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Itezhi tezhi United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament Greyford Monde ( center)
Itezhi tezhi United Party for
National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament Greyford Monde ( center)
United Party for National Development (UPND) Itezhi tezhi Member of Parliament (MP) Greyford Monde, who is Agriculture deputy minister, has maintained that the court should protect him from being ejected out of the party because he was not given an opportunity to be heard before being expelled.

This is in a matter in which Mr Monde has sought an injunction asking the court to restrain UPND from expelling him for accepting a ministerial position from President Michael Sata’s government.

But UPND has urged the Lusaka High Court not to grant Itezhi tezhi Member of Parliament (MP) Greyford Monde an injunction restraining the party from expelling him because he is not a member of the party.

UPND Secretary General Winstone Chibwe in his affidavit in opposition of Mr Monde’s summons for order of interim injunction stated that Mr Monde was not expelled from the party because of his appointment but because of his recurrent treacherous behaviour.

Mr Chibwe of Sub division E of 682 Lusaka West who was sued by Mr Monde in his capacity as UPND Secretary General, vehemently denied Mr Monde’s assertions that he was an MP for UPND Ithezi thezi constituency as he was expelled.

He said that contrary to assertions by Mr Monde that President Sata had Constitutional powers to appoint MPs within the National Assembly, the UPND has challenged the purported constitutional powers of the President in a matter of Kuchunga Edwin Simusamba vs Attorney General 2012/HP/1561.

Mr Chibwe emphasised that Mr Monde’s charges and his subsequent suspension were not necessitated by his appointment to a ministerial position but were due to his recurrent treacherous acts.

He said contrary to Mr Monde’s assertions that he was not given an opportunity to be heard, UPND gave him three days from February 15, 2013 to exculpate himself but he failed to do so and that his purported request for further and better particulars over his charge came late after the expiration of the period given to him to exculpate himself.

Mr Chibwe said there is no irreparable damage that Mr Monde and the Constituency would suffer for his expulsion from the party and has not demonstrated any such anticipated alleged damage and regrettably, by-elections were provided for in the republican Constitution once an MP has been expelled.

“I therefore crave the indulgence of this honourable court not to grant the plaintiff an interim injunction as he is no longer a member of UPND having been expelled on February 22, 2013. That UPND has an inherent right to sanction any of its belligerent members and that as long as due processes and rules of natural justice are adhered to, it’s not subject to control by any external institutions as the party is a private members club,” Mr Chibwe said.

But Mr Monde insisted that the UPND constitution does not set pout or indeed stipulate the number of days an alleged erring member maybe given to exculpate herself or himself.

Judge Evans Hamaundu who is presiding over the matter adjourned the case to March 15, 2013.

Meanwhile, UPND MP Richwell Siamumene says he is not aware of fresh charges against him by his party that the disciplinary committee would soon prevail upon.

Mr Siamunene who was appointed Commerce, Trade and Industry deputy minister by President Michael Sata last week, was yesterday shocked that his party intended to resume old disciplinary charges which were leveled against him for accompanying Government ministers on a tour of roads and bridges in his constituency about six months ago.

He said he was not aware of any other charges leveled against him besides the old ones and wondered if the party intended to resurrect the same.

“I have not received any charges and I am not aware of any disciplinary charges from my party. The only disciplinary charges I know of are those that were leveled against me some six months or so ago, unless they say the want to resurrect the charges,” he said.

UPND secretary general Winston Chibwe said yesterday that the disciplinary committee would soon be sitting to determine the fate of Mr Siamunene who he said was facing disciplinary cases.

Mr Chibwe said Mr Siamunene had been facing disciplinary charges since December 2012 and the committee would soon decide his fate.

Mr Siamunene is the second UPND MP whom the party slapped disciplinary charges emerging after their appointments to serve in Cabinet.

Itezhi tezhi UPND MP Greyford Monde was the first that the party slapped with disciplinary charges and later expelled him from the party after he accepted the position of deputy minister.

Mr Chibwe said Mr Siamumunene would not be suspended or expelled because of the appointment but because of the disciplinary charges that he was facing.

Rupiah Banda
Rupiah Banda
The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has called on members of parliament to be objective as the debate the lifting of former republican president, Rupiah Banda’s immunity.

SACCORD acting Executive Director Boniface Cheembe says it is important the MP’s fully understand the issue before them for them to act in the best interest of the nation.

Mr. Cheembe says if the parliamentarians feel lifting Mr. Banda’s immunity is the best action, then it should be done but states that if they will not be sure on the step to take, it will be important that they do not rush to making a decision.

In an interview with QFM, Mr. Chembe says what is of importance is that the case should be carried out in a manner that is objective and a reflection of the country’s interest. QFM

Dr Francis Manda
Dr Francis Manda

Renowned medical practitioner Francis Manda says MP’s resigning from their political parties are behaving like Hyenas searching for faeces.

The outspoken Urologist said it is unacceptable that selfish politicians could be allowed to waste public resources on unnecessary bye elections.

“They are behaving exactly like Hyenas, these are animals that go about looking for faeces. The MP’s ditching their parties are like Hyenas looking for fecal excreta,” Dr. Manda said.

Dr. Manda was speaking Saturday morning during his popular radio show “Manzi Therapy” on ZNBC Radio 4.

He said Zambia is a country with meager resources for development programmes adding that spending huge amounts of money on bye elections which could be avoided is unacceptable.
Dr. Manda supported proposals that the new constitution should include provisions that will enable the party nominate a candidate to see out the remainder of the term in an event that the MP crosses the floor.

“We cannot continue with defections at this rate. We need these constitutional changes in order to protect public funds,” Dr. Manda said.

He also appealed to political parties to exhibit maturity and settle down in 2013.

“We saw a lot of bickering in all parties including the ruling one in 2012. We don’t need such in 2013. These political parties need to learn to resolve issues amicably.”

Dr. Manda said infighting in political parties contributed to the lack of development in 2012.

“We didn’t see any meaningful development in the past year because politicians were busy bickering. Let us start politics in 2016 and not now when Zambians want development.”

Reverend Howard Sikwela
Reverend Howard Sikwela

A By-election is eminent in Livingstone Central Constituency after its Member of Parliament Reverend Howard Sikwela quite the post with immediate effect and Member of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND).

Meanwhile, PF Livingstone District Chairman Fred Chibuye said the resignation of the Livingstone Central Member of Parliament had come as good news to the ruling party in particular and Livingstone residents in general.

And UPND District Secretary, Fwanyanga Lutangu challenged PF bonafide members to reject people like Reverend Sikwela as they were practicing what he termed as politics of poverty.

Reverend Sikwela has also apologized to Livingstone residents and the nation at large for the costly decision he has made at both individual and national levels.

“It is with a heavy heart that today I have to announce my resignation as Livingstone Central Member of Parliament and I further announce my resignation from the United Party for National Development (UPND),” he said.

He attributed his resignation to the UPND’s hostility towards government, tribalism within the party and failure by the UPND to adequately support him when his election was petitioned by the Patriotic Front.

ZANIS reports that the former MP who was flanked by Patriotic Front Members said this in Livingstone today during a press briefing held at Armadillo Restaurant.

“I must confess that I failed to practice the culture of being hostile to government and hence my pronouncement in September last year, to work with government for the development of Livingstone but this provoked a lot of insults and animosity from UPND members,” he said.

Reverend Sikwela said he could not be party to this attitude as an MP needed resources from the government of the day and as such needed to work closely with them.

“I have refused to be an MP who is like clouds without rain and strongly believe an MP should think, talk and dream development,” he said.

He also advised the UPND to desist from the ‘bantustan syndrome’ and dependence on its strongholds and instead concentrate on rebranding and repositioning itself if it expected to have national representation.

Reverend Sikwela said this could be achieved if advisers surrounding UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema built him up by being sincere with him.

And when queried over his next political move, the former MP said he was ‘an open cheque’ and would wait for advice from people adding that his resignation did not have any political affiliation.

Meanwhile, PF Livingstone District Chairman Fred Chibuye said the resignation of the Livingstone Central Member of Parliament had come as good news to the ruling party in particular and Livingstone residents in general.

Mr. Chibuye said Reverend Sikwela faced numerous challenges in his quest to bring development to the tourist capital as the UPND did not allow him to work with government.

“The MP cannot generate resources on his own as he needs support from government. This resignation will serve as a lesson to the next MP as he will need to work with government if Livingstone is to develop,” he said.

Meanwhile, UPND Publicity Secretary for Livingstone Neto Halwabala said his party was disappointed by Reverend Sikwela’s resignation as it would subject Livingstone residents to another unnecessary by election.

“We regret his resignation especially that the reasons he has advanced are baseless and he cannot even substantiate them,” he said.

Mr. Halwabala said contrary to Reverend Sikwela’s allegations, UPND had provided him with a lawyer to represent him in his election petition case and was not hostile to government but merely offering checks and balances.

And UPND District Secretary, Fwanyanga Lutangu challenged PF bonafide members to reject people like Reverend Sikwela as they were practicing what he termed as politics of poverty.

Mr. Lutangu said politicians such as Rev. Sikwela were selfish and only interested in getting high paying jobs at the expense of bonafide members who fought hard to ensure PF was ushered into power.

Livingstone is set for a second by election since the September 20, 2011 General Elections which saw MMD’s Lukulo Katombora elected as Livingstone MP.

However, The Livingstone High Court nullified his election following irregularities after UPND and PF candidates petitioned the election results.

A by election was set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for July 5 2012 and Reverend Howard Sikwela emerged winner after beating his closest rival, PF candidate Josephs Akafumba.

ZANIS

Republic of Zambia

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON HON. KENNEDY SAKENI, MP

We note with interest the statement of the President of the Law Association of Zambia Mr. James Banda.

We are surprised that Mr. Banda has chosen to comment on immigration matters which are currently before the Courts of law. Such a course of action can only be interpreted as a calculated attempt to influence the out come of such court cases.

Although we are aware of Mr. Banda’s contempt of the judiciary, we do not want to be drawn into discussing matters that are subjudice because of the high regard the executive has for the due process of law and the justice delivery system.

As regards Mr. Banda’s comments on the Anti Corruption Commission, we are at pains to comprehend Mr. Banda’s statement which in the one breath decries the necessity to inform the Republican President of allegations against senior members of Government but in the very next breath is calling on the Republican President to suspend serving Ministers pending investigations.

We wish to reiterate that it is for this very reason that the Anti Corruption Commission needs to inform the Republican President of investigations against senior Government officials so that administrative action can be considered. We emphasise that in any civilised democratic society it is standard practice for the President to be advised of investigations against senior Government officials.

Finally, we are aware that LAZ is holding its elections in April, 2013 and there is a temptation for those in various offices within LAZ to grand stand in order to be seen to be working.

We do not want to be a part of the electioneering by Mr. Banda and emphasize that all our offices remain available and open to dialogue with LAZ at all levels.

The Government through the office of the Attorney General and Solicitor General has been working very closely with LAZ on several matters of national interest and of interest to the legal profession. The Government values the contribution of LAZ to matters of national interest and invites the Association to engage the Government on any matters of concern.

Issued by:

Hon. Kennedy Sakeni, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES
AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON

11thDecember, 2012

By Dr. By Mulenga Kaela

By Mulenga Kaela

Predicting an election outcome, especially in Africa, is a daunting job. Media in advanced countries always try to venture into this territory, by trying to influence or sway the public opinion. Our local independent media, such as The Post, Radio Phoenix and even the public media including Times of Zambia, Daily Mail, ZNBC and others – they too try their luck at the game. But none of these can tell you for sure, as of now, who would be our next Zambia president. Surfing blogs and Diaspora discussion forums, does not produce a definitive answer.

Though reading political moods is a complex business, I will try here, in my own way, to give an insight as to what could be expected in the 2011 Zambian general elections. Could Michael Sata’s (King Cobra) PF – Patriotic Front, become the next ruling party.?  My focus and intention in this piece would be to analyze those factors I think would determine change.

In 2001 before President Patrick Levy Mwanawasa (Levy) came to power – there was a political storm, when we saw MMD almost being thrown out of office by late Anderson Mazoka’s (Andy) UPND. The main issue then was the 3rd Term debacle. Had Andy strategized effectively with other opposition parties – Zambia’s history books would have been different. Then, opposition parties had garnered more then 70% of public votes versus less then 30% for MMD.

Mwanawasa

Mwanawasa only survived because of the “first-past-the-post rule” (FPP) – meaning that the highest polling candidate carries the day.

It is in fact this contentious clause which has angered many Zambians who would rather prefer selecting a president under a more majoritarian principle of 50% + 1. People feel that electing a president under FPP is not representative enough. Neither is it close to proportional representation.

In both elections of 2006 and 2008 – PF did well. In 2006, its 46 MPs compared fairly with MMDs 75. And in 2008, Sata’s 38% popular vote fell short of Pres Rupiah Banda’s 41% – while UPND and other parties got 21%. As you can see, PF and UPND put together got 59% of the popular vote. Thus, if Sata could successfully lead a real coalition of opposition parties, he might then pose a threat to the ruling MMD party. That coalition has to be concrete unlike its predecessor UDA (United Democratic Alliance) formed between UPND, UNIP, FDD, and ULP. Too bad PF/UPND’s pact is not solid.  It seems Hakaimbe Hichilema (HH) of UPND has also got his own ambitions of becoming a president.

Therefore, even if the conditions in 2011 will be similar to 2001 — so long as the first-past-the-post rule remains in force, Michael Sata of PF cannot be 100% sure of becoming the next president of Zambia. Like his counterpart Andy, (who nearly beat Mwanawasa then), Sata cannot pull it off – unless he manages to organize opposition coalition. Otherwise this first-past-the-post principle would work in favor of Pres Rupiah Banda (RB).

Michael Sata

Moreover, due to the mushrooming of new political parties, a by-product of multipartysm – splitting the vote would make FPP-rule even easier to achieve. Apart from MMD, PF, UNIP, FDD (founded by late Christon Tembo and now led by Edith Nawakwi), Heritage Party (Godfrey Miyanda’s) and Ben Mwila’s Zambia Republican Party – you have NDF (National Democratic Focus) and Sakwiba Sikota’s United Liberal Party (ULP).

Other newer parties include – re-elected MP for LUENA Charles Milupi’s Alliance for Democracy & Development (ADD); Fredrick Mutesa’s Zambians for Empowerment & Development (ZED); and the newest – Elias Chipimo Jnr’s National Restoration Party (NAREP), whose catchy vision phrase is: “to see and strive for an equitable and prosperous Zambia”.

In Zambia today, you cannot pinpoint on one single group as the driving force. It is not the women, not the youth or university students. Even Madalas are not unanimous these days. MMD is relying on cadres as a mobilizing force. What is PF’s base? In 1991, Frederick Chiluba (FTJ) was at least lucky because of the wind of change blowing across the Eastern Block.

What is the basis of my speculation – that PF may yet lose again? The first extrapolation we can get, besides looking at a similar picture we got in 2006 and 2008 – is from the recently held by elections in Chilanga and Mpulungu. Although everyone knows pretty well that the electoral system is somehow broken – I was surprised when PF, because they didn’t like the results in Mpulungu, they protested and even threatened to petition. Basically they cried foul by claiming that votes were either stolen or rigged by MMD. We are familiar with this.

President Banda

In 2008, moved by his early lead in votes – Sata cried fraud and at first even refused to recognize Banda’s victory.

If ECZ tallying of ballots can’t work in their favor, what PF and other opposition parties should then do is to accept old results as a challenge for doing better the next time round. They should know that there is no other remedy other than winning the elections handily – landslide way, so to speak. That is how Chiluba in 1991 MMD won the battle against UNIP. Otherwise, UNIP would have manipulated the results had the results been close. PF must be prepared to go thru the same or similar litmus paper.

One of the things PF’s political strategists and tacticians should work on – is the message itself. Simply doing things in Sata’s way got them only one seat in 2001.  In 2006, Sata’s anti-Chinese rant coupled with pro-poor policies – that is promising better/more jobs and housing, didn’t work. PF run against Levy’s economic policies, which brought undoubtedly sustained growth and low inflation in Zambia. This same message (acting as champion of the poor), was recast in 2008 when Sata ran against Banda, yet it still didn’t make him win.

During the 2008 campaign everyone remembers when Sata bellowed that – “if he wins, he would scrub the country and wash it”. Rupiah Banda’s simple message was – to continue with Mwanawasa’s program. He won! Therefore in 2011, to win PF must recast a simpler and stronger message. If their slogan will concern corruption and poverty – that message must illustrate HOW PF would eliminate or solve those problems.

If it would be safeguarding national assets, again PF must articulate how it intends to do that without sacrificing economic development. That its investment plans – can boost the development of our resources, build factories, create jobs, bring tax revenues and royalties – all for the sake of improving the lives of ordinary people. It must explain to the people the confusion between direct foreign investments and foreign takeover – the later being an early stage of recolonization triggered by love for fast buck by elites. [Who exchange bribes with concessions – a voluntary mortgaging of the country of sorts]. In other words, someone in PF must figure out – how to convert Sata’s populism into votes; a message on how to reduce obscene income inequality; and explain to masses that those high poverty levels, in the long run – leads to dangerous societal consequences.

That is, Sata needs a thinker who can put a finger on what it is, that can propel the party to a clear cut election victory. Something to make the party win more constituencies than competitors, can only happen if there is a movement behind it. Hence, PF needs a message which can resonate with the people that – it is the party which can succeed in making every Zambian eat part of the economic cake.

That is, if PF wants to avoid being cheated by the ruling party, they have to go out and organize the grassroots in all areas of Zambia so that people can rally behind its candidate. And make sure that they win the majority of seats. Victories must be clear. Well in advance, PF must also be aware that normally, courts in Africa throw out allegations of rigging and electoral misconduct. In Zambia, we should be able to learn from our history that – late Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe (SMK), Dean Mung’omba, Andy Mazoka and Sata himself, have protested but with no positive fruits. Attempts to arouse communal and anti-government sentiments do not in our country yield anything. Because they love peace, somehow, Zambians tend to be hesitant.

As I suspect they may be doing — opposition cannot rely on the assessment of the pundits, armchair critics, or aggrieved personalities like George Mpombo or Ng’andu Magande. These peoples’ sentiments could be misleading. It is also inaccurate and rather early to say, for example, that MMD is out and finished. It is like counting chickens before they are hatched. First, we must remember that they are still in power, with all the advantages which come with incumbency. And above all, looking at a general picture – even if PF and its partner UPND seems to be picking up momentum, the popular support for either PF or UPND is NOT national. Each of these parties passes only as being regional in nature.

Further, it is useful to recall that all the parties, which have ruled Zambia so far — first UNIP and then MMD after that, they have had a minimum of at least two characteristics. The first, being that the party must enjoy support from the Copper Belt and Lusaka. And secondly, it must possess a national base.  A weak third factor is that, Bembas (in N. Province & Luapula) on one hand, and Easterners (generically referred to as Ngonis or Nyanja) on the other – have to be perceived to be supporting the same political party. This perception or cooperation goes all the way back to the pre-independence struggles. Other tribes fall in between.

While PF seems to have strong support on the Copper Belt & Lusaka, its support in N. Province, Luapula and Eastern Province is not guaranteed. For 2011, Rupiah Banda (RB) has already started telling Easterners not to lose the presidency. In Luapula, Sata will have to fight against the Chiluba factor. For whatever reason, FTJ seems to be on the side of Banda, and naturally will have to campaign (if that is permissible) for him. Already PF has to battle for seats held by the rebel MPs such as Peter Machungwa. These are substantial obstacles which need to be considered seriously by PF.

Moreover, N. Province is not either in the bag for PF primarily because of: Mbala Mafia factor, Mambwe-Namwanga group versus Bemba proper. Since these groups are not unanimously supporting PF, there is danger of losing some votes in the province, to MMD. In other words, Sata’s name or Ubwato even in his home province, is not automatic. Some resistance to it still exists. And I think only Senior Chief Mwamba – of the Bemba people, is openly pro-PF, because I gather that Paramount Chief Chitimukulu is for MMD and the government. Therefore in sum, even PF’s N. Province support, is at best, still weak.

UPND President HH

In addition, when you examine PF’s position elsewhere in the country – the picture is not any better. In S. Province, UPND clearly dominates. In W. Province, unless PF strategizes with Charles Milupi’s party (ADD) – UPND stands a better chance to compete against MMD. That leaves NW. Province, where I think the battle will be between MMD and UPND. Not to forget about VP George Kunda’s factor when it comes to Central Province.

Put all these together, unless there will be a wind of change, stronger than now blowing in favor of PF, the only way Sata can become our next president still, seems to be narrow. That does not mean that this picture cannot be changed in due course through hard organizational work. Thus, PF if it wants to win can still consolidate its support by massively organizing the grassroots – constituency by constituency. They need to raise vote numbers where they polled low in 2008. The only other alternative to that might be sheer good luck.

However, there are other factors which can have a significant play into this equation. If Zambians were to vote using facts and personal profiles of the two leaders – Sata versus Banda, here is what might emerge. Here, I assume that Zambians get sufficient information about each candidate.

First, in terms of fighting against corruption, or ability and the management style – Sata would be preferable by Zambians. Many people still remember how Sata cleaned up Lusaka when he was a Governor in the Kaunda days.  And there are those who think that the Ministry of Health was run well when he (Sata) was its Minister. Drugs were plentiful in hospitals and the Ministry officials could not steal billions of Kwacha without anyone noticing.

Thus, because of this good record, Sata can easily capitalize on it to earn more votes. Moreover, if Sata was to campaign on the motto “of creating more jobs and putting more money in peoples’ pockets“, his message might be believable. After all, reducing poverty translates into putting money in pocket books. But the strange thing is that – Zambians have not responded positively to that message. Sata used it against Mwanawasa in 2006 and yet again in 2008 for Banda, without success.

This means that, if PF sticks to its message of – improving the welfare and lives of the ordinary people, it may still backfire. Can therefore, PF come up with another message which sells to the people? The important point to make is that, people need to feel that they are also eating part of the economic cake.

While King Cobra is prudent and known for his pragmatism and shrewdness in grassroots contacts, unfortunately, he is NOT the best of democrats. He tends to be dictatorial and that perhaps helps to explain why he has failed to call for a PF national convention. This is another big sticking point against him.

As MMD Secretary General, Sata is also linked to the failed Chiluba’s 3rd Term attempt. He loses points again on that score. On the other hand, when it comes to RB’s resume – apart from his weakness on corruption, Banda is undoubtedly a seasoned diplomat. On that score, he is therefore a more internationally recognizable figure than Sata. Naturally that would make him (RB) a better negotiator. But at his point in time, Zambia needs a strong leader because China and other foreign countries are busy trying to find ways of short changing us. Who would then be our best leader?

If Banda is a better negotiator, it also follows that he is probably more subject to manipulation (therefore weaker). China which is fighting hard to increase its influence in the Zambian affairs, would love a man they can talk to and manipulate. Since Sata is incorrigible in some sense, we can therefore conclude that Sata might be a better guy in safeguarding Zambia’s interests and national affairs. And if this perception is shared by many, it is yet another plus for Sata. Can he capitalize on it?

That is although Sata may not be a strategist in the true sense of the word – he may just be perfect for the Zambian situation. This is assuming of course, that he fights off RB’s abilities to strategize with other players. Mind you Banda has already proved that, given chance, he can operate. During Mwanawasa’s death, he has shown that he could take advantage of Levy’s death and policies to advance his own agenda. This is what Mpombo calls – ‘plagiarism’.

There is also another clear departure between RB and Sata. While Sata has a limited ability to listen and get advice, Banda is slightly more open. He is a leader not afraid to delegate powers to subordinates. Does Sata possess that quality? Your guess is as good as mine.

Therefore, as I see it, unless PF and its supporters can make a complete examination of their chances in 2011, and take measures to improve where they can – it (their chance of scooping 2011) will once more slip out of their hand. I am not a doomsayer, but this is a message which everyone is afraid to tell Mr. Michael Sata. He needs to hear this message before it is again too late. Cheers!!

By Zumani Katasefa

MOVEMENT for Moral Rearmament chairperson Kelvin Chulu has condemned Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili for allegedly using abusive language in the media.
Mr Chulu was reacting to a statement which quoted Mr Kambwili having said that it was stupid for the UPND to claim popularity on Copperbelt province.
He warned politicians against insulting each other as the country heads towards the general elections. Mr Chulu said leaders, must lead by good example.
Meanwhile Kambwili has said that the PF has shamed its critics after successfully holding its general conference.
“We have shamed our critics, who were saying that we were not a democratic party, I want to tell them that we are a most democratic party, we had 3500 delegates to our convention while the MMD only had 1000, this clearly shows that PF is very democratic,” he said./ENDS.

ABEL MBOOZI

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approved a project proposal of U$24,000 to enable the multi-award winning duo of Sakala Brothers of Moses and Levy and other musical groups to acquire music equipment.

Community Development and Social Services deputy Minister Friday Malwa told Parliament last Friday that the proposal entitled “strengthening of local Zambian music” was presented to UNESCO by the Government last year and was only approved this year.

“The aim of this project once established is to set up a music training centre and recording studio for music. Under the project equipment to be bought include that for recording, as well as for office use,” Malwa said through supplementary information availed to the House as to what the Government was doing to support musicians in Zambia.

He explained that the Government in the last three years had allowed all imported professional music equipment in the country tax free, a move that was in line with the provisions of the national cultural policy.

The deputy minister noted that the State was also constructing cultural centres in provincial districts while his ministry provided the much needed venues for musical performances and other art performances, where artistes were able to raise some funds.

Earlier, Kabwata Member of Parliament (MP) Given Lubinda (PF) asked how much revenue the Government raised in form of taxes from music albums produced from 2007-10 to which Malwa said more than K300 million was collected.

He explained that in 2007 Government raised K103 million, in 2008 K104 million, 2009 K61.5 million while last year, K62.8 million was collected as tax.

On why revenues collected by the Government was reducing year by year, Malwa noted that the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) faced challenges in that the authority had not categorised taxes collected from music production and retail houses.

“In addition, there are many challenges in capturing revenue generation from music sales in the sense that some musicians produce their albums from homes and also market their music on the internet making it very difficult to track sales,” Malwa told the House.

The deputy minister noted that piracy was another major problem that continued to rob revenue from both the Government and musicians themselves.

The Government would continue consulting ZRA on how it could capture the contribution of the music sector to the economy considering that it was growing at a fast rate.

Malwa further informed Parliament that, 678 albums were produced by Zambian musicians last year, 691albums in 2009, 474 albums in 2008 while in 2007, 868 albums were produced.

He was responding to a question by Lubinda.

THE MMD in Chama has come out in full support of their area Member of Parliament (MP) Toddy Chilembo, saying allegations of bribery against him are mere fabrications.

Chama District MMD executive committee district secretary Loyd Nkhowani said in a statement yesterday that the district leadership was working well with Mr Chilembo and dismissed claims that the MP, who is deputy minister for Legal Affairs, had lost popularity in the area.

Mr Nkhowani said Mr Chilembo recently toured the far-north of his constituency in the company of the constituency committee and did not receive any hostilities as alleged by some people.

‘We think that the author of the story in The Post newspaper of Tuesday, May 3, 2011 was misguided and disgruntled. The MMD in Chama North feels Mr Chilembo is the man for 2011,’ he said.

The Post story alleged that some senior MMD sources feared the ruling party might lose the Chama North seat to the opposition Patriotic Front if Mr Chilembo was re-adopted for this year’s elections, and that the deputy minister was allegedly bribing constituency officials.

But Mr Nkhowani challenged The Post to name the MMD sources from Chama North that it quoted in the story.

Mr Chilembo on Tuesday refuted the allegations of bribing constituency officials due to his alleged dwindling popularity within the ruling party ranks and the electorate in Chama North, saying to the contrary, he was working well with the people.

 


LOCAL Government and Housing Deputy Minister Moses Muteteka has warned opposition members of Parliament (MPs) against using the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to gain cheap political mileage at the expense of benefiting Zambians.

Mr Muteteka, who is touring Government projects in Luapula said his ministry would not hesitate to withhold funds for any constituency where the MP is abusing it.

We have realised as Government that some MPs are using the CDF to gain political mileage. Some MPs are going round, claiming glory over the CDF, instead of telling the people that these resources are coming from Government, he said.

Mr Muteteka has since directed town clerks in all opposition held councils to ensure that they took charge of the CDF.

He said CDF was supposed to be used by MPs to benefit their constituencies in various projects in areas such as health and educations sectors.

He said the CDF was supposed to be used to empower women and youths in the various constituencies.

Mr Muteteka, who is in the company of Education Minister Dora Siliya and Labour Minister Austin Liato told the people of Chilubi Island that Government had now purchased motor vehicles for the traditional leaders in Zambia.

We promised as a Government that we would purchase vehicles for our traditional leaders and we have done just that. We want our traditional leaders to go round in their chiefdoms using these vehicles, he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Muteteka, who is MMD national youth chairperson has said the MMD has made serious in roads in Luapula Province.

People are regretting having voted for the PF and now they have resolved to support President Banda and the MMD, he said.

He urged the youths in the province to refuse to be used as tools of violence ahead of this years elections.

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