SEVEN more Zimbabwean deportees arrived on a chartered plane from the UK at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare, Thursday morning.

However, two other who were supposed to board the same plane for Zimbabwe were removed at the last minute.

NewZimbabwe.com failed to confirm why they were removed.

The deportees whose names were not revealed to the media did not entertain questions from waiting journalists on their arrival.

 

They expressed dismay over how the earlier arrival of 14 deportees from the UK, last month, was covered by the local media.

However, the media witnessed immigration officers struggling to get some of the arrivals to sign paperwork as they resisted to perform any formalities at the airport.

The seven bring to 21 the number of deportees from the UK in the past two months. The majority have been deported from the UK after serving lengthy custodial sentences for committing crimes such as rape, drugs, fraud and murder.

An official from the Social Welfare Ministry, Totamirepi Tirivavi said the deportees would be taken to the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration (ZIPAM) in Darwendale for quarantine in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“They will be taken to ZIPAM where they will be quarantined for 10 days then after that they will be reunited with their families,” he said.

The 14 deportees that arrived in Zimbabwe last month have since reunited with their families after spending 10 days at ZIPAM.

The UK government has targeted deportations of various nationalists including Zimbabweans, Vietnamese and Jamaicans after their release from prison for committing various crimes.

Despite spirited attempts by various lobby groups and some British MPs to halt the deportations, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has maintained the forced removals will continue.

Source: NZ《》RT

The ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) Secretary-General Batuke Imenda has retracted the statement attributed to him that newly Elected President Hakainde Hichilema was not going to move into Statehouse, but only work from there and continue to live in at his private residence.

Yesterday the Zambia Daily Mail quoted Mr Imenda saying that president Hichilema will not shift from Community House in New Kasama to State House because he is comfortable staying in his private residence.

Mr Imenda said in an interview that President Hichilema will continue living at his private residence but that he will be working from State House.

“Just like he said before he was sworn in, our President will continue living at his house in New Kasama. He is more comfortable at Community House. When you compare the two places, his house is better,” Mr. Imenda said.

He said President Hichilema’s residence is bigger than Nkwazi House at State House.

However, Mr. Imenda has instead said that the statement attributed to him that Mr. HH has the right to stay in the place he believes is safe is a party position and not a statehouse position.

There has been a backlash on the statement that the president will not move into the State House. Lusaka Lawyer and former State House Press Secretary Dickson Jere expressed alarm that newly elected President Mr. Hakainde Hichilema wished to live in his own private residence.

Mr. Jere said both State House residences at Nkwazi and State Lodge were the only facilities in the country designed to secure the Head of State from known and unknown threats. He has advised people around Mr. Hichilema not to mislead him but help persuade him to begin to trust state infrastructure and State institutions.

“The President should move to State House. That is a security installation for the Head of State and it has things that his private house does not have. Zambian President has two places – Nkwazi and State Lodge – heavily equipped for the Head of State. My humble view is that he should move.”

Below is Mr Imenda’s full statement

As UPND, we wish to guide that there is a difference between President Hakainde Hichilema as President of the Republic of Zambia, and Mr . Hichilema as President of the Party.

Under the circumstances, no party official has the right to speak on behalf of His Excellency Mr . Hakainde Hichilema as President of the Republic of Zambia.

This said, the statement attributed to me that Mr. HH has the right to stay in the place he believes is safe is a party position and not a statehouse position.

Our view is that, in the absence of any appointed State House spokesperson or indeed any appointed legal person for state house, only the Secretary to the Cabinet has the right to comment on statehouse-related matters and the President.

All-Party members are guided accordingly.

Further, I wish to put it on record that my statement regarding Mr. HH’s residence was picked out of context, as such I wish to clarify the following :

  1. President Hakainde Hichilema is free to choose his own ADCs as a general practice ;
  2. Former Presidents equally did the same, and our view is that statehouse reserves the right to ascertain whether President Hakainde Hichilema should occupy Nkwazi House at state house or not; this is not a UPND mandate;
  3. Mr. Hichilema is now President of the Republic of Zambia, as such, any statement from my office represents the position of the party and not statehouse;
  4. No party official or party-appointed person has the right to represent state house in any capacity;
  5. As regards to all UPND related matters, the party has a spokesperson who is Hon. Cornelius Mweetwa, including other party constitutional office bearers mandated to speak on behalf of the party; and
  6. We advise media houses to realize that our party officials are a wrong source to comment on statehouse unless they want to get the party view…as such my view represents the party view and not the President of the Republic of Zambia’s office.

Lastly, my office has an open door policy to all media houses for all clarification.

Issued by:
Hon Batuke Imenda
UPND SECRETARY GENERAL

Source: LT《》RT

 

The High Court sitting in Blantyre Wednesday dismissed an application by Malawi Congress Party’s aspiring parliamentarian in the May 21 2019 parliamentary election Gerald Kazembe, who wanted it to nullify results of Mangochi Monkey-Bay Constituency election.

Kazembe had challenged the election of Democratic Progressive Party Member of Parliament Ralph Jooma.

The ruling, which High Court Judge Jack N’riva made, came as an unpleasant surprise to Kazembe, who vowed to appeal the matter at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

“Our next step from here is to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal,” he said.

Jooma said he was pleased with the court’s decision.

“I am grateful for the earlier victory in 2019. I am grateful again for this victory. This case has always surprised me since day one. A case must have a basis and an origin. During the voting in Monkey-Bay, there were no complaints as well as during counting but, as soon as the results were tallied at the Tally Centre, complaints started coming in. The judge has proven that the case was a fabrication,” he said.

In 2019, Jooma won the parliamentary elections in the constituency with 9, 341 votes while Kazembe got 9, 052 votes.

However, Kazembe argued that there was bias during the vote-counting process, adding that Jooma had supplied ballot papers to some centres where he [Kazembe] had a large following.

However, the court did not find merit in these allegations.

Source: Times Group《》RT

The Electoral Commission of Zambia -ECZ- says it will provide an update on election results at 15 hours for all the constituencies that would have been consolidated by that time.

ECZ Chief Electoral Officer PATRICK NSHINDANO says there were late closures of polling stations in Nalolo, which opened around 15 hours and closed around 03 hours.

Mr. NSHINDANO says the last polling stations to close were in Mweshi ward of Lunga district at 05 hours this morning.

He says the Commission has started receiving results but that it is yet to receive the consolidated results at Constituency level.

Speaking during a briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. NSHINDANO called on all stakeholders and the public to remain patient with the Electoral body as it remains committed to ensure final results are declared within 72 hours from the close of the last polling sta
ion.

Source: ZNBC《》RT

State Vice-President Saulos Chilima has suggested that Southern African Development Community (Sadc) member states should consider intensifying digital industrialisation, touting it as the panacea to economic development challenges.

He said the establishment of Sadc regional centres of excellence in digital technology would go a long way in expediting the realisation of regional financial self-reliance.

He made the remarks in a keynote address at the Sadc Public Lecture session, held under the theme ‘Promoting Digitalisation for Revival of the Sadc Industrialisation Agenda in the Covid Era’, in Lilongwe yesterday.

“Sadc should set a centre, or centres, of excellence in digital technology to revitalise regional industrial development,” he said.

He called on the private sector to join the noble task.

Chilima disclosed that internet speed was, in most land-linked countries, slow within the region, necessitating the need to put in place regional policies on cross-border connectivity.

He cited Malawi, Angola and eSwatini as some of the countries where it takes one hour to download 5GB of data.

The Vice President added that land-linked countries such as Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe faced costs in expanding their telecommunication networks to an undersea cable.

“A regional approach to facilitate cross-border connectivity will thus be essential to improve speed, affordability and overall digital inclusion in land-linked countries,” he suggested.

In his lecture, Chilima called on the community to set up a special fund that would advance the development of digital technology and strengthen human capacity in the use of technology.

He also stressed the need for the region to transform from a predominantly importing and consuming one to a predominantly producing and exporting region.

Chilima identified industrialisation as one of the tools for achieving this goal.

Sadc Deputy Executive Secretary Thembinkosi Mhlongo expressed gratitude to Chilima for taking his time to prepare and deliver the keynote address

Mhlongo also touched on the need to ensure that there was peace in the region for development to be enhanced.

He further extended gratitude to the National Planning Commission (NPC) for taking part in organising the lecture.

NPC Director General Thomas Munthali said the summit had come at the right time, just a year after Malawi launched its Malawi 2063 Agenda.

“Government is usually constrained in terms of resources,” he said.

Malawi is hosting the 41st Sadc Summit, which started on August 9 and will end on August 19.

Some of the top government officials present at the event were Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka, Information Minister Gospel Kazako, Gender Minister Patricia Kaliati and Education Minister Agnes NyaLonje.

Source: Times Group《》RT

By Sharon Kunda –

United States -US- Embassy Chargé D’Affaires DAVID YOUNG has condemned acts of violence that have happened around the country.

Mr. YOUNG says the people responsible for the killing of PF Member of the Central Committee JACKSON KUNGO need to face justice.

He has urged law enforcement agencies to ensure such acts of violence do not happen as it undermines the people’s faith in security.

Mr. YOUNG also says attacks on PF Matero Constituency Candidate MILES SAMPA are also worrying.

He has called for peace to prevail in the country and that everyone wants a free, fair and transparent election.

Speaking to journalists at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka today, the US envoy commended all Zambians who turned out to vote.

Source: ZNBC《》RT

THE late former  permanent  secretary in the  ministry of Agriculture Ringson Chitsiko will receive a state assisted  funeral, President Emmerson Mnangagwa  has said.
 
Chitsiko died Tuesday  due to covid-19  related complications.
 
In a statement Wednesday, Mnangagwa said the government  has authorised a state assisted  funeral for Chitsiko.
 
“A long time civil servant, many will remember  the late Cde Chitsiko as our Permanent  Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, Rural and Resettlement who until his retirement  a couple of years ago, was the face of our efforts towards national  agricultural transformation for greater food security for our nation,” Mnangagwa said.
 
“I personally  worked  close with him when I led the food security  cluster under the First Republic. In appreciation  of his distinguished career and dedication  to national service, I have directed  that the late Cde Ringson Chitsiko be accorded  a state  assisted  funeral,” said Mnangagwa.
 
He added: “He will be solely be missed by his colleagues  in government, and by the farming community which drew a lot from his technical leadership  and inexhaustible knowledge  as an agriculture expert. On behalf of the Party, Zanu PF, Government  and my own behalf, I wish to express my deepest condolences  to the Chitsiko  family on this their saddest loss.”
Source: NZ《》RT

The Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) has found itself in financial dilemma after its K690 million investment with Alliance Capital Limited went bad following the decision by the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) to revoke the licence of the investment management firm.

Mec Chairperson Judge Chifundo Kachale disclosed this in Lilongwe, where Mec officials appeared before members of the Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament Thursday.

Officials from the electoral body were summoned by Parliament to explain how financial resources were utilised in the 2020-21 financial year.

According to Kachale, failure to recoup the investment from Alliance Capital Limited was choking the scheduled constituency demarcation exercise, which requires K1.263 billion.

“The resources were sitting idle; as such, [members of] the previous commission decided to invest the nomination fees to generate some more money.

“We, as a commission, have already engaged Alliance Capital to liquidate the resources and make the monies available to us,” Kachale said.

He further told committee members that Treasury gave Mec K700 million for use during the demarcation exercise and also gave them the go-ahead to use resources raised from nomination fees from candidates.

But, according to Kachale, monies for nomination fees were locked up in investment the electoral body made with Alliance Capital Limited.

He added that failure to get back the money from Alliance Capital Limited had resulted in the electoral body facing a shortfall of K563 million to implement the constituency demarcation exercise.

The Mec chief asked committee members to help the electoral body lobby for more funds for it to ably run the demarcation exercise.

Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament Chairperson Gladys Ganda said they would look into Mec’s request during the mid-year budget review meeting.

She added that they would try their best to mediate in the issue between Mec and Alliance Capital so that the latter could release the funds in question.

“The issue with Alliance Capital presents a very tough situation; Mec is asking for more money but they have money sitting idle at Alliance Capital. We will engage Alliance Capital and Reserve Bank of Malawi to map the way forward on the issue,” Ganda said.

Source: Times Group《》RT

By Tamara Muswala-The National Traders and Marketeers Association of Zambia- NATMAZ- has thanked President EDGAR LUNGU for coming to the aid of traders whose stores were gutted at Kitwe’s Chisokone market.

NATMAZ president GEORGE MULENGA said it is through the help of the Head of State that traders will be able to get back to business.

He said the President has empowered a lot of marketeers at Chisokone by giving them a boost to their business.

Mr. MULENGA was speaking to ZNBC News in Kitwe today.

He said it is the first time in the history of Zambia that traders in various markets are benefiting from government empowerment programs.

Mr. MULENGA said the marketeers are very appreciative of government’s gesture to empower them as this has helped them to grow their businesses.

Source: ZNBC《》RT

Energy Minister Newton Kambala, Alliance for Democracy president Enock Chihana and President Lazarus Chakwera’s Chief Adviser on Strategy Chris Chaima Banda spent another night in police custody as Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials concluded interrogating the three Tuesday afternoon.

The three are this morning expected to be taken to court to be charged.

Kambala’s lawyer George Mwale told reporters after Tuesday’s interrogation that lasted close to eight hours that the ACB was yet to charge the accused persons.

Mwale could not be drawn to comment on the questions the three were asked during investigations.

“Nothing has been concretised yet. We will have a better picture tomorrow,” Mwale said.

But Chihana’s lawyer Gilbert Khonyongwa said the interrogation revolved around the issue of the award of contracts for fuel importation at National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma).

“We will be applying for bail tomorrow,” Khonyongwa said.

ACB officials were interrogating the accused persons while scores of UTM and Aford supporters were singing outside the bureau’s offices.

Meanwhile, National Anti- Corruption Alliance Chairperson Moses Mkandawire has, in a statement, asked Chakwera to investigate circumstances leading to the arrest of a Cabinet minister and adviser.

“The ACB investigation notwithstanding, the President should commit to an investigation into how such conduct can happen within inner circles of government. Considering the recent loans bill debacle, such an investigation should reflect on the recruitment and supervision of government officials and policies and procedures that govern their conduct,” the statement reads.

On Monday, ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala indicated that the three were arrested after bureau officials received a complaint alleging corruption in the way Nocma conducted the process to award contracts to supply fuel.

The arrests came after, in November last year, Nocma Deputy Chief Executive Officer Hellen Buluma reported to ACB that the three were allegedly meddling in the fuel tender process with intent to influence award of the fuel supply contracts to specific suppliers.

She said, as a result, the graft-busting body restricted the contract while conducting investigations into the issue.

According to Ndala, ACB, on August 6, lifted the restriction as investigations into the first complaint did not establish any offence.

“In the second complaint, the investigation established that Hon. Newton Kambala, Minister of Energy, attempted to influence Nocma to award contracts of 2020-2021 fuel supply for the advantage of Orxy, Finergy and Trifugira Fuel companies.

“Mr Enock Chihana, president of Alliance for Democracy, and Mr. Chris Chaima Banda, Presidential Adviser on Strategy, aided and abetted Hon. Newton Kambala when he attempted to influence the award of the contract to supply 40,000 metric tones (mt) of fuel to a company known as Finergy,” Ndala said.

ACB Director General Martha Chizuma also told journalists in Lilongwe on Monday that investigations into the matter confirmed political interference.

“There is a recommendation that there must be prosecution of those that are allegedly involved. The bureau is in the process of executing that recommendation,” she said.

Chizuma said they have advised NOCMA to use ex-tank method of importation as there is an injunction against the use of DDU.

“Going through the procurement process that Nocma undertook, we could not detect any corrupt practices; maybe there are just two or three things that we have referred to the Solicitor General just to guide us on the legality of some of the actions that Nocma took,” she said.

State House Director of Communications Sean Kampondeni, said Chakwera was awaiting official communication from ACB before he could act on the matter.

Source: Times Group《》RT

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