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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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

By CHRISTINE CHISHA

GOVERNMENT has disclosed that the K1 trillion to be used on an urban roads rehabilitation programme will be paid by mining companies.

Minister of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane said this is money that the mining companies owe the government in taxes.

He said in 2008, mining companies had a dispute with Government over corporate taxes, variable income taxes and mineral royalties but the matter was resolved after meeting, and the mining companies are now paying arrears.

“The arrears that the mining companies are paying have created extra revenue that has been channelled to infrastructure development and rehabilitation of urban roads,” he said.

Dr Musokotwane said another potential source of the money will be the selling of bonds on the international market at US$500 million. Part of this money will be used for the urban road rehabilitation programme.

He said this in Lusaka yesterday during the recording of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning television programme, Culture Remodelling.
The programme also featured Minister of Works and Supply Gabriel Namulambe.

The theme of the programme was infrastructure development, progress and financing arrangements.

Dr Musokotwane said most roads in urban areas have had their useful life, hence the need to rehabilitate them.
He said there is nothing political about infrastructure development, rehabilitation and construction of roads.

He said when an economy is growing, there is always need to grow infrastructure to match the expansion of the economy.

Dr Musokotwane said if it was political, the private sector would not have joined in infrastructure development but they foresee more growth of the economy, which will result in high demand for more and better infrastructure.

He said more investment is coming despite this being an election year because investors have confidence in the government.

Dr Musokotwane said a review of the growth of the economy will be madebetween July and August.

He said the economy is no longer stagnant but is growing and it is only right to improve the infrastructure.

And Mr Namulambe said works on major roads are progressing well because most contractors are on site or just waiting to sign contracts.

He said some of the major road projects are the Chipata-Mfuwe, Sesheke-Senanga, Isoka-Muyombe and for the Kalabo-Sikongo roads.

Mr Namulambe expressed disappointment that some Kitwe residents were stoning the machinery moved to the site to start the road rehabilitation.

He said that the MMD government wants to ensure that more roads are constructed to ease movement of goods and people.

Mr Namulambe said it is a pity that his predecessor, Mr Mike Mulongoti is condemning the construction and rehabilitation of roads on the Copperbelt when he is the one who promised that township roads would be worked on.

He said K19 billion has been allocated for feeder roads on the Copperbelt in this year’s budget and K6 billion has already been released.

Mr Namulambe commended mining companies such as Mopani Copper Mines and Konkola Copper Mines for supplementing Government’s efforts by rehabilitating some township roads on the Copperbelt.

He said President Banda should be commended for initiating and completing development projects started by President Mwanawasa.

He said Mr Banda has shown that he is a responsible leader who wants to improve the lives of all Zambians.

By ANGELA CHISHIMBA

PRESIDENT Banda has dismissed as baseless Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata’s allegations that Government has launched K1 trillion road works to hoodwink Zambians to vote for the MMD.

President Banda said this in response to Mr Sata’s statement that Government does not have a budget for the project which is only meant to deceive voters.

Mr Banda was speaking at Lusaka International Airport shortly before departure for Namibia where he has gone to attend a SADC extraordinary summit.

The summit has been called to discuss regional peace.

It is a follow-up to the SADC troika summit held in Livingstone in March this year.

“He can’t say we don’t have money for these projects because very soon, contractors will move on site and we will see who wants to hoodwink Zambians,” he said.

President Banda said Government is not only run on the basis of the budget. He said creative governments find finances from various sources to fund projects.

“The fact that we are having elections today does not mean we cannot embark on projects. What is important is to be focused so that the country moves forward with development,” he said.

Mr Sata, who featured on the “Hot Seat” programme on Hot FM radio yesterday, criticised Government’s decision to construct health centres countrywide, and the launch of the K1 trillion road works.

MrSata claimed that missionaries left adequate and useful infrastructure in the districts.

Meanwhile, President Banda has refuted allegations by former Minister of Defence George Mpombo that MMD is using Government funds for its campaigns.

Mr Banda said there is no way his party can take money from Government for party programmes.

He said the ruling MMD has supporters and well-wishers who finance it and pay for its programmes.

President Banda challenged the media to investigate all Government ministries to establish whether the MMD has obtained any money from Government departments.

“Ministries are open, so you are free to go and check for yourself if it is true that my party is abusing Government funds. I want to challenge you members of the press to countercheck with the ministries. This is done in other countries so you are also free to cross-check,” he said.

President Banda also said he has never attacked the Catholic Church.

“The Catholic Church is made up of individuals and within the church, there are members who support us,” he said.

And President Banda says SADC is concerned about the peace and security situation in the region.
One of the issues to be discussed at the Windhoek summit is the situation in Madagascar.

“We are going to brief the meeting on the outcome of the troika meeting we had in Livingstone,” he said.

President Banda, however, said he is optimistic that SADC will achieve the status of a peaceful region.

The summit has been called to discuss regional peace and security following the SADC Troika Organ Summit held in Zambia in March 2011.

SADC chairperson and Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba was mandated to call an extraordinary summit to discuss the issues agreed at the Livingstone Troika Organ meeting.

President Banda, who is chairperson of the SADC organ on defence and security co-operation, is expected to brief his fellow heads of State and Government on the progress made in the implementation of the global political agreement in Zimbabwe and the peace mediation process in Madagascar.

The summit will also discuss progress on the implementation of a joint Free Trade Area among the African regional blocs, which include COMESA and the East African Community.

Mr Banda was seen off by Minister of Energy Kenneth Konga and other Cabinet ministers and senior Government officials.

And former PF secretary general Edward Mumbi has said it is shameful for MrSata to say Government efforts to boost development are a political gimmick.

He said MrSata’s comments on President Banda’s development projects are misleading.

“In 2006 after the general elections, Mr Sata is on record saying he would show President Mwanawasa how councils should be run.

“When PF had won seats in most of the councils, Mr Sata promised that the councillors would collect garbage, work on roads and deliver social services to the people of Zambia but to date, MrSata has done nothing,” he said.

Mr Mumbi said Mr Sata must be condemned for criticising President Banda’s efforts to improve living standards.

“We have seen roads in Lusaka, Copperbelt, Southern, Western and other parts of the country being worked on,” he said.

Mr Mumbi also challenged Mr Sata to meet him at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka so that he (Mr Sata) can prove his allegations about a shortage of drugs.

“Even Kasama General Hospital has drugs, so MrSata should not lie to Zambians. He has to prove his allegations,” he said.

“Mr Sata should know that opposition is not about childish hostility but giving credit to Government where it is due,” he said.

The President has also directed the Road Traffic Regulators and the Zambia Police Service Traffic Unit to bring sanity to the Zambian roads.

He says overloading, wreckless and drunken driving must be curbed so as to reduce road carnage through out the country.

The President says he is greatly saddened and touched by the death of many young people who could have contributed immensely to the country’s development in various areas.

President Banda is displeased that the bus that caused the accident on Sunday was overloaded.

Mr Banda says he is short of words to understand how a bus which was supposed to carry 26 passengers carried 45 passengers at the time of the accident.

The President was speaking in Ndola Wednesday morning when he addressed mourners at the Reformed Church in Zambia.

Thirteen young people from the RCZ girls and boys brigade perished on Sunday after the bus they were in from a church mission in Luanshya plunged into the Chifubu stream in Ndola.

President Banda who is clad in black openly wept when he paid his last respects to the 13 accident Victims.

The President also spent time meeting the family members at the Church before addressing the mourners.

And Reformed Church in Zambia Synod Moderator Lucas Mwale thanked President Banda for the moral, financial and material support given by government to the bereaved families.

The President arrived in Ndola at Chifubu High School grounds at 09: 30 Hours.

He is accompanied to the copperbelt by Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale and Works and Supply Minister Gabriel Namulambe.

President Banda has since left Ndola for Kitwe where he is scheduled to open a new mine and launch the One trillion kwacha Urban Road rehabilitation exercise.

More than five hundred kilometers of the road network will be rehabilitated in Lusaka, Kafue, Kapiri Mposhi, Kabwe and the Copperbelt province.

By Times Reporter

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Kabinga Pande has condemned Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata for staging what he described as a dirty campaign against the image of Zambia abroad without due consideration for the country’s pride and sovereignty.

Mr Pande said allegations that Government was corrupt by Mr Sata during his visit to the United Kingdom were very damaging to Zambia, especially that he questioned the democratic credentials of Zambia, while foreign countries were praising the country.

“When he speaks like that, he thinks he is denting the image of MMD or President Banda alone. He is actually denting the image of Zambia as a country which includes Mr Sata himself,” Mr Pande said.

Mr Pande said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Zambians, whether in the opposition or not should defend Zambia’s image abroad.

He said Mr Sata’s statement that he would fight corruption in the Government was very misleading to the international community because the Government had already taken steps to fight corruption with the enactment of the Whistle Blowers Act.

Mr Pande said the Government had strengthened institutional capacity for all the institutions that were prone to corruption.

The minister said the task force on corruption was not the only institution that was suitable for fighting corruption because it failed when it was in force and only convicted a few cases while theexpenditure was high.

Mr Pande said because of this, the Government had decided to strengthen the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) which had been empowered with the Whistle Blowers protection Act that allows citizens to participate in the fight against corruption.

He said Mr Sata should avoid misleading the international community by alleging corruption without producing facts.

Mr Pande said Zambia had credible and qualified institutions that werefighting corruption and that wild allegations were damaging the reputation of all Zambians.

He said it was wrong to seek popularity at the expense of disparaging the image of the country.“Every Zambian should try as much as possible to state the correct position of the country.

When it comes to the issue of corruption the Government has done its best that is why there is the Whistle-blowers Act in place.

If you are not fighting corruption you cannot introduce such a Bill,” Mr Pande said. He said political sympathy should not be won on the basis of damaging one’s home country and that personal interests held by politicians should not override national interests.

Mr Pande said the name of the country was being damaged permanently because of careless statements issued by politicians abroad.