ZAMBIA has commended the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaposa for his ascension to the position of Chairperson of the African Union during the period of 2021.
Zambia has also congratulated President of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), His Excellency Felix Tshisekedi for being elected as Vice Chairperson of the African Union for the year,2020.
Speaking at the 33rd ordinary Summit for Heads of States and Government, Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Joseph Malanji, who is representing His Excellency President Edgar Lungu, said Zambia would closely work with South Africa to ensure that the continent achieved its aspirations of silencing the guns.
He said Mr. Ramaphosa has assumed the position of Chairmanship at a critical period when the African Union was implementing reforms to make it more member driven and a viable and robust organization.
Mr. Malanji also thanked the President of Egypt, His Excellency Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for his leadership displayed when he chaired the AU during the period of 2019.
And the Summit for the Heads of States officially opened yesterday with a commitment from Member States to silence the guns for Africa to enable the continent achieve its lofty development goals.
During the Official ceremony , South African President Cyril Ramaposa said it was important for Africa to ensure political and economic unity, good governance and peace through strengthened integration, industrialization , economic development , trade and investment.
And on the AfCFTA , the AU Chairperson emphasized the need to ensure that the continent did not become a dumping ground or for products with minimal African value addition to enter and penetrate the local markets under the guise of intercontinental integration.
And United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guteres said the UN supported the agenda of Silencing the Guns in Africa in Africa.
He said no meaningful development could be achieved in the continent in the absence of peace, stability and security.
He further applauded the launch and implementation of the CFTA saying it was an integral part of re-balancing global trade relations.
This is according to press statement issued by Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary (Press &Tourism) Zambia Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Zambia Security Intelligence Services (ZSIS) Director General dies
HH has no moral right to claim that he will fix the economy which he helped in destroying it, Bowman Lusambo says
LUSAKA Province Minister Bowman Lusambo says UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has no moral right to claim that he will fix the economy which he helped in destroying it.
Lusambo in a statement said it is disturbing that in his desperate attempt to enter State House, Hichilema has developed a high pomposity to lie about everything.
Lusambo said in morally upright societies, Hichilema would never have been given a chance to vie for public office because he has no moral and ethical standing to seek to serve the Zambian people.
He said Hichilema is complicit to the misery and poverty that have befallen millions of Zambian families because he participated in the privatization of key state assets.
And Lusambo alleged that the only thing that pushes Hichilema to continue to attempt to occupy State House is that he wants to finish looting of state resources.
“With all his riches, Mr Hichilema has to date failed to give an account of how he made his money. Each time he is asked a question about his source of wealth, his answer has always been education. Now we ask, how many other graduates in Zambia have made the same kind of money as Mr Hichilema? What is so special about him that he can amass so much money in so little time all because of his education?” Lusambo said.
” As long as he fails to account for his money, we will continue to tell the Zambian people that the man has long fingers and he should not be anywhere close to the public purse.”
Court hears that Dr Chilufya has earnings in excess of K 22 million
TRIAL in the case in which Health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya is charged with four counts of possession of properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime has finally commenced with an investigations officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission testifying that the minister’s earnings were in excess of K22 million.
Chipampe Chipili Manda, 34, an investigations officer at ACC told Lusaka chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale that Dr Chilufya who is charged with possession of different properties had in excess of K22 million as earnings from November 2013 to February 2020.
He said this was according to information obtained from National Assembly, Payroll Management and Establishment Control (PMEC) and Henry Courtyard Limited.
Manda said a team was instituted to investigate Dr Chilufya after a report bordering on allegations that he possessed properties in Zambia and Dubai which were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime was lodged by an unanimous source.
He said after he established that Dr Chilufya
possessed US$200,000 which was used to purchase 6,000 shares in Samfya Marines and Tourism Services Limited from Den Daas Investment Zambia, K270,000 cash which was used to purchase another 2,000 shares in Samfya Marines, Lot No. 365/366 also known as Spark Guest House situated in Mansa and a passenger boat also known as Transport 32 from Smart Own FZE of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, he endeavored to establish whether the accused had the financial capacity from his known legitimate income to acquire the stated properties in question and that he established that he was a health minister and also a member of parliament for Mansa Central.
Manda said the investigators requested for Dr Chilufya’s emoluments from National Assembly and PMEC.
He said ACC did receive documents detailing the payments which Dr Chilufya has received from November 2013 to February 2010 from National Assembly and PMEC.
Manda said further investigations revealed that Dr Chilufya had stake in various companies and was director and shareholder in Henry Courtyard Limited.
He named Dr Chilufya’s other companies as Henry Courtyard Construction and Hardware, Henry Courtyard Farms and Henry Courtyard Travels and Tours.
He said the minister was also a shareholder in Samfya Marines.
“Having looked at the earnings of the minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya from the information we obtained from the National Assembly, his earnings totalled over K7 million and for earnings related to documents collected from PMEC, earnings were slightly over K3 million.
Further, I assessed financial information, in this case, bank statements from Henry Courtyard Limited where honourable Dr Chitalu Chilufya is a shareholder and director, different bank statements were obtained and these banks are Zanaco, Cavmont Bank, Atlas Mara and Investrust Bank, which Henry Courtyard has accounts with,” he said.
Manda said Dr Chilufya’s Henry Courtyard was in excess of K12 million.
Hearing continues tomorrow.