President Barrow Talks About Detention Without Trial, Others

[Foroyaa] Precisely November, 2016, the standard bearer of the then opposition Coalition, promised the electorate that detention without trial will end in the Gambia if he is elected. However, after six months in office as the president of the Gambia f…

[Foroyaa] Precisely November, 2016, the standard bearer of the then opposition Coalition, promised the electorate that detention without trial will end in the Gambia if he is elected. However, after six months in office as the president of the Gambia following his election in December, detention without trial persists but only evidently common within the army. In this exclusive interview with Foroyaa, the president defended his government for not been found wanting.

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Milupi Urges Speedy Trial for Hichilema

UPND aligned Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) has demanded for a speedy trial for incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. ADD leader Charles Milupi who has lent his support to Hichilema in the last two presidential elections (January 2015 and … Continued

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UPND aligned Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) has demanded for a speedy trial for incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. ADD leader Charles Milupi who has lent his support to Hichilema in the last two presidential elections (January 2015 and August 2016) said that the longer Hichilema was kept behind bars the more the country would remain divided. BELOW IS HIS FULL STATEMENT: PRESS RELEASE 27/07/17 JUDICIARY SHOULD GIVE HH A SPEEDY TRIAL The Judiciary should guarantee that incarcerated UPND president, Hakainde Hichilema, is given a speedy trial so as to help ease the current political tension Zambia is undergoing. In as much as we wouldn’t want to meddle with the judicial process at hand, we feel it’s prudent that Hakainde Hichilema is accorded a swift but comprehensive hearing, because the fact of the matter is that he is not an ordinary citizen. It’s not a hidden secret that HH is the leader of the largest opposition party in Zambia. HH garnered 1,760,347 votes from the contentious 2016 Presidential election. This represents 47.63% of the total votes cast. In principle, HH controls half of the country. Keeping such a leader, who commands so much countrywide support, under arrest on trumped up treason charges is creating unnecessary tension and a sense of uncertainty in the Nation. The political landscape is uneven and hostile and the only way to de escalate the current state of affairs is to ensure a speedy but fair judicial process for HH and his collegues. Keeping him in Prison for a longer period will further divide the country and create a window for political strife. It’s therefore imperative and incumbent upon the Judiciary to ensure that this is averted by giving Mr Hichilema a speedy trial. As a matter of fact, Hakainde Hichilema after all has a right to a speedy trial. He has a right to be tried for the alleged treason charge within reasonable time from the day he was arrested which is now over one hundred days. If he is not accorded a speedy trial within reasonable time, then we urge the courts to dismiss the case altogether. This will mean the state hasn’t built a solid case and therefore don’t have enough grounds to detain HH. The judiciary needs to bear in mind that unreasonable delays by the prosecution are a violation of Hakainde Hichilema’s constitutional rights. It’s critical and only fair that HH is given a speedy trial so that we avoid a situation where HH is given a lengthy and unfounded imprisonment without having been found guilty of any charge. It should be noted that the defendant, HH, is innocent until proven guilty under the Zambian laws. Therefore a speedy trial will ensure that the anxiety of awaiting the resolution of the case is minimized. Giving HH a speedy and fair trial will also help build the frail image of the Judiciary in Zambia. It’s an opportunity to reaffirm the role of the Judiciary as a legimate arbitrator in the dispensation and delivery of justice. We strongly hope that the Judiciary will heed this appeal by ensuring that the UPND leader is given a speedy, fair and just trial. They have a responsibility to help the country heal. Charles Milupi ADD President The post Milupi Urges Speedy Trial for Hichilema appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Health Minister Visits Health Facilities in Urr

[Daily Observer] The minister of Health and Social Welfare Saffie Lowe-Ceesay and her Senior Management Team as part of their familiarisation tour to the health facilities and regions last Saturday visited Basse District Hospital, Chinese Mango Clinic …

[Daily Observer] The minister of Health and Social Welfare Saffie Lowe-Ceesay and her Senior Management Team as part of their familiarisation tour to the health facilities and regions last Saturday visited Basse District Hospital, Chinese Mango Clinic and the Regional Health Management Team in the Upper River Region (URR).

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Gambian Rotarians Return From U.S. Confab

[Daily Observer] A high powered delegation of rotarians from The Gambia, headed by Rotarian Aki Allen, the elected district governor for Rotary International, recently returned from Atlanta in United States of America, where they attended an annual con…

[Daily Observer] A high powered delegation of rotarians from The Gambia, headed by Rotarian Aki Allen, the elected district governor for Rotary International, recently returned from Atlanta in United States of America, where they attended an annual conference, organised by Rotary International.

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Sports Minister Satisfied With Work At Goal Project

[Daily Observer] The Minister of Youth and Sports, Henry Gomez is said to be satisfied with the work so far with the renovation work at the FIFA-funded Goal Project in Yundum, while congratulating the GFF for a job well done.

[Daily Observer] The Minister of Youth and Sports, Henry Gomez is said to be satisfied with the work so far with the renovation work at the FIFA-funded Goal Project in Yundum, while congratulating the GFF for a job well done.

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Agric Supervisor Predicts Successful Farming Season

[Daily Observer] The Agricultural Extension supervisor for Njaba Kunda District Extension Centre under the Regional Agricultural Directorate in Kerewan North Bank Region has predicted that the 2017/18 farming season would be a successful one thanks to …

[Daily Observer] The Agricultural Extension supervisor for Njaba Kunda District Extension Centre under the Regional Agricultural Directorate in Kerewan North Bank Region has predicted that the 2017/18 farming season would be a successful one thanks to the intervention of the government and FAO in providing farm inputs.

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Lawmakers Approve USD25 Million Grant On Health, Reforms

[Daily Observer] Lawmakers yesterday at the second ordinary session of the National Assembly approved a grant of USDM25.200, 000 for Health, state enterprises and fiscal efficiency. They also endorsed USDM30.800, 000 loan for the same said purposes.

[Daily Observer] Lawmakers yesterday at the second ordinary session of the National Assembly approved a grant of USDM25.200, 000 for Health, state enterprises and fiscal efficiency. They also endorsed USDM30.800, 000 loan for the same said purposes.

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Beach Volleyball Final Preview – GAF and Interior Face ‘Moment of Truth’

[Daily Observer] Referring to the Beach Volleyball National Championship final as the “moment of truth for GAF and Interior” is a gross understatement. The game is so much bigger than what happens on the beach at Palma Rima on Sunday, and the outcome w…

[Daily Observer] Referring to the Beach Volleyball National Championship final as the "moment of truth for GAF and Interior" is a gross understatement. The game is so much bigger than what happens on the beach at Palma Rima on Sunday, and the outcome will ring into history.

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‘Only the Embassy Can Issue Visa to Me’

[Daily Observer] A complainant, one Mr. Jawara in an alleged criminal trial involving Lamin Jallow has told a Bundung Magistrates’ Court that he is fully aware that no individual can issue a visa to him other than an embassy.

[Daily Observer] A complainant, one Mr. Jawara in an alleged criminal trial involving Lamin Jallow has told a Bundung Magistrates' Court that he is fully aware that no individual can issue a visa to him other than an embassy.

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