Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mulongoti Complains of Cold Shoulder from Sata

Former Works and Supply minister Mike Mulongoti says he is disappointed that President Michael Sata has never met him since winning elections. Mulongoti, who resigned as minister in the Rupiah Banda government and embarked on a country-wide campaign tour for the PF and President Sata, now feels unappreciated. In an interview, Mulongoti said having campaigned and convinced the people of Zambia to vote for PF, he was shocked that President Sata had not bothered to meet him. “We were the supporters of the Patriotic Front. We went all over the country to ensure he President Sata wins. There he is  …More

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Lawyers for Henry Banda Appeal to United Nations

The legal team representing Henry Banda has filed two letters with several United Nations Special Rapporteurs requesting Urgent Appeals be addressed to the Government of Zambia regarding politically motivated accusations against Mr. Banda and harassment and threats against his legal counsel, Robert Amsterdam. “These documents are the first of many appeals we are preparing before international bodies to expose the unlawful conduct of the Zambian government in the Henry Banda matter, and highlight the ongoing abuses of power by the ruling party to attack and weaken the political opposition,”said Mr. Amsterdam. “The allegations reported in the media against Mr.Banda are  …More

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Zambia Unveils Draft Constitution

After several months of anxiety and speculation among members of the public, the Constitution Technical Committee today released the first Draft Constitution. This is a breakthrough after the initial schedule to release the document at the end of February this year failed. The committee has also launched the public consultation on the constitution making process and the website. Speaking during the launch in Lusaka today, Committee Chairperson Justice Annel Silungwe urged Zambians to understand the document. Justice Silungwe said the technical committee has reviewed the reports of the previous constitution review commissions to identify and adopt provisions that are of  …More

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Kabimba Asks for Patience from Voters

PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba says those that feel the PF is highly indebted to them should be patient because the majority of Zambians have not yet experienced the benefits of the party’s victory. “Our people have not yet seen the benefits of the victory of the Patriotic Front. We are yet to put in place programmes that are going to address the unemployment of our youths and our women folk who are in the majority and the owners of that revolution. So surely they deserve to be the first ones to complain. That’s my position as party secretary general.”  …More

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Zambia Will Not Backtrack on Foreign Investment – VP Guy Scott

Vice President Dr Guy Scott says the PF was at risk of being kicked out of government if the party fails to deliver on its campaign promises. During a business luncheon hosted by the Commonwealth Business Council, Reuters Foundation and the Zambian High Commission at the Royal Automobile Club in London on Friday, Vice-President Dr Scott said government was in a hurry and committed to developing the country. He re-emphasised the need for government to create jobs for many thousands Zambians who every year graduate from institutions of higher learning and trades centres. The Vice-President told the guests that government  …More

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Zambia Looks to Increase Safety Regulations in Mining Sector

Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher says government is concerned over matters of health and safety in all Zambian industries and the mines in particular. Yaluma said employees and employers should seriously take into account issues of safety and health in work environments. The minister was speaking when he officiated at the Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) World Day of Safety and Health programme held at the Cricket Club in Kitwe at the weekend. He said in a speech read for him by his deputy Isaac Banda that the Government would ensure that all mine companies and employees take issues  …More

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Sata Suspends Judges, Prompting Concern Over Judicial Independence

During his first-ever press conference this afternoon, President Sata suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Musonda, and Judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna of the High Court. The President further appointed a Malawian judge Lovemore Chikopa to head the tribunal tasked to investigate the matter. “I have been under a lot of pressure with this issue, complaints about the judiciary. I have with immediate effect suspended three judges for investigations into their conduct,” he said. President Sata said the three will be investigated in connection with the cases involving the Development Bank of Zambia, JNC Holdings, Mutembo Nchito and The Post  …More

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Former MMD Minister Lungwangwa Shocked by Police Raid of His Farm

Former Communication and Transport minister Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa says he has been left in total shock following a police search for guns at his farmhouse in Lusaka West on Wednesday. Prof Lungwangwa, who is who is also MMD Nalikwanda member of parliament said he was shocked at the search because he had never been involved in life threatening activities. “I have sworn to defend and protect the Constitution of Zambia and that means there is no  way  I can ever conceive getting involved in activities that disturb the peace of this country in any way, and it was extremely shocking to be searched  …More

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Kaunda: To Live Long, Go Vegetarian

First Republican President DR Kenneth Kaunda has attributed his longevity to the healthy lifestyle he leads. In an interview, Dr Kaunda, whose birthday falls today, said his vegetarian lifestyle had helped him reach 88 years. “I am a vegetarian, I don’t take meat, no eggs, no chicken, I eat only vegetables like an elephant,” he said. And Dr Kaunda welcomed the banning of highly intoxicating alcohol called tujilijili by the government. He appealed to young people in the country to stay away from the consumption of the illicit brew. “Tujilijili must be stopped, the kids, young men and women must stop that. They  …More

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Pande: MMD Ready to Redeem Itself

MMD presidential aspirant Kabinga Pande has asked Zambians to forgive the former ruling party for any wrongs it might have committed. Featuring on Radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk programme yesterday, Pande, who is Kasempa member of parliament, said the former ruling party would only redeem itself if it went back to its founding principle of being a voice of the voiceless. Pande said the MMD was learning how it feels to be in the opposition. “We have to go back to our founding principle to be a voice of the voiceless. There are a lot of voiceless people in this country. After that, we will start winning  …More

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