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PRESIDENT LUNGU SHOULD CLEARLY IDENTIFY HIMSELF IN GOVERNANCE

Edgar and RB

MALIGNANT PROPAGANDA AND GOVERNANCE

14th May, 2015

As an organization that promotes Good Governance, Access to Justice and Human Rights, we are concerned with a number of issues bordering on malicious propaganda, perpetuated by various different groups. This propaganda has the potential of bringing hatred in the Country making it difficult for elected leaders to rule.

MALIGNANT PROPAGANDA

It has come to our realization that while Zambians voted for one President, our Country is being steered in different directions by various groupings or individuals with ulterior motives.

These groups are busy fighting for political power and control of this nation using the legitimate elected leadership. In their fighting for power and control, they have employed methods of vilification, malice and intimidation using State machinery and looted money.

It must be noted that this situation is not just peculiar to President Edgar Lungu’s rule, but it has been there even in the preceding leaderships. However, we are living in the present, as we refer to the past.

The situation in the Country is such that for one to enjoy life as free citizens entitled to what the Country can offer, you must belong to one of these groups and support all the agendas without questioning. The moment you question anything you are considered to be a rebel, an outcast and therefore must be vanquished

The Zambian Voice does not speak in obscurity but in objectivity and Truthfulness, therefore we would like to mention some of these groupings and individuals that we have identified based on our experience.

Group 1

This is a group commonly known as the “Cartel”, this group carries names like Fred M’membe of The Post Newspaper, Mutembo Nchito our embattled Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Rajan Mathan Chairman of the Mathan Group of Companies and all those that associate or sympathize with these people.

This group is accused and hated by some citizens for wanting to control the leadership of this Country. The group was accused of having held Late President Sata hostage in State House.  The thorny issue relating to this group is the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) 15 million loan which is currently in court.

Mutembo Nchito as DPP has been accused to have prosecuted a number of people from other groups maliciously.

Mathan has been accused of being ruthless and canny in his dealings but he seemed to have burnt his fingers when his Bank grabbed a house of Rupiah Banda before he became a President. He is also accused of not having helped PF financially in the last elections.

Fred M’membe is accused of partnering with Mutembo in the DBZ loan but mostly he is hated for exposing the alleged corruption cases and calling the members of the other group (group 2) as corrupt and convicts.

During the last Presidential campaigns President Lungu referred to this group as “Bamukukulu” (crooks) who needed to be sorted out.

Group 2

The other group of people is associated with people like former President Rupiah Banda (RB), Henry Banda (son of RB), Richard Sakala of the Daily Nation, Brebner Changala a civil activist, Lucky Mulusa who is Presidential  Assistant on Projects (Mulusa is former Solwezi Central MP and a very close ally of RB), Lawyer Lewis Musho and other associates surrounding RB.

This group under the leadership of RB is the one that seems to be enjoying State privileges and favours after the death of Sata and the installation of President Lungu. President Lungu seems to have a lot of loyalty to RB because of the help RB rendered for Lungu to win the last Presidential election.

It seems a set of deliverables have been drawn between RB and the President (like the ones drawn between Dr. Nevers Mumba and RB which the former back peddled on at the last minute).

The group is also highly accused of corruption starting with RB who is in court for various charges of corruption.  His son also, Henry Banda, has been a fugitive out of the Zambia since the coming in of Mr. Mutembo Nchito as DPP during President Sata’s rule. Mr. Nchito has been passionately on RB and his associates to prosecute them for corruption that he even brought in witnesses from Nigeria to testify.

Mr. Brebner Changala is at the centre of the Tribunal set up to investigate Mutembo Nchito (which Mr. Changala has called fake in our presence), while Lucky Mulusa and Lewis Musho are pulling strings to remove the DBZ loan out of court to corner Mutembo Nchito and Fred M’membe.

Lewis Musho is implicated in the Shoprite saga involving colossal sums of money (something like the Austin Liato style). The case is still in court and since the suspension of Mutembo Nchito, there seem to be changes in the prosecution team. Musho recently even filed a counter suit against Shoprite for causing freeze on his accounts.

Mr. Musho recently got married to another woman and hired most (if not the entire) of Protea Hotel in Chisamba to entertain, feed and accommodate his wedding guests. He is also serious PF sympathizer

Group 3

This group is mostly composed of the President and his aides in the name of Mr. Chilubanama – State House Permanent Secretary, Mr. Kaizer Zulu – Political Advisor (who was recently cleared by Anti-Corruption Commission after the The Post Newspaper  carried the story of him being investigated) Mr. Mulenga Sata –  State House Deputy Minister and Mr. Amos Chanda – Presidential Press Assistant.

This group is accused of enjoying a lot of favours and Privileges than any other members in the PF by virtue of being in State. While none of them has been prosecuted of corruption, Mr. Kaizer Zulu is believed to have been fired by Late President Sata for interfering with Fertilizer supply at the ministry of Agriculture where he instructed a named PS to cancel the due process and pick a preferred supplier. He is also alleged to have intimidated RTSA staff to award a contract to a company of his choice. A number of PF members and business associates have also complained of having given him money for favors which he has never delivered.

EXHORTATIONS

The Zambian Voice is concerned by this scenario, because it is a recipe of Bad Governance, corruption and inequality.

Without prejudice we would like to urge the Zambian citizens and other stakeholders, not to be easily fooled by any of these groups or individuals by their propaganda and manipulations.

The public must becareful to look at the accusing finger before believing everything else they become accomplices to malice and injustice. We humbly ask citizens and stakeholders to make a reflection and review their opinions on any groups or individuals because they may have been misled positively or negatively.

Actually we want to admit that we have been victims of malicious propaganda of vilifying others, not knowing that we were being used to launder corrupt people who have taken advantage of the poor Zambians to look clean in the eyes of the public. It is therefore not our call to persuade citizens whether to believe or not, any of the groups or individuals.

The issues we have raised here are not just hearsay but there is truth behind it. We don’t want citizens to fall into the trap of another cartel met to vilify, malign and destroy the fellow citizens. The decision has to be made by Zambians after reflecting on facts available.

We would also like to urge President Lungu to clearly define his identity and values in his governance. He is trending a dangerous path aligning himself with people smelling corruption unless he is the beneficiary of the corrupt activities.

It would also be our humble appeal to RB to withdraw completely from politics and machinations so that the Zambian citizens can confer on him that Statemanship he deserves. It is not fair for us young people to be talking about him in acrimonious issues. We are more comfortable to talk about Dr. Nevers Mumba because he is our contemporary, an elder brother. MMD’s future right now is in jeopardy because of RB gorilla politics.

We would also like to exhort the Judiciary to be impartial because these unscrupulous people want to use them to legitimize wrong things. Justice should not have a face. Courts are places where all citizens, poor and rich run to for justice. So if our magistrates and judges are going to be looking at faces and pockets of people, the poor and the persecuted will have nowhere to go.

May God bless us all.

CABINET DECISIONS BRIEF

LUSAKA (Monday, April 27, 2015) — At its 8th Meeting at State House today, Cabinet has taken the following decisions:

Approved the appointment of members of the Judicial Service Commission in line with Article 123 (1) of the Constitution and the Service Commissions Act. The appointment of the Commission will ensure the effective administration and performance of the functions of the Commission. The Minister of Justice will present names of the nominees to Parliament for ratification.

Approved a Bill to repeal the Companies Act in order to strengthen corporate governance, align corporate law with relevant laws and national development aspirations including the promotion of foreign direct investment. The new Companies Act is designed to enhance government policy on economic empowerment of citizens and the development of micro, small and medium enterprises. The rationale for the amendment is to simplify the registration procedures and reducing the cost of forming a company. The new law will be aligned with other pieces of legislation that came into effect after the enactment of the Citizens’ Empowerment Act and the Zambia Development Agency Act, which are aimed at promoting greater citizens participation and promotion of foreign direct investment. The 1994 Companies Act is no longer in tune with international best practices following the evolution of corporate law, which has placed a lot of emphasis on good corporate governance.
Several Government studies have revealed the need for reform of the business licensing regime particularly the simplification of the process of company incorporation.

The Companies Bill 2015, which will be presented to next sitting of Parliament, promotes transparency and high standards of corporate governance by clearly articulating the role of directors as well as providing a legal framework for the modernization of the Companies Registry.

Cabinet has also approved the introduction of the Insolvency Bill 2015 to provide for personal bankruptcy, insolvency and receivership thereby strengthening the obligations and duties of Insolvency Practitioners. Following international best practices, the Bill consolidates individual and corporate insolvency into one statute as well as introducing measures for business rescue.
Approved the contraction of a low-interest concessional loan of US$14,000,000 from the OPEC Fund for International Development to improve water and sanitation in 100 villages in all the 16 districts of Western Province. The loan will attract an interest of 1.75 percent. The project will comprise the construction and rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructure to enhance hygiene and clean water supply thereby improving the living conditions of the people of Western Province. Cabinet noted that rural water supply and sanitation is critically essential in the improvement of people’s health.

His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia directed ministers that more investments in water and sanitation must be directed at rural areas in order to bring about equitable access these essential basic services.

Approved the establishment of the a Bilateral Treaty to establish the Malawi-Zambia Trans-frontier Conservation Area to enhance the management and conservation of wildlife and other natural resources across the international boundaries.
The President also briefed Cabinet on the Summit of the African Union Committee of Ten (C-10) on the Reform of the United Nations Security Council which Zambia will host from 8th -10th May, 2015.

Issued by:

Amos Chanda
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
(PRESS & PUBLIC RELATIONS)

POWER TO THE PEOPLE – ZAMBIA IS OUR NATION CAMPAIGN

In our quest to prepare Zambians to effectively participate in democratic dispensation to enhance quality of life urban and rural areas, The Zambian Voice (ZV) will soon launch a “POWER TO THE PEOPLE – ZAMBIA IS OUR NATION” campaign.
The objective of this campaign will be to increase participation of citizens, especially the youths and young adult, in civic and political activities which enhances our democracy, transparency and accountability as we get to 2016 General elections.
Among the initial activities of this campaign will include registering and Training of “1,500 ZV Warriors” (Members) throughout the Country. Please look out for the adverts so that you can be part of this campaign. 
The ZV warriors, will participate in sensitization and monitoring of
1. National Registration Cards (NRC),
2. Voter Registration,
3. 2016 General Elections
4. Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT)
All those who are interested can send their CVs in advance for considerations when we start registering.

“POWER TO THE PEOPLE – ZAMBIA IS OUR NATION CAMPAIGN!!”

President Lungu Talks About The Independence of the Judiciary At LAZ AGM

Speech at LAZ AGM

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE GALA DINNER AT THE LAW ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA’S 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD AT THE ZAMBEZI SUN HOTEL LIVINGSTONE

• PRESIDENT OF THE LAW ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA,

• MINISTER OF JUSTICE, HON. NGOSA SIMBYAKULA

• STATE COUNSELS IN THE HOUSE• PROVINCIAL MINISTER

• GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

• LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WAS HEARTENED BY THE INVITATION FROM THE LAW ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA TO GRACE THIS YEAR’S GALA DINNER AS GUEST OF HONOUR, PARTICULARLY THAT I AM COMING TO THE OCCASION WEARING ANOTHER HAT IN ADDITION TO THAT OF A THIS NOBLE ASSOCIATION AND PROFESSION.

ALLOW ME TO CONGRATULATE THE ASSOCIATION ON THE HOLDING OF ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL LAW CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

I AM PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE JUST ENDED LAW CONFERENCE WAS USED AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS PERTINENT ISSUES AFFECTING NOT ONLY THE LEGAL PROFESSION BUT ALSO THE NATION AS A WHOLE.

ALLOW ME TO ADD MY VOICE TO THE ISSUES THAT WERE DISCUSSED OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS AND TO ALLUDE TO ONE OR TWO OTHER PERTINENT ISSUES THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE HAD TIME TO DELIBERATE ON.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:I DO BELIEVE YOUR SELECTED THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S LAW CONFERENCE:

ZAMBIA AT 50 – INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY AND CHALLENGES OF REGULATING THE LEGAL PROFESSION, WAS TIMELY AND I PRAY THE CONFERENCE CAME UP WITH CONCRETE RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL HELP US DEAL WITH SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT HAVE PLAGUED BOTH OUR JUDICIARY AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION.

INDEED THE JUDICIARY HAS SUFFERED ATTACKS AT THE HANDS OF SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC VIS-À-VIS ITS INDEPENDENCE AND ITS ABILITY TO DELIVER ON ITS PRIMARY MANDATE AS AN ARBITER, AND AS A DEFENDER AND PROTECTOR OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS.

IT IS THE HOPE OF MY GOVERNMENT THAT THE CHANGES WE HAVE STARTED TO INSTITUTE WITHIN THE JUDICIARY AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WILL COME OUT OF THE ONGOING LEGAL AND JUDICIAL REFORMS WILL GALVANIZE POSITIVE ACTION AND CHANGE IN RELATION TO THE FUNCTIONING OF THE JUDICIARY.

LET ME REASSURE YOU THAT MY GOVERNMENT SHALL NOT TOLERATE UNWARRANTED ATTACKS ON THE JUDICIARY THAT SEEK TO UNDERMINE THE DESIRED LEGITIMACY THIS IMPORTANT ARM OF GOVERNMENT MUST ENJOY.

LET ME FURTHER ASSURE YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THAT GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW PROCESS AS OUTLINED IN THE ROADMAP WE RELEASED.

I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE OR FEAR IN DELIVERING THE A NEW CONSTITUTION TO THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE IN THE SHORTEST AND MOST PRACTICAL TIME POSSIBLE.

MY PERSONAL RECORD ON THIS MATTER IS A SUBJECT OF PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE.

WITHIN WEEKS IN MY JOB AS JUSTICE MINISTER, I RELEASED THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION FROM THE SHELVES WHERE OTHERS KEPT IT.

I HAVE WORKED RAPIDLY WITH THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND COLLEAGUES IN RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE A FOUNDATION UPON WHICH A DURABLE CONSTITUTION WILL BE DELIVERED.

BUT I WILL INSIST THAT THE COST OF DELIVERING THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE MEASURED AGAINST THE PRESSING NEED TO ADDRESS THE INEXCUSABLE POVERTY AND SQUALOR IN SOME PARTS OF OUR COUNTRY.

SO, WHATEVER WE DO LET US ACT RESPONSIBLY AND ENSURE THAT WE DO NOT RECOMMEND METHODS THAT ARE NOT CONSCIOUS OF THIS REALITY.

I ALSO WISH TO CAUTION THAT AS LAWYERS YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY NOT JUST TO YOUR PROFESSION, BUT TO THE NATION AS A WHOLE.

YOUR DUTY TO GUIDE THE PROCESS OF ENACTING A NEW CONSTITUTION MUST THEREFORE TAKE COGNISANT THAT THIS CONSTITUTION-MAKING PROCESS DOES NOT BECOME AN ELITE CAPTURE.

THIS IS NOT A PROJECT BY A PRIVILEDGED FEW BUT A NATIONAL PROJECT.

THE LAW, AS THEY SAY, IS TOO IMPORTANT TO BE LEFT TO THE LAWYERS.

NOTHING CAN BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH AS WE DEBATE A MATTER OF THE ORGANIC LAW OF THE LAND!

ANOTHER CONCERN THAT GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ADDRESS IS THE REGIONALISM AND TRIBAL SENTIMENTS EXHIBITED DURING THE RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

AS I HAVE STATED SINCE THEN, MY GOVERNMENT SHALL NOT TOLERATE ACTS OF SECTIONALISM, AND VIOLENCE PARTICULARLY THOSE BASED ON TRIBAL OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION – WE ARE ONE COUNTRY – ONE ZAMBIA, ONE NATION.

WE MUST JEALOUSLY GUARD THE PEACE THAT WE HAVE ENJOYED ALL THESE YEARS EVEN IN THE MIDST OF POLITICAL DIVERSITY.

I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UPON ALL NATIONAL AND POLITICAL LEADERS TO JOIN HANDS IN THIS ENDEAVOR AND TO BE THE LEADERS IN PROMOTING TOLERANCE AND UNITY.

LET ME BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION THE RECENT DEBATE SURROUNDING THE APPOINTMENT OF YOUR NEW LEADER OF BAR, THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, BY HIGHLIGHTING WHAT I SAW AS FUNDAMENTAL CONTRADICTIONS IN THE POSITION THE ASSOCIATION TOOK.

CONSIDER THIS MATTER A HOUSE KEEPING ISSUE BECAUSE I AM ONE OF YOU AND THEREFORE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMMENT ON IT.

LISTENING TO DEBATES IN PARLIAMENT OVER HIS RATIFICATION, SOMETIMES I WONDERED WHAT OPPONENTS REALLY WANTED TO COMMUNICATE.

THE NOMINEE MET ALL STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS BUT STILL YOU OPPOSED HIM! THE REST IS NOW HISTORY, HE IS IN THE JOB AND WE ALL HAVE A DUTY TO COOPERATE WITH HIM.

HE TOO RECOGNIZES THAT HE WILL HAVE TO RELY ON BROAD COUNSEL FROM SENIOR STATE COUNSELS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FRATERNITY TO SUCCEED.

THE LAW ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA AND THE LEGAL FRATERNITY IN GENERAL HAS ALWAYS PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN ZAMBIA’S DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE AGENDA, I WOULD THEREFORE LIKE TO CHALLENGE AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE IN THIS NOBLE WORK AND TO ASSURE YOU THAT GOVERNMENT IS OPEN TO WORK WITH THE ASSOCIATION.

I WOULD THEREFORE LIKE TO INVITE THE ASSOCIATION TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF GOVERNMENT PARTICULARLY TO THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE ANY MATTERS THE ASSOCIATION FEELS GOVERNMENT CAN HELP WITH.

CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN AND I WISH YOU ALL A JOYOUS EVENING. THANK YOU AND ENJOY THE DINNER

THE POST STORY IS VERY TRUE MR. CHANGALA SHOULD BE SINCERE

Chilufya Tayali says he is shocked that Brebner Changala is trying to refute the story he gave to The Post when he had shared the same information with him.

Tayali, Changala’s friend, told the Lusaka businessman to be sincere because he had also told him that he was not the complainant in the tribunal instituted to investigate Mutembo Nchito.

Changala on Sunday revealed that State House used his name to frame charges which President Lungu used to suspend Mutembo.

After the story was published on Monday, Changala was forced to deny the story through a statement prepared for him which he was made to sign.

But Tayali said he was ready to be challenged by Changala if he did not confide in him that there were other people behind Mutembo’s removal from office.

“I asked him and I asked him before Mutembo Nchito, I said, ‘Look, I have something that I want to ask you. I want to ask you before Mutembo Nchito so that I know if they are denying you justice, and he refused. He said it was not me. It was not me who started this story’. Meaning the tribunal itself and the allegations. Then Mutembo Nchito said, ‘But you, I have got the letter which you wrote to the President and that letter, they have listed exactly what you wrote. That’s what they have written, so how can you say it was not you?’ But he insisted, then me I said, ‘Look Mr Changala, you were supposed to be a witness in this, so what were you going to talk about?’ He said these guys just told me that I was going to be a witness but I actually refused, I actually refused that I am not going to be part of it’. I said no no no, so I asked him, but who wrote this? He said it’s [Solicitor General] Abraham [Mwansa]. The allegations that are there, it’s Abraham who wrote it,” Tayali recalled. “Not that I am lying or what, he was telling me and if he wants, I can challenge him. I don’t beat about the bush, I like to speak the truth. So that man should be sincere. He told me, straightaway in my face before Mutembo Nchito and I brought Mutembo Nchito there because I wanted him to hear… he has been saying a lot of things about Mutembo. It’s not that I like Mutembo no, I mean you know our relationship. Then I asked him to say, ‘So who is doing all this?’ Then he said ‘There are people who are behind this’. He was actually making a gesture behind Mutembo that there are people behind you. There are shadows behind you. And I asked ‘So Mr Brebner, you are saying all these things are just fabricated to sort out this man?’ He said ‘Yah’, and I said ‘For what?’ He said ‘I don’t know’. So he clearly said that and I would like him to challenge me if he never said it because there was somebody there.”

– See more at: http://postzambia.com/news.php?id=7403#sthash.Voi2cR4p.dpuf

PRESS STATEMENT ON CORRUPTION AND MUTEMBO TRIBUNAL 22ND APRIL 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Zambian Voice, a pro-poor civil organisation, which encourages people to effectively participate in the governance of our Country to sustain democracy and bring about quality  life, we are very concerned with corrupt activities going on among top Government officials.

Ladies and Gentlemen, corruption is simply the abuse of bestowed power or position to acquire personal benefit.

Corruption is one of the most difficult crimes to prove, because usually it involves two willing parties to mutually benefit, exclusive of all other parties.  However, corruption can easily be detected by simply looking at people who are living way above their recognized earnings.

It is unfortunate my brothers and sisters that this corruption is happening in our Country at a high rate. Zambia’s corruption index rating, according Transparency International, stands at 38 out of 100. This figure has been constant for the past 2 years, 2013 and 2014.

Talking about figure like this, might not make sense to know who the corrupt people in our society. However, if you look around to see people living beyond their means, you can easily put a finger where corruption is.

Most of our professionals (Accountants, Lawyers, Doctors, Teachers, Nurses, Police, Defense, Journalists, Artists, etc) and businessmen are struggling to make ends meet in spite of our Country’s economic growth of about 7%. Most of them are barely surviving.

On the contrary, politicians from the ruling party and their associates are economically nurturing like pumpkin leaves near a broken sewer system. Within three years of being in power, most of these politicians have economically appreciated 0ne million fords. These politicians have properties that our ordinary civil servants would never dream of owning even if they had to renew their lives 10 times.

We have people who entered the political sine with nothing of their own, but the goodwill and chanting of unemployed youths, saw them into power. The youth and other Zambians put these people into power so that they can create employment for themselves and better the lives of Zambians. But today, they drive the most expensive vehicles and live in exquisite mansions in luxurious locations of our cities while the youths and women still wallow in poverty.

In January we got a new President after the demise of our Late President Michael Chilufya Sata. President Edgar Lungu appointed and reappointed a number of people in his government. Surprisingly, some of these people have drastically changed their way of life within three months. They seem to be in high speed to loot as much as they can within a year before the next elections.

These people have neglected the job that they were appointed for, instead they just want to take advantage of their positions to amass wealth for themselves.

As an organisation we have heard allegations of Mr. Keizer Zulu charging people to schedule appointments with the President and yet the President is still drinking tea with him at State House.

We have also heard that the same Mr. Zulu has acquired substantive shares in a new cement plant coming up in the Ndola. We would like The President to ask Mr. Zulu if this story is true, and if it is, where has he gotten the money?

Mr. Zulu seem to be very economically ingenious that he is also mentioned in a purchase of a number of houses with a recent one owned by Kapoko’s sister here in Lusaka. In the interest of transparency, we would like Mr. Zulu to confirm or deny this information.

It is a pity that since President Lungu went to State House, a number of his aides have been unprecedentedly linked to corrupt activities. Apart from Mr. Keizer Zulu, the State House Permanent Secretary, Mr. Chilubanama, has also been mentioned to have recently acquired a house in Olympia at an exorbitant price and he intends to move his Card Technology Company into the same property.

While most of our people are dying for lack of Medicare, Mr. Chilubanama is alleged to have taken a trip to France for a medical check-up. This can only be sign of having too much money. We hope our President will question Mr. Chilubanama on his return about the trip and report to the nation in the interest of transparency so that his image is not dented with corruption by association.

We are also interested to know about the alleged trip of Mr. Keizer Zulu and Mr. Chilubanama to Sasolberg town in South Africa when the President was in that Country for his operation recently. Sasolburg is named after a petroleum company: South African Coal, Oil and Gas Corporation (Sasol). We would like to know if the trip was a Presidential assignment or not.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in the last elections we spoke against political parties’ source of funding. We criticized those political parties that were getting funding from foreign nations. It has come to our attention that the Patriotic Front received money in the sum of USD$275, 000 from Dalbit Oil Company which is supplying fuel to this Country. It is alleged that this money was received by Mr. Keizer Zulu and the late Willie Nsanda.

We would like President Lungu to tell the nation how much he knows about this money and how they reconcile the awarding of contracts to this company when the same PF government labelled it company corrupt.

Further it would be good for President Lungu to give a report to the nation over the shortage of fuel we experienced in the recent past. The President issued a statement that the shortage of fuel was caused by some criminal elements. It is only proper that after such a statement a report follows. The statement by Chief Government spokesperson that the government has no obligation to release the report of the investigations concerning the shortage of fuel falls below the threshold of good governance where government is accountable to the electorates.

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to also express our views on the current Mutembo Nchito tribunal.

While we advocated for the setting up of a Tribunal to investigate our Director of Public Prosecution Mutembo Nchito due to various allegations by citizens, we did not condemn or judge our DPP. Rather we called for what is stipulated in our Constitution. We still reiterate that whenever any constitutional office holder is alleged to have committed an offence in the eyes of the public, such an officer must be subjected to investigations because no one is above the law.

However, it is sad to note that the Mutembo Tribunal seems to be marred with underhand methods which defeats justice. What has been revealed in recent past is appalling to continue with this process.

Our justice system is being brought into disrepute because of our vindictiveness, ego and malice intent (eg accusing him of planting of drags on a citizen and forging of a judgment) to deal with a once upon a time powerful man (a member of the cartel as he is usually described), who is alleged to have caused pain in a number of people’s lives.   

Our view is that, even if a person is as bad as the worst wizard in the village, such a person is entitled to Justice without negotiations. The due process of the law must be followed to attain justice. This Justice should not just be done, but it must be seen to be done.

In the case of Mutembo, it is not happening. What we see instead, is persecution for the sins that those with power have seen in him. They are not doing this for the people of Zambia, who are the Tax-payers, but for themselves and their associates. Therefore as an organisation that aligns with the people especially the vulnerable, we want to see Justice done on Mutembo Nchito. Anything short of that, we will not hesitate to defend the DPP.

It must also be noted that, this process is not just about Mutembo Nchito but the office of the DPP which must enjoy security of tenure like other constitution offices. That said, we would like to warn other constitution office bearers not to get excited to pursue a political agenda, simply because they have just been appointed by President Edgar Lungu.

History has it that Mutembo Nchito was appointed by President Sata, notwithstanding the fact that some of us objected the appointment. However the same government bulldozed its way and anointed him as DPP and we as citizens respect Mutembo as a DPP and he must enjoy the privileges bestowed in that office. Government cannot continue flouting process to fit their political whims. We will not sit back and watch those with power abuse our justice system for political expediency.

In conclusion ladies and Gentlemen allow me to address you as journalists, not to side with insincere politicians who are only interested in using you as stepping stones into advance their political careers and agendas. You have a nation to serve. Let people know the Truth instead of allowing politicians to use you. Politicians come and go.

We also urge the President to bring the media close so that he can hear what is happening on the ground. The President should not relay on the traditional channels of interacting with people and receiving information. He should do something out of the ordinary so that he can reach the people. His aides will continue selling appointments if he does not overtake them in being available to the people.

In the same vein, we ask him to call for a Press conference to interact with the people through the media. Four months in office is long enough to sit with the media and interact on national issues. Even a dinner for the media would be good.

 

God bless Zambia and our leaders.

ZESCO TO IMPORT ELECTRICITY

ZESCO says it may consider importing electricity from the neighboring countries following the low water levels at Lake Kariba.
Zesco senior manager for marketing and public relations Bessie Banda revealed that the firm’s transmission and distribution capacity was currently constrained.
Last week, the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) announced that it had decided adjust water for power generation at Kariba Dam by 10 percent downward for the 2015 allocation.
Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development General Emelda Chola told a media briefing in Lusaka that the authority had informed Zesco Limited and Zimbabwe Power Company in order for the two utility companies to adjust their operations accordingly.
Ms Chola, who is also ZRA board chairperson, said the Zambezi basin received below normal rainfall runoff in the basin leading to lower Zambezi river flows and subsequent low in-flows into Lake Kariba.
And Ms Banda said the corporation was ready and could not change the adjustment made by the Zambia River Authority.
Ms Banda said the corporation wouldill look to neighbours who have power to supply the nation.
“Normally, we would look to the neighboring countries to try and import power when we don’t have enough. But the problem of power distribution is only Zambia but even our neighbours are facing the same problem,” she said.
Ms Banda said if the corporation fails to get power from our neighbours, it will ask its customers to be more energy efficient.
She said in terms of power generation Zesco was above 2300 megawatts despite having a fixed demand of 1900 megawatts.

Reported by Daily Nation
Ms Banda said due the corporation’s problems on transmission and distribution, the firm’s had no sufficient capacity to supply its customers.
She there were works that were under way for Zesco to deal with its transmission and distribution capacity problem, adding that only when that happened would be able to reduce on the load shedding that the nation was currently facing.
“The minister of mines, energy and water development has told us that with the recorded low water levels, we are going to face even more load shedding,” she said.
Ms Banda appealed to Zesco customers to help the firm redeem its energy efficiency, adding that the currently problem of water was something that was beyond our control.

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