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New Dawn Government will not discriminate against anyone on Tribal lines in Application of the Rule of Law

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Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Jack Mwiimbu has stated that the new dawn government will not discriminate against anyone on tribal lines in the application of the rule of law.

He pointed out that the penal code cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia states that tribal discrimination is an offence and the new administration will apply the rule of law without fear or favor based on one’s tribal grounds.

Mr Mwiimbu said this in parliament when he delivered a Ministerial statement as instructed by the Speaker, Nelly Mutti following a point of order raised by Member of Parliament for Mporokoso Constituency, Brian Mundubile, on the arrest of three Patriotic Front Members of Parliament.

Mr Mwiimbu explained that Law enforcement agencies are applying the law professionally without any form of discrimination because offenders do not commit offences on behalf of their tribes.

‘’The fight against crime in any form will never be tribal and the law is not selective based on tribal grounds because all those who committed offences were not doing so on behalf of their tribe but were doing so out of their will,’’ he said.

Mr Mwiimbu explained that the PF Members of Parliament, Nickson Chilangwa for Kawambwa Constituency and Ronald Chitotela for Pambashe were arrested in connection with the incident that occurred at Mulioni Village in Kawambwa District in Luapula province.

He stated that the details of the offences are that on 12 August 2021 Kawambwa Police station received reports of Arson, Malicious danger to property, threatening violence, unlawful wounding and assault which occurred around 12:30 hours at Mulioni village in Kawambwa District of Luapula province.

‘’The Zambia Police Service rushed to the scene and found a white Muhidra motor vehicle registration number BAR 1722 a property the United Party for National Development (UPND) on fire and instituted a comprehensive investigation pertaining to the alleged criminal act,’’ said Mr Mwiimbu.

He stated that Consequently on November 2, 2021 the police in Kawambwa arrested seven suspects in connection with the mentioned cases among the seven suspects were two MPs namely, Chilangwa and Chitotela.

‘’The two suspects have been charged with cases namely Arson, Malicious Damage to property Threatening Violence, unlawfully wounding and Assault occasion actual bodily harm,’’ said Mr Mwiimbu.

He disclosed that the Suspects have since been released on police bond and will appear in court soon.

‘’In the case of Kalalwe Mukosa MP for Chinsali Central Constituency, brief facts are that on 10th June,2021 during the campaign period Chinsali police station received a report of assault occasioning actual bodily harm which occurred at Chinsali police administration office,’’ said Mr Mwiimbu.

He revealed that the four suspects were released on police bond and have since appeared in Chinsali subordinate court for plea and the case was adjourned to 29 November 2021. For commencement of trial.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Tribal prosecution….if you’re Northerner or Easterner not the right time to commit crime and he knows it and everyone knows it…..

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  2. Edgar Lungu’s appointments were mostly from the Northern and Eastern parts of the country. So why should it surprise someone today that arrests are from those parts of the country? Zambians why do we start debating something that is obvious?

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  3. UPND have you realized that you are doing more talking than working, wake up please and start to do what people voted you for.

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  4. OMG DO WE HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE PF PUPPETS BLEETING FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS
    SURELY AT SOME POINT THEY WILL REALISE TIME IS UP FOR THEM

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  5. @ Saulosi. There is no right time to commit a crime whether under PF or UPND. This type of thinking is what is taking us backward. Be objective my brother and search your soul and your relationship with God. You will realise that Tribalism is so EVIL and benefits nobody.

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  6. Arrests and presecutions are taking too long…………

    There is documented evidence and witnesses to the violence and GBH spree PF inflicted on Zambians………

    The streets need results, that is why the majority voted out PF……….

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  7. Firstly, the fact that the police arrested and charged those 7 men, it means the police is working. The police is working under the NEW UPND government, so UPND is working NOT just talking.
    Secondly, part of working is catching up on these SUSPECTS, bringing them to court. The courts of law will determine the truth. That’s the Zambia that we want.
    Thirdly, Yes, the cligue of th.ieves in the LUNGU` era was dominated by Northerners and Easterners, so it’s a no-brainer if majority of those arrested are from those areas. Lets CLEAN UP the mess and SHOW Kambwili and his PF fans, that hatred along tribal lines has NO place in ZAMBIA. EVEN if by chance he became the President, lets make it difficult for such cliques of tribalist.

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  8. If you arrest and prosecute those who killed Jackson Kungo on voting day 12th August 2021, then i will agree with you Minister. Not this Remmy Kachoba arrests of Chitotela and others, they smell tribal.

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  9. I is a Easterner and I wants all an Easterners which committed crimes to be arrested and tried in courts as soon as possible, but if you look very nearly, you will find that the thiefs from Eastern are speak Bemba. Bemba is the language of thiefs. Look at Lungu. He talks very good Bemba. He must be a thief.

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  10. These arrests are not related to the corruption we have been hearing about, they are arresting them for cases not related to the plunder of resources but for fighting and using firearms and beating people are these the expected arrests people are looking for!
    This government must revisit it’s focus on their goal so far no one of the said thieves has been arrested how long will it take to find facts for cases to be processed .
    You must imprison them because they have cases to answer.
    But don’t forget that there are other much bigger cases of resources plunder that was done during privatization and that the plunders are still alive and at large most of them in this government.

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  11. THERE IS SOCIAL DISTANCE BETWEEN WHAT THE NEW DAWN IS SAYING AND WHAT IT IS DOING. WHEN THEY TELL YOU THAT THIS BLUE, IT IS ACTUALLY RED WHEN YOU LOOK CLOSELY. WHAT JACK IS SAYING IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT IN HIS HEART AND ON THE GROUND.

  12. No point spouting the law to us – when you apply it arbitrarily anyway; dependant on the law enforcers mood, or targeted person’s standing in society. It’s a joke!

    #plant a tree now!

  13. No matter what tribe or status the law must be equal for all. If you accept a bribe from a poor person you should also accept the same amount from a rich person not changing price just because he has money.

  14. The only question we have Mr minister is no one of those guys has been arrested for the plunder of resources and it remains a mystery to us Zambians.
    I am just wondering if this is how they arrest politician thieves by going around circles, with Musonda there was no problem it was as easy as drinking water.
    How can we trust that you are doing the right thing!

  15. This tribal war that upnd has started will explode in their faces very soon.
    When you start oppression based on tribe, people react and no one wins. Surely, how can corruption be based on ones tribe?
    Develop the country and citizens will support you, that’s all. Not this merry go round that we are being treated to.

  16. What about freedom of Association? Is it not A BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS?? Hundreds plus qualified Zambians have been fired by the NEW
    RULERS for simply belonging OR supporting PF Party. WHERE IS THE FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION Later alone much publicised RULE OF LAW.
    Ba so called HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISION OF ZAMBIA what’s your stance on this.
    Mind you those fired and being fired are Zambians and have families, and you can imagine the trauma the families are going through that for a BREAD WINNER to simply BELONG to a non-ruling Party then you have to lose your job. THE ONE ZAMBIA ONE NATION MOTTO is not just about TRIBE but it encompasses Gender, Colour, Creed, Race etc. including FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

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