Tuesday, June 25, 2024

A Presidential Perspective On Mumbi Phiri’s Incarceration

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By Sean Tembo – PeP President

1. In his commentary when he featured on a Hot FM radio program yesterday, President Hakainde Hichilema stated that the reason Mumbi Phiri was arrested and charged with murder is because she issued a statement that she was present when the alleged victim; Lawrence Banda was shot. And also that she said Lawrence Banda was shot because he had tried to grab a hand bag.

2. Well, if what the President said is the only evidence which the State has against Mumbi Phiri, then why was she arrested and charged with murder? Because at the most, her alleged statement makes her a witness to the alleged crime, and not an accessory or a perpetrator.

3. President Hakainde Hichilema went on to say that Mumbi Phiri should have been arrested way before the UPND ascended to power, because she had admitted to being present when Lawrence Banda was shot. Is the President now telling us that merely being present when an alleged murder is taking place makes one a murderer too?

4. Additionally, you could see the amount of disdain in the President’s eyes when he spoke about Mumbi Phiri, which shows that he personally hates Mumbi Phiri with a passion. Suffice to mention that such apparent deep-rooted hatred by a person who wields so much power as a Republican President, against an ordinary citizen, is extremely dangerous. The President has so many avenues available to inflict pain and suffering on Mumbi Phiri, in furtherance of his hate for her.

5. Evidently, President Hakainde Hichilema decided to use his powers to cloth Mumbi Phiri with a murder charge based on very flimsy grounds, going by the evidence adduced by the President himself yesterday on Hot FM radio. It appears that the President then went on to directly or indirectly ensure that Mumbi Phiri is not taken for trial any time soon, so that she can suffer in prison as much as possible, before the courts acquit her.

6. Indeed, if the only evidence which the State has against Mumbi Phiri is what President Hakainde Hichilema stated on radio yesterday, then there is no doubt that when Mumbi Phiri is finally taken for trial, she will be acquitted. Or in order to save face, the State will enter a nolle prosequi against her. However, even when that happens, Hakainde Hichilema will still be a happy man because he would have already inflicted adequate extra-judicial punishment on Mumbi Phiri, by incarcerating her without trial for close to a year.

7. It is a shame that instead of using the power that was bestowed on him by the people of Zambia on 12th August 2021, to improve the people’s welfare, President Hakainde Hichilema is using his presidential powers to fight petty battles against his perceived enemies. Instead of pursuing development, he is pursuing vengeance. But for how long will the people of Zambia feed on Hakainde’s persecution of his opponents, given that there is a lot of hunger and growing anger among the masses due to lack of employment and increasing cost of living? Only time will tell.

35 COMMENTS

  1. So madam mumbi phiri she is a witness who is locked up in same jail walls, same one please explain same thing to me. when did it became a crime to be a witness? or they is more to the case which they are not telling us.

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    • In Zambian law, a witness doesn’t have to be detained without bond. It’s either a bailable offence or the prosecution informs you it will need you when the case starts. The detention is surely out of hatred not legal facts. Anyone can see this arrest was planned by Kajoba and HH.

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    • Zelensky…
      This is the first time a witness has been detained…. unless one becomes a hostile witness, they cannot be treated like the accused. Anyway in ZAMBIA one’s political party is never wrong.

  2. This Sean Tembo is a mad person, I have never seen a politician with so much envy and jealousy his wife must be ashamed to her partner. He is a crazy man who feeds on leftovers from the PF high table.

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  3. Sean is a very wise man. I keep saying that sean has a higher IQ and more wisdom than ka HH. Hh just became rich after undervaluing state resiurces and then today he wants to claim he is special. Fuseke hh

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    • Ba Kaizar you and your PF are History. This Mumbi Phiri is the one who made a statement that lawrence was shot because he wanted to grab a hand bag. Whose hand bag? if it was mumbi phiri’s hand bag that was grabbed, then she is the one who shot and killed lawrence. In fact she has not publicly mentioned the person who fired the gun. That only leaves her as the prime suspect. Sean and Kaizer mulifikopo fye… you can no think objectively without political frustration undermining your judgement.

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    • The above f00l says ” if it was mumbi phiri’s hand bag that was grabbed, then she is the one who shot and killed lawrence”

      That my friends is what the upnd are basing their case on. I thought you upnd were intelligent but it seems you are just empty noisy tins

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    • The empty tin cannot comprehend the underlying implications of Mumbi phiri’s statement that Lawrence was shot for trying to grab a hand bag. This is the point. Whoever’s bag was grabbed tried to act in ‘self-defense’. This is what Mumbi was precisely saying. Learn to read in between lines… we chikopo we.

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    • According to the African upnd bab00n above, the new test for criminal liability= being a a victim of theft. Ala you are a red buttock orangutan. You are dumber than I thought. This is what happens when people think using their tribe and party loyalty.

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  4. YOU ARE VERY OR RATHER EXTREMELY DULL AS THE AUTHER. IS THE PRESIDENT THE COURT?. HE SIMPLY REFFERED TO AN INCIDENT IN HIS ANSWER TO A QUESTION FROM THE HOSTS. IF MUMBI WAS PRESENT WHY DID WE NOT KNOW THE SHOOTER AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME? AT LEAST THE SHOOTER SHOULD HAVE COME OUT TO SAY I SHOT THE GUY BECAUSE HE TRIED TO STEAL A BAG OR IN SELF DEFENCE ETC. BUT NO THE MATTER SIMPLY WENT QUIET BUT SHE WAS THERE, NO INVESTIGATION AND NO EQUIRY. INNOCENT BLOOD HAS A WAY OF CRYING OUT FOR JUSTICE AND NOW IS THAT TIME. MAY ALL PF ROT IN HELL

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  5. Zambian politicans are the most selfish individuals. They are the only ones accoded state funerals, named after state buildings ,tollgates,schools and police stations. Now they are offering solidarity to themsives to escaoe justice. It would have been better for Sean Tembo to get the reasons why Mumbi Phiri had still not seen her day in court and use those very reasons to advance the cause of ordinary citizens who are in worse situations than her . I bet if we allow politicians an extra space, they will soon be above the law. Sean Tembo is advocating for anarchy. Please accept that Lawrence Banda was murdered and he deserves justice.

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  6. She is suspected of shielding the murder suspect. To protect the murder suspect, President decided to have the killer be close to him as a personal barber. Mumbai’ crime is obstructing the course of justice. She knew who the killer was but did not report to the police. Possibly lied to protect the killers identity.

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  7. “….Additionally, you could see the amount of disdain in the President’s eyes when he spoke about Mumbi Phiri, which shows that he personally hates Mumbi Phiri with a passion…..”

    Apart from being a politician with almost zero followers……….

    Looks like Sean tembo is also a psychologist and can read read people’s expressions………….???

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  8. I am UPND but will never be in support of keeping people in jail without trial this long. Somebody in government and the President himself should have queried this incarceration and many others of the same. We voted for change and this can not continue, this can not be justified on any day, Minister of Justice was even saying the long incarceration is justifiable because there is a queue, instead of correcting the queue is which is deliberately not moving for many years because of inertia. Let us starting working for the people of Zambia, we were given the mandate. CDF we talk about daily wont solve this

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    • Did you really listen to what the president said regarding this matter or are you just getting things from Sean? He actually addressed the long incarceration issue and spoke about what they are doing about it.

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    • @Makunku. Is he the law? If the law says she stays there forever she stays but if law says she shouldn’t exceed a certain time there, she should be set free. But because most of you don’t see the two sides of the coin it’s okay for Mr Hakainde to comment on the matter in any way he wants. If he was not part to this unfortunate case he should have refused to comment.

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  9. Mumbi phiri was untouchable during her time with PF, so that’s what she believed in. She is party to a murder and she will pay for it, what if the deceased was your bother or sister, would any of you be all saying what you are here.
    Wake up and grow up.
    KZ is the most fake person on this forum, fake UK PF maggot with a small D1CK

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    • If the deceased was my relative I would love the police to investigate professionally and arrest culprits without political interference. Can’t you see how amateur these cops are? Up to now they can’t tell us they have arrested the prime suspect! They arrest a witness before concluding investigations so what case will they present before the courts?

    • Your f00lish mother did not say it was small. Go hang yourself you retarded angry cadre. You are in power and yet still sad and angry. Hahahaha eff off

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  10. She could be a flight risk. Even after attending court, she could still end up in a holding cell.

    • I see the reason you wanted to get it government is to hit back and not to bring decency to the country. Your president said explicitly that Mumbi is a witness to the murder so since when did we start detaining witnesses. The only crime she’s committed is to be an overzealous PF cadre… not different from you.

    • Big man you did not read/see my comment above.
      “She is suspected of shielding the murder suspect. To protect the murder suspect, President decided to have the killer be close to him as a personal barber. Mumbai’ crime is obstructing the course of justice. She knew who the killer was but did not report to the police. Possibly lied to protect the killers identity.”

  11. Mumbi phiri is more than a witness…….

    She instructed the barber man to pull the trigger………….

    The president does not know about the whole case………..

    The president does not interfere in police work……….

    • Yes sir @Spaka. “She knew who the killer was but did not report to the police. Possibly lied to protect the killers identity.” Thats a crime.

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