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Another Zambian opposition party, EFF calls for resignition of Speaker Mutti

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The troubles of the embattled Speaker of the Zambian National Assembly, Nelly Mutti is growing by the day as another opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has joined the calls for her to resign over alleged constitutional breaches.

The EFF, in its petition, accused Mutti of breaching the constitution of the country by participating in private companies.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday, leader of the EFF, Kasonde Mwenda claimed the party had established that the Speaker had been appointed as Board Chairperson of the newly established Zambian energy company, GEI Power Limited.

Mwenda said by accepting the position, Mutti had breached Article 75(1)(b) of the Zambian Constitution which prohibits a sitting Speaker from participating in private companies.

He, however, said the amendment of the Constitution had left room for potential abuse of authority which is currently being experienced by the Speaker under the United Party for National Development (UPND) administration.

“Mutti had blatantly violated the law hence the call for immediate constitutional changes to prevent abuse of authority and ensure transparency and accountability in the government,” Mwenda said in the statement.

The EFF leader noted that the appointment of Mutti as GEI Power Limited Board Chairperson had raised “serious concerns about favoritism and abuse of authority, as the company was already engaging in a significant number of contracts and projects,” reasoning that such “actions undermined the principles and integrity that should be maintained by the Speaker of the National Assembly.”

“The EFF strongly condemns this violation of Zambian laws.

“We call on the government to include provisions in the existing constitution that address this issue and prevent future abuses of power,” he said.

Mwenda also advocated for the Standing Orders of the National Assembly to be amended to “explicitly condemn such actions and ensure the impartiality and integrity of the Speaker.”

“It was alarming to discover that GEI Power was involved in numerous projects, particularly in the Southern Province, with the major electricity offtaker being the government agency ZESCO.

“Transparency, accountability, and integrity are the cornerstones of our democratic system, and any violation of these principles must be swiftly addressed,” he emphasized.

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Shelve your planned protest, I’m addressing your grievances, Tinubu begs Nigerian youths

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President Bola Tinubu has called on aggrieved Nigerian youths and organizers of the planned nationwide #EndBadGovernance protests on August 1 to shelve the plan as he is working hard to address their concerns.

Tinubu, who made the plea on Tuesday through the Minister of Information National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, said there was no need for the protests as he had heard the cries of Nigerians and was doing everything possible to address them.

Idris, who conveyed the President’s message while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the president was working assiduously to ensure the country’s economy was placed in a good position.

“We discussed the issue of the country in general and Mr President has asked me to again inform Nigerians that he listens to them, especially the young people that are trying to protest.

“Mr President said he listens to them and takes what they say seriously and he is working assiduously to ensure that this country is good not just for today, but also for the future.

“The issue of the planned protest, Mr President does not see any need for that, he asked them to shelve that plan and he has asked them to await the government’s response to all their pleas, he has listened to them,” Idris said.

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Zambia: PF lawmaker Chitotela sentenced to 10 years in prison

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A Member of Parliament in Zambia, Ronald Chitotela, has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of arson by the Kawambwa Magistrates’ Court.

Chitotela, an MP on the platform of the Patriotic Front (PF) who represents Pambeshe Constituency in the Parliament, was found guilty by Magistrate Martin Namushi of malicious damage, and received a five-year sentence on one of the counts.

He was also sentenced to an additional 11 months for threatening violence and 18 months for occasioning actual bodily harm.

Chitotela’s co-accused, Nixon Chilangwa, another MP who represents Kawambwa Constituency, was acquitted of arson charges but according to the Magistrate, was not spared from the law.

Chitotela, although acquitted of charges related to threatening violence and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, now awaits the High Court’s decision on the arson charges.

According to media reports, Chitotela, Chilangwa, and five others were dragged before the Kawambwa Magistrates’ Court on charges bordering on arson, threatening violence, malicious damage to property and assault, all allegedly committed during the August 2021 general elections.

The others involved in the trial were Kalumba Chifumbe, Davy Kaniki, Chabu Chitotela, Charity Musantu, and Kunda Chitotela.

Chifumbe was sentenced to five years for malicious damage to property, threatening violence, and threatening actual bodily harm, Kaniki and Kunda Chitotela were found guilty of arson, while Musantu was been acquitted of all charges.

Magistrate Namushi also denied the bail applications for Chilangwa and Chifumbe, citing unconvincing reasons for their release.

The defense team is expected to appeal for bail in the High Court.

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