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Nothing odd about Cabinets involvement in the Constitution Amendment Bill 10 process- Says Zambian Minister Of Justice Given Lubinda*

By Staffer

Zambia-16/03/20

MINISTER of Justice Given Lubinda says that there is nothing odd about Cabinets involvement in the Constitution Amendment Bill 10 process which is to be tabled in Parliament soon.

Speaking when he appeared on their national Television during Sunday Interview Programme hosted by Grevazio Zulu, the Minister who is also a Member of Parliament said that Government has been a silent listener guarding the amendment process.

Mr Lubinda said that even though government has been a silent listener guarding the process all the views enshrined in the document came from the various players who attended the NDF.

“So for those who are saying the government was involved in the process yes government through the Ministry of justice was involved to the extent of guarding the process” Mr Lubinda said.

Mr Lubinda recollected how some Opposition UPND Members of Parliament debated very ferociously in 2016 to make amendments to the Constitution which led to 91 members of Parliament voting to amend the Constitution while 52 voted for no amendment.

Mr Lubinda said that Cabinet had spent three years listening to all the views on each and every clause that had been presented before making an official stance.

The Minister said the appointment of a Parliamentary Select committee on the Constitution Amendment Bill 10 by their speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini was within the law and Constitutional.

*Source:Rhodesia Times*

CSOs Back The Passing Of Bill 10 In Parliament*

Zambia-16th March,2020

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on Members of Parliament to pass the Constitution of Zambia Bill Number 10 with amendments when it is presented for second reading by the Minister of Justice this Tuesday.

Speaking at a joint CSO media briefing held at MISA Zambia today, 7 civil society organisations reminded all political parties represented in Parliament that the 2016 Constitution has given the country enough of problems due to the inconsistencies which had made interpretation of the Constitution. The NGOs have since disclosed that the Minister of Justice has finally filed a notice of amendments to Bill Number 10 with the National Assembly.

Southern Centre for Constructive Resolutions of Disputes (SACCORD) Executive Director Boniface Chembe outlined a number of cases which have gone before the Courts due to conflicting and confusing provisions in the Constitution. These included the 14 days for hearing a petition which is now being extended to 30 days, the election of councillors on party lines which was challenged by lawyers in court, and many other areas.

“In 2016, lawyers had also argued that the 2016 Constitution does not allow political parties to sponsor candidates for positions of councillors and mayors, and they went to court to challenge sponsorship of councillors.

Immediately after disputed 2016 elections, we saw serious problems emerging among lawyers, politicians and voters on interpretation of the 14 days for hearing a presidential petition after Mr. Hichilema challenged the election of President Lungu, leading to petitioner’s lawyers walking out as they argued that the time for presenting the petition was not enough to hear it,” said Chembe.

The NGOs called on MPs to now discharge their duty to unmake and make laws, which includes the Constitution stating that well-intentioned Members of Parliament must give Bill 10 a chance to see if the Bill can be amended at the Committee of the Whole House stage, but will also fully support these positive clauses such as Mixed Member Proportional Representation system whose details will be spelt out in the new Electoral Systems Act.

“The Constitution which MPs will be debating is not for the PF nor the UPND, it is not for those who took time to make submissions to the Ministry of Justice or those who crafted it at NDF, and the Constitution is not for us civil society leaders who spoke the loudest or lowest on radios and TVs over the last 3 years. The Constitution is for that old lady in Mugubudu; it’s for the young man in Bweengwa; it’s for that youth in Chilubi: The constitution is and must be an embodiment of the aspirations of all the people of Zambia regardless of tribe, ethnicity and indeed political affiliation,” said Mr. Chembe.

The organisations include SACCORD, MISA – Zambia, Zambian Institute of Governance and Civil Liberties Advocacy Platform (ZIGLAP), National Youth Anti-Corruption Movement (NYACM), Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Common Grounds Network (CGN) and Constitutional Reform and Education Coalition (CRECO).

*Source:Lusaka Times*


RUDO Boka, the daughter of the late prominent business tycoon, Roger Boka says when her father passed on; ‘false friends’ showed their true colours, leaving her alone to rebuild her father’s business empire from the ashes after it had spectacularly collapsed.

Rudo was only 21 when her father passed on in 1999.
He left behind massive debts, 19 civil court cases and seven children that Rudo had to look after as she was the eldest child.

“And a lot of people whom I have encountered over the years seem to say; ‘you must have been born with a silver spoon. Life must have been wonderful because you had everything, your father left you with everything’,” Rudo told NewZimbabwe.com at the weekend.

“That is not the case, I inherited debt and my biggest inheritance was debt and seven children of my father as the eldest child."

“And at the age of 21, you learn in life at that age that people will desert you when facing challenges. People are nice to you when things are perfect. Let things go wrong and the very people that you expect to be there for you when all is good, are the very first people to disappear from you,” she said.

“That’s how I ended up in business, it was because of tragedy. My father died and upon his death he had a very big business interest which had also collapsed,” said Rudo.
The businesswoman said without any business knowledge on how to run a company, she managed to turn her misfortunes into blessing.

“On the other hand, it was a blessing in disguise and for sure I would scratch my head thinking about the next move,” she recalled with a smile.
“And within a year when my father died, my mother died and there was the judiciary process going on, my father’s bank accounts had been frozen.

“There was no one to help me. What did I start doing? – I went to my maternal home in Chihota and my grandfather gave me vegetables for free to sell at Mbare Musika.

“And when I got to Mbare, I had never seen anything being sold so quickly, and that was a gift or my first loan. I call it a loan because I made it a point to give it back so that became my cash flow project and it helped me a lot to pay my legal team and court processes,” she recalled.

She said because of her late father’s debts, banks were unwilling to offer her loans.

“It was very difficult because I could not get a loan. Every time I would walk into a bank to apply for loan and the moment I will say ‘I am Rudo Boka’, all doors would be slammed on my face because my father’s bank had collapsed."

“It became a journey of 19 court cases with some lawyers telling me that they would not represent me because of conflict of interest."

“I had no formal education besides my Ordinary Level and a certificate in typing, but each time I went to the High Court, the registrar was very helpful and would assist on how I could defer some court processes.”

However, despite these challenges, Rudo was able to pay for her sibling’s school fees.
“I am in a position where I am doing now what I love, which is running the Boka Tobacco Auction Floors. I am doing it because I want to and I am enjoying it.”

Roger Boka died in 1999 on a private jet on his way from the US after establishing Boka Tobacco floors in 1997, the first black owned private auction floor.

He was also the first black Zimbabwean to open a commercial bank, the United Merchant Bank (UMB).

Boka was also a popular philanthropist who helped thousands of black Zimbabweans and politicians to start businesses or gave them loans from UMB, which they failed to repay leading to the collapse of the financial institution.

*Source:New Zimababwe*

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has urged the global tourism sector to devise effective measures aimed at containing the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a letter to Zambia’s Tourism and Arts Minister Ronald Chitotela, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashshvili said he held a meeting with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom, to address respective sector response to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

Ambassador Zurab said the meeting that took place at WHO Headquarters in Geneva was productive and that Dr. Tedros appreciated the collaboration and the support from the tourism sector, at such a challenging time.

He revealed that the meeting agreed that a collaborative response should be based on four lines of action which include ensuring determined but appropriate action by governments, highlighting the importance of the on-going high-level communication between tourism and the public health sector, among other things.

Dr. Zurab explained that the meeting further agreed to underline the importance of international cooperation and solidarity, as well as recognize that the tourism sector can be an integral part of efforts to contain COVID-19.

The world tourism boss also revealed that UNWTO and WHO would hold a virtual meeting with the chairs of the UNWTO Regional Commissions, as well as the chair of the Executive Council and key stakeholders from across the tourism sector, within the coming days.

This is according to a press statement issued to ZANIS by the Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe in Lusaka today.

 

*Source: Lusaka Times

AS CORONAVIRUS CASES RISES, MULTIPLE COUNTRIES ACROSS AFRICA CLOSE BORDERS, SCHOOLS AND CANCEL FLIGHTS
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By Omar Mohammed and Duncan Miriri; Reuter

Several African  governments on Sunday closed borders, canceled flights and imposed strict entry and quarantine requirements to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, which has a foothold in at least 26 countries on the continent as cases keep rising.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster and warned the outbreak could have a “potentially lasting” impact on the continent’s most-developed economy, which is already in recession.

“Any foreign national who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 days will be denied a visa,” he said, adding that South Africans who visited targeted countries would be subjected to testing and quarantine when returning home.

South Africa, which has recorded 61 cases, will also prohibit gatherings of more than 100 people, Ramaphosa said.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said his government was suspending travel from any country with reported COVID-19 cases.

“Only Kenyan citizens, and any foreigners with valid residence permits will be allowed to come in, provided they proceed on self-quarantine,” he told the nation in a televised address.

The ban would take effect within 48 hours and remain in place for at least 30 days, he said.
Schools should close immediately and universities by the end of the week, he added. Citizens would be encouraged to make cashless transactions to cut the risk of handling contaminated money.

Kenya and  Ethiopia have now recorded three and four cases respectively, authorities in each nation said on Sunday, two days after they both reported their first cases.

In West Africa, Ghana will ban entry from Tuesday to anyone who has been to a country with more than 200 coronavirus cases in the past 14 days, unless they are an official resident or Ghanaian national. Ghana has recorded six cases. President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a televised Sunday evening address that universities and schools will be closed from Monday until further notice. Public gatherings will be banned for four weeks, he said, though private burials are allowed for groups of less than 25 people.

In southern Africa, Namibia ordered schools to close for a month after recording its first two cases on Saturday.

Djibouti, which has no confirmed case of COVID-19, said on Sunday it was suspending all international flights. Tanzania, which also has no cases yet, canceled flights to India and suspended school games.

Other nations have also shuttered schools, canceled religious festivals and sporting events to minimize the risk of transmission.

Malawian Army, Police Advised To Defy Orders To Shoot Peaceful protesters

The country's  Vice-President Saulos Chilima has told the Malawian Defence Force (MDF) soldiers and the police to defy orders to shoot down peaceful protesters.

Speaking at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre on Sunday, Chilima said it was illegal to shoot down peaceful protesters.

“Let me talk to you now as the country’s state vice president, do not take any orders that will force you to shoot peaceful protesters. This is illegal,” said Chilima.

His advice to the state security agents comes barely a week after their  president Peter Mutharika warned Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) that he had instructed the MDF and the police to deal with protesters who would invade state residences in a bid to  shut them down.

President Mutharika has received stinging criticism for ordering the police to arrest prominent rights activists;
Timothy Mtambo, Gift Trapence and MacDonald Sembereka on allegations that they were inciting people to shut down the state residences.

Chilima said Malawi is a democratic state where peaceful protests are allowed.

*Source: Rhodesia Times*

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Inter are one of many top clubs around Europe following Turkish talent Omer Beyaz, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Turkish newspaper Fotospor.

The report details how both Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter are all keeping a close eye on 16-year-old Turkish forward Omer Beyaz. The teenager is contracted to Turkish side Fenerbahçe until 2021.

Beyaz has made 14 appearances for the Fenerbahçe Under-19 squad so far this season, for a total of 1058 minutes. In that time, he’s scored two goals and impressed with his quick passing and good movements in the final third. The Turkish teenager was also called up for two first team games, against Denizlispor and Konyaspor, although he failed to get off of the bench in either game.

Inter, like many top clubs around Europe, are often looking for the next young talent, with the Nerazzurri showing that they aren’t afraid to trust young players, such as in the case of Sebastiano Esposito.

*Source:Rhodesia Times*


A YEAR after Cyclone Idai ravaged parts of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, tens of thousands of people are still trapped in appalling conditions with inadequate shelter or sanitation, Amnesty International has reported.

In a statement, Amnesty International said inadequate and dwindling financial support for recovery programmes from the international community, and the slow pace of government rebuilding efforts across the three countries had left people stranded in makeshift accommodation, at risk of diseases like cholera and in some cases unable to access roads.

“A year after Cyclone Idai tore through Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe; many of the people affected are experiencing the worst face of the climate crisis. They are barely surviving,” Tigere Chagutah, the Amnesty International deputy director for East and Southern Africa said.

“Tens of thousands of people are still homeless, with some living in UN provided shelters, and others in makeshift structures, unable to access basic sanitation, and at risk of cholera and other opportunistic diseases. Children are out of school and healthcare facilities are yet to be fully rebuilt.”

He added: “Given the dire situation in the countries and the responsibilities for the climate crisis, wealthier states and multilateral donors need to pledge more than they have done and ensure money reaches those who need it.”

Amnesty international attributed the challenges faced by the survivors to under-funding by donors as only less than half of the US$450 million needed for relief and recovery assistance was secured.

According to Chagutah, in Zimbabwe, the second hardest hit country of the three, many affected people were still living in makeshift tents in camps set up by the UN Refugee Agency.

At a regional climate change meeting in Mutare organised by Amnesty International, survivors from the three affected countries narrated how they had lost their entire livelihoods and were relying on donor aid for survival.

Cyclone Idai hit Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in mid-March last year and more than 1 000 people were killed while more than three million were left without food, water, schools, clinics and shelter.

*Source:Zimbabwe Times*

The government has said that it will go ahead and present the Constitution Amendment bill number 10 of 2019 for the second reading in Parliament this week.

Justice Minister Given Lubinda disclosed this during a media briefing in Lusaka saying that out of 79 clauses contained in the bill, the parliamentary select committee recommended the adoption of 46 of the proposed amendments with 33 clauses commented on.

Mr. Lubinda said Cabinet will now go ahead and present proposals for Amendment of bill number 10 for consideration by Parliament, adding that, on behalf of the Executive, he will put up notices of amendments to give effect to the various clauses.

Mr. Lubinda said that Cabinet hopes Members of Parliament have gone through the Bill and the recommendations of the committee and listened to the view of the people and DO what is expected by their electorate.

Mr. Lubinda said MPs that have views on the bill are at Liberty to argue them in parliament and present amendments for consideration, stressing that the position of the cabinet is not sacrosanct, and neither are they cast in concrete.

Mr. Lubinda said that they are open to further scrutiny and debate by the people’s representatives in parliament.

And former University of Lusaka Students Union President Nchima Kasongo has said that the Constitutional Amendment Bill number 10 of 2019 is a progressive document that needs to be supported by all.

Mr. Kasongo said that people should avoid politicking but find common ground on what will benefit citizens, adding that the Bill, when enacted will enhance the participation of the youth in national governance.

And UNZASU President Shadreck Mumba has urged the youth to work with the government of the day and should not be divided into political lines.

ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT DECLARES 'NO TO TRIBAL POLITICS' IN NATIONAL ADDRESS

On 6th Mrach, 2020, on His National Address to Parliament on National  Principles, President Edgar Lungu denounced tribalism in politics say it is retrogressive and against human values.

"Government is equally concerned with the escalation of negative sentiments based on narrow sectarian interests.Our country is a nation of 73 ethnic groupings. We all have an equal stake in this country." The Zambian President said.

He added that "there is no merit in anyone trying to demean other citizens based on tribe,so as to gain political mileage.There should be immediate stop to this negative and divisive trend. Tribalism and hate speech has no place in Zambia.Politicians please stop it!" Said the President.

President Lungu restated that the National Values and Principles that all Zambians must embraced as enshrined in article 8 of the Constitution Of The Republic Of Zambia are clear and as follow:

i) Morality And Ethics;
ii)Patriotism and National Unity;
iii)Democracy and Constitualism;
iv)Human Dignity,Equity Social Justice and Non-discrimination;
v)Good Governance And Integrity;
and
vi) Sustainable Development.

Across Zambia, most citizens, NGOs, scholars, politicians and business leaders applauded the President for reminding and emphasizing on the culture of embracing national values. 

*Source:Rhodesia Times*

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