Changala Reminds Pres. Lungu To Fire Corrupt Ministers

Rights activist Brebner Changala says President Edgar Lungu should act on his pronouncements that he will fire corrupt ministers. Changala said that the statement had now become just another hollow pronouncement as no one had been shown the door for … Continued

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Rights activist Brebner Changala says President Edgar Lungu should act on his pronouncements that he will fire corrupt ministers. Changala said that the statement had now become just another hollow pronouncement as no one had been shown the door for poor performance. He said that the ministers would not take the Head of State seriously if he did not act on his pronouncements. President Lungu has on more than one occasion warned that he would fire corrupt ministers but has yet to act on his word. “Up to now he has not fired anyone even in the house if as a parent you keep telling a child that you will discipline them and you do nothing they will know that you are a coward,†Changala said. In the aftermath of the August 11 2016 elections only the outspoken Chishimba Kambwili has been fired. The post Changala Reminds Pres. Lungu To Fire Corrupt Ministers appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Legal Ailment for Doctors’ Talks After Revelations By Ex-PS

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Negotiations to end the 80-day doctors’ strike suffered a major setback after its legality was brought into question when former Public Health and Sanitation Principal Secretary Mark Bor confirmed that he signed the controversial …

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Negotiations to end the 80-day doctors' strike suffered a major setback after its legality was brought into question when former Public Health and Sanitation Principal Secretary Mark Bor confirmed that he signed the controversial Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) after he had already left office in June 2013.

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Mutinta M’membe Opens Defence in Contempt Case

Fred M’membe’s wife Mutinta Mazoka has pleaded not guilty to one count of contempt of court in the matter she allegedly tore a search warrant. On 15th February, 2016 a group of law enforcement officers stormed the M’membe residence with … Continued

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Fred M’membe’s wife Mutinta Mazoka has pleaded not guilty to one count of contempt of court in the matter she allegedly tore a search warrant. On 15th February, 2016 a group of law enforcement officers stormed the M’membe residence with a search warrant but met some resistance from Mutinta who allegedly tore the warrant. Police officers bundled Mutinta away and detained her for 48 hours before taking her to court. The law enforcement officers also attempted carry the printer from the M’membe residence that was allegedly used to print the Mast newspaper on account that it belonged to the Post Newspaper in liquidation. Appearing before Magistrate Ireen Washimanga Mutinta pleaded not guilty. The case has been adjourned to March 20 for mention and April 3 for commencement of trial. M’membe is variance with the law following a longstanding tax dispute that has led to the closure of The Post Newspapers. Liquidator Lewis Mosho has been compiling a list of all Post Newspapers properties but has received little cooperation from M’membe. The post Mutinta M’membe Opens Defence in Contempt Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chipenzi Wants Commission On Voting Pattern Disbanded

Electoral expert MacDonald Chipenzi says the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence has outlived its legal mandate and must be disbanded. Chipenzi says the law stipulates that such an inquiry can only last 120 days. He charges … Continued

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Electoral expert MacDonald Chipenzi says the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence has outlived its legal mandate and must be disbanded. Chipenzi says the law stipulates that such an inquiry can only last 120 days. He charges that anything beyond the requisite mandate will be illegal. BELOW IS THE STATEMENT PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 23, 2017 President Edgar Lungu must, with immediate effect, disband the Commission of Inquiry on Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence because its mandate has expired. According to the Statutory Instrument No. 72 of 2016 that birthed the Commission of Inquiry late last year, its lifespan was for 120 days which have since expired. It was expected within these 120 days to complete its work and handover the report to the President. It will be illegal and against the dictates of the Statutory Instrument for the Commission of Inquiry and its commissioners to exist beyond the stipulated timeframe in the Instrument. President Lungu is therefore challenged to tell the nation whether he has issued another Statutory Instrument to extend the life of the Commission of Inquiry and at what cost to the country. On what basis would the Inquiry exist beyond its lifespan and how credible would its work be which would be done after the expiry of its mandated? The credibility of the findings and the entire report would be rendered illegal, questionable and an academic exercise in the public court. It is clear that the Inquiry has lamentably failed to attract enough witnesses as it is fact that people have resisted to be wooed to support a Commission of Inquiry bent at violating their constitutional right to vote, associate and the right to a secret of the vote. It is, therefore, reasonable that the money being spent on the 15 commissioners who are currently gallivanting around the country and spending huge sums of taxpayers’ money on lodging in expensive hotels and fuel be channeled to needy areas such as uplifting the lives of persons with disability and also stocking hospitals and health centres with necessary drugs and essentials. Further, President Lungu would better learn from his Malawian counterpart who only appointed a 3 member Commission of Inquiry on the maize-gate scandal involving Zambia and that country, gave it less days than ours to finish its work and submit its report which it has since done and the Malawian president has acted upon it based on its recommendations. In our case, 15 member commission of inquiry which was given 120 days has failed to conclude its work on time. Where is efficiency and the prudence in the utilization of the country’s meagre financial resources? McDonald Chipenzi Electoral Expert The post Chipenzi Wants Commission On Voting Pattern Disbanded appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Court Freezes 21 Accounts Linked to Stella Oduah

[Vanguard] A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained Senator Stella Oduah and Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited from making any withdrawals from their accounts and those of three other companies domiciled with 21 commercial banks.

[Vanguard] A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained Senator Stella Oduah and Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited from making any withdrawals from their accounts and those of three other companies domiciled with 21 commercial banks.

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FQM Spends US $3.5 Million On Solwezi-Chingola Road

FIRST Quantum Minerals (FQM) has spent more than US$3.5 million in engineering and maintenance works at the Solwezi-Chingola road. FQM head of government affairs John Gladston said the mining firm had worked on 128km of the 168km road, carrying out … Continued

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FIRST Quantum Minerals (FQM) has spent more than US$3.5 million in engineering and maintenance works at the Solwezi-Chingola road. FQM head of government affairs John Gladston said the mining firm had worked on 128km of the 168km road, carrying out pothole and shoulder repairs, and reconstruction of certain sections and even surfacing of some of the unsealed base courses constructed by the contractors. “FQM decided that urgent action needed to be taken, as the road is the lifeblood of the company, and indeed the country. Gladston was speaking following President Lungu’s visit to North Western Province last week during which he inspected construction works on the Solwezi-Chingola Road “ All its consumable goods and finished copper is transported on the same road. And we have completed temporal rehabilitation of the Chingola-Solwezi road, much to the delight of all motorists, as it has made the road passable during the rainy season,†he said. The mining company thanked President Edger Chagwa Lungu for taking the time to inspect the Solwezi-Chingola road. Mr Gladston said good road infrastructure played an important role in attracting foreign direct investment, not just in North-Western Province, but in the nation generally. He said that the road had deteriorated to such a state that North-Western Province faced being cut-off from the rest of the country during the rainy season, potentially bringing copper exports to a standstill. “We rely on the road not only for supply but also to move our copper concentrate to the smelter on the Copperbelt, “Any work stoppage due to the bad state of the road would have crippled operations at the mine will suffer, and we would not have suffered alone, the Zambian economy would suffer as a whole, as well,†said Gladston. The mining company deployed 85 staff and contractors, including road engineers and labour, along with equipment to complete remedial work on the road which carries 60 percent of the nation’s mineral wealth to market. “The work done by First Quantum served to stabilize this road which was previously in a deplorable state and presented a real and present danger to the mining sector and to those Zambians whose livelihoods depend on it, “The works we undertook on the road has kept business flowing in Zambia’s new Copperbelt, much to the benefit of the Zambian economy,†Mr Gladston said. Gladston said FQM had recognised the transport sector as an important component of the economy and a common tool used for development, with a clear relationship between the quantity and quality of transport infrastructure and the level of economic development. Source: Daily Nation The post FQM Spends US $3.5 Million On Solwezi-Chingola Road appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Why I Rejected Four Bills, Osinbajo Tells N/Assembly

[Daily Trust] Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has declined assent to four bills amended by the National Assembly for several reasons including an ongoing court case against one of the Acts.

[Daily Trust] Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has declined assent to four bills amended by the National Assembly for several reasons including an ongoing court case against one of the Acts.

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Gender Bill Flops in Senate

[Nation] An attempt by the Senate to increase the number of women in Parliament suffered a blow when Senators opposed to the bill skipped voting.

[Nation] An attempt by the Senate to increase the number of women in Parliament suffered a blow when Senators opposed to the bill skipped voting.

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