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Zambian govt declares ‘troublesome’ coalition illegal

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The Zambian government has officially declared the “troublesome” United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) an illegal entity as the coalition was not legally registered and did not exist in the books of the Registrar of Society.

Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Jack Mwiimbu, who declared the coalition an illegal entity while addressing a press conference in Lusaka on Wednesday, said the Alliance was stopped from holding a planned rally in the Kafue District because it was not recognised by government despite an application for the rally having been made by the group.

Mwiimbu stated that allowing UKA to proceed with the rally was akin to allowing lawlessness in a country which is being governed by rules and laws.

He noted further that as at the time of the press conference, no formal application had been made by the group to be registered as a political party or pressure group at the Registrar of Societies.

“You may wish to recall that on February, 13, 2024, Mr. Sakwiba Sikota visited the Registrar of Societies office to conduct a name search and reservation for a society called United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) which he intended to register as a pressure group,” Mwiimbu said.

He explained that after the said application and initial search were conducted, the name UKA was accordingly reserved from February, 13 to March, 13, and Sikota was informed that he was free to apply for registration of the pressure group.

The ministry said Sikota, however, returned on February, 14, with a verbal request to change the reservation category from a pressure group to a political party of which he was advised to apply formally.

“Following the expiration of the reservation in March, 13, 2024, Mr. Sikota came through to request for an extension of the reservation period. By then, the Department had migrated the application processes to the e-government platform,” Mwiimbu said.

He added that Sikota was advised accordingly to make an online application, but that to date, no such application had been recieved.

Mwiimbu further said a person identified as Gibson Bwalya attempted to apply for registration of a society called Unified Kwacha Alliance using another person’s National Registration Card and on the second attempt, omitted to attach an NRC document.

“These events clearly indicate that the said United Kwacha Alliance does not exist legally and is, in as far as the Ministry is concerned, an illegal society.”

In conclusion, the minister said UKA would not be allowed on the ballot paper for any election since it is an illegal entity despite its office orders indicating their availability to participate in such elections.

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Church in Northern Province cautions against cyberspace abuse, supports cyber security law

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The church in Northern Province has issued a warning to Zambians regarding the misuse of cyberspace in the guise of human rights and media freedoms.

Bishop Elias Mponela, the Regional Coordinator of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), highlighted a concerning trend of cyberspace abuse among some Zambians during an interview with Zambia Monitor in Kasama District.

While acknowledging that every Zambian is entitled to human rights, Bishop Mponela stated the importance of not abusing these rights.

He stressed that Cyber Security Act, though beneficial, would be enforced without exceptions, regardless of one’s societal status.

“The Cyber Security Act is a necessary measure that must be implemented promptly, but with care to ensure that individuals’ rights are respected,” Mponela commented.

He expressed concern over the misuse of cyberspace by prominent figures, particularly politicians, who spread messages of hatred and division.

Mponela urged authorities to address such behavior before it escalated.

Highlighting the significance of a free media, Mponela underscored the importance of journalists operating in a conducive environment without fear of reprisal from those in power.

“Access to information is vital in today’s world, and those in authority must ensure it is guaranteed to foster an informed society,” he stated.

However, Mponela cautioned against media outlets abusing their freedom by disseminating misleading information or promoting divisiveness.

The church’s stance reflects a call for responsible use of cyberspace and a balanced approach to ensuring both freedom and accountability in media practices.

This story is sponsored content from Zambia Monitor’s Project Aliyense.

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Nigeria kicks as South African police torture citizen to death

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The Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA) has condemned the killing of another of its citizens, Prince Muoka Ebuka, who was reportedly tortured to death by the police on Friday, May 17, in Danielskuil, Northern Cape, over drug-related allegations.

The Union, in a statement, also demands an immediate probe into the killing of the 43-year-old businessman who hailed from Obosi in Anambra State, said the incident further highlights a disturbing trend of police abuse targeting Nigerians in the Northern Cape.

The statement issued on Saturday and signed by NUSA National Publicity Secretary, Habib Miller, indicated that the deceased was tortured to death by the police in the guise of interrogation over drug related allegations.

“Since March, there have been similar cases in Kimberley involving drug accusations and police violence. Another Nigerian, Chika Anuino, was killed by police in Springs, Johannesburg, on April 25,” the NUSA statement said.

“Reports from Ebuka’s wife, Joyce, paint a harrowing picture of law enforcement officers storming their residence, compelling her to evacuate to shield their young child from witnessing the violence.

“Ebuka was then subjected to assault and coerced to produce drugs allegedly in his possession. When their search proved fruitless, they forcibly escorted him to a waste dump, alleging he had concealed illegal substances there.

“Eyewitnesses further allege egregious misconduct, with officers resorting to coercive tactics, including requesting pepper spray after emerging from Mr Ebuka’s residence.

“Despite employing drug detection methods, no evidence was found, yet the relentless interrogation tragically led to his demise.

“Moreover, the lack of proper crime scene preservation raises grave doubts about the integrity of the investigation,” NUSA stated.

Miller noted that the incident has been further complicated by the police’s refusal to issue a statement or allow the victim’s family to open a case docket on the murder of their breadwinner, adding that the had faced intimidation from the police when she tried to report her husband’s death.

NUSA said the Union demands a thorough, impartial investigation into Prince Ebuka’s killing and the broader issue of police abuse in the Northern Cape.

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