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Zambia: Ex-President Lungu alleges attack on democratic norms by govt following sack of nine PF lawmakers

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Former Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has alleged that the government of President Hakainde Hichilema is attacking democratic norms by using the parliament to strangle the opposition.

Lungu, who made the allegations during a press conference in Lusaka on Friday while reacting to the sacking of nine members of the Patriotic Front (PF) from the parliament during the week, said his party would vigorously contest the expulsions of the MPs through legal and political means.

Lungu further expressed what he described as serious concerns about the current administration’s erosion of democratic principles and the rule of law in Zambia.

He also accused the current government of misusing the Speaker’s office to target perceived opponents of the ruling party, calling it an abuse of power.

“During my tenure, we never interfered with the workings of the National Assembly. My government respected national principles and the separation of powers,” Lungu said.

He warned that if Zambia fails to oppose the unconstitutional expulsion of lawmakers, it would signal a dangerous attack on democracy, adding that the Hichilema administration is displaying dictatorial powers, contrast with his administration’s practices since 2015 when he took office.

“Sadly, the respect for power and democratic principles that we upheld has been undermined under the current government. Since Mr. Hakainde Hichilema assumed power, we have witnessed a decline in governance integrity,” Lungu lamented.

“Those familiar with Article 72 of the Constitution will appreciate its significance. It’s crucial that we uphold the rule of law and democratic norms in our country,” he concluded.

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Statistics reveal over 600k Nigerians sought asylum abroad under ex-President Buhari

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A new report released by Statisense, a data collection organisation, has revealed that well over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the report released on Wednesday, a total of 664,384 Nigerians sought asylum in eight years, with 355,792 persons applying for asylum in foreign countries between 2016 and 2019, while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

“On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023,” the report said.

“The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

“In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023,” the report stated, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

“The organisation also stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

“Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis,” it said.

“Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.

“1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America,” the report added.

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Zambia’s Anti-Corruption Commission DG resigns amid public outcry over corrupt practices

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The Director-General of the Zambian Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Thom Shamakamba, has resigned from his position following public outcry over the state of corruption and corrupt officials in the country.

Chief Communications Specialist at the State House,
Clayson Hamasaka, who confirmed Shamakamba’s resignation in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, said President Hakainde Hichilema has accepted the resignation of the former D-G while wishing him well in his future endeavours.

“President Hakainde Hichilema has accepted the resignation of Mr. Thom Trevor Shamakamba from his office as Director-General of the Anti-Corruption Commission,” Hamasaka said.

“The President thanked Shamakamba for his service to the government and wished him well in his future endeavors,” he added.

Local media reports that an ACC Board Member and a lecturer at the University of Zambia (UNZA), Dr. Obrien Kaaba, had exposed deep-seated looting of the National Treasury involving State Chambers and allegedly facilitated by the ACC.

“State Chambers are at the forefront of looting the Treasury and are strong allies of corruption,” Dr. Kaaba had stated in a petition.

The lecturer also claimed that the ACC had been captured and unable to fight corruption in its current state.

“Judges are identified outside Lusaka to sign off corrupt settlements. The ACC DG threatened to sort me out and finish me for exposing corruption,” Kaaba alleged.

He noted that the strong anti-corruption fight Hichilema launched when he ascended to office had ebbed off and lost traction while “institutions charged with fighting corruption were merely massaging, bandaging and covering up corruption.”

The Executive Director of an advocacy group, Alliance for Community Action (ACA), Laura Miti, had also supported Dr. Kaaba’s observations and called for the sanitization of the ACC.

Miti urged the President to act on reports of Treasury looting involving state chambers with the support of the ACC.

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