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Zambian Police to charge ex-President Lungu over ‘people will rise’ comment

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The Zambian Police says they are going to charge former President Edgar Lungu to court over a recent comment credited to him where he was quoted as saying the “People will rise,” which the police deem inciting.

National Police spokesman, Rae Hamoonga, who gave the indication that the ex-President would be prosecuted over the comment, said the implication of the statement was being assessed, and appropriate legal actions may be taken.

According to reports, Lungu had made the remark when he said ordinary Zambiand would rise if the police continued with the harassment of Patriotic Front (PF) and other opposition members.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Hamoonga said the remarks made by Lungu apparently led to an unrest at the Kabwata Police Station where his followers at the were teargassed and arrested.

He warned that a police station was a protected place by law and that any misconduct within its premises would not be tolerated.

“Today, the actions taken by Kabwata police were in accordance with the law,” Hamoonga said.

The police spokesman noted that the arrest of the Lungu-led PF Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Emmanuel Mwamba, alongside three others on Monday was executed lawfully.

“The police managed to confiscate three drums used by an unruly crowd and these will serve as crucial evidence ” he stated.

Hamoonga further warned that a police station was not a playground for disorderly conduct and individuals engaging in illegal activities within its confines were liable to be arrested.

“The police are committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens,” Hamoonga emphasized, while reiterating the importance of respecting the law and maintaining order, emphasizing that a police station was not a venue for disruptive behavior.

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‘Reconsider your anti-people policies, they are causing hardship, insecurity in Nigeria’— PDP tells Tinubu

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Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on President Bola Tinubu to consider what it calls his anti-people policies that are causing hardship and escalating insecurity in the country.

The PDP, which made the call on Thursday during the party’s 98th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at its National Secretariat in Abuja, also urged the President to urgently convene a special National Security Council (NSC) meeting to “proffer a holistic solution and measures to curb the disturbing insecurity in the country.”

In a Communique issued at the end of meeting and signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, the party said it was worried by the anti-peoples policies of President Tinubu-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

The former ruling party it was difficult to understand why Tinubu has not reconsidered some of his policies, “which had led to worsening insecurity, harrowing economic hardship, soaring unemployment rate, high cost of food and other necessities of life with pervading misery and despondency across the country.”

“NEC expresses concern over the ill-implemented policies of the insensitive APC administration, leading to worsening insecurity, harrowing economic hardship, soaring unemployment rate, high cost of food and other necessities of life with pervading misery and despondency across the country,” the communiqué reads.

“NEC expresses serious apprehensions over the spate of acts of terrorism and violence including the escalated cases of mindless killings, mass abduction of innocent Nigerians and marauding of communities in various parts of the country.

“NEC condemns the insensitivity, nonchalance, incompetence and arrogance in failure of the APC administration which continues to conduct itself in a manner that shows that it has no iota of interest or commitment towards the wellbeing of Nigerians,” the PDP added.

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Zambia asks EU to help strengthen its democratic initiatives ahead of 2026 elections

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The Zambian government has called on the European Union (EU) to help in strengthening democratic initiatives in the country as it prepares for general elections in 2026.

Justice Minister, Mulambo Haimbe, who made the request when EU Ambassador to Zambia and COMESA, Karolina Stasiak, handed over the 2021 elections report to him in Lusaka on Wednesday, said the project which came to an end in 2021 contributed greatly to the smooth electoral processes which saw the election of President Hakainde Hichilema into office.

“We are live to the fact that the strengthening democracy in Zambia played a very crucial role in the run up to the 2021 general elections and we want a similar process in the run up to the 2026 general elections,” Haimbe said during the meeting.

Haimbe, who is also the acting Foriegn Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, stated that the Zambian government had projected mid 2025 to close up areas that had been identified in the electoral and legal reforms.

He noted that government had given itself mid 2025 as the timeframe of significant steps in the electoral reforms with some of the steps achieved already, like the passing of the Access to Information law.

“The others we have discussed include some of the low hanging fruits like the amendment to the electoral Act and amendment to the Constitution which we consider at the Executive as non contentious to foster democracy,” Haimbe stated.

The minister also pledged that government would continue to work with various stakeholders like the EU, to further improving the democratic space in the country.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Stasiak said the report was an independent expert report and not necessarily the views of the EU in Zambia.

“It is an assessment done at expert level comparing to international standards on electoral process and reforms and they have formulated this report also comparing to the recommendations made by the missions in 2021,” she stated.

Stasiak further highlighted that the report noted improvements which had been made in the electoral reforms such as the implementation of the Access to Information law and the removal of the Defamation of the President from the Penal Code.

“Zambia is a very good example, an important example within the region to demonstrate that democracy can go hand in hand with sustainable development,” Stasiak emphasized.

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