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.
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.
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
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
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
“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.
Bounty offered for arrests of
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
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.
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.