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2 independent candidates change mind to contest Kabushi and Kwacha Parliamentary By-elections after dropping out



TWO Independent candidates who withdrew from taking part in the Kabushi and Kwacha Parliamentary By-elections on the Copperbelt which were slated to take place last month have re-engaged the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) so that they can be allowed to contest the polls.

Lawrence Kasonde and Afred Yombwe last month decided to drop out of contesting the Kabushi and Kwacha By-elections, two days before the election.

However, the two in separate letters have written to the Chief Electoral Officer at ECZ rescinding their decision.

According to Mr Kasonde’s letter, he has after consultations decided to contest the seat.

“With reference being made to my earlier letter dated September 13th, after various engagement with interested stakeholders and the commission and clarity on a number of reasons raised in the first letter, I write to you rescinding my resignation,” he said.

And Mr Yombwe said after reflection on his resignation, he has decided to rescind the decision.

“I have taken deeper reflection on the decision and I am happy to inform you that I have rescinded my earlier decision and I am now ready to participate fully as an independent candidate,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 7th October, 2022)

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Former Home Affairs Minister Steven Kampyongo and wife arrested for corruption involving property worth over K29 million
Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested former Minister of Home Affairs Steven Kampyongo and his wife Wanziya Chirwa for possession of property worth over K29 million suspected of being proceeds of crime.

The Shiwang’andu law maker 50, of House No. 31 Kudu Road. Kabulonga in Lusaka and his wife Wanziya 42, a civil servant working as a chief planner at the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Arts, have been arrested and charged for possession of properties valued at K29,552,513.00 suspected to be proceeds of crime.

ACC chief corporate affairs officer Timothy Moono said it is alleged that between 1st January 2012 and 30th September 2021, Kampyongo possessed property number Lus/38467 located off Twin Palm Road in Lusaka valued at K1, 600,000.00; and, property number Lus/24406 located off Lilayi Road Libala South valued at K860,000.

He said the former Minister also possess property number F/135/4301 and property number F/137/4301 both located in Eureka Park comprising of incomplete double storey house valued at K11,100,000 and property number KAF/Ln 59832/8 and KAF/59832/9 in Chifwema area valued at K1,600,000.

Mr Moono said details in the charges against Wanziya are that between 1st January 2012 and 30th September 2021 she possessed property number F/135/4301 and property number F/179/4301 located in Eureka Park off Kafue Road valued at K11,100,000 property number F/33/a/F/2470 and property number F/33/a/F/2471 located in Meanwood Ndeke Lusaka valued at K2,100,000.00.

He said Mrs Kampyonho also poss6property number F/609/E/77/A48 and property number F/609/E/77/A485 located in Foxdale Lusaka valued at K5,200,000,00; property number L/2131/m/a/2/cl/11 valued at K1,200,000.00 located in Ibex Hill Lusaka; and property number L/2131/M/A/2/CL/10 valued at K1,200,000.00 located in Ibex Hill Lusaka.

He said Mrs Kampyongo also possessed property number L/30168/m and property number L/30167/M located in Mikango Lusaka valued at K2,110,000.00.

“She further possessed K1,382,513.84 and K1,200,000.00 in two separate bank accounts held Indo Zambia Bank. The value of the above properties in possession of Wanziya exceed the verified sources of income.

Kampyongo and Wanziya have been released on bond and will appear in court soon,” Mr Moono said.

(Picture by Diamond TV)

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