Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila
Minister of Home Affairs Davis Mwila

YALI Governance Advisor Isaac Mwanza says it is clear that Home Affairs Minister Davis Mwila has been caught in the culture of not reading or not paying attention to very law that he is part of its enactment in Parliament when he proclaimed that prisoners must get ready to vote.

Mr Mwanza said the Minister’s statement is against the Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016 which the Hon Minister of Home Affairs was a part to in its enactment in the last sitting of Parliament.

He explained that prisoners will only be allowed to vote when the country manages to change the Bill of Rights through a referendum.

“Zambians must however prepare for a time when the provisions of the the Electoral Process Act forbidding prisoners to vote will become null and void if we manage to change the Bill of Rights which is being subjected to the Referendum alongside the 2016 elections.

“It is clear that the Minister of Home Affairs has been caught in the culture of not reading or not paying attention to the very law that he is part of its enactment in Parliament when he proclaimed that prisoners must get ready to vote when Section 47 (c) of the law is very clear that persons who are in lawful custody or whose freedom of movement is restricted cannot vote in an election,” he said.

Mr Mwanza further appealed to Zambians to vote yes in the referendum so as to enable prisoners vote and enjoy the benefits of the law.

“As a human rights defender, YALI however believes that Zambians must vote YES in the Referendum which will enable prisoners to vote and enjoy the benefits of the law.

“Article 30 of the Bill of Rights states that “all persons are equal before the law and have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law” while Article 34 (2) states that “a person who is held in custody retains that person’s rights and freedoms, except to the extent that a right or freedom is incompatible with being in custody”.

“When Zambians vote YES in the referendum, it will open the question on whether the prisoners right to voter is incompatible with being in a custody, a matter that can only be determined by the Constitutional Court,” he said.

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  1. That’s why you need an educated person as Minister. Home Affairs is a critical ministry that requires someone with immense analytical skills, someone who understands the law of the land. Sadly, Mwila as a school drop-out, does not possess these attributes. Mwila is not even fit to be a DC. Credit to Dr Chileshe Mulenga for clarifying the matter. I have no doubt that Mwila does not even consult his PS. That’s why I fully support the G12 clause.

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    • And when did this Chimp Davis Mwila last bathed..just look at him!…khikikikkki, but wait until Zambians shock you on 11 August, that they are happy with such depth of mediocrity to look after their lives, and their children’s children’s future…That’s why I denounced my Zambian citizenship…It’s a curse to be Zambian and allow Davis Mwila look after your home security..Tell me what can stop such a guy or Lungu himself from registering Malawians and Congolese to vote?

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    • Wealth creation is a science that we must start teaching in our schools. It took the richest man in Babylon to teach Babylonians the art of wealth creation. As a starting point, I would strongly advise anyone who wishes to prosper to seriously read this small book “The Richest Man in Babylon”. Take time to read Biographies of rich and successful people including GBM and HH. Your perception about rich people will change. You will see the bigger good side of them. These are the guys who have what it takes to move this country forward. You need to be an employer of not less than 500 people to understand how an economy functions. Our downfall as a country is we have been electing wrong chaps, poor chaps with no proof of how many people they look after as employees. We have a Golden…

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    • Kwena Umu guys uyu alifita… Afuma na mu kufita, aya na mu grey, apitilila napo,aya na mu silver shiny grey. Awe tatwalande sana.

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  2. Just by looking at him, he looks clueless…..hahahha. He’s high i can tell, i get high too.

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    • “For those that have not seen cluelessness in its physical form, just look at Essau Chulu and you would have seen it all,” Mr Kalale said.

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  3. He should not have wasted our time debating an issue un-intelligently brought before us. Newspapers have wasted ink and materials printing stories on this topic as a result of Mwila’s un-researched statements. Right now, he is also waiting my time posting this comment. Shaa!!!

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  4. What impresses me is that despite such a faux pas, he manages to sleep at night. He even has the audacity to “command” respect. As the late Augustine Lungu would say in one of the old Zambian Adverts “Like nothing ever happened”.

    Africa, we are a differently oriented breed.

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    • “For those that have not seen cluelessness in its physical form, just look at Essau Chulu and you would have seen it all,” Mr Kalale said.

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  5. HH will cry. He should not blame PF.

    GBM used fake qualifications. He will be disqualified and this becomes the end of the road for UPND 2016.

    Basically PF played a smart game and allowed HH to nail himself…

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  6. Some of our ministers were bad picks like this Davis who was appointed for his loyalty, because he sided with Lungu when Scott tried to impose him as SG of the party. Come August 15, new Cabinet with brilliant young minds who have Grade 12 schooling as a minimum.
    Sonta po!

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    • The Grade 12 requirement is very important because it guarantees that you have MPs who can debate actively and pass progressive laws. It guarantees you a brilliant Cabinet of ministers who can run the executive affairs of the nation.
      As a minimum, any serving politician must have schooled up to Grade 12 with passes in English and Maths.

      Trade certificates are not academic and do not meet this standard. If you take a carpenter from the market and appoint him minister or elect him as MP, you gain nothing and lose everything. Grade 12 is very important.
      A general certificate of education is what should be the bare minimum. This is what the people wanted. Remember these are the people running the Zambian Government on behalf of the Zambian people.

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    • I now understand why the citizens have lost faith in the Zambia Police and the PF leadership. There have been reports of thuggery and violence from ruling party and opposition camps, most of it happening in full view of the police. If this minister had been to Grade 12 there would be order in the country. It was under his watch and Kanganja’s watch that Zambia witnessed unprecedented riots earlier this year. There is also the reported story of a young female who was undressed by ruling party cadres in full view of the Republican Vice President and no action has been taken. If this story is true then this Home Affairs Minister should be humble enough to take blame. Recently a Post Newspaper journalist was beaten up at Levy Mwanawasa stadium. Now the prisoner voting scandal is a disgrace…

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    • This prisoner voting scandal exposes the high levels of illiteracy among these officials. Sata called them FO0LS! President Lungu has never fired a single minister for under-performance. He needs to show more leadership in these matters.

      To save the PF from being rejected in August, this Davis character should do an honorable thing and resign on moral grounds.
      PF let us prove to our people that we have principles. Davis has been a disgrace in these affairs.

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    • @Bupo with people like GBM as your Running mate, one shudders at the thought of who else will be in your Cabinet. Guy Scott, Lupando Mwape, Nevers Mumba, Sylvia Masebo, William Tekere, Edward Mumbi, Mulenga Sata, Bob Sichinga? UPND used to be a party of intellectuals.
      Only Nkombo is credible. The rest are hopeless and would be worse than the current PF ministers.

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    • Kudos, it’s possible to debate issues as you have done without incentives. At core, Zambians hate hooliganism. Anyone associating with such is condemned and punished via ballot as happened to RB.

      BUT to increase votes for my preferred team, stick.to insults so that team HH woes more votes.

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    • @Kudos: did you have your own moment of “on the road to Damascus”? As for UPND, I believe that many are called but few are chosen. Have you noticed how the “newcomer” characters you do not respect have been exemplarily quiet in UPND? William Banda has not bitten anybody’s ear in years. Leadership can make gentlemen out of bakaponya.

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    • Wonder why Zambians spend so much time arguing over negatives and trivial things. Yes education is important but should not be made to be a stumbling block. Leadership is about looking after and serving people. Wouldn’t it be helpful if we concentrated on how many employees one should have as a more practical criteria to qualify? I know a number of very wise and highly successful persons who could not complete school not because of dullness but poor socio-economic background or growing in an environment where no one talks about the importance of educatio. And yet these same people have employed more people than those who only have a G12, certificate, Diploma, Degree, Masters or PhD to their name. Be careful with the current crop of politicians who suggest things in bad Faith in order to…

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  7. Davis Mwila is a Kaponya. Who told anyone that this uneducated imbecile is minister material? I would be surprised if this man knows anything beyond literacy. He can probably read but I don’t know if he can understand anything. Ask people who knew him from Chingola. The bustard got that job because it’s a trend in Zambia to give even serious jobs to cadres who know nothing about what the job is all about. And you wonder why the country can’t develop. These people who get ministerial jobs are mostly clueless about what they need to do in their positions.

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  8. If you want to hide anything from Africans… put in in a book! We don’t read not even our own constitution which we made ourselves less than six months ago

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  9. Me I dint read the time table for filing in nominations now am late…..!

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  10. He is reading, but not the Constitution.

    Like Lungu he only knows how to read his bank statements to see how much stolen money he has managed to grab.

    23 MILLION KWACHA in 16 months for the drunkard in State House as per his declaration of assets at nomination. Can he do better than that?

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  11. @Kudos,
    You are a “born- again” today. Surprisingly, first contribution without mention of HH :-). Well, done.
    What you mentioned above makes sense, and unbiased. That is the way forward

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  12. Belo yalila ngilingili…!!!
    Corruption/Manipulation OUT …… Good Governance IN
    PF Panga Violence OUT ……… Police IN
    PF Cadres in Market/Station OUT…….Councils IN
    Tribalism / Nepotism OUT…… Ubuntu IN
    Road block/RATSA theft OUT……Road Safety IN
    Abuse of Office OUT ……… Accountability IN
    Hunger OUT ……. Household food security IN
    Discrimination OUT…… Respect for All Races/Tribes/Beliefs IN
    Inflation/Weak Kwacha OUT………Prudent Economic management IN
    Madala 65 years retirement age OUT….Youths Jobs IN
    Lack of medicine OUT……. Good Health IN
    Private property inversion OUT…… Respect for property IN
    University closures OUT…. Good education IN
    Lungu~RB~Siliya~Kaingu~PF OUT …… HH~GBM UPND IN

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  13. YALI makes a big difference from time it was formed. I am a real fun of YALI. It has revolutionalised civil society for real. When they want to partner with government for a good cause they do and when they want to criticise they don’t hold back. YALI should have come as early as 1991

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    • @sunday.Yali is one of Obama ;youth initiative.so its not possible fo the 1991.tho zed had similar Ngos but they became corrupt by allowing funding from politicians hence they compromised and are now non existence.

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  14. This is what we voted for within 90 days the chanted, GBM, MCS, Miles, Masebo, Scott, Kabimba, but we disliked RB so much we fell for the lies…WITHIN 90 DAYS! My foot! Now we are back to been lied to we thought we had a credible opposition awe bantu bamobene !…..August 11 takuli

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    • Last week YALI President Mr Ntewewe supported the prisoners to vote…Did he also not read the law…So there is also confusion in YALI…

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  15. Once upon a time, HH called Guy the most foolish muzungu he had ever come across. Do you not think that’s the reason why HH chose to use him for now and later damp him because of the same reason? HH, am sure can not and shall not fill up his cabinet positions with the run-away fellows. The only lucky one is GBM and thanks for his richness otherwise nga alobele ilyauma also.

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  16. You even wonder why the constitution is messed up. This is the caliber of ministers and MPs we have. A minister of home affairs who doesn’t know the country’s laws. He is just a cadre.

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  17. he is the most uselesse minstery who for 2 years is sitting on a case of my friend and doing nothing every time his lawers go and c him he has am excues of not haveing papers this friend of my has a reciden pirmet and they have taken and till to day not given back to him now he is trying to go to court but is wating for some time this is how this man is so how do expet us to bring in investors and peole like the friend of mine pf is a crook some one should look in to this befor it goes to un and zambia money stops

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  18. This is not Mwilas fault alone, the whole PF leadership were in on this plan to rig elections in prisons.
    Now they want it to look like poor reading culture, they are lying. It was a scheme in motion.

    The fall out from citizens made them backtrack.

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