The Church May Probably Be Stocking More Fires Of Discord; Zambia Needs Sober Minds To Peaceful Path

Respected Pentecostal clergyman Bishop George Mbulo has admitted the church may be contributing to an already volatile political climate in the country. Bishop Mbulo, founder and senior Pastor of Capital Christian Church in Lusaka, has joined the political discourse urging … Continued

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Respected Pentecostal clergyman Bishop George Mbulo has admitted the church may be contributing to an already volatile political climate in the country. Bishop Mbulo, founder and senior Pastor of Capital Christian Church in Lusaka, has joined the political discourse urging sober minds to prevail. Recently, the Catholic church has widely condemned the prevailing atmosphere with Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu and two other church mother bodies declaring Zambia a dictatorship. The church is also demanding the unconditional release of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who is incarcerated on treason related churches. The charges have been dismissed as politically motivated by the general populace. Hichilema has refused to recognise President Edgar Lungu as a legitimately elected president claiming the August 2016 polls were rigged. Hichilema and the UPND have since petitioned the election. BELOW IS BISHOP MBULO’S MESSAGE MATTERS OF STATE AND CHURCH I am sure many Zambians, both at home and abroad, have probably read through the full scripts of the recent counteracting Press Statements from the Church Umbrella Bodies in Zambia. If you are not privy to the full scripts, you may do well to try and get eCopies and read them for yourself, before you are potentially carried away by some personal, and at times highly opinionated touting of the loudest propounders of current affairs about Zambia. Now, whichever side of the current debate you find yourself on, it’s my prayer and hope that as someone who may care enough about the happenings in Zambia, you prayerfully consider the essential and mutual expectation, after the dust has settled, that we preserve the only land and nation some of us may call our own, even with the opportunity others may rightfully have of having a second home abroad. It’s rather unfortunate, to say the least, that the Church, to which I am indelibly associated, instead of trying to find ways of prudently mediating, in an unbiased manner, in our undeniably serious prevailing partisan political strains, we sadly find ourselves, as a church, probably stocking more fires of discord in our nation. Admittedly, we have seemingly some strains in relationships among the Church Umbrella Bodies, more so between Zambia Episcopal Council (ZEC)/Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) on one hand and Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) on the other. Of equal gravity is the seeming internal strains within the newly elected EFZ Executive Leadership: the new EFZ Chairperson and his re-elected Vice Chairperson on one hand, and the rest of the 5 EFZ Executive Board Members on the other, as exhibited by the recent EFZ Press Release Signatories, with the two top leaders abstaining from signing the press release supported by the majority of the EFZ Executive Board. Also, as has been observed in the press and on social media, even within the fraternity of the Zambia Council of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) who are the leaders of ZEC, some Roman Catholic Clergy (Bishops) and affiliates are publicly and openly distancing themselves from their Archbishop’s pronouncements, which supposedly were presented on behalf of the three Church Umbrella Bodies in general, and Zambian Roman Catholics in particular. As if that was not enough, CCZ has had one of it’s major Affiliates distance itself from the supposedly Church Mother Bodies’ Press Statement. The matters at hand, and currently in national discourse, are serious; and should have sober and expeditious resolve, so that as a nation we can go about what we are known for: A Peaceful and Christian Nation Aspiring for a better Zambia for All. The above sentiment, notwithstanding, should NOT however be disingenuously pursued and hijacked by few who may be biased and evidently politically partisan members of our Church fraternity. Much more may be going on behind the scenes, deserving much prayer and wise and unbiased nonpartisan interventions, for the welfare of the church and our beloved nation of Zambia. Please, pray for wisdom and sincerity of heart for all those who may have opportunity to directly and officially deliberate in this current national discourse. Shalom! Bishop George Mbulo Senior Pastor Capital Christian Ministries International (Affiliate Member of EFZ) The post The Church May Probably Be Stocking More Fires Of Discord; Zambia Needs Sober Minds To Peaceful Path appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Minister Battles Contempt In Hichilema Treason Case

Lusaka Magistrate Ireen Wushimanga this afternoon ruled that Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili, standing as an accused person, must take plea before the court could delve into preliminary applications. Sumaili’s lawyer Eric Silwamba had raised preliminary … Continued

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Lusaka Magistrate Ireen Wushimanga this afternoon ruled that Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili, standing as an accused person, must take plea before the court could delve into preliminary applications. Sumaili’s lawyer Eric Silwamba had raised preliminary issues arguing whether the DPP should use her powers to take over the matter. Hichilema’s lawyers have brought criminal contempt charges against Sumaili. Wushimanga has ruled that the arguments by the accused lawyers were not focused and were simply dragging matters back and forth. In light of the ruling by the magistrate, Silwamba submitted that the competence and credibility of the proceedings were now in question. He submitted that the authority the Magistrate relied upon to compel Sumaili to take plea was misapplied. Silwamba stated that according to section 204, an accused may choose to remain quiet or talk and that those are some of the avenues to be followed. He said despite his objection he had put it on record that the accused person was ready to start the matter whichever way the Court had guided. Hichilema’s lawyer Keith Mweemba submitted that it had been canvassed that the accused person could decide to remain quiet but that the law is clear on such, saying the court had powers to make inquiries as to why the accused was refusing to take plea or why he/she chose to remain mute. He warned that the Court could record a plea of guilty if the accused remains mute on malice. The post Minister Battles Contempt In Hichilema Treason Case appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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CSO Applauds UPND For Going To Court Over 48 Suspended MPs

YALI President Andrew Ntwewe has commended UPND MPs for their move to seek judicial review so as to have the punishment mated against them by the Speaker of the National Assembly reduced. And Ntwewe says the Speaker should have taken … Continued

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YALI President Andrew Ntwewe has commended UPND MPs for their move to seek judicial review so as to have the punishment mated against them by the Speaker of the National Assembly reduced. And Ntwewe says the Speaker should have taken the current political situation in the country before meting out the harshest possible punishment as the move adds to the bad picture that is being painted about the country’s democracy and also qualify’s the allegation that Zambia has been turned into a dictatorial state. Ntwewe said in as much as the MPs deserved punishment for boycotting the official opening of parliament and the presidential address it was important to note that 30 days was too much hence the move to seek judicial review was commendable. He said the actions of the Speaker will stifle debate in the house . “Upon critical perusal of the parliamentary standing orders no 72 which provides for punishment to be mated out we note with sadness that the speaker has mated out the harshest punishment possible to an erlring MP. “We note that order No 72 provides three avenues, No 1 it provides 7 day suspension, No 2 it provides for the 14 day suspension and 3 it provides for the 30 day suspension however we note that the speaker has chosen the harshest punishment and this is not good for democracy because we believe that MPs should be in parliament to debate and formulate bills that will have a positive bearing on the lives of people. “In this situation we want to believe that the move is not good for our country’s democracy because the debate in parliament is going to be seriously compromised as it will be MPs from the governing party and if they are only MPs from the governing party that does not paint a good picture about our country,” he said. He wondered what the international community will say about Zambia’s democracy when they read that MPs from the opposition have been suspended while their leader is incarcerated. “There should have been some humanity exercised when the speaker was mating out his punishment. The reason why we are talking about humanity or Ubuntu is that, the country right now is engulfed in serious political debate and there have been so much political tension from the 2016 election that Zambia is sliding in terms of democracy and respect for human rights and so the speaker should have taken a number of facts into account before mating out such kind of punishment. “One has to take cognizant of the fact that the UPND MPs will be suspended while their leader is in incarcerated so what does that say about the country to the person who is reading about it out there? They will conclude that the country has indeed sliden into dictatorship,” he said. On Tuesday Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini suspended 48 UPND MPs as punishment for missing the presidential address to parliament. The UPND through their chairman for Legal Affairs Jack Mwiimbu said they will seek judicial review to challenge the decision by the legislature. The post CSO Applauds UPND For Going To Court Over 48 Suspended MPs appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema’s Wife Weeps; “They’re Determined To Kill Hakainde”

Incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s wife, Mutinta, this afternoon wept as she talked to journalists following the abrupt transfer of her husband from Lusaka Central Prison to Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe. Mutinta accused the Zambian government of attempting to … Continued

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Incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s wife, Mutinta, this afternoon wept as she talked to journalists following the abrupt transfer of her husband from Lusaka Central Prison to Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe. Mutinta accused the Zambian government of attempting to eliminate Hichilema because he was a political threat to their ambition of holding on to power. “They never came to arrest Hakainde here, they came to kill and they are still determined to kill my husband. Anyway my God is watching. The same God that saved my husband that night is the same God who is going to save him even now,” she said in between sobs. Mutinta wondered how the rest of the country was watching as Hichilema is tortured and humiliated at the hands of political powers. “They are saying that Zambia is not a dictator, this is a dictator. This is a full blown dictator. If as a wife am not told where my husband has been taken to, am the next of keen, his family members are not told and you say this is a democracy? “I don’t know where this country is going. Am afraid, if people can just move into somebody’s house without any permit, without any warrant, they come and break the house and the whole nation is watching. “They come to the house to come and kill and the whole nation is watching, this is what has happened to Hakainde,” she said. Mutinta says justice will one day prevail and her husband will walk to freedom. “I am appealing to all the people of Zambia, I know you are praying, the people of Zambia are praying, we have no weapons. “UPND people have got no weapons, they have got no police to run to, they have got no guns, our guns are our prayers. “The people of Zambia are crying, but the tears will not just go in vain, one day! My husband will walk to freedom and justice shall prevail,†she said. Mutinta said the delay in disposing of Hichilema’s treason case that has dragged for two months now was a gimmick to keep him behind bars. The post Hichilema’s Wife Weeps; “They’re Determined To Kill Hakainde” appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF Claims Hichilema Snubbed GBM

The Patriotic Front has published a litany of allegations claiming incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema snubbed his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba who made a first appearance at court 60 days after the arrest. GBM, as Mwamba is commonly known, was … Continued

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The Patriotic Front has published a litany of allegations claiming incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema snubbed his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba who made a first appearance at court 60 days after the arrest. GBM, as Mwamba is commonly known, was the prominent figure at Hichilema’s court appearance at which his treason charge was committed to the High Court. The last time GBM was seen around the matter involving Hichilema was on April 10 when he rushed to his leader’s home as state police raided the property. BELOW IS A NARRATIVE BY THE PF ON THE GBM-HICHILEMA RELATIONSHIP AFTER OVER A MONTH of speculation about his whereabouts, UPND vice president Godfrey Bwalya Mwamba today showed up at court for the first time to show solidarity for his incacerated leader Hakainde Hichilema. Mwamba who is perceived to have been in hiding outside the country for fear of being arrested today suprisingly showed up at the Lusaka Magistrate Court and offered solidarity to Hichilema who has been arrested and charged for treason. Mwamba has finally decided to show up after fury from UPND supporters questioning why he had abandoned Hichilema. Mwamba shook hands with Hichilema but rather than a solidarity brotherly exchange marked with warmth, a mere exchange of pleasantaries was witnessed between the two leaders. Those close to Mwamba revealed that he has been secretly plotting to take over UPND and Hichilema has gotten wind of it. It is also reported that serving members mostly ‘Tonga’s’ have also refused GBM’s proposal others who have vehemently refused GBM’s proposal are traditional leaders such as chief Mukuni, but who has allegedly received colossal amounts of money from GBM. “He has tried to work with Ba Gary, we even had a meeting nomba Gary nimbuli, (coward)… GBM offered him Vice President. GBM knows HH is not voming out soon anyway katwishi but we will be meeting with Cornelius, Maureen and a few others who do not view HH as a god,” a source revealed. The post PF Claims Hichilema Snubbed GBM appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Awaits Confirmation Of Committal To The High Court

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema is expected to be committed to the High Court when his treason case comes before Magistrate David Simusamba today. The matter took a new twist when Hichilema’s lawyers abandoned their call for judicial review on the … Continued

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UPND president Hakainde Hichilema is expected to be committed to the High Court when his treason case comes before Magistrate David Simusamba today. The matter took a new twist when Hichilema’s lawyers abandoned their call for judicial review on the validity of certificate of committal that was not signed by the Director of Public Prosecution. The legal team had also been challenging the credibility of the treason charge but opted to slug it out through proving that the charge lacks merit. Hichilema’s defense team had also filed a notice to abridge time by bringing the case forward as opposed to June 12which his case had been adjourned to. The contentious certificate of committal was signed by deputy chief state advocate Marriam Matandala. Magistrate Simusamba had granted Hichilema the right to seek judicial review as accused persons had been committed to the High Court for trial on instructions signed by the state advocates and not the director of public prosecutions.’ Once the committal to the High Court is confirmed, the case will now be cause listed with trial set to commence whenever there is an opening on the cause list. The post Hichilema Awaits Confirmation Of Committal To The High Court appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema’s Spirit Is Ravaged; I Wept – Saviour Chishimba

Opposition leader Saviour Chishimba says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s spirit is ravaged. Chishimba says visiting Hichilema who has spent nearly 60 days in jail was heartbreaking “The situation is pathetic and no sensible leader would wish to incarcerate a fellow … Continued

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Opposition leader Saviour Chishimba says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s spirit is ravaged. Chishimba says visiting Hichilema who has spent nearly 60 days in jail was heartbreaking “The situation is pathetic and no sensible leader would wish to incarcerate a fellow human being like that. I broke down, but he is the one who encouraged me to be strong,” he narrates. BELOW IS HICHILEMA’S FULL STATEMENT IN DEEP PAIN AND SADNESS AFTER VISITING HH! Please #FreeHH! I am just returning from Lusaka Central Prison (Chimbokaila) where I had gone to visit my brother and comrade in the new struggle Hakainde Hichilema. Fellow compatriots, the situation is pathetic and no sensible leader would wish to incarcerate a fellow human being like that. I broke down, but he is the one who encouraged me to be strong. We hugged each other for several minutes without uttering a word, but in tears. Though our comrade is trying very hard to be strong, I clearly saw that he is agonising – his spirit is dampened and ravaged. His eyes are in a state of weeping. He repeatedly said, “…my brother, I am innocent…I did not commit treason…I am innocent ba President Chishimba…” State power I don’t have at the moment to release my brother, but such as I have I gave – PRAYER. We prayed for close to one hour together and raised a cry unto the LORD God of Heaven! Hon Mwaliteta was also there. God desires justice for all! The PF regime will reap the injustices that they are planting today. Being the first time in my life to enter a prison today, I was in utter shock to see the conditions under which inmates live. I saw pain in the eyes of visiting relatives. Some of the inmates are very weak and sickly. Some have been in remand for over a decade and they are still waiting for trial. I learned that one inmate was remanded for 10 years for a crime he did not commit, but it was only yesterday that he walked to freedom. How many of our brothers and sisters are going through this? The prison is also overcrowded! This is not the Zambia freedom fighters fought for!!! Let us arise and fight for justice!!! Meanwhile, we have learned from some sources that Lusaka Central Prison is about to be sold by the PF regime and all the prisoners will be transferred to Mwembeshi. We shall get to the root of this before issuing a comprehensive statement. God strengthen our brother HH and his family! God bless our nation! Saviour Chishimba UPP PRESIDENT #UPP: #Dignity & #Justice for #All! The post Hichilema’s Spirit Is Ravaged; I Wept – Saviour Chishimba appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Germans Upset With Hichilema’s Incarceration

A German diplomatic says the continued detention of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was an obvious case of political persecution. The chairperson of the German parliamentary committee for Southern African Development Community (SADC) Martin Rabanus says Europe will continue to speak … Continued

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A German diplomatic says the continued detention of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was an obvious case of political persecution. The chairperson of the German parliamentary committee for Southern African Development Community (SADC) Martin Rabanus says Europe will continue to speak out when opposition leaders in the region are “incarcerated for obvious political reasonsâ€. Rabanus was speaking when he met a group of journalists from Southern Africa at the German parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin German. The German law maker was echoing the decision by the EU parliament to call for the release of Hakainde Hichilema. He said much as that was seen as interference in Zambia’s internal affairs, European countries like Germany considered Zambia a key partner in development and as such there was need to speak out on matters of concern. Hichilema has remained in prison since April 11 when his residence was raided before his arrest and subsequent charge of treason which is non-bailable. The political troubles of Hichilema starts from an incident in which his convoy did not yield to the presidential motorcade during a traditional ceremony in Mongu. The post Germans Upset With Hichilema’s Incarceration appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Amos Chanda Says Hichilema’s Motorcade Action Was Foolish

Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda says Hakainde Hichilema’s actions to obstruct the presidential motorcade was not only careless but foolish. Featuring on Al-jazeera, ‘The Stream’ online interview show last night, with panelist PMRC Executive director Bernadette Deka, social commentator Laura Miti … Continued

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Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda says Hakainde Hichilema’s actions to obstruct the presidential motorcade was not only careless but foolish. Featuring on Al-jazeera, ‘The Stream’ online interview show last night, with panelist PMRC Executive director Bernadette Deka, social commentator Laura Miti and Hichilema’s press secretary Brian Mwiinga who cried out that Chanda was using dictatorial language. Mwiinga says calling Hichilema’s action foolish in the alleged attempt to block the Presidential motorcade was dictatorial language. However, Chanda lashed back and refused to withdraw his comment noting that Hichilema’s actions should be called as they are ‘FOOLISH.’ Mwiinga who appeared to be first confident could not defend his leaders actions as President Lungu’s aide calmly explained and speculated why Hichilema was being tried for treason. “…I can only speculate why Hichilema is being for treason but what do you call the endangering of the life of the President. Hichilema is being tried for treason because he endangered the life of the President,†Chanda explained. The international mediators who screened the video observed that it was very chaotic to see the presidential motorcade obstructed in such matter however they questioned whether that warranted treason. They went on to question the emerging social media allegations on the state of democracy in the country as speculations on social media have been pointing that the country was sliding into dictatorship. Chanda to that posed an interesting question; “Should democracy license illegality?†He went on to explain that just because the country was a democracy did not mean rules and laws could be broken. He said while there is no law binding Hichilema to recognise the election of President Lung, Chanda noted the opposition leader drew the line when he begun to incite people to do the same thus causing chaos. The presidential spokesperson has challenged the UPND to name any journalist, social or political commentators incarcerated or being tried for airing their independent opinion. Meanwhile, Mwiinga was challenged when he alleged that Presidential Spokesperson Amos Chanda had been giving media statements that Hichilema should not be allowed to speak to the media during his incarcerated period. Chanda questioned Mwiinga to state the authenticity of his statement saying such falsehood was not good for Zambia. The former Zambia Daily Mail News Editor said Zambia’s democracy still flourishes and could not be compared to any other country in the region. He wondered how Mwiinga would say Hichilema was being denied a chance to speak but yet media houses are still carrying screaming headlines from him even as of date. Chanda brought to attention that today a named newspaper carried a headline from Hichilema alleging that President Lungu was running a brutal dictatorship. He added that individuals such as UPND Mazabuka member of parliament Gary Nkombo had uttered words that could not be repeated on live TV but has been left scotfree. Chanda added that some mischievous people were using social media to peddle falsehoods and paint black what was white. The post Amos Chanda Says Hichilema’s Motorcade Action Was Foolish appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Incarceration Is A Big Problem For PF, Says Tayali

Opposition leader Chilufya Tayali says the incarceration of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on a non-bailable treason charge is a big problem for the ruling Patriotic Front. Tayali, the Economic and Equity Party (EEP) leader, says the current political episode had … Continued

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Opposition leader Chilufya Tayali says the incarceration of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on a non-bailable treason charge is a big problem for the ruling Patriotic Front. Tayali, the Economic and Equity Party (EEP) leader, says the current political episode had the potential to backfire on the ruling party. “Even if I am on a truce, at least I can remind my friends in PF that, this HH you have incarcerated, is a big problem you are bringing upon youeselves and the Country. “At the end of the day, “noushalimo akabamo” (even though who were not part of it, will be drawn into it),” he said. Tayali says it is sad to learn that the powerful South African worker’s union, NUMSA, had released a statement alleging that President Edgar Lungu is a dictator. “Tonight we have a live Aljazeera’s “The Stream program” to discuss our governance in relation to HH. “PF have decorated their discussants like wedding cards but pressure is on them to explain how HH is charged with treason. “They have even brought in Makebi Zulu to help with the questions because last time Amos was on BBC, it was an embarrassment,” he adds. Tayali says he has been compelled to write a letter to President Lungu tomorrow asking for a meeting. “If he refuses to see us, as EEP, then we will go back to our campaigns on a different level,” he writes. Hichilema has been languishing in a Lusaka jail for nearly two months after his home was raided on April 10 following an incident in Mongu in which his convoy did not yield to a presidential motorcade. The post Hichilema Incarceration Is A Big Problem For PF, Says Tayali appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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