Sunday 18 February 2018
(Zambia Reports 05/10/13)
In what was regarded as a crucial decision for the future of Zambia’s judiciary, today the Supreme Court issued a narrow and ambiguous decision allowing President Michael Sata the discretion to form a special tribunal chaired by the Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa. The 100-page ruling took some four hours to read by Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda. Amid confusion from some premature reports from the courtroom, Justice Chibesakunda’s key determination was that judicial review could not halt a tribunal, as it was an independent body that could grant the suspended judges the right to be heard. By a vote of 4 to 7, the Supreme Court resolved to advise the government against the formation of a such a tribunal as it...
(Lusaka Times 05/10/13)
Republican President Michael Sata has cautioned State Counsels against criticizing government in the public. President Sata said this at a swearing-in ceremony at State house this morning. President said that criticizing the state in public does not portray a good picture to the Zambian people and the outside world at large. He said that he will not hesitate to revoke the status of State counsel on lawyers who are in the habit of criticizing government in public. Mr Sata stated that State Counsels are supposed to advise government and not to be critics of government. And President Sata has called on those posted to serve in the Foreign Service to make their presence known in their respective missions of service...
(Zambia Reports 05/10/13)
Human rights activist Brebner Changala has described the Supreme Court judgement on the setting up of a tribunal to investigate three judges as a sham of an event that would not last in the books of law. Changala said in Lusaka that it was clear from the onset that the judgement, which was delivered by acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda was meant to protect friends of President Michael Sata and not to serve the people of Zambia, especially the majority poor. “How does a judge get penalized while performing his judicial duties? This is now a task for our law fraternity and the concerned citizens to defend the judiciary and the young democracy. This judgement will definitely not stand in...
(Zambia Reports 05/10/13)
Henry Banda, the son of the former President Rupiah Banda, has been cleared by Interpol and removed from their system after the government of Zambia failed to present charges or evidence over the past 16 months, according to a an article published in the Mail & Guardian newspaper. According to documentation cited by the newspaper, no details of the charges were ever released and no legal case for extradition was presented to South Africa, despite numerous requests from Banda’s lawyers. Interpol confirmed that an investigation into the case notes had “raised strong doubts concerning compliance with Interpol rules” on behalf of the Patriotic Front government, the article states. “There never were any formal charges. From inception, it has been obvious...
(The Zimbabwe Mail 05/10/13)
HARARE - Robert Mugabe met the beleaguered Zambian Vice President Mr Guy Scott at State House in Harare yesterday to finalise the and agreement for his party to import 150 000 tonnes of maize from that country which will be used for campaign. Last year The Zimbabwe Mail reported that Zambian Food Reserve Agency (FRA) signed a US$42.5 million contract with a shadowy Zimbabwean company linked to State Security agency CIO, Sakunda Trading of Zimbabwe for the sale of 300, 000 metric tonnes of maize in a deal believed to be a secret pact between President Mugabe and his Zambian counter-part Michael Sata. Zambian President Michea Sata has pledged his backing for Robert Mugabe re-election. FRA public relations officer Mwamba...
(Zambia Online News 05/08/13)
The Supreme Court has upheld the High Court’s decision to nullify the election of MMD’s Rueben Mtolo Phiri as Chipata central Member of Parliament. Patriotic Front losing candidate Lameck Mangani had petitioned the election of Mr Phiri as Member of Parliament in the 2011 elections citing electoral malpractices. The high court subsequently nullified the seat but Phiri had appealed to Supreme Court against the High court judgment. Supreme Court judge Mervin Mwanamwambwa upheld the High court decision when he delivered judgment in the matter this morning on grounds that there were electoral malpractices.
(Zambian Eye 05/08/13)
NDOLA Lime Company has shut down its plant as workers protest over salary improved working conditions. A check by ZANIS at the plant in Ndola today found workers camped outside the company premises as no one was allowed to get into the plant. Efforts to get the Company management to comment on the matter were unsuccessful by broadcast time at the Directors were locked in an emergency meeting over the matter. But impeccable sources at the company confirmed the shut down but could not give the details. They instead referred all quires to company Public Relations Manager Muke Meleke . However, when contacted, Mr. Meleke referred all the questions to company secretary a Mr Kapambwe who was reported out of...
(Daily Nation 05/08/13)
Zambia is facing a serious political, social and economic crisis opposition Narep President Elias Chipimo has said. Mr Chipimo also charged that there was no official roadmap for a constitution-making process that has gobbled billions money. “Our second highest ranked Government official stands accused of inappropriate and undiplomatic language against our biggest trading partner in Africa, public order laws continue to be applied selectively to silence and intimidate the Opposition, laws continue to be amended and altered without adequate stakeholder consultation creating uncertainty and deterring inward and external investment, the energy crisis continues unabated with load-shedding now a standard feature in the majority of the homes of those lucky enough to have electricity, stories of untold misery in health institutions...
(Daily Nation 05/08/13)
A substantive Chief Justice should be appointed immediately to give focus and direction to the judicial reforms that are intended to give credibility to the judiciary, Bishop John Mambo has said. It was very sad, he said, that the Judiciary was so compromised that judgments could be predicted long before delivery depending on the judge handling a matter. He added that the current status subsisting in the judiciary had eroded the confidence of the Zambians people, “ A new Chief Justice must be appointed to spearhead reforms that are so badly needed.” He said. Speaking during a press briefing of Alliance for Good Governance yesterday the Bishop decried the fact that the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) was also toothless compounding...
(Zambia Reports 05/07/13)
UNZA RiotsPolice in Lusaka have sealed-off part of Great East Road after University of Zambia students set fire and stoned motorists in protest of reported increase in tuition fees. It is the second riot the Zambia Police has had to deal with in a day after officers and bus drivers clashed in the Southern Province city of Choma. Motorists leaving Lusaka’s Central Business District (CBD) heading to areas on the Eastern part of the city and the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport are being forced to find alternative routes. “Cops have sealed off Great road. There is a fire around UNZA,” an eyewitness has told Zambia Reports. This is the third riot at UNZA this year as students were on the...
(Zambia Reports 05/07/13)
zambia-electionThe never ending tale of government induced by-elections has continued with yet another parliamentary election this time in Chipata. Supreme Court Judge Marvin Mwanamwambwa this morning upheld the nullification of the election of MMD Member of Parliament Reuben Mutolo Phiri whose election was petitioned by the Patriotic Front’s now out of favour member Lameck Mangani. Mangani’s petition is one of over 50 the ruling party has targeted in a bid to weaken the opposition. The former home affairs minister finds himself in an awkward position following the PF identifying Meanwood Properties Director Robinson Zulu. Curiously the seat was nullified on allegations that Phiri aws dishing out money to the electorate yet Zulu has so far laid the ground by having...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/07/13)
The supreme court has nullified the election of MMD Chipata Central MP Reuben Mtolo Phiri that losing PF candidate Lameck Mangani had petitioned. But ailing dictator president Michael Sata today said PF welcomes the by-elections as they are not breaking any laws. This is the fourth PF engineered by-election that is also likely to be held together with Feira, Kafulafuta, Solwezi East, and now Chipata Central. Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda is under instructions to nullify all the by-elections under her courts as a condition to be confirmed without going through a parliamentary select committee. The timing of the ruling and resignations of others from MMD to Pf was also meant to stretch the opposition as the Electoral Commission of...
(Zambia Reports 05/07/13)
REMARKS BY DR NEVERS MUMBA, PRESIDENT OF THE MOVEMENT FOR MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY AT THE AFRICAN UNION 6TH REGION DIASPORA SUMMIT 2013. Ladies and Gentlemen, I am greatly honoured to have been given the opportunity to deliver a key note speech here in Canada for this first sixth regional summit after the declaration of last year. I feel warmth in my heart that it is being held here in Canada, where I served as my country’s High Commissioner only a short while ago. I am truly humbled. Today I want to provoke thought and action towards the implementation of this most noble endeavour. As we celebrate 50 years of Pan Africanism and as we attempt to realize the dream of African...
(Voice of America 05/07/13)
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa has reassured the government in Pretoria that diplomatic relations between the two nations will remain strong, according to Clayson Monyela, South African Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesman. “South Africa noted with regret this negative comment about South Africa attributed to the vice president of Zambia,” said Monyela, referring to a report in the Guardian newspaper. “What we have received from the Zambia High Commissioner,” continued Monyela, “is that relationship between Zambia and South Africa remains strong, solid, friendly and fraternal and historical. We will seek an explanation from him in terms of what do these remarks mean in the context of our bilateral relations.” Last week, South Africa summoned Zambia’s ambassador Muyeba Chikonde to explain...
(Lusaka Times 05/06/13)
The Zambia Consumers Association (ZACA) has called on government to reconsider the move to increase fuel pump prices as it has adverse effects on the national economy. In an interview with ZANIS today, ZACA Executive Director Muyunda Ilionga said the move will result in increased cost of living for the Zambian population, whose majority is still wallowing in poverty. Mr Ililonga has implored government to also consider the plight of the unemployed, poor and lowly paid citizens whose budgets cannot be stretched. He stated that the increase in fuel prices will lead to increased cost of goods and services thereby impacting the lending services in the banking sector as workers will not have the capacity to save. ZACA further explained...
(Lusaka Times 05/06/13)
Action Aid Zambia has observed that tax avoidance by multinational companies that are operating in the country was rampant and widespread. Country Director Pamela Chisanga disclosed that following her organisation’s revelation of alleged tax avoidance scandal by Zambia Sugar, many informants have come out to testify of tax avoidance bordering on tax evasion by many companies in the country. Ms. Chisanga told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that Action Aid would name other companies that were involved in tax evasion but will have to verify this information before doing so. She has since urged government to tighten up its regulatory roles in order to seal all the loopholes being used by companies to avoid paying tax. She said...
(Times of Zambia 05/06/13)
FINANCE Minister Alexander Chikwanda has signed a Statutory Instrument (SI) that brings into force the Bank of Zambia (Monitoring of Balance of Payments) Regulations 2013, whose objective is to monitor Balance of Payments in a transparent manner. This is according to a statement released in Lusaka yesterday by the ministry’s public relations officer Chileshe Kandeta. “The Ministry of Finance takes this opportunity to affirm that in no way do the regulations stipulated in the SI32 of 2013 constitute any intentions, implied, disguised, concealed or otherwise by any other definition, to introduce exchange controls in Zambia,” Mr Kandeta said. He said instead of denigrating the regulations, the measures should be seen as a significant step towards creating high transparency standards in...
(Times of Zambia 05/06/13)
MOVEMENT for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) Kafulafuta Member of Parliament James Chishiba and his entire constituency leadership have officially defected from the party to join the ruling Patriotic Front(PF). Mr Chishiba said he would work with the people in the area to support Government in developing the country. PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba, who officially received the MP and other defectors at Mutaba Basic School in Kafulafuta Constituency yesterday said the decision by Mr Chishiba and other members were welcome by President Sata. Mr Kabimba, who was also Justice Minister, said the party would consider endorsing Mr Chishiba to stand as PF candidate for the by-election because the people in Kafulafuta had chosen to work with him. Mr Kabimba was accompanied...
(Zambian Eye 05/03/13)
Bus operators in Lusaka have increased bus fares to all routes by K100 following the up adjustment of fuel by PF government this week. The prices will be effected by Monday next week, May 6, 2013. Flash Bus Proprietor Ismail Kankhara announced Thursday, May 2, 2013 that the increment has been necessitated by the fuel price and fragile of the kwacha that keeps depreciating against other currencies. On Tuesday, April 30 at midnight fuel went up after the PF government removed the five percent subsidy which it says is not benefit the poor. Today, May 2, 2013 in a statement released by his Spokesperson, President Michael Sata says the removal of the subsidy on petroleum products will enable the state...
(Zambia Reports 05/02/13)
Consumer Unit Trust has condemned the recent increase in fuel prices saying it goes against market forces. The Patriotic Front government removed subsidies on fuel and the price of the commodity has gone up to by KR1.63 (K1,630 old currency) while that of petrol has gone up by KR1.75 (K1, 750 old currency). As a result, a litre of petrol which initially was costing KR8.16 (K8, 160 old currency) will now fetch KR9.91 (K9, 910 old currency) while a litre of diesel which was costing KR7.50 (K7,500 old currency) will now cost KR9.13 (K9, 130 old currency). It is the first time in the history of Zambia a litre of fuel will now host an equivalent of US $2 and...

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