Independent Candidate in Chairperson Polls Attacked in Eastern Province

AN independent candidate in the Lusangazi District council chairperson candidate Patrick Menyani Banda has found himself on the end of a violent attack that landed him in hospital. In an interview Banda who was admitted to St Francis Mission Hospital … Continued

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AN independent candidate in the Lusangazi District council chairperson candidate Patrick Menyani Banda has found himself on the end of a violent attack that landed him in hospital. In an interview Banda who was admitted to St Francis Mission Hospital in Katete said he was attacked by a group of ten people who were using unregistered white Land Cruiser. He said the attackers forced him to lie down and hit him with bottles and pointed a pistol and knives on his neck. Banda said his cousin Ousman Maumba was also attacked by the same people. He said he had reported the matter to the Eastern Province police commissioner’s office because Petauke police were not acting on his report. Banda said he knew two people from the group that attacked him. He has accused his political opponents of engineering attacks on him to weaken his resolve in campaigning for the July 26 elections. Eastern Province police commissioner Luckson Sakala confirmed having received a report from Banda adding that police are investigating the matter.   The post Independent Candidate in Chairperson Polls Attacked in Eastern Province appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Lungu Heads to Eastern Province on Friday

President Edgar Lungu is this Friday expected in Eastern Province to beef up campaigns for PF candidates in next week’s elections for district council chairpersons. Eastern Province PF chairperson Andrew Lubusha confirmed the development in an interview today. Lubusha who … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu is this Friday expected in Eastern Province to beef up campaigns for PF candidates in next week’s elections for district council chairpersons. Eastern Province PF chairperson Andrew Lubusha confirmed the development in an interview today. Lubusha who could not give more details said the Head of State would be in the province on Friday. The PF has fielded candidates in all the new districts that go into polls for council chairpersons namely Lusangazi, Kasenengwa, Chipangali, Lumezi and Chasefu. The post Pres. Lungu Heads to Eastern Province on Friday appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chipenzi Threatens to Sue FODEP Over Unpaid Dues

Former Foundation for Democratic Foundation (FODEP) McDonald Chipenzi has turned the heat on his former employers by threatening legal action for unpaid separation package. Chipenzi was shown the door after he decided to contest elections on the UPND ticket in … Continued

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Former Foundation for Democratic Foundation (FODEP) McDonald Chipenzi has turned the heat on his former employers by threatening legal action for unpaid separation package. Chipenzi was shown the door after he decided to contest elections on the UPND ticket in Chirundu was promised a decent separation package but FODEP has not honoured its promise. The self- proclaimed electoral expert now heads another Non-Governmental Organization dubbed GEARS. Chipenzi, who is now GEARS, Executive Director, lost his Job at FODEP when he opted to contest as the 2016 general elections on the UPND Ticket in Chirundi Constituency but he did not manage to win the primaries. Below is his full note: Sometimes, you are stretched to the limit in terms of the extent to which your former employers can violate your rights, national laws and pretend they are still human rights defenders and credible. Since 2016 when I was forced out this organisation and promised to be paid my dues, nothing is happening but lies after lies. I have patiently waited and made numerous follow ups on my dues but there is a selfish ego within this organisation to bring the name of this organisation into further public disrepute after issues of donor money fraud allegations. If by the close of this month nothing happens to pay my dues, I will have no option but to drag this organization to the courts of law for redress. Enough lies have been said. Lies, dishonest, pretence, and insincerity have a limit but not with this organization, the above have become its DNA. Let no one blame me for this action am taking of dragging this ungrateful bunch of dishonest people to the courts of law. And hope they have the money to pay me for the years they have been lying to me. Thanks The post Chipenzi Threatens to Sue FODEP Over Unpaid Dues appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Sinkamba Presses on Judges Probe

Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says an investigation of judges’ alleged incompetence and gross misconduct is a constitutional issue which can only be done through means stipulated in the Constitution of Zambia. He has charged that any other means to … Continued

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Green Party President Peter Sinkamba says an investigation of judges’ alleged incompetence and gross misconduct is a constitutional issue which can only be done through means stipulated in the Constitution of Zambia. He has charged that any other means to probe judges is unconstitutional and therefore illegal. Responding to a press query on the call by some NGOs for government to constitute a commission of inquiry to investigate judges who had their judgments questioned by the public, Sinkamba said the constitution provides for such an investigation.  He said the institution delegated to do so is the Judicial Complaints Commission and the procedure for doing so is prescribed through the Judicial Code of Conduct Act. It relates to a legal battle between Savenda and Stanbic bank, in which the Supreme Court ruled that the bank pays Savenda a sum of 192.5 million kwacha for loss of business and vital contracts after Stanbic wrongly reported Savenda to the credit reference bureau for defaulting. However in March this year, three Supreme Court judges dismissed the appeal filed in the court by Savenda and ordered Savenda to pay Stanbic costs for all expenses the bank incurred from the high court to Supreme Court. “The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It provides that judges should be probed through JCC. It is therefore unconstitutional and thereby illegal to come up with another commission of inquiry to investigate the judges besides through the means provided for in the constitution. Not only that. It also does not make logic to come up with a commission when there is already a commission,” Sinkamba charged. He also said coming up with another commission would be a waste of meager public resources. He advised persons with complaints against judges to submit such complaints to the Judicial Complaints Commission and not merely complain to the media. “Coming up with another commission would not only be a waste of public resources but also illogical logic. Let those who have complaints against the judges file their complaints to the appropriate institution delegated by the constitution to deal with such matters,” he said. He added that is people are dissatisfied with the JCC outcomes, only then can make proposals to parliament to make amendments to the Constitution to change the mode of such probes. “If the JCC fails to deal with reported cases satisfactorily, only then can the nation consider reviewing the constitution through parliament to come up with another way of dealing with complaints against the judges,” he said. “And until the constitution is amended to provide for another way of dealing with the judges complaint, the existing arrangement with continue as the only means by which complaints against judges will be dealt with,” he added. He charged that as a constitutional democracy, Zambians must always strive to deal with all matters confronting the nation in the manner provided for in the constitution. “We should avoid unconstitutional and illegal short-cuts to deal with constitutional matters. Let us all protect and defend the constitution. We should abhor repugnant act and ideas that border on short-circuiting the constitutional provisions,” he said. The post Sinkamba Presses on Judges Probe appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Katanshi MP Bails Out Buteko Fire Victims

Kantanshi Member of Parliament Anthony Mumba has come to the aid of Buteko traders whose stalls were gutted by giving them a K 50,000 grant. Buteko Market in Mufulira District was on Thursday evening gutted leaving some traders in a … Continued

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Kantanshi Member of Parliament Anthony Mumba has come to the aid of Buteko traders whose stalls were gutted by giving them a K 50,000 grant. Buteko Market in Mufulira District was on Thursday evening gutted leaving some traders in a state of destsitution after losing everything. Speaking after touring the gutted facility, Mumba who is an Independent Member of Parliament regretted the incident that had sent families into destitution. Mumba said the market was a source of livelihood for families in the district which is faced with high unemployment levels He said has handed over the K 50, 000 to Mufulira Municipal Council to help in identifying affected traders and ensure the resources eases their burden. “I learnt with grief this calamity, as you can see everything is gone here, and obviously you know that job opportunities have been quiet slow in our district, we are basically a mining town, so if the traders lose the merchandise which they have, as a person in charge of the Constituency I have to deeply get concerned,†he said. “I shall be giving the Council K 50,000 cash to support those whose merchandise has been destroyed, we are starting from somewhere, these are personal resources as a gesture to help the affected.” The post Katanshi MP Bails Out Buteko Fire Victims appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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NDC Chipangali Candidate Apologizes for G12 Certificate Hiccup

National Democratic Congress (NDC) Eastern Province chairperson Samuel Lugomo-Phiri has apologized to his party members in the region for his failure to file for the Chipangali council chairperson elections recently. Phiri who had announced that he was going to stand … Continued

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National Democratic Congress (NDC) Eastern Province chairperson Samuel Lugomo-Phiri has apologized to his party members in the region for his failure to file for the Chipangali council chairperson elections recently. Phiri who had announced that he was going to stand on the NDC ticket suffered a big setback on the nomination day because of the failure to produce a certified grade twelve certificate. He claimed he forgot his certified grade 12 certificate at the NDC secretariat in Lusaka. “I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to all those who know me that all is not lost, let us give them this chance our chance is coming,†Phiri said. He refuted allegations that he was bribed by the PF not to file so that they could have it easy. Only three candidates namely PF’s Million Tembo, UPND’s William Banda and UPPZ’s Davy Kapwata are contesting the Chipangali council chairperson’s elections slated for July 26. The post NDC Chipangali Candidate Apologizes for G12 Certificate Hiccup appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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ZDDM president Eyes PF Adoption for Kasenengwa

Zambia Direct Democracy Movement president Edwin Sakala is seeking PF adoption in Kasenengwa constituency which fell vacant after the demise of Victoria Kalima. Sakala told journalists in Chipata that he wants to contest the elections whose date had not been … Continued

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Zambia Direct Democracy Movement president Edwin Sakala is seeking PF adoption in Kasenengwa constituency which fell vacant after the demise of Victoria Kalima. Sakala told journalists in Chipata that he wants to contest the elections whose date had not been set but he has not yet been adopted. He said he had gone round the constituency and claimed he had a lot of support. “There is a lot of support and I know I am going to win. It will be a landslide support for PF,†he said. Sakala said he knew programmes of President Lungu and was in full support of the programmes although he belongs to another political party. During the funeral of Kalima Sakala told the media that he would contest the by-election and would ask for PF support because he had been working with the ruling party. The post ZDDM president Eyes PF Adoption for Kasenengwa appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PICTURE FOCUS: Miles Sampa on the Campaign Trail

The heat is on for the July 26 mayoral elections with President Edgar Lungu joining the Patriotic Front team. On Thursday President Lungu was in Matero Constituency’s Muchinga grounds where he drummed support for Miles Sampa. Sampa is the frontrunner … Continued

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The heat is on for the July 26 mayoral elections with President Edgar Lungu joining the Patriotic Front team. On Thursday President Lungu was in Matero Constituency’s Muchinga grounds where he drummed support for Miles Sampa. Sampa is the frontrunner for the mayoral race bit has had his naysayers taking pot shots at him liberally. The post PICTURE FOCUS: Miles Sampa on the Campaign Trail appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Warrior Princess Takes Development to Grassroots

Keembe lawmaker Princess Kasune showed the productive side of parliamentarians by inspecting and commissioning projects in her area. Notable for her across partisan approach to development, Kasune commissioned a borehole and inspected works a boarding school under construction on her … Continued

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Keembe lawmaker Princess Kasune showed the productive side of parliamentarians by inspecting and commissioning projects in her area. Notable for her across partisan approach to development, Kasune commissioned a borehole and inspected works a boarding school under construction on her tour. Kasune is globally acclaimed for her HIV/AIDS crusade where he having lived positively has been a reference point at main global conferences. She fell out with her party last year when she attended a state function where President Edgar Lungu was officiating at the Agricultural Expo in her constituency. Kasune says she has an obligation to the children especially girl child of her constituency by ensuring that the health and education sectors enjoy a facelift and accessible by all. And Kasune has pledged to construct a girl’s boarding facility at Chinyongola Secondary school which currently is in a deplorable state while some learners are renting in nearby villages. Speaking when she officiated at the handover ceremony of a borehole to Chinyongola School sunk by Fountain of Life Africa at a cost of K 35,000,the area member of parliament said health and education have always been her passion and desires to ensure that the people of Keembe have access to quality education and health facilities and attention. She said it is her intention working with the donor community such as the Fountain of Life Africa to ensure that more health and education facilities are constructed in the constituency as well as have easy access to clean and safe drinking water. “When we were campaigning here in 2016,I promised to ensure that this school receives its share of development and told you that I will bring you safe drinking water. I am here today to fulfil my campaign promise. This is not the only borehole that has been sunk. Fourteen boreholes at different schools and clinics have so far been sunk at a cost of almost K 500,000 with the aid of cooperating partners. This is because I understand that the absence of quality water is a recipe for curable water bone diseases,” she said. She told the crowd which included headmen, pupils, teachers and local residents that time has come for the people of Keembe to be proud of their children who are representing them at various elective position saying she was proud to be representing her people. And chief Liteta’s representative Headwoman Mpidi commended the area lawmaker’s commitment to the development of the area especially in the health and education sectors which have for a long time remained in a state of desperation despite its proximity to Lusaka. The post Warrior Princess Takes Development to Grassroots appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chihili Appointed Mushindano DC

Mishindano District Commissioner Benson Ngambo who was sacked last month has been replaced by former Patriotic Front North Western Province Chairman Emmanuel Chihili. Ngambo was the first District Commissioner for Mushindamo since its creation by President Edgar Lungu in 2015. … Continued

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Mishindano District Commissioner Benson Ngambo who was sacked last month has been replaced by former Patriotic Front North Western Province Chairman Emmanuel Chihili. Ngambo was the first District Commissioner for Mushindamo since its creation by President Edgar Lungu in 2015. The former labour leader has been shown door after falling foul with the provincial establishment. However, Chihili is a controversial choice having recently recently lost elections to Jackson Kungo for the Chairmanship in North Western Province. The post Chihili Appointed Mushindano DC appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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