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Opposition UPND president HH and Opposition MMD President Mumba
Opposition UPND president HH and Opposition MMD President Mumba
Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema says the summoning of former republican president Rupiah Banda for questioning only proves that the ruling Patriotic Front has no regard for the rule of law.

Mr. Hichilema says it is funny how the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) can go ahead and serve Mr. Banda with a writ of summon when it is fully aware that he is protected by the law.

Speaking to QFM, Mr. Hichilema has accused the PF of having brought nothing but distraction of the rule of law to the country.

He states that the summoning of Mr. Banda can never be explained because he still enjoys his immunity.

Mr. Hichilema states that the PF government should stop exhibiting desperation and concentrate on more important national issues that need urgent attention.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hichilema has sent a message of condolences to the families of the 54 people that died in a road traffic accident in Chibombo yesterday on board the Post BUS.

He says it is sad that accidents have become a very common feature in the country.

Mr. Hichilema has since called on authorities responsible for licensing vehicles and maintaining roads to do their jobs diligently.

The UPND leader has also called on government to begin looking at social security schemes in a more serious manner. QFM

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By CHARLES CHISALA and MARGARET SAMULELA

THE MMD has suspended Chongwe member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo with immediate effect and instituted investigations into allegations that she has been working against the party.

And Former Patriotic Front secretary general Edward Mumbi has said Mrs Masebo is practising ‘political prostitution’ and is ungrateful to the MMD that built her political career.

MMD national secretary Richard Kachingwe suspended Ms Masebo in a letter addressed to her dated June 16, 2011 and copied to President Banda, who is the MMD President, National Chairman Michael Mabenga, the security and legal affairs committees.

Ms Masebo was elected MMD chairperson for women’s affairs at the party’s national convention in Kabwe in April this year.

Major Kachingwe has slapped her with three charges ranging from misconduct to failure to honour her party obligations.

“I have received numerous reports of your dubious activities, which include, among others, (a) conduct likely to bring the name of the party into contempt, ridicule and disrepute (b) giving false information to a party organ or party officials with intent to deceive or mislead others and (c) failing to honour your obligations as a member as enshrined in article 10 of the MMD constitution,” the letter reads in part.

“In view of the seriousness of the allegations and in the exercise of the powers vested in me by article 52 (3) of the MMD constitution, I do hereby suspend you from the party with immediate effect pending investigations,” Ambassador Kachingwe said.

He directed Ms Masebo not to associate herself with any party activities during the period of her suspension and investigations.

“The party gave Ms Masebo all the respect that could be accorded her, including an opportunity to stand for a position in the national executive committee (NEC) where she even won the position of Chairperson for women’s affairs at the April convention, but she is not satisfied with all that,” Mr Mumbi said.

Mr Mumbi said if MsMasebo was genuine, she would point out all the development projects that the MMD under President Banda had brought to her constituency in Chongwe.

“Just today (yesterday) the newly constructed Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre was being commissioned at the University of Zambia (UNZA) owned Liempe Farm in Chongwe, all that is development coming to her area but she has failed to acknowledge it,” he said.

“The MMD has built a hospital, a school, and put up street lights it the district, Those are the things MsMasebo should be talking about if she means well,” he said.

Mr Mumbi said Ms Masebo’s plans to defect to the Patriotic Front (PF) could only be described as political prostitution.

“The biggest question is why does she now want to defect to the PF? If she develops a tendency of moving from one party to another, she is involving herself in political prostitution,” he said.

Meanwhile, Forum for Leadership Search Zambia executive director Edwin Lifwekelo says his organisation has reliable information that Ms Masebo intends to defect to an unknown opposition party at a meeting expected to take place either today or tomorrow.

Mr Lifwekelo said in Lusaka yesterday that Ms Masebo is expected to denounce President Banda at the meeting, accusing him of telling MMD members not to vote for her at the party’s national convention.

“There will be a meeting at which Sylvia is expected to announce her defection and launch a verbal attack against President Banda.

“She also wants to accuse the President of asking her not to contest the position of MMD chairperson for women’s affairs at the convention, and that he promised to nominate her if she withdrew from the race,” Mr Lifwekelo said.

He said Ms Masebo has betrayed the women and men who rallied behind her and voted for her at the convention.

Mr Lifwekelo accused Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo of being behind Ms Masebo’s anti-party activities because both are still bitter that President Banda dropped the latter from her ministerial position.

He said it is unfair for the chieftainess and Ms Masebo to work against President Banda, who has done so much to develop Chongwe.

Meanwhile, MMD NEC member Maggie Musonda says she has information that Ms Masebo wants to contest the Munali parliamentary seat in the 2011 elections, which is why she has allegedly refused to apply for adoption.

“Ms Masebo is being selfish. She should humble herself and be considerate of others who want to serve the nation instead of frustrating them,” she said.

Recently, Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo questioned the wisdom of voting for the MMD, claiming that her chiefdom had not seen any development in a long time.

And some civil society organisations yesterday condemned Ms Masebo for plotting a fall-out with the ruling party, TEDDY KUYELA and REBECCA CHILESHE, report.

Committee of Citizens executive director Gregory Chifire said Ms Masebo has disappointed the people who voted for her at the convention to become MMD chairperson for women’s affairs.

Mr Chifire said it is sad that Ms Masebo has decided to ditch the party at such an important hour. He said the MP’s action is testimony that her interest is not to serve the people of Chongwe.

“We have always regarded Ms Masebo as a principled person. We are very disappointed that she has chosen to behave in such a manner. She has let down all the women who looked up to her as a role model and a seasoned politician,” Mr Chifire said.

He said politicians should maintain their principles and not waste the time of the people who put them in their positions.

Meanwhile, Leadership in Development has accused MMD Chongwe MP Masebo and Chieftainess Nkomeshya of conniving to incite people to vote against the MMD in this year’s elections.

Recently, Chieftainess Nkomeshya was quoted in The Post saying the people of Chongwe should not vote for the ruling party because it has done nothing to develop the area.

But Leadership In Development executive director Moses Kalonde said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday it is sad that the traditional leader has decided to attack Government when there are tangible development projects being implemented across the district.

Mr Kalonde also said it is ‘absurd’ that the MP has failed to defend Government over Chieftainess Nkomeshya’s story and that her silence over the matter is an indication that she is working with the traditional leader to discredit Government.

“The reports coming from Chongwe are too disturbing to MMD members. Why should Chieftainess Nkomeshya join the opposition in condemning the good works of this Government and why has the MP decided to keep quiet over this matter?

“What we have discovered is that the two are working together to support the opposition,” Mr Kalonde said.

“This is a betrayal on the part of Chieftainess Nkomeshya and Ms Masebo. The people of Chongwe can see how hard this Government is working,” he said.

Mr Kalonde advised the people of Chongwe not to listen to people alleging that the MMD has failed to develop the area but instead rally behind President Banda to foster development in the district.

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By Zumani Katasefa

About 400 villagers in Masaiti district have threatened to take to streets following government’s decision to relocate them from their ancestral land to pave way for the setting up of the lime firm in the area.

One of the villagers, Maybin Chulu said it was going to be fundamental for government to first compensate them before they could be relocated.

“Much as we appreciate development, government should have given us chance and should have compensated us first, but the way things have been done is so unfair,” complained Mr Chulu.

Mr Chulu disclosed that the land in question, at Alitoni village in Kafulafuta constituency has been given to a foreign investor.
He added that the government should have the plight of the local people first before that of the foreign investors.
He said people of Masaiti have since appealed to President Banda to compensate them immediately.

“Government should do something about this problem, the land that has been taken away from us was very fertile,” he said./ENDS

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By ANGELA CHISHIMBA

PRESIDENT Banda says he is happy with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ‘s announcement that Zambia has been rated among the top four high-performing African countries.

President Banda’s special assistant for press and public relations Dickson Jere said this in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday.

He said under the President’s guidance, Zambia has taken major strides to encourage foreign direct investment, with a projected influx of over US$10 billion from exports, compared to the US$900 million it earned 10 years ago.

“As a result of the improved economic climate in Zambia, there has been considerable investment in providing better schools, hospitals and access to basic facilities,” the statement reads.

Mr Jere said since President Banda’s assumption of office 31 months ago, over 300 new health centres have been commissioned and 3,600 health workers have been recruited.

He said the academic performance of young people under the guidance provided by more teachers and education facilities has greatly improved.

Mr Jere said Zambia’s economy is expected to continue growing at around seven percent this year, with the expected revenue being put back into infrastructure development, to encourage a continued cycle of growth and development.

On the IMF rating, President Banda says: “The IMF’s announcement underlines my government’s commitment to driving steady growth by creating jobs and opportunities for all Zambians. But there is still more to do. We will continue to work tirelessly to build on this accolade and achieve an even better place for Zambia in the world; above all, establishing security, stability and prosperity for all Zambians.”

MrJere said Government is also in the process of establishing multi-facility economic zones (MFEZs) and industrial parks to promote the manufacturing industry and create more jobs for Zambians.

Zambia has been rated number four after Angola, Nigeria and Sudan.

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The new web-site is a new Map of Developments that visitors can see where regeneration and development is taking place in Zambia.

To assist those who are unaware of where developments are progressing in Zambia, President Banda is today launching a ‘Map of Development’ on his site at www.presidentbanda.com/map.

Visitors to the map can zoom in and out to get greater detail; they can view developments by province and by five different sectors which show, amongst others, developments in health, education, jobs created,and infrastructure projects.

This is contained in a statement to ZANIS by the President’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Dickson Jere.
And Unveiling the map, President Banda said: “I love this map because it shows everybody what development is really going on in Zambia. Next time somebody says nothing is being done in Zambia, show them this map.

Everybody can look at the map and see that development is taking place right on their doorsteps, in all provinces and all regions.

“Developing tomorrow’s Zambia is not guided by party loyalty, by religious belief or which tribe you are from.

It is done by genuine need and it is for all Zambians. I cannot wait to see the map when all the information is on it. Let this map be proof that when I said I would be a President for all Zambians, I really meant it.”

Data is being entered in reverse order by date and it is hoped to have as many entries as is possible. As there are a lot of entries to deal with, visitors that are being asked to bear with the data entry team.

The map is updated each Thursday. Pins are indicated and placed as close to the actual locations as possible. But in areas of high development, it is not always possible to hit an exact plot or location.

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FORMER President Frederick Chiluba says he has experienced President Banda’s leadership and does not doubt his capabilities of steering Zambia to greater heights.

Dr Chiluba told journalists at the Freedom Statue in Lusaka yesterday that Zambians all over the country are benefiting from President Banda’s “efficient” government.

He said he is able to commend President Banda because he has seen development countrywide, and is not talking without basis.

“I have experienced President Banda’s leadership, and I enjoy it because it is practical. When you are asked about his leadership, you point to things that you have seen. God bless the President,” Dr Chiluba said.

He said Zambians have the huge task of choosing the person they want to lead them, and must judge who is a leader and who is not.

Dr Chiluba said he has observed that some political leaders have no clear policies and programmes for this country, but want to talk everyday to try and attract voters.

“Democracy makes some people sound foolish. They are so loud, but they have no programmes for the people of Zambia. A wise person cannot be talking 24 hours a day. They keep yapping about nothing. Zambians must ensure they elect a leader with an agenda for their country,” Dr Chiluba said.

The former head of State said what some people do not understand is that democracy is about understanding each other, and not about exchanging bitter words.

He said Zambia is now enjoying peace, and that the current scenario is different from the colonial days when even indigenous policemen and women were harassing their own brothers and sisters to please their colonial masters.

He said peace comes with a price, and that this is why Zambians must ensure they vote for someone who will uphold it.

“There must be no disruption to this peace. It has to continue,” Dr Chiluba said.

And Dr Chiluba has spoken out on Western Province saying it is a part of Zambia and must remain as such.

He said any calls for a separate state must be ignored because Zambia is a united State.

He said the people of Western Province must be careful and judge for themselves who is telling them the truth.

By REBECCA CHILESHE