President Edgar Lungu on his first day of Israel trip held bilateral talks with President Reuven Rivlin.
The Head of State who is on a five-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met President Rivlin at 09:45 hours this morning.
President Lungu says Zambia looks forward to the amicable solution over the security challenges facing Israel.
He says Zambia draws inspiration from Israel hence the need to put the house of Israel in order as it plays a key role in the global economy.
The Head of State says Zambia is looking forward to working with Israel in many spheres as for the benefit of Zambians.
He says the Zambian Government will dialogue with Israel and Palestine for them to get a win – win solution.
And Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says all Jews have a warm feeling towards Zambians as they contributed effectively to the independence of Zambia.
President Rivlin says Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) was one of the first Countries in Africa to receive Jews when they hunted down during the Second World War
He says Zambia harbored the Jewish people in Livingstone and Ndola resulting in setting up a Jewish Museum.
President Rivlin says Zambia is growing rapidly, a move that has excited the Government of Israel.
He says the Government of Israel is happy with Zambia’s stance on the need to fight terrorism.
President Rivlin says terrorism should not be tolerated as it is affecting the Middle East and other parts of the world.
He says Israel is happy with the many Zambians that are seeking educational needs from his Country.
President Rivlin says Israel is keen to see peace and harmony in his Country and the Middle East in general.
He says Israel sees Zambia as a symbol for cooperation with Africa.
During the official visit, President Lungu is also expected to officiate at a business forum organized by the Israeli and Zambian Chambers of Commerce and Industry- ZACCI which would focus on investment opportunities within the two countries.
The Head of State is further accompanied by a business delegation in order to accord an opportunity to the private sector representatives of both countries to interact and forge business partnerships.
The visit is further expected to provide Mr Lungu and his delegation an important opportunity to market the numerous business opportunities that Zambia has to offer with the view to attract Israeli investment into Zambia.
President Lungu will also interact with Zambians living in Israel.
Man kills step son for urinating on his bed, police say
TWENTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD of Kasama has allegedly murdered his two-year-old step son after he urinated on his bed.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale has told Mwebantu in a statement that Kabwe Boma 27 of Malaya village in Mungwi district allegedly murdered Able Mulenga.
Mr Mwale said the incident occurred on April 15 at around 10:00 hours in Mungwi district.
He said initial investigations revealed that the deceased had urinated on his bed and Boma wanted to discipline him.
Mr Mwale said the child suffered suspected internal injuries as kicks are alleged to have been used in the act.
“The body of the deceased has since been deposited in Kasama General Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem and burial,” he said.
Mr Mwale said a manhunt for the suspect has been launched.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front cadre, Charles Kakula has been charged and arrested with the subject offences of Criminal Trespass.
Mr Mwale said Kakula has further been slapped with Threatening Violence contrary to section 90(a) of the Penal Code of the laws of Zambia.
Church politicians must collaborate, says President Edgar Lungu
PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has continued meeting various church leaders to strengthen relations between Government and the Church and yesterday met the Lusaka Association of Zambian Diocesan Clergy at State House.
President Lungu urged the Church to continue preaching peace and praying for all political players, as the country heads to the general elections on 12th August, 2021.
The President emphasised the need for the Church to preach peace to all political players and that all stakeholders must embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“It is peace that we should share throughout this season. Let us continue collaborating with the Church and the politicians, and let no one put this collaboration asunder, ” the President said.
The President called on the Church to offer constructive criticism to Government and compliment Government where it has done well.
And Association President Father Gabriel Mwanamwalye said one of the mandates Jesus Christ gave to the Clergy is to preach peace.
Father Mwanamwalye encouraged the President and other political leaders to promote peace among political party supporters. He appealed to Zambians to embrace peace in this election year and regard peace as a commodity which should be guarded.
Father Mwanamwalye appealed to eligible voters to participate in the forthcoming elections.
“As priests we will not embrace partisan politics because the people in church support different political parties, ” he stated, adding, “Peace must be preached before, during and after the general elections to avoid bloodshed. We ask all leaders to restrain their cadres as this is time to promote peace and coexistence. Ours is a nation of One Zambia One Nation and we are one regardless of where we come from. “
Also in attendance were Presidential Affairs Minister Hon. Freedom Sikazwe, and
National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister, Hon. Godfredah Sumaili. Father Mwanamwalye was accompanied by Father Joseph Sakala and Father Bryson
This is according to press statement issued by Issac Chipampe, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations.