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Green Party President Peter Sinkamba has said that the Minister of Justice’s reported assertions that the prolonged detention of Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri is within the law is is neither here nor there at this point.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Mr Sinkamba said that the minister has no constitutional authority to determine whether the prolonged detention of Mrs Phiri is lawful or not, adding that the issue of whether Mrs Phiri is lawfully detained is neither here nor there at this point.

Mr Sinkamba said that her detention is politically motivated because of her political views and called have called upon the State to either promptly take her to court or release her unconditionally.

Below is the full statement

Minister of Justice is reported to have said that the incarceration of PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri is within the law. We beg to differ with the honorable Minister on this point.

Zambia is a Constitutional democracy Republic. The sovereignty authority of the Republic has been assigned to various public and Constitutional officers. With respect to determination of whether an act is lawful or not has been constitutionally delegated to courts of law. A minister has no authority to determine so. An honorable Haimbe being a State Counsel, he is better place to know this than I do. Put simply, he has no constitutional authority to determine whether the prolonged detention of Mrs Phiri is lawful or not. So, the issue of whether Mrs Phiri is lawfully detained in neither here no there at this point.

The issue we have with the prolonged detention is the motivation for her detention. Most of us hold the view that her detention is politically motivated because of her political views.

Hence, we have called upon the State to either promptly take her to court or release her unconditionally.

The issue raised by the honorable Minister of first in, first out is neither here nor there.

Globally, the problem with political persecution is that the executive can use all sorts of excuses to punish their political opponents. Usually, the State uses institutions such as police, secret service and prisons to achieve these ends, many a time fronting cases that are unbailable such as treason, murder, stealing motor vehicle, etc.
We think that the case of Mrs. Mumbi Phiri falls in the category of politically motivated cases because the charge of murder that has been slapped against her does not add up, just like the case of treason that was levelled against President HH.

In a case of murder, the prosecution must prove beyond every reasonable doubt that the said action or inaction of the accused was intentional and with the knowledge that death or grievous bodily harm was its probable or foreseeable consequence. In simple terms, this means that it must be proved that although the deceased died as a result of what the accused did, the action of the accused was intentional, with the intent of killing the victim or causing grievous bodily harm to the victim.

Intents or intentions (which is called mensrea in legal parlance) is very crucial in criminal trials. It is what determines wether the accused be convicted for murder or for manslaughter. When the prosecution fails to prove that the action of the accused person is intentional to cause the death of the victim, the accused will be convicted for manslaughter instead of murder.

As a decorated lawyer of high standing in the country, the honorable Minister knows too well that in criminal trials, the standard of proof is “beyond reasonable doubt”. In simple terms, this means that the prosecution must prove that the accused committed the crime beyond every atom of doubt that the blind will see and the deaf will hear; that the accused person truly committed that crime visible to the blind and audible to the deaf. The honorable Minister also knows too well that it is usually the person who alleges that another person committed a crime that has the onus to prove that the accused person really committed the crime in question.

Now, when we read the story of the murder that occurred in Kaoma, and how it happened, the offence for which Mrs. Mumbi Phiri is alleged to have committed, it is very clear, even from blind and the deaf that in her case, the three ingredients of a murder case are lacking and cannot be proved by the State in any reasonable tribunal.

So, the only reason why State continues to incarcerate her can only be on political motivation grounds.

We earnestly advise the UPND Government to refrain or desist from such tempting abuse.

In closing, we once again appeal to President HH to intervene in the matter and release Mrs. Mumbi Phiri from this clear case of injustice.

Source: Lusaka Times

INDEED, in Hakainde Hichilema, we have a President who is either extremely naive or who has an extreme appetite for dictatorship or both, Sean Tembo has charged.

The Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) leader suggested in a press statement that President Hichilema appears to see trial as an unnecessary inconvenience.

He charged that to the President, a person is guilty simply because they have been accused of committing an offence “even if they have not been subjected to any trial”.

Tembo has been using his Facebook page to advocate the release of former PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri, who is in detention charged with murder but yet to be tried.

He has been calling on President Hichilema to either take the Phiri to court or release her.

“Hakainde Hichilema made a very unfortunate statement during his last press conference at State House in which he said if it was up to him, he would change the law so that those accused of corruption can be detained for up to 90 days before being taken to court. Clearly the President appears to have very little understanding on how the rule of law should work,” Tembo said.

“To him, a person is guilty simply because they have been accused of committing an offence even if they have not been subjected to any trial. He sees a trial as an unnecessary inconvenience. For a person who wields so much power as Republican President, that is a very dangerous mindset to have. Indeed, in Hakainde Hichilema we have a President who is either extremely naive or who has an extreme appetite for dictatorship or both. Either way, if we relent in holding him accountable, this country will take so many backward strides as far as the rule of law is concerned.”

Tembo said President Hichilema must aspire to be a better person than those who persecuted him.

“Our advice to Hakainde Hichilema is that he should use the power which the Zambian people bestowed on him on 12th August 2021, to do good for the people. Let him use his presidential power to lift people out of poverty, reduce the cost of living, grow the economy, create jobs, enhance the rule of law and constitutionalism and just make Zambia a better place than he found it when he ascended to office,” said Tembo.

“It is common cause that Hakainde Hichilema was mistreated and persecuted by the previous regime during his time in opposition, but he must aspire to be a better person than those who persecuted him. He must set better standards, for it is on the basis of the standards that he sets today, that he will be treated when he leaves office. He must be continuously conscious of the bed that he makes today, for he shall one day be required to lie in it. Take Mumbi Phiri to court or release her from prison.”

Source: Lusaka Times

A Ward Councillor in Malambo Constituency of Mambwe District in the Eastern Province has appealed to the Government to extend the recruitment of more staff to other ministries that are currently understaffed.

The Ncheka Ward Councillor Benson Phiri appealed to the government to recruit more staff under the Department of National Parks and Wildlife so that they can quickly respond to emergencies involving human-wildlife conflict in areas like Mambwe District.

Mr Phiri said Mambwe District is a Game Management Area and the department of national parks receives a lot of emergency reports from various chiefdoms which need beefed-up manpower.

Mr Phiri told ZANIS in a telephone interview that because of the understaffing levels of some of the Government departments, residents are the ones who end up suffering when emergencies arise.

“Seeing that some departments are understaffed like the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, for example, let me take this opportunity as Councillor for Ncheka Ward and lobby the Government to extend the recruitment of staff in other Ministries countrywide as it did with the Ministry of Education and soon, the Ministry of Health,” he said.

And Mr Phiri further thanked the Department of National Parks and Wildlife for promptly swinging into action and gunning down one of the Lions that has been terrorising the residents of Ncheka Ward and killing domestic animals.

He appealed to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife to also quickly relocate the two Lion cabs that are still roaming the Ward to where they are supposed to be before they cause harm.

Mr Phiri also urged Ncheka residents and other residents of Mambwe District to report such incidents to responsible authorities in good time so that they can act promptly to avoid any possible disasters.

Jonas Phiri, a resident of Ncheka also thanked the Department of National Parks and Wildlife for coming to the aid of the residents before any human life could be lost.

Mr Phiri added that sanity has now been restored in the area and people are now able to move about freely and carry out their daily activities.

In the recent past, a pride of lions has been terrorizing the resident of Ncheka Ward and killed a goat and donkey.

Source: Lusaka Times

A court in Egypt has called for a legal amendment to allow live broadcast of the execution of the killer of a female student.

Egyptians were horrified after video footage went viral last month purportedly showing Mohammed Adel stabbing to death Nayera Ashraf, who rejected his advances, outside her university.

In a letter to parliament, the court that sentenced the 22-year-old to death said the broadcast of even a part of the proceedings could achieve the goal of deterrence.

Egypt does not broadcast executions, which are always carried out by hanging inside prisons.

A 2015 United Nations survey said nearly eight million Egyptian women were victims of violence.

Source: BBC

At least 33 people have been killed and several others injured in central Kenya after a bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river.

The authorities say that 10 people survived the Sunday night accident.

The vehicle was travelling from the town of Meru to the coastal city of Mombasa when the accident happened.

Police say preliminary investigations suggest the brakes may have failed.

A search and rescue operation is under way and the death toll is expected to rise.

Images from the scene showed the mangled wreckage of the bus with the roof completely ripped off and personal belongings strewn all over.

The bus is said to have veered off the bridge and plunged some 40m below into the Nithi River.

The incident is the latest in a series of deadly road accidents in Kenya.

Source: BBC

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has approved bursary-applications worth K1.2 million for selected secondary boarding school and skills training in Ndola’s Bwana Mkubwa Constituency under the 2022 Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Ndola City Council Public Relations Manager Rebecca Mushota has confirmed that the Ministry of Local Government has approved six successful secondary boarding school bursary applications and the bursaries are worth K6, 000.

Ms. Mushota said the approved skills development bursary applications are 273 worth K1, 240, 810.

Meanwhile, the Ministry has approved nine carryover community projects under the 2021 Kabushi Constituency CDF.

“The approved bursary applications are worth over K1.2 million. The Ministry has approved six successful secondary boarding school bursary applications and the bursaries are worth K6, 000.The approved skills development bursary applications are 273 worth K1, 240, 810. The Bwana Mkubwa CDF Committee received 12 secondary boarding bursary applications, out of which, six were selected and 700 skills training bursary applications out of which 273 were successful,” Ms. Mushota revealed to journalists in Ndola.

“The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has also approved three successful community projects for Bwana Mkubwa under the 2021 CDF. The projects are worth K1, 532, 028.43.A total of 30 community project proposals were received out of which, and three were selected. Meanwhile, the Ministry has approved nine carryover community projects under the 2021 Kabushi Constituency CDF. The total worth of the projects is K1, 439, 076.47.”

Ms. Mushota concluded:”The Kabushi CDF Committee received 17 community project proposals out of which nine were successful. The Ndola City Council will continue updating the residents on the various CDF processes.”

Source: Lusaka Times

Shepolopolo Zambia failed to reach the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup final following a controversial 1-0 loss to South Africa in the semifinal on Monday night.

It was an heartbreaking loss as Zambia conceded a 90th minute penalty in Casablanca.

South Africa’s Linda Motlhalo scored a 90th minute penalty after Martha Tembo allegedly fouled Jermaine Seoposenwe in the box.

VAR confirmed Tembo’s foul.

Motlhalo stepped forward to beat Zambia keeper Catherine Musonda.

It was a game of two halves with Zambia dominating the opening half and Banyana controlled the last 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, Zambia will fight for third place against the losers of the second semifinal tie involving Morocco and Nigeria.

Source: Lusaka Times

Finance and National Planning Minister SITUMBEKO MUSOKOTWANE has assured Zambians that funds are available to pay salaries to the newly recruited Teachers and the soon to be employed Medical Personnel.

Government recruited over 30,000 teachers and is yet to announce the recruitment of over 11,000 Health personnel.

Speaking during the Private Sector Day in Lusaka today, Dr MUSOKOTWANE said Government is  faced with two challenges of unemployment and low income levels among citizens.

He however said the Government is addressing the challenges by creating opportunities for citizens and stabilising the economy.

Meanwhile, Public Private Dialogue Forum -PPDF- Deputy Director ROSETTA CHABALA described President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA’s continued support to the Forum as unprecedented.

And the three technical working groups, Tourism, Agriculture, Banking and Finance which were constituted under the PPDF have presented proposals to the government.

Tourism Council of Zambia President YUSUF ZUMLA said the technical working group has recommended the zero-rating of Value Added Tax -VAT on services offered by Hotels and Lodges.

And Bankers Association of Zambia -BAZ- President MIZINGA MELU, representing the Banking and Finance Technical working Group said the group has been working on how best to implement the localisation of critical information and infrastructure of Banks as provided for in the cyber laws.

Meanwhile,  Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary GREEN MBOZI who represented the Agriculture technical working group said the group is working on how to reduce the time and cost of testing for Foot and Mouth Disease -FMD.

Mr. MBOZI said the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, with the participation of the private sector, is ready to decentralise testing centres for FMD by setting up laboratories in Choma, Chipata, Solwezi and Mongu Districts.

He said the private sector laboratories will have to be accredited by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and that this will enhance quick diagnosis of the animal disease.

Source: ZNBC

A court in Mozambique has delayed for three months the verdict of the biggest corruption trial in the country's history.

The scandal involves more than $2.7bn (£2bn) of undisclosed state debts - money that the government borrowed to set up a sophisticated tuna industry - to buy trawlers and military patrol boats, but much of it was allegedly diverted to corrupt officials.

Those accused include Ndambi Guebuza, son of former President Armando Guebuza, and 18 others. They were charged with blackmail, embezzlement and money laundering.

The younger Guebuza denied the charges and said the accusations were politically motivated.

The verdict was due for 1 August but has now been pushed to 30 November.

Judge Efigénio Baptista cited the complexity of the case and the volume of 30,000 pages of evidence as occasioning the delay.

The trial started in August last year on the grounds of a maximum-security prison on the outskirts of the capital, Maputo.

Source: BBC

UPND National Spokesperson, CORNELIUS MWEETWA has called for calm among teachers, who have not been successful in this year’s recruitment exercise.

Mr. MWEETWA says the recent teacher recruitment was meant to respond to the free education policy which allowed pupils on lower grades to go back to school.

He says most of the recruited teachers are primary school teachers and few of the secondary school ones.

Mr MWEETWA says the move was meant to close the gap to maintain the teacher pupil ratio at primary level.

Speaking during a phone in program in Choma at a Local Radio Station, Mr. MWEETWA assured those that have not been picked to stay calm as government has just begun the recruitment exercise of teachers.

He added that more teachers will be recruited in the years to come.

Mr. MWEETWA, who is also Southern Province Minister DISPELLED assertions that the government was waiting for IMF and World Bank funds to release the list of recruited teachers.

He noted that government is delivering its campaign promises such as the increased Constituency development fund CDF, Paying of retirees, recruitment of over 30-thousand teachers and 11,200 health workers.

Mr MWEETWA said detractors of development are just ashamed that President Hakainde Hichilema has done tremendous work within 11 months of taking over the leadership of the country.

 

Source: ZNBC

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