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Zambia bans foreign registered vehicles on road

LUSAKA (Xinhua)-- Zambians have been banned from driving foreign registered vehicles as the southern African nation steps up measures to enhance security, the police said on Friday.

Esther Mwaata-Katongo, the police spokesperson said any vehicle with a foreign number plate and being driven by a Zambian without any justifiable reason will be punished.

The police have also banned the use of unregistered vehicles, she added. The police spokesperson said only unregistered vehicles on transit and accompanied by relevant documents will be allowed on the roads.

“We urge all citizens to comply and help the police in safeguarding peace and security of the country,” she said.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Zambia’s opposition to challenge gov’t decision to
block marijuana cultivation for medicinal purposes

LUSAKA (Xinhua) -- Zambia’s opposition Green Party said on Friday that it will be filing a law suit against the government following its decision to refuse to grant licenses to people who wanted to cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes.

In a ministerial statement issued in parliament in March this year, Minister of Home Affairs Steven Kampyongo had revealed that the law provides for the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

He, however said all those intending to venture into cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes needed to obtain licenses from the Ministry of Health.

But in a ministerial statement released in parliament on Thursday, Ministry of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the government had no intention of giving out any licenses to allow for the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes as the plant was harmful to human beings regardless of the means of consumption.

He said marijuana consists of more than 400 chemicals, including many toxic psychoactive chemicals and that it would be irresponsible to allow such toxic substances to be administered to Zambians.

But the Green Party, which has pledged to legalize marijuana if it formed government and had applied for a license to start cultivation of the plant for medicinal purposes, said it was shocked with the minister’s decision.

Peter Sinkamba, the party’s president said it was shocking that the minister could refuse to issue licenses for cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes when this was provided for in the country’s laws.

“As the Green Party, we are extremely disappointed that a minister can have the audacity to cherry-pick which laws to enforce and which laws to illogically ignore, even when duly advised by a fellow cabinet minister,” he said in a statement.

“We will therefore be filing a multi-billion dollar suit against government in the Constitutional Court next week,” he added.

The party, he said, will seek to establish the constitutionality of the minister’s behavior to cherry-pick which laws to abide by and which laws to impugn and also seek to establish whether it was constitutional for the minister to willfully deny Zambians a choice of medicines which are lawfully legislated.

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Bounty offered for arrests of people behind
destruction of Zambia public properties

LUSAKA (Xinhua) -- Police in Zambia on Monday announced a reward for the arrest of those behind destruction of key public properties.

Zambia has witnessed destruction to key public installations since the disputed general elections.

The latest destruction involves the destruction of electricity lines in Ndola city on the Coppetbelt Province which left 10,000 households in darkness.

This follows a similar incident in Kafue town last week when two electricity pylons were brought down.

Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo said the police were offering a reward of 300,000 Zambian Kwacha (about 32,500 U.S. dollars) to any person or persons with information that will lead to the apprehension and successful prosecution of criminals cutting or destroying electricity installations.

Kakoma Kanganja, the Inspector General of the Zambia Police said the police have received intelligence information that some criminal minded people were planning to delibertaley cause havoc by destroying or vandalizing vital installations such as bridges, power stations and transmission lines.

The police official warned that officers were on high alert and will arrest anyone plotting such evil.

“We have intensified our operations to ensure that all vital installations are safeguarded,” he said in a statement.

The police will also be mounting snap security check points in which vehicles will be randomly stopped and checked, he added.

On Sunday, Zambian President Edgar Lungu condemned the continued sabotage of public infrastructure and warned all those perpetrating the illegality that they will face the wrath of the law.

             

 

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