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Hungry lion paying its workers slave wages – Zambian Watchdog

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Good morning Editor!

Am one of the Hungry Lion workers under North Region,  am writing to you, hoping our cries will be heard if we use you ba Watchdog, we have tried putting up our cries to our Regional Manager Madam Dianah but it seems all our cries are falling on deaf ears.

Can you imagine even after The Government revised upwards the minimum wages for workers not represented by Trade Unions,  Some of us are still paid as low as K950 as seen on one of the screenshots,  in September all Hungry Lion workers received a document dubbed Memorandum of Agreement which states that,  “Hungry Lion Workers who were employed in the permanent full time category by the company on 1St July 2018 and who are still in employ of the company at date of signing the Agreement will receive an Across the Board (ATB)  increase of K380 per month effective from 1St July 2018.”

From the time the company signed the Memorandum till now, our salaries are still the same, no increment whatsoever,  in fact salaries are even reducing instead of increasing,  you can check from the screenshots how everyone from North Region is upset.

We make millions for this foreign company but in return, they pay us songs, the campany can’t buy safety boots for us,  we buy safety boots using personal money,  the company can’t employ specific people to work in our toilets and the floor,  us the same people dealing with food are the same people who clean our toilets and our floor,  it’s different from Shoprite.

Imagine we fry chicken and chips, but when it comes to our lunch,  they feed us wheat, all Hungry lion workers here in North Region Zambia eat plain bread all year round, the company doesn’t care about our health.

So please, to the relevant authorities, us Hungry lion, our salaries and condition of service are still the same,  very bad condition of service and less salaries,  we work from 12 knocking off at 20:30sometimes at 21:00, no overtime money.  When we have no customers we usually have lunch for an hour, but when it’s crowded let’s say during month end, we usually have lunch for only 15 to 20 minutes,  get back to work and knock off after 21:00.

By the way,  Hungry lion workers worked on the 18th of October,  it was a normal day for us, when people were told to fast,  us were selling them Chicken and chips,  Boma ilanganepo.

Attached are our conversations where we were trying to cry to our regional manager on our whatsapp group, our regional manager after reading our cries,  she started calling our store managers telling them to trace all those members of the North Region whatsapp group who were complaining, likely all those who were complaining are loosing our jobs any time soon. So please help us,  we were only putting up our genuine cries.

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Minister Chitalu’s Partner in crime lives in fear of jail – Zambian Watchdog

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Mulalelo Kakulubelwa, the Permanent Secretary at the ministry of health is living in fear of being arrested for various corrupt activities she has been made to undertake by minister Chitalu Chilufya.

Mulalelo Kakulubelwa (in photo) , who is known by many people only as Kaku is the official concubine of Minister Chitalu Chilufya. Together they have made a fortune from ministry of health tenders. Insiders say the two demand at least 10 % kickbacks from each tender or project under the ministry of health.

But now Kaku has started developing fear after realising that it’s her and other senior servants who actually sign these illegal deals and not the minister Chilufya. The minister only gives verbal orders and when the police come, he might get away with it but Kaku will certainly be jailed.

Minister Chilufya himself has been heard telling assistants that even if the ACC investigate him, his signature does not appear anywhere. But minister Chilifya is also just comforting himself. Senior ministry officials tell us that they are ready to testify when the time comes, as they have recorded audios and money trails to Minister Chilufya’ secret accounts some of which are held in the names of relatives and junior workers.
There are various corrupt activities that minister Chitalu and his PS girlfriend have undertaken but the issue of $11 Million worth of ambulances has left Kaku with Diarrhoea.

In 2015, the ministry of health, ZPPA and the security approved a tender to a local firm called Savenda to supply 50 Mercedes Benz ambulances. A commitment fee of 10 per cent was paid to Savenda and sample ambulances were brought into Zambia. Minister Chilufya in late 2018 told Parliament that this Savenda contract to supply 50 Mercedes Benz ambulances is irreversible.

But minister Chilufya and Kaku reversed this contract and replaced it with an illegal tender whereby they contracted Iveco South Africa to supply ambulances instead. Iveco has been paid and the cheap ambulances Iveco supplied were sneaked into the country though most of them have already broken down due to gear box problems.

Both health and finance ministry sources say Minister Chilufya and Kaku stole up to $5 million from this particular deal as the actual value of each Iveco ambulance is less than $30, 000.

The Anti-Corruption Commission and police frauds department have already concluded investigations in this case and have recommended the arrest of minister Chilufya and PS Kaku.

Government sources tell the Watchdog that Minister Chilufya has failed to explain what happened to the Savenda Benz ambulances and why people are seeing cheap Iveco wheelbarrows. According to people close to him, the minister gets emotional whenever this topic is brought up.

But instead of repenting, Minister Chilufya is accusing his Cabinet colleagues Tourism and Arts Minister Ronald Chitotela and his Home Affairs counterpart Stephen Kampyongo.

He now suspects that the duo have been feeding the Zambian Watchdog with damaging information about tenders under his charge but says the two Ministers are the biggest thieves in govt.

Minister Chilufya, it is feared among most high profile PF members has presidential ambitions and first attempt has been to position himself as President Lungu’s running mate in 2021 as a launch pad to the top.This has however unsettled entrenched crooks and “tenderprenuers” in PF circles.

“Dr. Chilufya has been branding the two Ministers in question as far much bigger thieves than himself and is determined to fight them because he has a booklet of a dossier on them. He has complained to the President about the campaign to destroy his name but as usual the Boss has done nothing. When Hon. Chitotela was facing abuse of office and corruption charges Dr. celebrated and this reached Hon. Chitotela. There is this assertion in govt that Dr. Chilufya’s kick backs actually exceed budgetary allocations for some ministries,” the source said recently.

The source said Minister Chilufya has been heard threatening that “tuka filila munsenga na ba makaka aba” in reference to Chitotela and Kampyongo who he insists are corrupt.

What appears to have upset the two Ministers is that Chilufya continues to front a squeaky clean personality and yet the opposite is true, his Cabinet colleagues have named him 10% or mobile ATM.
Minister Chilufya is said to be telling his close friends and colleagues that in serious govts Chitotela and Kampyongo would be serving time in jail for corruption and abuse of office.

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HH educates Speaker Matibini on constitution – Zambian Watchdog

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THE DOCTRINE OF EXCLUSIVE COGNIZANCE IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL, HH TELLS SPEAKER

UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has told the speaker of Parliament Dr Patrick Matibini that his argument in his response to the letter written to him by Simeza Sangwa and Company on behalf of the Law Association of Zambia, that the National Assembly enjoys exclusive and unfettered jurisdiction in the conduct of its internal proceedings, is based on complete misunderstanding and is in disregard to the constitutional provisions and principles of the Constitution of Zambia.

In his letter to the Speaker dated 21st August 2019 and released to the press, Mr Hichilema stated that though the letter from the Speaker was directed to Simeza Sangwa and Company and was in public domain, he was compelled to reply to it on account of his right and obligation as a citizen of Zambia to defend the constitution of Zambia and promote its ideals and objectives.

“The letter from the Clerk raises two main points on which you based your refusal to suspend your legislative process in the National Assembly pending the determination of the matter in the Constitutional Court.

The two grounds stated in the letter are the doctrine of exclusive cognizance and selective application of the ‘sub judice’ rule to the proceedings of the National Assembly. In the letter, you argued that ‘the House (National Assembly) enjoys exclusive and unfettered jurisdiction in the conduct of its internal proceedings’ “, states Mr Hichilema.

He cites the second reason for the Speaker’s refusal to suspend the legislative process as his determination that the application of the ‘sub judice’ rule to the business of the House is not absolute and that it has to be decided by the Speaker on the merits of each case.

“You did not cite any constitutional provisions to support the above claims, save for the narrative followed when enacting legislation. As you have not cited any constitutional provisions that support your arguments, I have taken the liberty to search the Constitution of Zambia to assess the validity of your propositions. Your interpretation and purported application of the above principles is flawed on two grounds”, argues Mr Hichilema.

Mr Hichilema explains that that the doctrine of exclusive cognizance is not constitutional but only affords Parliament priveleges and immunity relating to its internal rules and operations provided they were exercised within the ambit of the constitution.

“It is the principle that applies to the United Kingdom, where because the country does not have a written constitution, Parliament is supreme. In Zambia however, the situation is completely different. All institutions including Parliament are creatures of the Constitution and amenable to it.
The law making function of Parliament is a constitutional and public function which cannot possibly fall within your narrow construction of what you term ‘internal proceedings’ of the House”, says Mr Hichilema.

Mr Hichilema alerts the Speaker to a dangers of usurping the constitutional power in his suggestion of the principle of sub judice not being absolute.

“Your claim that the sub judice rule is not absolute and depends on your discretion based on the merits of each case is grossly flawed as that would amount to your usurping a constitutional power, namely, judicial authority, which is lawfully allocated to the Judiciary in this case the Constitutional Court. Any other interpretation would be contrary to the Constitution and its values and principles expressed in the Constitution of Zambia”, stated Mr Hichilema.

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Zambia signs 6 developmental contracts with India – Zambian Watchdog

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President Edgar Lungu has thanked the Indian government for enhanced cooperation between Zambia and that country.

The President was speaking when he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed the signing of six Memorandum of Understanding between Zambia and India.

Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji signed the MoU of Cooperation on Defence and Security, Art and Culture, Diplomacy and Health.

Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairman Justice Esau Chulu signed on Elections and Mines Minister Richard Musukwa signed on mining and Geology.

Mr. Modi said the MoU will further increase cooperation in mining, defence, cooperation in Airforce, Tele-education, Tele-medicine, and elections.

Mr. Modi further said India wants to invest in Healthcare, Agriculture, Food Processing and Mining among others.

Earlier, President Lungu said the Zambia-India Parliamentary Friendship Group bears further testimony of the excellent relations between the two countries.

The President was speaking in Hyderabad House Conference Hall during the bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart.

The President called for the revival of the meetings of the Zambia-India Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation to ensure implementation of agreed areas of cooperation between the two countries.

On the standoff between Vedanta and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings, President Lungu said he met the Vedanta Chairman and that since the matter is in court, it would be best to let the rule of law to take its course.

The President was responding to Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Modi who hoped that the matter be resolved amicably.

The President expressed gratitude to India on hosting patients from Zambia who require specialized treatment and for training extended to Zambia in health.

The President thanked the Indian government for the generosity displayed in the financing and implementation of the Lusaka City Road Decongestion Project.

President Lungu yesterday morning visited the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and was welcomed at the military parade of the Army, the Navy and Airforce by the President and Prime Minister Modi.

The President also visited the Raghad memorial site and laid a wreath on the grave of Mahatma Gandhi, India’s epitome of freedom.

And the President later in the afternoon addressed the Zambia-India Investment Business Forum attended by some of India’s business personalities.

The President assured the packed audience of the business community from both Zambia and India, of Zambia’s excellent business environment.

Meanwhile India has donated 1,000 tonnes of rice and 100 tonnes of milk to areas in Zambia where there is food deficit.

This is contained in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka by the President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.

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Lungu accused of ignoring austerity measures – Zambian Watchdog

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List of President Edgar Lungu’s delegation to India among austerity measures;

1. President Edgar Lungu
2. Freedom Sikazwe, Presidential Affairs Minister
3. Kaizer Zulu – Special Assistant to the President (Political)
4. Hibeene Mwiinga – Special Assistant to the President (Economic and Development Affairs)
5. Isaac Chipampe – Special Assistant to the President (Press and Public Relations)
6. Chewe Bowa – Commissioner of Police (Special Duties) State House
7. Presidential Physician
8. Chanda Chisanga – ADC to the President

9. Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji
10. Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Christopher Yaluma
11. Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Richard Musukwa

12. Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Chalwe Lombe
13. Ministry of Commerce permanent secretary Kayula Siame
14. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chief of protocol Brig Gen John Bulawayo
15. Senior Private Secretary to the President Daniel Siwo
16. State House accountant Give Silwamba

17. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Assistant Director (development cooperation) Ikayi Mushinge
18. Ministry of Commerce Chief economist Aaron Mutale

19. Team leader Lungu Geza
20. BSL Sichalwe Mathias
21. Technician Chiselebwe Richard
22. Staff officer Kalusha Morgan
23. Staff officer Bwale Owen
24. Staff officer Mbewe Joseph
25. Staff officer Muyembe Barbra
26. Communications officer Frank Mporokoso
27. Senior personal secretary Muyunda Mbanga
28. Cook
29. Waiter
30. Bedroom attendant

Press
31. Zambia Daily Mail Editor Angela Chishimba
32. Presidential photographer Eddie Mwanaleza
33. ZNBC camera person Tom Njobvu
34. ZNBC reporter Hector Simfukwe

Others
35. Lubinda Haabazoka, Economic Association of Zambia
36. ZAF pilots
37. ZAF Air hostesses

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Sangwa explains supremacy of constitution to Matibini – Zambian Watchdog

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Constitutional lawyer John Sangwa says the constitution of Zambia is superior to both the speaker of the National Assembly and the National Assembly itself.

Sangwa said this in a letter to speaker Patrick Matibini Who, with impunity, has set himself above the constitution and courts of law.

Sangwa has explained to Matibini that the Supremacy of the constitution clause is not a decoration but means that everything and everyone in Zambia is subject to the constitution.

Sangwa educated Matibini that the National Assembly and office of speaker are both creations of the constitution so they can not be above it.

Sangwa has warned Matibini that he might find himself in contempt of court if he continues disregarding court proceedings and orders.

BACKGROUND

Last week, the Law Association of Zambia filed an injunction in the Constitutional Court to restrain government through the National Assembly from enacting the Constitution (Amendment) Bill number 10 of 2019.

In view of the court process, LAZ lawyers Simeza Sangwa & Associates, wrote to National Assembly Speaker Matibini asking him to stop the process of enacting the Bill until the whole matter is determined by the Constitutional Court.

But Matibini informed LAZ that he won’t stop the proceedings because courts can’t interfere with parliament.

He claimed that parliament enjoys exclusive and unfettered jurisdiction in the conduct of its internal proceedings.

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How Minister Chilufya stole $5m and lied to Parliament – Zambian Watchdog

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On 11 November 2017, minister of health Chitalu Chilufya issued an official statement in parliament in which he said that the ministry and a local company called Savenda had signed a contract to supply 50 ambulances at a cost of US$11.5 million.

Minister Chilufya said this after an MP queried him on why he was about to purchase 50 ambulances at an exorbitant price of $288, 000 each.

Minister Chilufya justified the price saying these will be ‘fifty purpose-built Mercedes Benz high-roofed ambulances mounted with modernised emergency and mobile medical equipment at the unit price of US$143,110, bringing the total price to US$7,155,500; plus five years service and provision of service parts for ambulances, inclusive of both mobile platform and the medical equipment at US$3,649,305; and training of twenty mechanics, fifty drivers and 100 medical staff at a cost of US$715,550.

He emphasised in Parliament that:

‘Sir, the procurement process may not be halted at this stage, as the contract was entered into in 2015 and the Government has made payments towards this procurement. An initial 10 per cent was made in 2015 and was followed by a further 15 per cent of the cost in 2016. Subsequent payments will be made as resources are made available.’

BUT MINISTER CHILUFYA WAS LYING TO PARLIAMENT

Even as he was reading this statement in Parliament, he knew very well that this contract to supply purpose built Benz ambulances by Savenda had been shelved by himself and his girlfriend Mulalelo Kakulubelwa (Kaku) who was at this time time director of Infrastructure at the same ministry. She is now the permanent Secretary.

Instead of paying for these ambulances which were approved by the security, ZPPA and technocrats, Minister Chilufya and Kaku approached and illegally paid Iveco South Africa to supply 50 ambulances. We understand that on paper, Iveco was paid this $11.5 million but supplied poor quality ambulances whose actual unit value is less that $30, 000. The balance, more than $5 million was shared by minister Chilufya, his love Kaku and named official at Iveco. But to parliament, the ministry and people of Zambia, Chilufya maintained the lie that he procured purpose-built Benz ambulances.

We challenge minister Chilufya to produce receipts of the payments he made to purchase purpose built vehicles. Lying to Parliament is a criminal offence.

Minister Chilufya should tell the country who approved the Iveco ambulances since he told Parliament that the suppler of Benz Ambulances won the competitive tender and it could not be reversed? What happened to the contract to supply Benz ambulances since, as he told Parliament, 25 per cent was already paid to the supplier of the Benz ambulances. Won’t the supplier of Benz ambulances who won the international, competitive tender seek compensation for breach of contract?

We are also aware that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other law enforcement agencies carried out a full investigation on this and investigators recommended for Chilufya and Kaku’s arrest. But Minister Chilufya has so far managed to keep the ACC from arresting him.

We know what is contained in that investigatory report and we are just waiting for our colleagues at ACC to do their work as a mark of respect. But once we see that they are sitting on the report, we will publish it right here.

Ministry sources tell us that it’s just a matter of time before this financial scandal explodes and they fear that they will be sacrificed, others tell us that they are ready to testify.

See below what he said in Parliament on 14 November 2017

http://www.parliament.gov.zm/node/7338
QUESTION FOR ORAL ANSWER

PROCUREMENT OF FIFTY AMBULANCES AT US$288,000 EACH

82. Mr Lufuma (Kabompo) asked the Minister of Health:

why the Government was about to procure fifty ambulances at an exorbitant price of US$288,000 each;

whether the Government was aware that the same type of ambulances can be procured from Toyota Zambia at a total cost of US$74,000 each; and

if so, whether the procurement process would be halted to save taxpayers’ money.

The Minister of Heath (Dr Chilufya): Mr Speaker, the Government is not about to procure fifty ambulances at an exorbitant price of US$288,000 each. The House may wish to note that in September, 2015, the Government, through the Ministry of Health, entered into a contract with Savenda Limited to supply and deliver purpose-built ambulances for mobile and emergency health services, train health workers and support maintenance for the ambulances. These services were targeted at maternity, sudden non-communicable disease events, such as cardiac and trauma, arising from road traffic accidents and other sudden catastrophic medical and surgical conditions. The total cost is US$11,520,355, broken down as follows:

supply and delivery of fifty purpose-built Mercedes Benz high-roofed ambulances mounted with modernised emergency and mobile medical equipment at the unit price of US$143,110, bringing the total price to US$7,155,500;

five years service and provision of service parts for ambulances, inclusive of both mobile platform and the medical equipment at US$3,649,305; and

training of twenty mechanics, fifty drivers and 100 medical staff at a cost of US$715,550.

Mr Speaker, the House may wish to note further that in March, 2015, an open international competitive tender was floated, which attracted thirteen responses. The due process was followed after the bids were opened, including the Ministry of Health institutional ministerial procurement committee approvals, due diligence and technical and financial evaluations. Upon completion of the due process, the submission was made, as prescribed by law, to the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) for approval. After this lengthy due process, Savenda Limited was awarded the contract to supply the total package at a cost of US$11,520,355. It is important to mention that Toyota Zambia did not participate in this tender.

Mr Speaker, as I stated earlier, this was an international competitive tender with very clear specifications in which thirteen companies participated, of which Toyota Zambia was not one of them. The Government is not aware that the same ambulances, including other services which were included in the specifications, are available at Toyota Zambia at that quoted price of US$74,000.

Sir, the procurement process may not be halted at this stage, as the contract was entered into in 2015 and the Government has made payments towards this procurement. An initial 10 per cent was made in 2015 and was followed by a further 15 per cent of the cost in 2016. Subsequent payments will be made as resources are made available.

In the meantime, preparation and the various conversions required on the units have commenced, and they are all still overseas. At an appropriate time, the Government will send a technical team to perform pre-shipment inspection to assure value for money of the final product.

Mr Speaker, the Ministry of Health remains committed to providing effective and high quality health services and looks forward to improving its mobile and emergency health services to the

I thank you, Sir

QUESTION FOR ORAL ANSWER

PROCUREMENT OF FIFTY AMBULANCES AT US$288,000 EACH

82. Mr Lufuma (Kabompo) asked the Minister of Health:

why the Government was about to procure fifty ambulances at an exorbitant price of US$288,000 each;

whether the Government was aware that the same type of ambulances can be procured from Toyota Zambia at a total cost of US$74,000 each; and

if so, whether the procurement process would be halted to save taxpayers’ money.

The Minister of Heath (Dr Chilufya): Mr Speaker, the Government is not about to procure fifty ambulances at an exorbitant price of US$288,000 each. The House may wish to note that in September, 2015, the Government, through the Ministry of Health, entered into a contract with Savenda Limited to supply and deliver purpose-built ambulances for mobile and emergency health services, train health workers and support maintenance for the ambulances. These services were targeted at maternity, sudden non-communicable disease events, such as cardiac and trauma, arising from road traffic accidents and other sudden catastrophic medical and surgical conditions. The total cost is US$11,520,355, broken down as follows:

supply and delivery of fifty purpose-built Mercedes Benz high-roofed ambulances mounted with modernised emergency and mobile medical equipment at the unit price of US$143,110, bringing the total price to US$7,155,500;

five years service and provision of service parts for ambulances, inclusive of both mobile platform and the medical equipment at US$3,649,305; and

training of twenty mechanics, fifty drivers and 100 medical staff at a cost of US$715,550.

Mr Speaker, the House may wish to note further that in March, 2015, an open international competitive tender was floated, which attracted thirteen responses. The due process was followed after the bids were opened, including the Ministry of Health institutional ministerial procurement committee approvals, due diligence and technical and financial evaluations. Upon completion of the due process, the submission was made, as prescribed by law, to the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) for approval. After this lengthy due process, Savenda Limited was awarded the contract to supply the total package at a cost of US$11,520,355. It is important to mention that Toyota Zambia did not participate in this tender.

Mr Speaker, as I stated earlier, this was an international competitive tender with very clear specifications in which thirteen companies participated, of which Toyota Zambia was not one of them. The Government is not aware that the same ambulances, including other services which were included in the specifications, are available at Toyota Zambia at that quoted price of US$74,000.

Sir, the procurement process may not be halted at this stage, as the contract was entered into in 2015 and the Government has made payments towards this procurement. An initial 10 per cent was made in 2015 and was followed by a further 15 per cent of the cost in 2016. Subsequent payments will be made as resources are made available.

In the meantime, preparation and the various conversions required on the units have commenced, and they are all still overseas. At an appropriate time, the Government will send a technical team to perform pre-shipment inspection to assure value for money of the final product.

Mr Speaker, the Ministry of Health remains committed to providing effective and high quality health services and looks forward to improving its mobile and emergency health services to the

I thank you, Sir.

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If only govt had listened to HH – Zambian Watchdog

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Dear Zambian Watchdog,

Hakainde Hichilema (HH) advised government against the introduction of the General Sales Tax (GST), and how did they respond to his advice? They said he was bitter.

Just as he had advised, government for the third time this year deferred plans to introduce the GST.

His advice was spot on.

He advised government to prepare for the possible effects of EL Nino weather conditions for 2018 and 2019 season, and what did government leaders do? They competed in calling him all sorts of names.

Today there are close to 2 million Zambians in need of action and a 25kg bag of mealie meal costs K150 because of hunger caused by effects of EL Nino.

Again his advice was dead right.

He warned about government’s reckless borrowing. In their usual style they insulted him and vowed to continue borrowing for the so called ‘development’. Today, Zambia has a debt of more than $10.2 billion.

His foresight was spot on.

He warned the country when Lungu declared K23 million worth of assets that untamed desire for wealth coupled with debased government systems, poor ethics, and lack of political will would make corruption widespread. They called him an alarmist.

What situation are we in now? Corruption is endemic involving civil servants and politicians.

Once again, he was exactly right in his advice.

And the list of issues he talked about that have come to pass is endless.

Love or hate him, he has an impressive economic foresight.

His capability to assess the existing economic situation and predict economic events makes him stand out among those seeking leadership.

If his economic foresight is utilised, government can create strategies to avoid or easily deal with the economic problems we are facing as a country.

He has an apt foresight a contemporary president needs to diagnose problems, forecast, and make decisions needed to make a country move forward.

His exceptional economic foresight makes him well-placed and deservedly seek the highest office in the land.

We are therefore blessed as a country to have leaders of his kind, gifted in the art of economic discernment, and able to clearly spell out the possible national economic objectives and strategies to achieve them.

Sara Imutowana Yeta II

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Here is the list of illegal beneficiaries of forest reserve 27 – Zambian Watchdog

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Here is the comprehensive list of government officials, opposition MPs, Judges and other public officials who have demarcated Forest Reserve number 27.

The list includes UPND Spokesperson and Choma MP Cornelius Mweetwa, sick and replaced Anti-Corruption Commission boss Kapetwa, Given Lubinda and former state house special assistant Lucky Mulusa, his predecessor Daniel Siwo, Sukwana Lungaba, Chitalu Chilufya, former army commander Paul Mihova etc.

Why do you think UPND is ndwiii on this one? The fools are are part of the plunder.

This of course includes Vice President Inonge Wina, Speaker Matibini, Chief Justice Mambilima, Jean Kapata, Vulden Findlay etc.

Unless Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are on the side of William Harrington, he can never reverse this. The evil he is fighting is just too big.

Read the list for yourself below:

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PF to manipulate 2020 census ahead of polls – Zambian Watchdog

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PF Plans to rig 2021 by manipulating 2020 Census

After sensing an imminent defeat in 2021, the PF has embarked on many strategies to ensure that “victory” is sealed in 2021.

Census 2020 is one of the projects that has been identified to sustain the rigging strategy. The Central Statistical Office is being manipulated by the Permanent Secretary (PS) for Ministry of National Development Planning, Chola Chabala, aka CJ! CJ is married to a relative to Inonge Wina (we will discuss her UNZA degree later and her connection with UNZA Registrar) and is being used by the system as a conduit for corruption as well as the main manipulator for the 2020 Census Project. He is big headed fellow owing to this connection and thinks he knows it all and feels untouchable. Using his association with the Veep, he made sure that he elbowed everyone out of the PS position in this strategic ministry. More credible people like Dr. Buleti Nsemukila have to be shunted in far off places like Luapula and Eastern Provinces to keep them off from the Lusaka corridors of power. We are told that CJ hates Nsemukila with a lot of passion and those he perceives to be Nsemukila allies have been blacklisted, leaving him with some zombies who masquerade as professionals when they have nothing to show for their claim.
How is CJ manipulating the 2020 Census? In many ways but so far his strategy is to keep away experienced/qualified professionals from this PF Project. He started by surrendering one John Kalumbi who was Director of CSO between 2010 and 2017! Mr. Kalumbi, with other credible professionals, successfully executed the 2010 Census. Kalumbi was surrendered to Cabinet Office for querying the diversion of K4 million last year, which was meant for the census mapping exercise. CJ misled parliament last year, through Margaret Mwanakatwe, when she reported that mapping exercise for Census 2020 had commenced!
CJ has also appointed an IT person to be 2020 Census Manager! As much as we have respect for this manager, he is not the right person to be in that position because the task he has been given is not his area of specialization and we cannot experiment with census at this stage. A sister to Garry Nkombo (UPND MP for Mazabuka) who deputized Dr. Richard Banda (her hubby) in 2010 has been sidelined all because she is Tonga and related to this UPND bigwig. Her hubby has since been taken to Infrastructure Ministry to waste some time there as the crooks screw up the 2020 census. According to CJ, the UPND would have an upper hand if the sister to Garry led the census; but how is this possible this time around? Why didn’t UPND win the 2011 Elections having had this couple related to Garry manage the 2010 Census? Why is CJ keeping away professionals from the 2020 Census?
Last month he recommended the removal of the Acting Director alongside deputy directors in preference for new comers. The Director is to be replace by “God knows who” PF allied name from Bank of Zambia! Inside sources have revealed that CJ wants to use 2020 to divert resources to the ruling party or to himself (remember the “ubomba mwibala” slogan) as well as to inflate figures for the tribally perceived PF strongholds. This is in tandem with Lungu’s continued hallucinations about the Tonga-do not underestimate what Lungu has been saying. It is part of this grand scheme and the opposition must heed to this advice. Tribalism and violence are beneficial to Lungu/PF and they will ride on it as long as they remain in power.
Further, CJ has usurped the powers of the various Census Committees. We all know that 2000 and 2010 Censuses were well executed owing to the census committee system. For example, the Planning and Methodology Technical Committee, which is an integral committee of the census was in 2000 and 2010 led by credible UNZA Dons, Dr. Buleti Nsemukila and Dr. Namuunda Mutombo, respectively. How does the whole lot of a PS reduce himself to editing questionnaires and yet we have a lot of professionals who can lead this process? Is CJ going to analyze census data?
We are appealing to the opposition and all Zambians to watch out for the 2020 census manipulation, which has reached top gear. We also want to remind CJ and the PF government that the United Nations nullified the 1963 Nigeria Census because of malpractices such as what CJ and his tandem of crooks are planning to do. CJ, as former student of Demography knows this but we have a duty to remind him in case he has forgotten. A census must adhere to certain standards or else it will be nullified. The United Nations (UN) System is here in Zambia and they are watching all the census maneuvers of this brutal regime under the humble leadership of Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Remember there is also the UN Statistical Division in New York that is competent enough to detect problems in case the Zambian professionals are cowed into silence.
To the Secretary to Cabinet, Dr. Simon Miti; stop the rot going on at MNDP/CSO. As former PS at that ministry, you have the power to put this strategic ministry in order. You actually know, together with Dr. Auxilia Ponga, how toxic this Chabala is. Save the country from this disastrous trajectory. We are not campaigning for any individual here but we are merely appealing to you to restore order at CSO and the ministry at large. As long as you allow the manipulation that is going on, be assured that you will go down in the history books as that SC who failed to run Census 2020.
The ball is in your hands sir!
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Here are the useless ambulances Minister Chilufya bought at $288, 000 each – Zambian Watchdog

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Approved prototype

Interior of prototype

Iveco ambulances brought in by Chilufya

When we say that Chitalu Chilufya the minister of health is a corrupt thief who deserves to be in jail this is what we mean👇🏿

Take a look at the ambulances in the photos below.

The ‘wheelbarrow’ written ‘ministry of health’ is one of the 50 ambulances that the ministry of health has purchased from Iveco South Africa at a cost of US$288, 000 each.

According to ministry of health drivers and other personal, most of them produce heavy black smoke and have gear box problems. Ministry of health personnel reveal that Most of Chitalu Chilufya’s ambulances have knocked and need repairs. A few weeks ago, one of them reversed itself on the Kamwala fly over bridge when rushing for an emergency in Kanyama. By the time another ambulance was dispatched, the patient had died.

Remember these ambulances were procured at $US 288, 000 each by minister Chitalu Chilufya and his girlfriend PS Kaku. The ambulances were sneaked into the country quietly and distributed to a few hospitals without the usual hype and official launches that attend such projects. The reason was simple: the ambulances are useless fonkos that could not be presented to the public. But the ministry of Finance paid for such.

And Chitalu Chilufya is busy campaigning to be the running mate of president Lungu in 2021 or alternatively to be the presidential candidate of the underground Luapula United if he is not picked as running mate.

It is ministers like Chitalu Chilufya who have successfully made president Lungu and the PF look like a bunch of thieves.

NOW LOOK AT THE SECOND AND THIRD PHOTOS (THE BENZ)

This state of the art ambulance, is the prototype (sample) which late minister of health Joseph Kasonde approved. Look at the interior of the ambulance.

It is these Benz ambulances that were approved to be purchased at $288, 000 each plus maintenance and training of personnel. The prototypes are still in Lusaka as they were brought in for all involved people to view. But when minister Kasonde died, new minister Chilufya who was hitherto deputy minister changed the plan. While showing the photos of the Benz ambulances to the public to justify the cost, he and his lover, ordered those wheelbarrows from Iveco South Africa.

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Importance of Natural Reserve Forest no 27 – Zambian Watchdog

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Lusaka East Forest Reserve No. 27 was until a few months ago, the only public protected area and large natural green space in the immediate proximity of Zambia s capital city, Lusaka. The reserve was originally set up to protect the source of the Chalimbana River and is part of an important
catchment s area that provides invaluable social, economic and ecological services. Despite its importance, Lusaka East Forest Reserve No. 27 has been demarcated and shared by senior government officials led by Vice President Inonge Wina, Chief justice Irene Mambilima, Speaker Patrick Matibini and others.

President Edgar degazzetted this important natural reserve on 17 August 2017 hence starting the process to dismantle it and the river and areas it was meant to protect just for the sake of a few individuals.

Was President Lungu aware of what he was really doing it he was misled by his ministers whose interest was personal? It’s not too late for president Lungu to undo this national destruction:

Quarter degree square: 1528A4

Country: Zambia

Habitat: Miombo woodland

Altitude range: 1300 m

Annual rainfall: 551-650 mm

Location (short): Lusaka E 15 km. Lusaka district, Lusaka Province

Location (detailed):

Description

The Lusaka East Forest Reserve, or Local Forest #27, was created in order to protect the headwaters of the Chalimbana River, which drains most of the area east of the city, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Chongwe River south of Chongwe town. The survey beacon Namabiro, near Trotover Farm, is the highest point in the reserve, at 1342m, and the lowest point, is where the Chalimbana crosses the eastern boundary, at 1220m. The Chalimbana tributaries have cut valleys through the schist. This hilly topography contrasts with most of Lusaka and the surrounding areas, which are generally flat. The underlying geology is schist, which at the southern section of the reserve, frequently occurs in flat sheets. These have been much quarried in the past, and were used in the construction of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Although there may be no exposed limestone, the borehole at Talimitengo, about 250m from the southern boundary of the reserve, is limey, indicating subsurface limestone. The southern sector of the reserve is here defined as that portion lying to the south of the Palabana-Lusaka ZESCO transmission lines. It is triangular in shape with each side approximately

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Govt dumps NCZ, gives $62 million tender to thieves – Zambian Watchdog

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The PF administration has dumped Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia for a company owned by known crooks called Zambian Fertilizer Limited.

And the PF government has given the same company secretly a tender to supply fertilizer for the 2019-2020 farming season of about 200, 000 tonnage leaving the Zambian government only fertilizer company Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia with 15, 000 tons of fertilizer supply.

The secret subcontracting of Zambian Fertilizer Limited has left many Zambian employees working for NCZ hopeless with Kafue MP Miriam Chonya complaining on behalf of the people.

Zambian Fertilizer Limited will supply fertilizer to the Zambian government at an inflated price of 62 million dollars for the 200, 000 tonnage planned for this coming season when NCZ Management initially indicated that it can produce even a 300, 000 tonnage at a far much lesser cost of about 32 million dollars.

This means that the crooks who are owners of Zambian Fertilizer Limited namely: Atul Pandoliker who is Chairman of Zambian Fertilizer Limited and Rajendran Ganapathi who is Director of the same corruption firm will pocket about 30 million dollars which they will also share with some top Ministry of Agriculture officials for facilitating this deal.

Instead of calling for public bidding for the fertilizer supply, the PF administration opted for this group of thieves which has also been swindling farmers through FISP together using its umbrella called Export Trade Group (ETG), a known fertilizer corruption conglomerate across clean countries and business associates.

Meanwhile, NCZ insiders say the company has the capacity to produce quality fertilizer at a cheaper price of any magnitude despite the PF government settling for an expensive supplier like the current group of thieves called ETG.

Further insiders say, Zambian Fertilizer Limited since 2015 has been buying fertilizer from NCZ but repackaging it into its bags branded as Zambian Fertilizer, and in a normal country this amounts to theft as well but later the same company has been selling to the Zambian government at inflated costs.

The PF administration has been giving contracts to only thieves who gives them huge cuts after over pricing their supplies at the expense of government owned institutions which would be supplying at much cheaper prices.

These two mafias in the picture below are the owners of Zambian Fertilizer Limited which has left NCZ workers without salaries and in fact redundant.

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Economic Association urges govt to keep maize prices high – Zambian Watchdog

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The Economic Association (EAZ) says current high mealie meal prices should be allowed to get even higher as this encourages production.

Economic Association of Zambia President Lubinda Habazooka, a Russian trained economist writes on behalf of EAZ 👇

Kaunda’s National Economic Development plan was perfect. It supported both private and public businesses in a very successful mixed economy.

One big mistake was made! Mealie meal subsidies!!!!

Zambia unfortunately depends on maize as a staple food. This is very cumbersome for the country because government spends huge amounts of money on a single commodity by ensuring availability of fertilizer, seed and putting up reserves to buy maize for food security. The FISP program is one of the most expensive and deadly subsidy Zambia knows.

Unfortunately without FISP, our subsistence farmers won’t grow because they are over dependent on hand outs. Unfortunately they cannot graduate from FISP because it has become a drug. Abuse in the e-voucher system has made the whole FISP expensive. Some farmers sell the inputs they acquire through FISP!!! Some good farmers use it wisely.

Mealie Prices. While it’s advisable to subsidize the growth of maize to avoid hunger situations, it is tricky to artificially keep the price of mealie meal low. Mealie meal prices should grow at the same rate as the prices of other goods and services in the economy. If we brought down the price of mealie meal today to k60, we shall see mass shortages of the commodity because even those that grow their own maize will find no incentive to do so. And because our mealie meal will be very cheap, smuggling will be rampant as Zimbabwe, Malawi and Congo will find our mealie meal too cheap. Traders will find the arbitrage condition too good so they will buy cheaply in zambia and sell expensive abroad.

Maize is a political crop. But we should not make deadly decisions based on politics. The floor price for maize was increased by 100%!!! This is a welcome move. Farmers were abandoning maize growing because it had no profit. But after increasing the floor price of maize by 100%, we don’t expect mealie prices to remain the same. What incentive will the miller have to meal and sell you mealie meal and less than breakeven prices???

All participants in the value chain should be satisfied. Then again, prices of commodities never remain stable in any country. We are running an inflation of 8%, let prices grow organically also. We can’t distort the market!

We can’t allow subsidies of mealie meal as other people are calling for. That is being reckless. We shall sink the economy! Subsidies once brought our economy to a stand still in the period 1988-1991! Remember the coupons??? Someone had to pay for those coupons!!!

Mealie prices at the moment are following market factors. Let’s not politicize them. When we attach politics to mealie meal prices, we shall have no money for anything. Trust me!

The solution for household food security is to grow your own maize if you can’t afford shop prices. The other one is to diversify your household food. In the urban areas, that is being achieved.

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Ntewewe’s Nationality questioned, says HH is a small boy – Zambian Watchdog

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Embattled president of the defunct YALI Andrew Ntewewe says UPND president Hakainde Hichilema is a small boy with a small brain.

Reacting to a petition by James Lukuku who is questioning his nationality, Ntewewe accuse the opposition leader of sponsoring what he terms attacks on himself.
“HH is a small boy with a small brain….How does he want to use little insane Lukuku to be doing his dirty work!!,” Ntewewe posted in a group called Brains of our time.
Ntewewe says Hichilema “is a little frightened man using Lukuku to do his dirty work!!!!”.
Ntewewe has vowed to fight Hichilema to the bitter end.
He says as long as he lives Hichilema will never be President of Zambia.

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Sakwiba says not involved in LAZ impeachment – Zambian Watchdog

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Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota has distanced himself from manoeuvres by some PF cadres to impeach Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) President Eddie Mwitwa.

LAZ has sued president Edgar Lungu, Attorney general Likando Kalaluka and speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini for trying to mutilate the constitution.

This prompted PF lawyer Tutwa Ngulube to start proceedings to impeach LAZ president Mwitwa. Ngulube claimed that he has the support of other lawyers such as Sakwiba.

But Sakwiba says he does not even know why some people want Mwitwa impeached.

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What you get for criticising Luanshya mayor Nathan Chanda

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When police demands driving license – Zambian Watchdog

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A traffic police inspects a safety belt on a passenger during an ongoing matatu crackdown in Nyeri on September 13, 2011. The exercise entered the third day and has seen many matatu operators withdraw their vehicles from the roads. Many residents have turned to walking to their work places or paying double fare to the operating matatus. Photo/ JOSEPH KANYI

A police officer is a Law Enforcement Officer. Whatever actions he takes must be supported by a section or sections of written law.

Therefore, a police officer is allowed by law to demand for a driving licence from any driver.

But he is not allowed by any law to confiscate any driver’s licence. Section 75 of The Road Traffic Act 2002 dictate that only the Court has such powers.

“ON DEMAND EXPLAINED”
Please ‘on demand’ does not mean on the spot, instant or right now. No! No! No! No!

Section 214 (1)(b) educates us all as follows:
Any road traffic inspector in uniform or police officer who, if not in uniform, produces an identity card and any other person authorised in writing by the Minister to exercise the powers bestowed by this section who produces such authority may DEMAND-

(b) from any person driving a motor vehicle on a road the person’s driving licence, or provisional driving licence and, in the case of the latter, the driving licence of the person supervising the driving in terms of proviso (i) to subsection (2) of the section thirty one.

(2) Any person who fails to produce on DEMAND any document referred to in subsection (1) commits an offence unless within fourteen days thereafter or within such greater period as a road traffic inspector in uniform or police officer or person authorised in writing may specify, that person produces or otherwise furnishes the document at such police station as may have been specified by the officer or inspector.

Conclusion:
The law gives the life spun of the DEMAND as 14 days or any greater period to produce your licence. This is the correct position of the law.

The wrong position of the law is when ON DEMAND is misinterpreted as MANJE SO (right now). Any officer who takes action because you did not carry your driving licence is wrong and he must be reported to:
1. RTSA Integrity Committee if he is a RTSA inspector
2. Zambia Police Integrity Committee or any officer in charge of a station or post
3. ACC if money was taken as ON DEMAND
4. TIZ if money was the DEMAND meant.
Note: all integrity committees handle corruption related matters by their officers.

Constable Omari Muwowo.

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Lungu Hands Over Chairmanship of SADC Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation to Zimbabwe’mnangagwa

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has handed over the chairmanship of the Southern Africa Community Development (SADC) Organ Troika on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation to Zimbabwe at the ongoing SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

And Lungu is today expected to give a key note speech at the 39th SADC Summit before returning back to Zambia this evening.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji said this, Friday, when he briefed the media on the just ended closed door meeting of the SADC Organ Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation chaired by His Excellency, President Chagwa Lungu.

“The meeting was a Troika, where His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu handed over the chairmanship to incoming chair which is Zimbabwe, and Zambia now becomes the immediate past chair of the Organ. We have had support from Angola which was our immediate past chair before handing it over to Zimbabwe,” said Hon Malanji.

“Botswana will take over the chairmanship from Zimbabwe in 2020. There are quite a number of security concerns that have been discussed amongst the members of the Troika.”

The Foreign Affairs Minister indicated that during Zambia’s tenure as chair of the Organ, the region has had a good number of elections won successfully such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and others.

“There are three other elections coming with Mozambique having the polls on October 15th, 2019, Namibia and Botswana will also be having elections. So that now becomes the responsibility of Zimbabwe as a chair of the Organ,” he said.

Hon Malanji also disclosed that President Lungu also had bilateral engagements with prospecting investors in Zambia, saying among the investors met include those to help boost the cashew nut in Western Province.

He indicated that this is because Tanzania has had good experience in cashew nut industry.

The minister further disclosed that President Lungu is today expected to have two bilateral engagements with neighboring countries of Zimbabwe and DRC saying these are key neighbors for Zambia.

#39thSADCSummit
#KaribuTanzania
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On Thursday 15th August 2019, most parts of Zambia experienced very strong and dusty winds through out the day.

As usual social media commentators took to the floor and came up with different versions, views and explainations of this rare phenomenon. Of course this was in the absence of any prior warning from our meterological department who only issued a belated weather forecast to be experienced for the next 48 hours. And that the dusty winds were caused by a mysterious vice and unprecedented rise in temperature triggering high levels of corruption and that the winds would continue blowing for another 48hours across the whole country but with much concentration in the areas surrounding the mysterious 48 houses. Wind of change??
To someone of us who have lived through the different republics and change of governments, these explainations made a lot of sense.
I will endeavour to briefly mention here some of the historical trends and draw parallels with the current happenings and will leave it up to you my fellow country men and women to make your own inferences and judge whether or not a Wind of Change is what we are witnessing.
The FTJ administration’s Zamtroop Matrix and Chiluba is a Thief case triggered the fall of FTJ Government because they were in denial despite all what was highlighted in the matrix.
 Fast forward today, we have the PF Government and their PePs Vs the FIC Trend reports. Despite the massive evidence, though veiled, contained in the FIC reports, the PF administration is still in denial. Give us evidence,  Mfwiti Mfwiti they all shout.
The FTJ Third term machinations Vs The Oasis Forum. By then we had a very united Oasis Forum comprising the Three Church Mother body, the Union like ZCTU, LAZ, NGOCC, The Students etc who stood up and shot down FTJs Third term bid.
Fast forward today PF with their useful idiots are attempting to change and pushing into the innocent zambians throats the constitutional amendment bill 10.. Even with the stubbornness of the Speaker, this will never work.
Like before, the church mother body is actively alert and against this illegality. Of course within, we have some compromised men and women of gold who are trying to detach themselves from the mother body by forming their own. We know what motivates them, so they will not manage to weaken the resolve of the real men and women of God.
As a further consolation to the well meaning zambians, the Law Association of Zambian and ZCTU have come on board together with another consortium of  Civil Society Organization – CSO.
Wind of change??
RB administration mounted the most expensive campaign ever witnessed before, which they started two years before the elections with campaign materials dressing not only the entire country but also trees and dogs. Incidentally, the State House monkeys were not happy resulting in the mysterious Kanitundila episode, signifying the sad and tearful end to RBs presidency and administration.
Zambia is currently witnessing the mobilization of campaign materials by the ruling PF but will these material things atone and sway the poverty levels being experienced? We just have to wait for the Wind of change.
Then we can also remember and draw parallels the Dora Siliya Vs Hon. William Harrington Zawa concession case. It came to pass; The Wind of change saw Dora finding herself in the dock and was only saved by we all know what.
Today, one man commando, William Harrington has again, on behalf of the zambian people, picked up another controversial case of the degazzetting and sharing of the Chalimbana Forest 27 by mainly the Peps.
One thing which is consistent with the defending of illegalities by any successive government is by parading compromised and weak technocrats.
This is exactly what government, through Dora Siliya attempted to do by parading innocent and unsuspecting technocrats from the Ministry of Lands, to justify the illegal process of degazzetting, non compliance of the Zema regulations and final underhand sharing of Forest 27 amongst the elite.
Well, the ackwardness of the entire press conference was so visible as the technocrats looked so much disoriented with what they were defending.
Poor souls kept on fidgeting and looked like naughty boys caught stealing cookies and are being asked to defend the indefensible.
Was it the Wind of change which was working?
So as we continue to brace ourselves to the governance manipulation, looming widespread hunger and famines and high levels of corruption, let us also brace ourselves to the forecasted dusty winds, IT’S THE WIND OF CHANGE.
Friday Kashiwa.
Political Activist.
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