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WWF Zambia Engages Youth for Wetlands Month 2017

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This year, in the lead up to World Wetlands month 2017, WWF Zambia launched an exciting and engaging competition via its Facebook page. The competition ran for a month, inviting young people to participate by posting to the page a photo of themselves holding a placard explaining what Wetlands mean to them. They were then required to encourage their friends to ‘like’ their photos. The top 10 most liked photos were selected as winners of the challenge.

The prize was a fun and educational visit to the Lochinvar National Park and the top 3 winners got the chance to go on a once in a life time aerial tour of the Kafue flats. WWF Zambia Head of Communications and Marketing, Mr. Eneya Phiri highlighted that the competition was aimed at cultivating interest and creating dialogue among young people in Zambia on the importance of wetlands to their communities. “The theme for this year’s World Wetlands Day was ‘Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction’.

“As WWF, we felt it was only appropriate to raise awareness amoung young people about wetlands and how they contribute to their communities, particularly in extreme weather conditions such as the floods we are facing now in parts of the Country” Mr. Phiri explained. Wetlands are areas where land is covered by water, either permanently or periodically that lead to the existence of unique ecosystems. Examples of Wetlands in Zambia include the Kafue Flats, Bangweulu Swamps and Barotse Floodplains.

These wetlands play a crucial role in the biological make-up of Zambia and offer many benefits to communities. The Kafue Flats for instance support high concentrations of the Kafue Lechwe—which are unique to Zambia—providing tourism opportunities unlike any other, anywhere else in the world.

The winners of the WWF Wetlands Day Facebook competition enjoyed an aerial tour of the Kafue Flats experiencing the true size and sheer beauty of the flats from the sky and in addition saw the human settlement areas in the Namalyo and Nyimba fishing villages that are situated within the flats. Mr. Phiri said the competition is part of WWF Zambia’s Young Conservation Trailblazers (YCT) initiative to promote young people become conservation champions and custodians of their natural environment.

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Man kills step son for urinating on his bed, police say

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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.

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RTSA saddened by the death of, Ngongwe Zimba, in a road traffic accident

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THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is saddened by the death of a motorist who died in a road traffic accident involving five (5) motor vehicles in Lusaka.

RTSA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Gladwell Banda, has conveyed a message of condolences to the bereaved family, describing the accident as tragic and unfortunate.

He the deceased, Ngongwe Zimba, driver of the BMW with registration mark ALR 5979 died on the spot following the road crash which occurred around 09:00 hours yesyerday at the intersection of Mungwe Road and New Outer Ring Road in Lusaka West.

Mr Banda said the road traffic crash involved a Volvo truck registration mark BCC 3511, a Sino Howo truck registration mark 9541, a BMW registration mark ALR 5979 driven by the deceased driver Mr Zimba, a Toyota Vitz registration mark 790 and a Toyota Hiace registration mark ALV 1360.

He said the Agency has instituted investigations to establish the cause of the road traffic crash to ensure that such incidences are mitigated.

This is in a statement issued by RTSA head of public relations Fredrick Mubanga.

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Police arrest Correctional officer of Mansa for attempted murder

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A 31-YEAR-OLD Correctional officer of Mansa has been arrested for attempted murder.

On April 9, 2021 at 19:30 hours, Frederick Chishimba shot at Pathias Bwale aged 19 whom he suspected of being a thief.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale confirmed the incident in a statement issued yesterday.

He said the incident occurred at Regional Correctional offices in Mansa, Luapula Province.

Mr Mwale said the victim sustained a bullet wound on his left foot.

“The suspect is in police custody awaiting court appearance,” Mr Mwale said.

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