PRESIDENT LUNGU MUST ACT ON KAIZA ZULU – NO CORRUPTION

???????????????????????????????President Edgar Lungu is one of the straight politicians in the ruling Patriotic Front (PF). Edgar Lungu was never implicated in any of the corruptions that were flying around during President Sata’s rule. He may have made certain biased decisions in the line of his work, on the instruction of the Principle, especially as a home affairs minister, but the man is clean.Having this record, he should not allow his legacy, as a President to be tainted by association. He should to renounce all those that smell corruption at all cost. He should not show any allegiance to corrupt people, rather he should align himself  the citizens who are looking up to him with hope to deliver them out of their poverty squalors.
The story of Kaiza Zulu has not started today especially among PF members. There are a number of PF members who have accused Kaiza of having corned them of money in exchange of favours. Among many PF members, Kaiza is known for asking money whenever they want him to do something. It is a pity that some of these people fear to come out.
If President Lungu wants, some of the names of people who have been heard complaining can be given to him directly. 
Right now there are many PF members who are happy that Kaiza has been exposed. Unfortunately, this story might die down because Kaiza is in State House, like it has happened in the past with many others who orchestrated corruption before. It is always difficult to get evidence when people are at the helm of power.
However, President Lungu should not shield people from corruption or any other crime. He should let them face the due processes of investigations until they are cleared, then he can embrace them back. He has an opportunity to show that he does not tolerate corruption by relieving off Kaiza for a proper investigation to be done.
Subjecting people to a full process of the law is the best way of clearing them of speculations and accusations. It also gives credit to good governance and Presidency. You cannot have a person perceived to be corrupt in the eyes of the public moving around with the President. President Lungu need to act sooner than later. It is good for Kaiza as well.  

The Tribunal is an Easy Ride For Mutembo – The State is Not Equal To The Task

Mutembo Leaving Tribunal

3rd March 2015

Brebner Changala petitions the President to set up a Tribunal

10th March 2015

President Edgar Lungu suspends DPP and sets up a Tribunal consisting of:

Hon. Mr. Justice Annel Silungwe (Former Chief Justice)-Chairperson
Hon. Mr. Justice Mathew Ngulube (Former Chief Justice)- Member
Hon. Mr. Ernest Sakala (Former Chief Justice)-Member
Mr. Mathew Zulu (Secretary)

The 3 Former Chief Justice

11th March 2015

Terms of Reference (ToR) set and published tot he media

  1. Investigate allegations that the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) has repeatedly abused the authority of his office by indiscriminately entering nolle prosequi in cases in which he is alleged to have an interest of his own to serve, namely:
  • (a) The People vs. Shubert Sinkala, where the DPP had not even seen the evidence from the Complainant;
  • (b) The People vs Hakainde Hichilema, despite knowing that the Attorney General had advised the DPP that the State had appealed against the judgment of the High Court that declared Section 67 of the Penal Code unconstitutional;
  • (c) The People v. Lameck Phiri;
  • (d) The People V. Rajan Mahtani and John Peter Sangwa;
  1. Investigate alleged misconduct or misbehavior of the DPP whereby on 20th February, 2015 the DPP purportedly took over prosecution of a matter before Senior Resident Magistrate, Lameck Mwale where the DPP was personally an accused person and proceeded to enter a nolle prosequi in his own case there by defeating the ends of justice;
  2. Investigate the DPP’s alleged uttering of a false document procured by means of false and fraudulent representation to Mr. Justice Gregory Phiri, Judge of the Supreme Court, under Cause Number 1998/HP/2097 whereby he inserted and sneaked in two extraneous paragraphs in an order of court thereby misleading the Court;
  3. Investigate the DPP’s act of intentional disrespect to judicial proceedings and to Mr. Justice Nigel Kalonde Mutuna, Judge of the High Court, in particular, between 1st January, 2011 and 31st December, 2012 by walking away from the Court;
  4. Investigate the allegation that the DPP has taken over matters in which he has a conflict of interest relating to his business partners (Fred M’membe and the Post Newspaper Limited) Rajan Mahtani (Creditor) thereby going against his statement made before the Parliamentary Select Committee of the National Assembly of Zambia chaired by Honourable Lucky Mulusa that he would not take over such matters;
  5. Investigate allegations that the DPP connived with and instigated officers from the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) to plant illicit drugs on Mr. Brebner Changala and Mrs. Agness Kawandami whereby the DEC swapped vermox tablets also call Mebendazole used for de-worming human beings that were found in Mrs. Agness Kawandami’s belongings at Mr. Changala’s residence with what was said to be Metamphetamine or Ecstacy;
  6. Investigate the alleged misbehavior of the DPP whereby on or about 8th May, 2013, he purportedly took over the prosecution of his known business allies Mr. Fred Mmembe and the Post Newspaper Limited without declaring conflict of interest in a matter where a complaint was laid by a private citizen against the duo for contempt of court;
  7. Recommend to the President whether the DPP ought to be removed from office for above allegation

1st April 2015

Tribunal sits for the first time to hear Preliminary issues.

  • State asks for an adjournment to amend the Terms of Reference (ToR)
  • DPP objects because he was ready to proceed albeit not being served with ToR formally.
  • Tribunal adjourns to 13th April 2015

9th April 2015

Original ToR and the Amended ToR served on DPP

LETTER - ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE DPP0001LETTER - ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE DPP0002

13th April 2015

Tribunal sits for the second time to hear Preliminary issues.

  • State asks for an adjournment again
  • DPP does not object because they had been talking with the States
  • DPP submits his written response to the Tribunal and State.
  • Tribunal adjourns to 17th April 2015

17th April 2015

Tribunal sits for the third time to hear Preliminary issues.

  • DPP augments that Justice Ngulube and Sakala to recues themselves from the Tribunal because they are either directly or indirectly connected to some cases cited in the ToR and previous uncordial experiences with the DPP.
  • State objects to DPP’s arguments asking him to restrict himself to amended ToR
  • DPP questions if it was the position of the Tribunal that the ToR had been amended
  • (A long pose of consultation among the tribunal members, while the State also engaged each other somewhat looking lost)
  • The Chairperson of the Tribunal throws the question to the State
  • (Sheepishly the AG tries to merge the two documents but the attempt is thwarted by the alert DPP questioning his authority to do so)
  • Attorney General abandons the Amended ToR to remain with the Original ToR
  • DPP concludes his submissions based on the original ToR
  • Tribunal takes a Recess for 20 minutes
  • Tribunal resumes sitting
  • Tribunal produces a letter dated 8th April from President asking the Tribunal to amendments the ToR.
  • Tribunal asks the State to reconcile the ToR in view of the letter from the President
  • (One would have expected the AG to produce the letter earlier as his authority for the amendments when he was challenged by the DPP)
  • AG readopts the amended ToR to be part of the proceedings.
  • DPP asks for an adjournment to consider what had transpired in the day and to be re-served an addendum of the readopted amended ToR
  • AG objects to an adjournment and the re-serving the amended ToR because they were already served on the DPP earlier and he responded to them in his written submissions.
  • DPP insists on his points because the amended ToR were earlier abandoned so records should flow in legal procedural manner by the State making application to have the amended ToR brought back.
  • Solicitor General back peddles on the amended ToR that nothing was abandoned earlier.
  • (The Solicitor General was clearly out of synch in his arguments to the extent that he was actually contradicting the AG)
  • DPP accuses the Solicitor of lying and request that he should be reprimanded by the Tribunal
  • (Tribunal ignores DPP to reprimand the SG)
  • Tribunal adjourns to Tuesday 21st April 2015

LET’S NOT SUPPORT WRONG THINGS – MAINGA MUST BE ARRESTED

 Mainga issue 2
I stand guilty of having had elicit consensual sex but I never abuse women sexually. I am guilty for my sins according to the Christian values that you should not have sex outside marriage. However, I leave that to God to judge me as I ask for mercy recognizing my sins.

No one has to remind me of my case in court because it is like a stone dangling in my neck weighing me down. However, I will not allow this case or my sinfulness to deter me from fighting for the vulnerable and calling for justice.

Mainga at 51 years old, is like my elder brother and I speak about him without malice. I speak about him as a concerned brother because a man at his age cannot engage activities of hunting down young girls like impalas in a free game area.

A family man like him should not be responsible to consider his family especially his wife and children in whatever he does. Mainga must be causing a lot of hurt in the heart of his wife and trauma in the minds of his children.

This issue is not just a personal issue of Mainga, it is a social problem because it is all over out of his carelessness. Those pictures are corrupting morality of many people because Mainga acted irresponsibly and egoistic to take them.

Mainga issueMany people have not seen any problem in the explicit pictures and videos. This makes me so sad, because it exposes our poor stands in morality, respect for women and family. What is so sad is that even women have been supporting Mainga’s actions.

I wonder how many women would want to be seen in public on photos like those poor young girls. I wonder how many women would like to be treated so inhuman in bed like those young girls.

Mainga has committed a crime by taking pictures that are likely to corrupt the minds of the general public. Iris and Bob East were taken to court for doing what this old man has been doing not once but many times.

Mainga has abused these girls even if they consented or he paid them. Much as other would want to blame the young girls, the heavier responsibility lays on the 51 years man who is clearly a parent to these young girls.

Unfortunately this crime does not only rest on Mainga, many of us men are guilty of this and we should be ashamed for it. I concede and I am sorry for this. 

The parents of these girls are also responsible because something must have gone wrong somewhere for these girls to take life in this manner. I know children can go whichever way in spite of the good guidance from parents but at least they can be excused from the guilt of negligence. I try to do what I can for my children the rest is up to God.

In conclusion I still maintain that Mainga has committed a crime and he should be arrested. Much more than that, he should be counselled, because he seem to have problems himself. At his age, it is normal to behave like that. Mainga also had a relationship with a girl that was found dead in a pool (http://www.zambianwatchdog.com/vj-son-mentioned-in-investigation-of-killed-unza-student/)

I pray that men will respect women even when they feel they own them like properties. May God have mercy on us all.

PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF GIRLS – MAINGA MUST BE ARRESTED

Mainga CutIt is very disappointing to note that our police are unmoved when crimes are committed and spread all over for everyone to see. This issue of Mainga should certainly interest the police to investigate. This is not just a social issue to be discussed on social media and laugh about.  These girls have been abused and the perpetrator is still on the loose to pouch on other victims while we are laughing at it, together with some police officers reading this article.
It is highly likely that this guy has been abusing these girls and they have coiled away in shame and sense of guilt. To make matters worse, society is accusing these girls and calling them names instead of feeling pity for them.
We must remember that having young girls involved with people like fat Mainga, is an indictment on all of us. We have failed these girls somehow and they have lost direction. Some of them, it is poverty, others it is poor parenthood, while others it is peer pressure.
However, no matter how delinquent these girls maybe, no one has the right to abuse them.  Girls are not supposed to be treated like clothes which you wear and start taking pictures because your pride has gone to your head. Clothes have no emotions or social status or privacy to protect.  These girls have rights which must be protected.
These girls are no better than sex slaves which we think does not exist. Mainga thinks that since I have given them money, I can do whatever I want to them and with them. No matter how much these girls are given they do not become anyone’s property to abuse. They are still human being with rights and deserve respect.
 Most of the pictures are clearly taken by and at the pleasure of this perverted Mainga. In some videos you clearly see him sexually abusing these girls. In one video he even squeezed the neck of his victim as she was trying to shout when he was pushing himself in and out of a poor girl.
In case people have forgotten, this is the same Mainga who was a boyfriend of an UNZA student  about 4 years ago. The girl used to live at Christo Garden (near UNZA) while going to school at UNZA. She was found dead in the swimming poor of the same place where she used to stay. It was alleged that Mainga was with her the same night she dead.
The case seem to have disappeared in thin air, just like Ruth Mbandu’s case. If a guy can squeeze the neck of a girl while forcing himself in her, one wonders how he is still rooming about. Surely, if our police are on top of their game, this guy should not be around to abuse girls in this manner.
The police should act on this man, he is certainly a danger to our society. He has a problem which needs to be corrected. Of course this is no surprise looking at his father who proudly confess having had abused women locally and internationally.
These girls who have been abused by this man should not keep quiet, let them come out and report this man. As an organisation, we would be glad to help any of the girls abused by this man. Parents and friends of these girls should support and help these victims instead of taunting them.  If these girls come out, they will not only be helping themselves, but other girls as well as Mainga himself.
May the Lord have mercy.

We Should Not Give Our Heritage to Foreigners – Nawakwi

Nawakwi with her royal highness Chiftness Choongo of the Tonga people in Bwengwa Constituency in Monze District

Forum for Democracy and Development FDD president Edith Nawakwi says there are other ways of meeting the needs of foreign investors as opposed to giving the country’s inheritance.

And the opposition leader says southern province has continued to vote for the opposition United party for National Development UPND because other politicians have not sold themselves to the people in the province.

Speaking when she paid a courtesy call on her royal highness Chiftness Choongo of the Tonga people in Bwengwa Constituency in Monze District, Ms. Nawakwi said the country can not continue giving away her inheritance to foreigners when her people can’t acquire land in other countries.

The opposition leader observes that there is need for government, traditional leaders and other stakeholders to find a sustainable way of dealing with the issue of land in the country so as to ensure that it remains in the hands of Zambians.

She said the country can not continue in the same path of giving out land to the so called  investors who in turn do not even invest on the same land.

“I know there are very serious issues that we need to discuss as  a county for example we need a new constitution.

I have seen in the last couple of days that their Royal Highnesses are raising issues with government and the issues of land which we need to discuss and agree.

I travel extensively, I can not arrive in China and get 20,000 hectors of land as Zambian because that land belongs to the Chinese people. You can go to Macedonia they give you land for setting up a factory but they will not give you land to farm.

Investors come to our country and they go to their Royal Highnesses and say we want land and they are giving huge chunks of land, they probably come with no money.

In as much as we need investors, the minuet they get title to that land you see some of them selling it out and your children are being deprived.

When we are discussing this land I wish we could get government, the chiefs and all of us to sit and just discuss this issue that in countries like our neighbor Mozambique foreigners don’t get title to land they get lease to land.”

She added that it is possible that investors could come to the country and get lease to land as opposed to giving them title as doing so would ensure that land remained in the hands of the rightful owners, Zambians.

And the opposition leader observed that it was an assumption that the people of southern province were tribalists because politicians from other political parties have not taken time to sale themselves to the people in the province.

“It is just an assumption that our brothers and sisters in the province just want to vote for one political party and therefore we say is a tribal vote. The challenge is that most of the political parties in the country have not sold themselves to the voters in the province.

In 1991 this province voted completely for MMD I think the change started in 2001 when my late brother formed UPND but after that, because of the overwhelming votes in 2001, there hasn’t been any serious attempts to try and win the voters by other political parties,” the opposition leader noted.

The opposition leader further said she was in the province to prove to other politicians that the province is not what it is perceived to be.

Meanwhile, Chieftness Choongo of the Tonga people in Bwengwa constituency of Monze district complained that her chiefdom was legging behind in development because of the tribal tag given to the people in the province.

She explained that most politicians in the country have not taken time to reach out to the people hence making it difficult for people to make informed decisions when voting.

She added that any political party was welcome in the area because her job was to welcome everyone and ensure that her people listened to each and everyone in order for them to make informed decisions when choosing people to represent them.

In the photos president Nawakwi greeting Chieftness Choongo at her palace and president Nawakwi Chating with the elder sister of the chieftness who was recently involved in accident.

JUSTICE CHULU APPOINTED ECZ CHAIRPERSON

Justice Chulu ECZ Chairperson
President Edgar Lungu has appointed Justice Esau Chulu as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) subject to ratification by parliament.

President Lungu has also appointed Gender Activist Emily Sikazwe and former UPND Pemba MP David Matongo as commissioners of the ECZ subject to ratification by parliament.

Justice Chulu is currently serving as a Commissioner at ECZ.

He will replace Justice Irene Mambilima who is now Chief Justice while Ms. Sikazwe will replace the late Ms. Minerva Tembo and Mr. Matongo will fill the vacancy to be left by Justice Chulu.

President Lungu says the two nominees are of high professional and personal integrity and that he hopes that they will work towards enhancing the impeccable credentials of the Electoral Commission.

The President said this in a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.

The President said Justice Chulu has distinguished himself during his current tenure as Commissioner and during his earlier career on the Bench.

President Lungu notes that Ms. Sikazwe is a distinguished gender and governance activist and professional of high repute while Mr. Matongo is a well-known businessman and former lawmaker.

The President is confident that Members of Parliament will support the nominees.

Meanwhile, the President has re-appointed Professor Patrick Mvunga, State Counsel, as Chairperson of the Judicial Complaints Authority (JCA) .

Justice Christopher Mushabati and Lusaka lawyer Mwangala Zaloumis will also continue as members.

The Head of State has also appointed Justice Martin Munyinda Imasiku and former ACC Director- General Nixon Banda as new members of the JCA.

Source : ZNBC

CABINET APPROVES CHANGES TO MINERAL ROYALTY TAX REGIME

Edgar Lungu in Cabinet

LUSAKA (Monday, April 13, 2015) — Cabinet has today approved changes to the Mineral Royalty Tax regime and His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia directed ministers to bring to Cabinet next Monday details to be presented to Parliament for approval.

This follows extensive consultations with the mining industry in the light of significant changes in the fundamental assumptions upon which the law was based and the sudden fall in the price of copper on the international market.

The budget approved by Parliament had the assumption that the price of copper was going to be US$6,780 per tonne but this has reduced to US$5,665 representing a reduction of $1,115. Production, which was also assumed to likely, stay at a peak of 959,696 tonnes has since dropped to 839,000 tonnes
representing a drop by 130,696 tonnes.

All administrative and legislative procedures to effect the changes will be completed before the next cabinet meeting.
These measures will have revenue implications given the fact the basic assumptions in the budget regarding the price of copper and production have changed downwards. The changes to the MRT regime will have revenue implications requiring rationalization of expenditure, which the Minister of Finance has been directed to present to Parliament.

The President has also directed that the Technical Committee he appointed to interrogate the challenges that arose from the MRT regime will continue with consultations with stakeholders to ensure a robust and predictable mining tax regime, which will be linked to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

The President hopes that the changes will promptly eliminate
market anxieties in the mining sector and forestall any potential instability.

Issued by:
Amos Chanda
Special Assistant to the President
(Press & Public Relations)

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