression that he was concealing the truth,†he said. His testimony augmented the defense’s argument that there was no complaint made on the incident. “I find the following facts not in dispute. Many officers visited the accused house in the night on April 10 and they were there when he was apprehended on April 11. There was no independent witness but only oral evidence of what the witnesses said. No witness from Kabwata police was called and no evidence was read to the court to prove the allegations. It’s not in dispute that Mpazi Mbita was the arresting officer for all the cases facing the accused which includes treason. “It is not in dispute that he went back to Western Province to investigate these offenses and he never recorded any evidence from there, all he did was watch television and he charged the accused,” Malumani observed. SUMMARY OF JUDGEMENT IN FACTS… In the night of 10th April, 2017, the state police officers went to HH’s and they arrested him the following day. Magistrate Malumani says there is no pictorial evidence that HH used insulting language and that the submissions by state witnesses who are all police officers, there was no single independent person brought to court as witness. Magistrate Malumani says arresting officer of HH for all charges, Mbita told the court he went to western province for duties and that he never recorded any statement but arrested HH on all charges without investigations. Magistrate Malumani says it is within the law that always investigations are done before arresting anyone and that investigations must yield positive results. Magistrate Malumani says cites that police have no powers to arrest and later begin doing investigations but that police must investigate and then arrest . Magistrate Malumani says the arresting officer of HH and his evidence show that they arrested HH without any investigations but later begun investigations. He says he makes this submission because Mbita is the arresting officer of HH for all charges including treason but without any investigations. Magistrate Malumani says even state advocates found it difficult to defend the case. Magistrate Malumani says the law is clear on what constitutes insulting language and that this is supported by many other cases. Magistrate Malumani says he was reffered to various case by the State advocates that insulting language is an offense. And in trying to defend lies by the State witness, the state advocates submitted that police witnesses must not be taken that they are interested parties but on duty. Magistrate Malumani says the evidence listed by defense lawyers shows however that there was no insulting language because no police officer was called from kabwata police station to tell the court that state witnesses reported the matter there. Magistrate Malumani says how can a police officer be a complainant and arresting officer at the same time? He says it is like one being a judge and defense lawyer who wants to argue out his own case or interest. Magistrate cites that the court cannot convict anyone on hearsay. Magistrate Malumani says in this case, all the witnesses are police officers and and that state witness and arresting officer of HH, Mbita did not investigate the alleged treason charge but arrested HH. Magistrate Malumani says how can the court rely on evidence by arresting officer of HH, Mbita who told lies on oath and later apologize? Magistrate Malumani says state witness Mbita told the court that Lawyer Martha Mushipe wanted to beat him but Magistrate Malumani says State witness Mbita is not a credible arresting officer especially that he is the one who arrested HH for treason but without any investigations. Magistrate Malumani says it was argued that there could be other evidences hidden by state witness. Magistrate Malumani says the law is clear that it is not the duty of police to convict people but take evidence to court which should lead to convictions. Magistrate Malumani cites that behavior of police must be condemned because not all those brought to court are criminals but only hated by sadist. Magistrate Malumani cites justice Lomba that if police can be professional only serious cases must go to court and not crowding prisons . Magistrate Malumani says arresting officer of HH, Mbita has shown how abuse of power is going about in the country as he is the one who arrested HH without doing any investigations. Magistrate Malumani says the court has no duty to bare witness to state witnesses who fail to avail evidence. Magistrate Malumani says due to the state witnesses failure to show any single grain of evidence, police officers failed to show why they arrested HH. Magistrate Malumani says anyone arrested will be treated as a suspect until proven guilty by the courts of law as enshrined in the commonwealth regulations. Magistrate Malumani says it is because of such that HH decided to remain silent he can’t say a thing especially that this is a criminal proceeding. Magistrate Malumani says the burden is on the state to prove that HH did not commit any offense. Magistrate Malumani says has acquitted HH of insulting language forthwith. The post Hichilema Acquitted; Remains In Prison For Treason appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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