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Musa Mwenya, Laura Miti and Fr Chikoya get presidential appointments

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President Hakainde Hichilema has appointed former Attorney General Musa Mwenye as Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission Board, subject to Parliamentary ratification.

President Hichilema has also appointed Dr Henry Mbushi and Dr O’brien Kaaba as Commissioners on the same Board.

And President Hichilema has appointed Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) general secretary Fr Emmanuel Chikoya, Alliance for Community Action (ACA) executive director Laura Miti and two others as Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission, while Dr Pamela Sambo will serve as the Vice-Chairperson.

According to a statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya, others who have also been appointed as commissioners of the Human Rights Commission are Mr. Tom Shamakamba, and Christine Chama.

Meanwhile, President Hichilema has with immediate effect renewed the tenure of Mr Mudford Mwandenga as Human Rights Commission Chairperson who will be deputized by newly appointed Dr Pamela Sambo.

And Bwalya said President Hichilema has not renewed the tenure for all the commissioners whose term of office ended in December 2021.

The Head of State said all the appointments are subject to ratification by the National Assembly.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Rewarding his cadre vuvuzelaz. Is this what he meant by appointment by merit? Very f00Iish liars. My president was right, there is a lot of hypocrisy in this failed government

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    • I have asked that question from Lungu’s time and no one answers. It looks like all our presidents are autocrats by nature so they enjoy making as many appointmets as possible.Our journalists and lawyers should expose our presidents because these appointments just give State House bully power. And our presidents like wielding power more than delivering on their promises. They don’t fit in with our desire for a democracy as citizens. A president’s appointments should end with cabinet but you see them appointing Permanent Secretaries, Commission board members, secretary to cabinet, Justice this and that please lets have only one Putin on earth. We cant afford tinpot wars.

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  2. When you don’t want real criticism you simply give those courageous big mouthed people food or jobs and they will all go quiet whilst siding you. Because they’re job seekers.
    Like we stood to criticize PF we shall criticise you too.
    One MONSTER dies another one comes ALIVE.

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  3. Why should the president be in charge of the Human Rights Commission appointments? It’s like asking the mosquito to be in charge of insecticide production.

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    • Thank you Deja Vu for nailing it. When HH was last locked up it was the President who jailed him so how was HH going to get the President’s appointed commission to investigate his torture? No ways. Authority is whom human rights victims are always complaining against we cant have authority appointing judges and investigators. Such commissions should be appointed by parliament and be answerable to no one with courts having review powers.

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  4. The appointment of Musa Mwenye to ACC is a sure RESURRECTION of a clique of persons that executed a well coordinated State CAPTURE during the eras of Presidents Mwanawasa and Sata. Other prominent members of this clique also included Mutembo Nchitu and M. Chona who milked Zambian tax payers money in a Project designed to prosecute late President Chiluba. Removal of Musa Mwenye and Nchitu by former President ECL frustrated this vicious clique that is bound to resurface to reinforce more falsehoods against ECL. Zambians are watching such clandestine developments with keen interest..

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  5. Kaizer, why dont you shut up. Others can talk. You, you have lost tge moral right to comment on such natters. We know how your president and government appointed people. Arent you the one who claimed to have made Lungu president when you got fired? You literally confessed that your appointment was not on merit but based on your patronage to lungu. Please sometimes, its getter to pretend to have some principles than try and sound smart when you arent. We havent forgotten.

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  6. Watchman there is a difference between a political appointment at state House as an advisor and a commissioner of what should be an independent commission to champion human rights. Are you that f00Iish to not see the difference? You criticised our government for following the constitution to make presidential appointments and claimed that th3 president has too many powers. Pf never criticised mmd for abiding by the constitution in its appointments. So how come now you want to make it seem OK for hh to do the things he complained about? Why hasn’t he amended the constitution? You are a f00I. Go sleep walema iwe

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  7. This is how to shut a barking dog throw him a juicy bone… former Attorney General Musa Mwenye is a big catch, remember how much noise Father Bwalya was making with his red cards and shirts only for Sata to appoint him on ZESCO board and the rest for history the man is finished now. I hope Constitutional Lawyer John Sangwa doesnt for into this trap…let the likes of Lura Miti go and hang themselves with excitement…really lauaghable.

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  8. It is not the President’s fault that he has to make all these appointments. It is in law of the land unfortunately. Let’s change the law. We are lucky we haven’t had a President like Sani Abacha, emperor Bokassa, Mobutu or Idi Amin. It is one reason why even well intentioned men that have gone to plot 1 end up with a messy record after their tenure. It is humanly not possible to make sound appointments of such a huge number of boards, commissions, authorities etc

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  9. Laura Miti’s effectiveness as a human rights defender reduced when the UPND won, she was a UPND supporter and will now stay quiet for the most part. Cannot compare her to persons who spoke objectively such as Sishuwa.
    Musa Mwenya, I suppose it remains to be seen how he will operate, we can only hope that ACC stops these arrests for the public, and that they extend their investigations to those in power such as the fertilizer scandal.
    This is why John Sangwa has refused to be appointed into government in order to make a meaningful contribution to the country.

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  10. When we said Laura Miti was a hired gun and therefore didn’t qualify to be referred to as an activist some people disagreed. Activists don’t get paid for what they do but Laura was being paid to gather people to picket Parley. It was a job. Even this appointment seems to her like a great achievement instead of a challenge considering the burden of responsibilities it carries. However, based on the philosophy that people reform I wish to congratulate her and all the other appointees. This applies to Musa Mwenye as well who stood by RB when he locked up Chansa Kabwela for bringing to his attention the desperate situation at UTH. We’ll watch his conduct closely because this is a public office. Congratulations to you all

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  11. How can an appointed person rule against
    The Appointing Authority?
    It will be difficult for them to be partial.

  12. What is wrong with these gallant men and women continuing serving their country from with appointments by the
    president ?????

    Looks like many of you would rather these gallant children of the soil be opposition figures to GRZ…………

    The happless , corrupt theiving brutal regime of lungu has made many of you be totally suspicious of any GRZ…………..

    Bally is not lungu………….

    Relax and let’s develop the country…………

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  13. Its clear the appointment of Musa Mwenya as Chairman for ACC has robbed us of an independent voice on many issues equally even the appointment of Laura Miti, Father Chikoya and others. Well Laura now will be dealing with issues of Human Rights. I am waiting to see where Maiko Zulu and Pilato will be appointed too. Its clear that those who talked on top of their voices during run up to the last general elections are being rewarded one by one whilst the sharp and brave bloggers who influenced the youths to come come out in their huge numbers to VOTE UPND Alliance and HH are being left to appointments. God’s time is the Best.

  14. I concur, lets calm down and lets develop the country. After all these appointments have been effected according toZambia statutes, we await sustainable and achievable strategy plans. We have to then follow through these stategies and see if these appointed officials are doing their jobs while in office not twiddling their thumbs.

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  15. Musa mwenye recycled but just appointed as a reward. Others may be fine. Hope Laura miti will not be quiet just because of this appointment.

  16. This seems to be venting space for bitter PF losers. Lab technician @ KZ 6 months certificate holder was appointed a presidential adviser and non of you would dare say a word about it.

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  17. We knew all along that this clique was of ba kandile. There you go, Laura Miti, Musa Mwenye. Ba Msoni ati shani apo?

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  18. @Bashi Chite there is no law of the land that gives the President power to directly appoint Permanent Secretaries. There is a law that gives the Civil Service Commission that power. Because noone has ever opposed this, Presidents take advantage to appoint their party cadres to these posts.

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