Kambwili Demands Fuel Price Cut; Feasts With The Poor On Day Of Fast

Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has challenged the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to immediately rescind its decision to increase fuel pump prices. Kambwili is disappointed that despite the increased cost of living, ERB has decided to add more problems … Continued

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Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has challenged the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) to immediately rescind its decision to increase fuel pump prices. Kambwili is disappointed that despite the increased cost of living, ERB has decided to add more problems to poor Zambians by increasing fuel prices. He has accused government of failing to protect its citizens. Kambwili said “what kind of people are they? Who don’t think for the poor, this price of fuel must be rescinded, if they don’t rescind then the best thing they can do is go back and re-negotiate salary increment†He charged that government has duped the poor Zambian people with a 7% salary increment yet they knew the prices of fuel were going to be increased. “Give the people of Zambia a break, they have had enough, atleast give them better salary increments atleast 40-50% to cushion the challenges they will come with increase in fuel price,” Kambwili stated. “They increased tariffs on Zesco and this has led to an increase in the cost of living,” he added. Meanwhile, Kambwili announced yesterday that he spent the Day of National Prayer and Fasting feasting with the poor in his Roan constituency. “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. … But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish,” he posted on his Facebook page. “Today [yesterday,] I spent my Day attending to the poor and needy in my constituency, we shared food, drinks, laughter and wisdom such that I learnt so much about the undying love of God.” Kambwili’s political partner Mwenya Musenge, however, pitched up at the prayer session in Kitwe. The post Kambwili Demands Fuel Price Cut; Feasts With The Poor On Day Of Fast appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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JCC Overstretched Its Mandate on Petition Ruling, says Chipimo

NAREP president Elias Chipimo says the ruling by the Judicial Complaints Commission (JCC) that that Constitutional Court erred on its 14 day interpretation in the presidential petition is outside its mandate. Chipimo said the JCC had no powers to rule … Continued

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NAREP president Elias Chipimo says the ruling by the Judicial Complaints Commission (JCC) that that Constitutional Court erred on its 14 day interpretation in the presidential petition is outside its mandate. Chipimo said the JCC had no powers to rule against a decision by the Constitutional Court as it was the final court of appeal. He said that while he was not disputing the rationality of the decision by the JCC he could not overlook the fact that they overstepped their mandate by rubbishing the decision of the Constitutional Court. Green Party president Peter Sinkamba had filed a complaint with the JCC in September alleging misconduct on the part of Constitutional Court judges in the manner they threw out presidential petition on a technicality. The JCC said that the Constitutional Court had erred by throwing out the petition at the 10 day mark instead of the requisite 14 days. The UPND has refused to give up on the thrown out petition and has been jumping at every possible window to squeeze in their grievances in the post-election period. The post JCC Overstretched Its Mandate on Petition Ruling, says Chipimo appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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State Enters Nolle in Hichilema and GBM Luanshya Case

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba have been conditionally discharged after the Director of Public Prosecution entered a nolle prosequi in the matter they are accused of threatening public peace in Luanshya. After over a year … Continued

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UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba have been conditionally discharged after the Director of Public Prosecution entered a nolle prosequi in the matter they are accused of threatening public peace in Luanshya. After over a year of trekking to Luanshya for court hearings that have been continuously adjourned, the state entered a nolle prosequi. Hichilema and Mwamba were in court when the nolle was proclaimed by Ndola Magistrate John Mbuzi sitting in Luanshya. The UPND leaders were charged in count one with seditious practices on grounds that on September 20, in Mpongwe, conspired with other unknown people to bring into hatred, incite violence, resistance and disobedience to the administration of the elected government of Zambia by uttering words, “Nga taba mufumishe Matambo, epo ulubuli lwalatampila (If they haven’t released [Copperbelt UPND chairperson Elisha Matambo], that’s how the fight will start.†Hichilema and Mwamba were also charged with unlawful assembly. The nolle adds up to the growing list of politically charged cases in Zambian courts. The post State Enters Nolle in Hichilema and GBM Luanshya Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Launches Scathing Attack on 3 Arms of Government

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema held a press briefing discrediting all arms of government labelling the Constitutional Court as corrupt. And Hichilema said that President Lungu was presiding over a gang of criminals that were … Continued

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Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema held a press briefing discrediting all arms of government labelling the Constitutional Court as corrupt. And Hichilema said that President Lungu was presiding over a gang of criminals that were corruptly cutting deals in the country. Hichilema said that people that were insinuating that he had been diluted through his stint in jail would be disappointed as he would be stronger. During a media briefing at his residence in New Kasama, Hichilema said he was committed to dialogue with President Edgar Lungu. “These days I do not even beat about the bush, Judge Anne Mwewa Sitali is corrupt, Palan Mulonda corrupt, Mungeni Mulenga also corrupt. That is why we are saying dissolve the Constitutional Court,†he said. The Constitutional Court had established itself as a body whose decisions are not appealable but had facilitated an appeal on the ministers having been found as serving illegally after the dissolution of parliament. Hichilema said that the judiciary needed to be disbanded as it had been invaded by corrupt elements. The UPND leader also condemned Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini labelling him an agent of the ruling Patriotic Front. “If there is a gang of thieves, there must be a gang leader and we all know who that gang leader is,†he said. Hichilema said that dialogue as prescribed by the Commonwealth was important in help restore good relations between government and the opposition. He said that he was shocked that some people wanted him to keep quiet despite the unresolved matters around the 2016 general elections. Hichilema said that people may accuse him of having resumed his attacks on government based on elections results but he would not shut up. He said that Electoral Commission of Zambia chairperson judge Esau Chulu should resign. Hichilema said that Chulu should resign and follow in the footsteps of ECZ Director Priscilla Isaacs whose contract was not renewed. Hichilema said that his period behind bars exposed him to experience the depleted human rights situation in Zambia. He said that he was not free as many of his supporters were still languishing in prison in the post 2016 elections. The post Hichilema Launches Scathing Attack on 3 Arms of Government appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kambwili Spits More Venom on Alleged PF Corruption

Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has promised more damning information about corruption in the Patriotic Front government. Kambwili who held a no holds barred press briefing at his Kabulonga residence said that he was expelled from the ruling party … Continued

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Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has promised more damning information about corruption in the Patriotic Front government. Kambwili who held a no holds barred press briefing at his Kabulonga residence said that he was expelled from the ruling party because President Edgar Lungu feared that he would challenge him. He said that the PF had anointed President Lungu as a sole candidate a move that Kambwili did not support. Kambwili said that President Lungu was scared of him as a potential challenger to the top position in the land. “He thought I would challenge him in 2021 which is not true, I never even planned to challenge him. I have presidential ambitions, but I cannot go and challenge a sitting president,†he said. “I was going to give him latitude to go and finish his term but what I don’t agree with is what they started saying that he is the sole candidate. Sole candidate kwisa? He can only be a sole candidate in a country that is not practising democracy. In a democratic country you have to be challenged.†He added: “But abanensu because bali ishiba, teti ba wine ku convention echo ba fwailafye ukubasonta sole candidate. So when President Lungu sleeps then he wakes up seeing Kambwili everywhere.†The Roan Member of Parliament may have crossed the line when he told his audience that PF deputy general secretary general Mumbi Phiri could not brag about having a wealthy husband when he used to buy toilet paper for her. Kamwbili said that Phiri was a begger even when she became a Member of Parliament for Munali Constituency. The Roan MP has become a thorn in the ruling party’s flesh and was on Tuesday slapped by Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo at parliament. The post Kambwili Spits More Venom on Alleged PF Corruption appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF Grassroot Fear Kambwili Will Split 2021 Vote On The Copperbelt

Some Patriotic Front officials in Ndola on the Copperbelt Province are worried that the expulsion of Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili will split votes in 2021 General Elections. PF officials are disappointed that the ruling party will easily handover … Continued

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Some Patriotic Front officials in Ndola on the Copperbelt Province are worried that the expulsion of Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili will split votes in 2021 General Elections. PF officials are disappointed that the ruling party will easily handover power to the opposition UPND should they fail to put in place certain things in order before elections. The officials have stated that Kambwili, the former Information and Broadcasting Minister, commands a good following in most Patriotic Front strongholds adding that the situation is posing a serious threat on the strength of the ruling party especially in the Copperbelt. “Ubwafya tukwete (the problem we have), we are not being empowered, the only people benefiting are top officials and those in Lusaka which is not supposed to be the case, look at how people like Kennedy Kamba are surviving in Lusaka yet there are no such opportunities here, then how do we mobilise the party” he asked. “Ba Kambwili should not be underrated like he is a no body on the political scene, slowly he is making progress and we are not doing anything about it, we need funds here for us to mobilise the party to face Kambwili in the elections” he added The officials have complained of poverty and desperation among the factors that may lead to some of its members leaving the Patriotic Front to join the Roan Parliamentarian. “Kambwili will dig into our membership while UPND will remain with its members with a likely chance of them gaining especially with the incarceration of its leader, the UPND has definitely added to it’s numbers unlike us” The officials who are not happy in the manner party activities are being run in the province stated that if left unchecked, the status of Copperbelt being a bedroom for the ruling party will soon slip off. “Politics cannot be run at national level, when we campaigned with the late President Michael Sata our hearts were with the people at grassroot level but we have neglected them, the reason others are aligning themselves with the recently registered National Democratic Congress (NDC) Party”. Since his expulsion from the Patriotic Front, Chishimba Kambwili has strategically gone to court to buy time while he continues to mobilise numbers working closely with former Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge who is at the centre stage of administration works having managed to register the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party. The post PF Grassroot Fear Kambwili Will Split 2021 Vote On The Copperbelt appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Dear Mr President: An Open Letter To HE Pres. Edgar Chagwa Lungu

Open Letter to The President of the Republic of Zambia State House Lusaka RE: A SAD STORY OF A RETURNING ZAMBIAN WHO INVESTED IN THE COUNTRY AND LOST EVERYTHING-THE CASE OF A WRONG INVESTMENT IN THE TIMBER SECTOR Your Excellency … Continued

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Open Letter to The President of the Republic of Zambia State House Lusaka RE: A SAD STORY OF A RETURNING ZAMBIAN WHO INVESTED IN THE COUNTRY AND LOST EVERYTHING-THE CASE OF A WRONG INVESTMENT IN THE TIMBER SECTOR Your Excellency Sir, I know that you do not know me and most likely you have never heard about me before. I am a returning Zambian who heeded the call by the former Presidents to return and invest in Zambia. Every time we had a Zambian President visit China and meet the Zambian community there, they all echoed one thing, “Zambians in the Diaspora should return home and invest in their countryâ€. In 2012 after consultation with my family and business associates, I finally made up my mind to come back to Zambia permanently. In the same year I even started my company called Green Lake Zambia Limited specializing in Construction and Real Estate Development. The company has been in operation since then and we have done a number of construction projects for both the government and the private sector. In the same line we have invested in Real Estate Development and have employed over 200 Zambians during the course of our operations in the past 5 years. Your Excellency, I was one of a few privileged Zambians in the Diaspora who successfully relocated and quickly found his footing in the country. Perhaps this was easy for me because prior to my relocation, I was spearheading investment projects for the company I was working for in China (Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group) as an International Business Manager. I had been to Zambia several times on investment projects and I knew the environment very well which made it easy for me to settle down. You Excellency Sir, as a way to diversify our business in other areas other than construction and Real Estate Development, Green Lake responded to the advertisement in 2016 by the Forestry Department for indigenous Zambian companies to apply for concessions throughout the country. As a company, this was a great opportunity to diversify our business and be part of indigenous Zambians who were going to take part in the sustainable management of our Natural Resources. Indeed Sir, in December, 2016, the Forestry Department issued us with a Medium Scale Concession License in Chief Katyetye Chiefdom in Isoka District. As a company that is committed to making use of the opportunity in line with our long term strategy of investment in local production and value addition, we went further to buy various sawmilling machines, equipment and trucks for the same business. Indeed we were very happy with our decision, and in the beginning everything seems to be going on very well. Your Excellency, our excitement about this investment was short-lived as a few months later; the Forestry Department issued a suspension on all timber transactions throughout the country. In May, 2017, without any prior communication from the Forestry Department or any government institution, we were surprised that our site was visited by a group of soldiers who told us that all licenses were revoked by you, Your Excellency, and that we were operating illegally. This came as a very big surprise to us. Your Excellency, the soldiers arrested the workers they found on site doing nothing because there was a suspension and took them to Isoka Police station cells. They stayed in custody for over four days as I was out of the country at the time and had to cut short my business trip and flew to Isoka via Mbeya in Tanzania. As I write to you Sir, the case is still in court and my workers keep travelling to Isoka for mention as the DPP has not provided any direction for the case to date. Your Excellency Sir, I also regret to inform you that apart from the harassment and abuse that my workers went through during their arrest despite them being in possession of all legal papers, in July 2017 the soldiers came back to our timber processing site and confiscated all our timber and took it to the DCs office. Your Excellency this was done without any seizure order or repossession order from the courts. All what the soldiers told us was that they were operating under orders. This is in total disregard of the fact that our company has all the legal documentations and government receipts for all the timber production and conveyance licenses for which we had paid through the Forestry Department in Isoka and Chinsali. As I write to you Mr. President, ZAFFICO is in the process of loading our timber and export it to China. Last week ZAFFICO took some Chinese to check our timber which we harvested lawfully and we are in possession of all the legal documents. Your Excellency Sir, we invested everything that we had in our timber business to buy machinery, employ workers, harvest the timber and process it. This came at a huge price to the other businesses that we do like construction and Real Estate Development. For the past Eight months we have been hopeful that things may normalize and the industry will be regulated and our timber would be given back to us so that we can go back to business and at least recoup our investment. As things stand now, there is no hope left. Our timber is going to be loaded by ZAFFICO and be sold to the Chinese who are in Isoka right now. Mr. President, this is indeed a bitter pill for me as a returning Zambian who heeded government’s call to come back and invest in the country. For many years, Zambians cried that they were taking very little ownership in the management of their Natural Resources like Mines and Forestry. Our getting of the Concession License made us believe that finally government had realised that Zambians needed to be at the centre of controlling their Natural Resources. Our plan as a company was to acquire all machinery needed to go into not only semi processing for export, but also further into finished products locally for both local and international markets. However, this is never going to happen because our investment has been grabbed from us. As I write Your Excellency, the company is at a verge of collapse; our cash-flow is weak as we invested everything that we had in a business that has failed to take off since early this year. In a couple of weeks, we may completely go bankrupt and our creditors will foreclose on us. I will lose property and everything that I have worked hard for and all the investment that I brought in the country. My workers will be jobless and so will I. Your Excellency, Sir, just for your information, I am one of the Zambians that have been educated at a great cost to the country. I was a recipient of the Zambia-China Joint Scholarship which enabled me to study for a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering at Guangxi University in China where I graduated as a top student in the Civil Engineering Department, and I am also a recipient of the Beit Trust Scholarship which enabled me to go and study for a Masters Degree in Management at the University of Leeds in the UK where I graduated with a distinction, and I was among the top ten students from the Business School. I chose to come back and contribute to the economic development of my country but a few days from now, I will lose my business and I will be jobless. In short, I am back to square one where I was after completing my Bachelors Degree in China. Indeed Sir, this is my story, I do not know whether to regret my coming back to Zambia or whether this is a call to leave the country and never to come back. Yours Faithfully Kumbikilani Phiri Owner of Green Lake Zambia Limited & Legacy Sawmills Limited The post Dear Mr President: An Open Letter To HE Pres. Edgar Chagwa Lungu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Touches Base with Supporters through Traditional Ceremonies

Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema has continued unwinding by attending traditional ceremonies in his strongholds. Hichilema was on Sunday in Monze to attend the Lwiindi traditional ceremony. The ceremony had been initially put off in August … Continued

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Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Hakainde Hichilema has continued unwinding by attending traditional ceremonies in his strongholds. Hichilema was on Sunday in Monze to attend the Lwiindi traditional ceremony. The ceremony had been initially put off in August as a protest for his incarceration but was back on the roster after his release. Hichilema is a long time patron of the Lwiindi Gonde traditional ceremony of the Tonga people of Southern Province. BELOW IS WHAT HICHILEMA WROTE: We joined hundreds of People in performing traditional dances at the Lwiindi Gonde ceremony in Monze, Southern, Zambia, this afternoon. This dance basically depicts a warrior who goes hunting using a spear and the same spear is used to stop wild animals from attacking cattle, while the laying of hands portrays the different kind of cattle that is kept in various parts of our country. We want these cultures and traditions that are currently observed across the Country to be preserved for the future generations. Hakainde Hichilema is committed to preserving our country’s traditions and cultures, are you? Good night friends, And may God bless our country. The post Hichilema Touches Base with Supporters through Traditional Ceremonies appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Gets Some Farm Love

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s return to the farm in Choma has come with some joy, giving him the much needed fresh air away from the troubles of the city where he endured four months in prison. Hichilema is in Southern … Continued

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Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s return to the farm in Choma has come with some joy, giving him the much needed fresh air away from the troubles of the city where he endured four months in prison. Hichilema is in Southern Province where he and his UPND enjoy massive support. At his farm, visitors are pouring in to offer solidarity after he was released from incarceration on treason charges many observers said were politically motivated. Hichilema and 5 others were arrested in April after a brutal police raid on his residence in Lusaka’s New Kasama area. In Choma, Hichilema feels at home. He said, “It was an emotional moment this [yesterday] afternoon as our neighbours paid us a visit at our Choma farm. “Just like any other farmer, they also expressed their desire for better agricultural policies which would ensure more food production, fair market prices and turn our country into a food basket for the region as a whole.” Hichilema was delighted to receive briefings from his neighours who during elections give me close to 90 percent endorsement. “They also briefed us on progress concerning projects we have emabrked on as we have for sometime now been helping to construct community schools and community health posts in various parts of the country and our next step will be to commission some of these projects whose central focus is to help our country move forward,” he said. Hichilema will be going for a sixth attempt to become Zambia’s 7th Head of State in 2021. The post Hichilema Gets Some Farm Love appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kachema Goes Back To His Roots

Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has taken time to visit his cattle herding days with a tour of one of his many ranches in Southern Province. The multi-billionaire businessman who will be making a sixth attempt at the presidency says … Continued

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Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has taken time to visit his cattle herding days with a tour of one of his many ranches in Southern Province. The multi-billionaire businessman who will be making a sixth attempt at the presidency says diversification is key to improving the country’s economy. Hichilema says agriculture will remain top on his agenda as one of the country’s major income earners. READ HICHILEMA’S MESSAGE This afternoon we spent time at some of our cattle ranches in Zimba District. Like we have been saying as part of the economic diversification programme aimed at increasing food security, we have continued constructing dams and sinking boreholes for our farms and the communities in these areas. We hold the agriculture sector so dear to our hearts and as such we want to encourage our people in areas that have plenty of water bodies to fully utilise it to the maximum for economic growth. These are some of the ventures we want to fully roll-out at national level as a means to generate income at personal level as well as for economic sustainability. These ventures also include value addition industries so that no part of our raw materials is sold without processing. And of course, we keep hearing the loud cries from our fellow farmers across the country and we stand with them. Blessed evening, God Bless our country. HH. PICTURES: HICHILEMA’S MEDIA TEAM The post Kachema Goes Back To His Roots appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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