Tutwa Ngulube Roots for Lungu 2021 Bid

Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube seems to have seen the light after having been shunted to the periphery of the PF power structure by now rooting for President Edgar Lungu to stand in 2021. Ngulube fell out with … Continued

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Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube seems to have seen the light after having been shunted to the periphery of the PF power structure by now rooting for President Edgar Lungu to stand in 2021. Ngulube fell out with the party top brass after having sided with the Mazhandu Family Bus whose license had been suspended for causing one too many accidents while his call to halt the debate for the President’s right to contest the 2021 elections proved the last straw. The youthful Kabwe lawmaker seems to have found the going on the periphery challenging and is back rooting for President Lungu as the automatic candidate for 2021. Ngulube said that there was nothing contemptuous about cheering on President Lungu to contest the 2021 elections. He said that there was nothing legally that stood in President Lungu’s way to be the PF’s candidate for the third time in an election. The candidature of President Lungu for the 2021 elections has been a hotly debated matter after the Head of State made known his desire to be on the ballot again. The post Tutwa Ngulube Roots for Lungu 2021 Bid appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Pres. Summons Sa Opposition Leaders Julius Malema & Maimane

President Edgar Lungu has summoned two South African opposition leaders months after the duo attempted to meddle in domestic politics branding him a “dictator”. Vibrant Julius Malema and Mmusi Maimane had joined the crusade to push for the release of … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has summoned two South African opposition leaders months after the duo attempted to meddle in domestic politics branding him a “dictator”. Vibrant Julius Malema and Mmusi Maimane had joined the crusade to push for the release of UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. Hichilema, released on Wednesday, was in jail for treason related charges that both local and domestic observers believed were politically non-bailable charges. President Lungu who arrived in South Africa last night after attending the inauguration of Rwanda President Paul Kagame has intimated a meeting with both Malema and Maimane while in Pretoria. BELOW IS THE STATEMENT PRESIDENT EDGAR LUNGU SUMMONS OPPOSITION EFF& DA LEADERS Pretoria-Friday 18th August 2017 Zambia’s President, Mr. Edgar Lungu has summoned for a meeting, opposition leaders in South Africa who have been making remarks against Zambia. President Lungu said this when he was welcomed by a cheering crowd upon arrival at a named Hotel. He said that he had instructed the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa to facilitate such a meeting with Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema and his Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane during his stay in South Africa. He expressed concern that the two opposition parties appeared to disrespect the sovereignty of Zambia and had interfered in the domestic affairs of countries like Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. He said he was keen to engage the two opposition leaders to understand their concerns about Zambia. He said the two parties were creating a dangerous precedence that was likely to encourage political interference across borders. And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba said that his office had started the process of preparing for the proposed meetings. The post Pres. Summons Sa Opposition Leaders Julius Malema & Maimane appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF Media Boss Cautions Hichilema Not To Abuse Nolle, But His Lawyer Says All Charges Stand Dropped

The ruling Patriotic Front has advised freed UPND President Hakainde Hichilema to stop using the language that has the potential to bring anarchy in the country. And the ruling party has advised the UPND Leader not to abuse the nolle … Continued

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The ruling Patriotic Front has advised freed UPND President Hakainde Hichilema to stop using the language that has the potential to bring anarchy in the country. And the ruling party has advised the UPND Leader not to abuse the nolle prosequi that has been granted to him. PF Media Director Sunday Chanda says Hichilema’s remarks when he addressed his supporters at the party secretariat that he is ready to go back to prison if the PF does not stop the alleged arrest of his supporters was careless. Chanda says the UPND leader should commit himself to good principles of democracy and the rule of law and desist from making statements bent on bringing confusion in the country. He says such statements have the potential to undermine Zambia’s judicial system. But UPND and Hichilema’s lawyer Jack Mwiimbu says contrary to assertions that his client had not been discharged, his client could not be arrested on the same matter. Mwiimbu says the DPP did not enter the nolle but she dropped all the charges in the interest of the nation. Mwiimbu argues that as it stands Hichilema has no case and that PF cannot bring any charge against him relating to treason now or in the future relating to the same matter. The post PF Media Boss Cautions Hichilema Not To Abuse Nolle, But His Lawyer Says All Charges Stand Dropped appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPND, PF To Renew Rivalry In Sept 14 By-Election

The ruling Patriotic Front and the leading opposition party UPND will renew their rivalry when the Electoral Commission of Zambia calls by-elections at council and ward level in selected parts of the country. Northern, Central and Muchinga will hold council … Continued

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The ruling Patriotic Front and the leading opposition party UPND will renew their rivalry when the Electoral Commission of Zambia calls by-elections at council and ward level in selected parts of the country. Northern, Central and Muchinga will hold council chairpersonship with eight wards holding polls for councillor positions with PF and UPND being the only political parties to field to candidates for all positions. According to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), nominations of candidates for the forthcoming Council Chairperson Elections in Lunte (Northern Province), Lavushimanda, Kanchibiya (both in Muchinga Province) and Itezhi Tezhi (Central Province) districts. Candidates who have successfully filed their nominations in Lunte are Simon Chanda of the Patriotic Front, Lazarous Chongo of the United Party for National Development and George Chikwanda, an independent candidate. In Lavushimanda, two candidates filed their nominations on Monday. UPND’s Mupenda Mwelwa and the PF candidate Humphery Katemba will battle for the council chairmanship. In Kanchibiya, Chipalo Mwansa of the PF and Kanjela Silvario of the UPND are the successful candidates while in Itezhi Tezhi PF’s candidate Kaingu Namakau, UPND’s Stephen Shaloba, Party of National Unity’s Shilupezi Irene and Independent candidate Oliver Sitengu make up the race. The by-election in Itezhi Tezhi, district has been necessitated following the death of the incumbent Council Chairperson. The creation of Kanchibiya, Lavushimanda and Lunte districts necessitated the need for Council Chairpersons’ elections in the said districts. ECZ will also hold by-elections in eight (8) Local Government Wards namely; Chililalila, Chitwi, Luansobe, Luntomfwe, Libonda, Mpidi Kakonga, Chimanja and Mabinga. The vacancies in eight (8) wards are as a result of deaths and resignations of incumbent Councillors. The post UPND, PF To Renew Rivalry In Sept 14 By-Election appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Freed Hichilema Says Thank You: “I Am Now 10 Times Stronger”

Freed opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has paid tribute to his supporters following an outpouring of love shown to him after his release. Supporters joined Hichilema’s convoy jogging side by side the motorcade from Lusaka Central Prison to the UPND secretariat … Continued

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Freed opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has paid tribute to his supporters following an outpouring of love shown to him after his release. Supporters joined Hichilema’s convoy jogging side by side the motorcade from Lusaka Central Prison to the UPND secretariat through his residence in New Kasama. The distance Hichilema’s supporters covered on foot is estimated at between 12 to 15 kilometers. Hichilema and five others have served a little over four months in jail on treason related charges that have widely been speculated as politically motivated. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Lilian Siyuni discontinued the case when the matter came up for hearing in the High Court this morning. When Hichilema finally arrived at his residence, scores of supporters chanted, “we love you, we love you, we love you.” Hichilema told reporters shortly after alighting from his vehicle he was humbled by the support. The businessman turned politician assured his supporters the harsh prison conditions had not broken him. Instead, Hichilema declared he was 10 times stronger. “Thank you to all of you who drove with us from Chimbokaila prison to our secretariat and finally to our residence. “To those who followed us through various communication channels across the globe, in celebrating our release from prison, we value your support too,” he said. PICTURE SOURCE: Hichilema’s Facebook page The post Freed Hichilema Says Thank You: “I Am Now 10 Times Stronger” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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FDD Oppose Mandatory HIV Testing

Opposition FDD has become the first prominent voice to oppose the announcement HIV testing will be mandatory. The announcement was made by President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday. But FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says mandtory HIV testing is unethical and a … Continued

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Opposition FDD has become the first prominent voice to oppose the announcement HIV testing will be mandatory. The announcement was made by President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday. But FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says mandtory HIV testing is unethical and a violation of human rights. READ ANTONIO MWANZA’S STATEMENT President Edgar Lungu has declared HIV testing mandatory or compulsory, meaning that from now on you will be forced to take an HIV test whether you want or not. As FDD we strongly oppose mandatory HIV testing for a number of reasons: Mandatory HIV testing is unethical as it violates human rights; it violates the privacy and bodily integrity of persons and is actually detrimental to public health as it is counterproductive as many people would shy away from health centres for fear of being forced into testing against their will. No one, not even a government has the right to force someone to take a test they don’t want to. People must take a conscious decision to either take the HIV test or not. In the case of Lewanika vs. Frederick Chiluba, the Supreme Court of Zambia ruled that extracting a blood sample from any person without their consent is an infringement on their constitutional right and must not be tolerated. Studies the world over have proved that mandatory testing does not result into reduced cases of HIV and AIDS. There is no evidence whatsoever that mandatory testing of HIV results into behavioural change. The World Health Organisation, to which Zambia is a signatory has defined five key components(5-Cs) that must be respected and adhered to by all HTC services. These components are: 1. Consent 2. Confidentiality 3. Counselling 4. Correct test results 5. Connection/linkage to prevention, care and treatment. The five Cs, and the key principles they entail, apply to all models of HTC services. People being tested for HIV must give informed consent to be tested. They must be physically and pychologically prepared to take the test. They must be informed of the process for HTC, the services that will be available depending on the results, and their right to refuse testing. Mandatory or compulsory (coerced) testing is never appropriate, regardless of where that coercion comes from, government inclusive. The UNAIDS World AIDS Day Report of 2012 provides evidence that adhering to the principles of voluntary testing and practices for HTC and linking those tested to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support can enable countries to reduce the incidence of new HIV infections and reduce HIV-related morbidity and mortality. These gains are further enhanced when countries take steps to increase access to: voluntary HTC, including for key at-risk and vulnerable populations; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT); and ARV treatment to all those who need it. Instead of forcing people to test for HIV against their own will, government should instead focus its energies on addressing the following issues in order to combat the spread of HIV: 1. Ensuring expanded access through an ethical process for conducting HTC, including defining the purpose of the test and the risks and benefits to the person being tested. 2. Assuring linkages between the site where the test is conducted and appropriate treatment, care, prevention, and other services, in an environment that guarantees confidentiality of all medical information. 3. Addressing the implications of a positive test result, including the risk of discrimination and stigma and the importance of early enrolment in HIV treatment, care and follow-up services as needed. 4. Reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination at all levels, including within health-care settings. 5. Ensuring a supportive legal and policy framework within which the response is scaled up, including safeguarding the human rights of people accessing HTC and other services. 6. Improving the healthcare infrastructure so quality services adhering to these principles can be sustained in the face of increased demand for testing, treatment, and related services and ensures effective monitoring and evaluation is in place. Issued by Antonio Mwanza, FDD Deputy National Secretary and Party Spokesperson. The post FDD Oppose Mandatory HIV Testing appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPND MPs to Snub Pres. Lungu Again

The Second Session of the Twelfth National Assembly will open on Friday 15th September, 2017 with President Edgar Lungu expected to grace the ceremony. Acting Clerk of the National Assembly Cecilia Mbewe who replaced Doris Mwiinga stated that Head of … Continued

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The Second Session of the Twelfth National Assembly will open on Friday 15th September, 2017 with President Edgar Lungu expected to grace the ceremony. Acting Clerk of the National Assembly Cecilia Mbewe who replaced Doris Mwiinga stated that Head of State will open session. The presidential address of parliament has become synonymous with protests by the opposition lawmakers that have twice snubbed him. In the last sitting Speaker of the National Assembly suspended UPND MPs from the house for one month for having boycotted President Lungu’s address to parliament. The UPND MPs missed out on the last half of the last session as they served their suspension. It is unclear whether UPND MPs will attend despite the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly advising all Members of Parliament to be in Lusaka by Thursday 14th September 2017. The post UPND MPs to Snub Pres. Lungu Again appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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MMD Mobilization Team Pays Courtesy Call On Chief Kizela In North Western

The MMD team on a mobilization tour of North Western Province on Wednesday visited Chief Kizela of the Kaonde people of Mufumbwe. Team Leader Mtolo Phiri said they had taken time to visit his royal highness to wish him a … Continued

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The MMD team on a mobilization tour of North Western Province on Wednesday visited Chief Kizela of the Kaonde people of Mufumbwe. Team Leader Mtolo Phiri said they had taken time to visit his royal highness to wish him a full recovery from the stroke he suffered recently and explain what they were doing in his chiefdom. Phiri who is the Vice President of the former ruling party said his party was in the province in a bid to revamp it and ensure that it returns its status as the strongest political party in the province. He said North Western Province was a strong hold of the party but that it had lost its grip due to the challenges the party has gone though since losing elections in 2011. He noted that from his assessment from the three districts the entourage had visited the prospects were positive and that the leadership of the party will do everything possible to return its status in the province. Phiri also took time to clarify to his royal highness that the president of the party Felix Mutati was saving in government at the invitation of President Lungu but he still remains leader of the party. Meanwhile, his royal highness chief Kizela appreciated the visit by the leadership of the former ruling party saying their visit was important so that they could explain the position of the party on a number of issues. He told the entourage that the party was appreciated in the province because of a number of development they initiated when they were in office including opening up the mines in the province. His Royal highness further urged the party leadership to clarify their association with the PF because it was confusing their members. Phiri and his entourage has since proceeded to Zambezi district where they will have meetings with party officials before meeting party structures in Kapombo district. The post MMD Mobilization Team Pays Courtesy Call On Chief Kizela In North Western appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kabimba Visits Hichilema at Mukobeko

Rainbow Party president Wynter Kabimba has visited incarcerated UPND president Hakainde Hichilema at Mukobeko Maximum prison. Kabimba was joined on his visit by some UPND members of parliament among them Douglas Syakalima and Cornelius Mweetwa. The Rainbow Party leader shares … Continued

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Rainbow Party president Wynter Kabimba has visited incarcerated UPND president Hakainde Hichilema at Mukobeko Maximum prison. Kabimba was joined on his visit by some UPND members of parliament among them Douglas Syakalima and Cornelius Mweetwa. The Rainbow Party leader shares a frosty relationship with the UPND and has been one of their harshest critics since influencing their ejection from the failed pact with PF. Kabimba said that he had decided to visit Hichilema although some UPND members took pleasure in verbally assaulting him. “In the situation he is in, he needs encouragement from those of us that are outside because we don’t know the conditions and prison conditions in this country are deplorable that’s why I don’t agree with this new terminology that they are correctional facilities. They are not correctional facilities, there is no way you can correct somebody’s behavior in deplorable conditions. So they are prisons,†he said. “They can use [the term] correctional facility because that’s what the donors who are giving them the money want them to call them but in terms of the conditions, these are deplorable conditions and our people are still living in primitive kind of prison facilities.†Hichilema has been in prison from April 10 when he was bundled away by police and charged with treason. The post Kabimba Visits Hichilema at Mukobeko appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Malema Riles PF Media Boss: He Is A Charlatan ‘Oiled’ By Imperialists

South Africa’s opposition leader Julius Malema’s attacks at President Edgar Lungu have been met with the same force with ruling Patriotic Front media director Sunday Chanda describing the EFF boss an imperialist’s rabid lap dog. In an emotionally charged statement … Continued

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South Africa’s opposition leader Julius Malema’s attacks at President Edgar Lungu have been met with the same force with ruling Patriotic Front media director Sunday Chanda describing the EFF boss an imperialist’s rabid lap dog. In an emotionally charged statement issued on Sunday after social media was dominated by reports Malema had called President Lungu “a coward”, Chanda said Malema was an ignorant political operative. Malema had alleged that President Lungu had declared a State of Emergency and jailed UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema in a bid to kill the opposition. The youthful leader likened President Lungu to South Africa’s fallen apartheid leaders like FW De Klerk. But Chanda said Malema, who runs the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Mmusi Maimane of the Democratic Alliance, enjoyed financial support for their political activities from one source and was therefore parroting an agenda of imperialists. “The perfect definition of Malema and which we agree with in its entirety is the one provided by Zimbabwe’s information minister, Chris Mushohwe who described the EFF leader as a *“puny,†a “Gucci revolutionary…a shrunken, talkative joke, a charlatan who fancies himself big and cute enough to pass comment and judgment on developments elsewhere on the continent. “What an embarrassment… We pity and dismiss him as an ignorant youth…†Chanda also said Malema was alien to the laws of Zambia the reason he exposed his ignorance on a political podium to claim the current was operating under a State of Emergency. READ THE PF FULL STATEMENT PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *AN IMPERIALIST’S RABID LAP DOG RUNNING ERRANDS FOR HIS MASTERS* Lusaka, Zambia, 30th July 2017 – We have noted the irritating and insulting remarks against His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu who is also Leader of the Patriotic Front by the ‘shrunken’ Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema who attempts to project himself as the Spokesperson of the Opposition in the Region. In case others did not know, Malema’s EFF and Mmusi Maimane have one paymaster and the two are nothing but puppets of those who seek to control Zambia’s mineral rights. Malema is a coward otherwise he could have jumped on the first plane, fly into Zambia and utter those remarks on the Zambian soil and later observe reactions from Zambians immediately thereafter. Today, Malema cannot travel to a number of countries in the Region, including Botswana because he is a political sell-out who has no right to poke his nose into Zambia’s business! Malema’s ignorance is appalling because there is no State of Emergency in Zambia. The difference between Article 31 and 30 of the Zambian Constitution is very clear. On another end, Malema is a victim of lies told by his paymasters, including UPND National Chairperson Mrs Mutale Nalumango and Douglas Siyakalima during their visit to him earlier this month. Malema and his EFF must be told that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was not arrested by President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema is a criminal suspect under the laws of Zambia which Malema and his minority party must respect. We know that Malema and his EFF have drawn a blank on their effort to politicise a criminal matter. The perfect definition of Malema and which we agree with in its entirety is the one provided by Zimbabwe’s information minister, Chris Mushohwe who described the EFF leader as a *“puny,†a “Gucci revolutionary…a shrunken, talkative joke, a charlatan who fancies himself big and cute enough to pass comment and judgment on developments elsewhere on the continent. What an embarrassment… We pity and dismiss him as an ignorant youth…â€* While we understand that Malema has sold out to forces of capital and paraded himself as an imperialist’s rabid lap dog busy running errands for his masters, he has no business in meddling in Zambia. Issued by Sunday Chanda Media Director Patriot Front Secretariat, Lusaka, Zambia The post Malema Riles PF Media Boss: He Is A Charlatan ‘Oiled’ By Imperialists appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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