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The AU Summit commends President Edgar Lungu for championing the fight against child marriage

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THE 33rd African Union Heads of State Summit has commended President Edgar Lungu for his commitment and continued efforts to the fight against child marriage.

The Assembly of the Union in its Decisions, Declarations and Resolutions adooted by the Assembly, they recognized the role that President Lungu has played on the continent since assuming the role of AU Champion in ending child marriages.

The Assembly also committed to keeping the topic of child marriages on its agenda until the vice was eliminated.

The African Union also reaffirmed the Assembly’s commitment to the AU Campaign on Ending Child Marriages.

The Assembly also committed to keep the fight and campaigns against child marriages at national, regional and continental level.

The AU further requested Member States to report regularly to the AUC on progress made towards implementation of policies on ending child marriage.

In his Report to summit on the progress Africa has made towards ending child marriages , President Lungu said 29 Member States out of the 55 had launched Ending Child marriage campaigns within their communities .

The President encouraged other Member States who had not launched the campaign to do so through community mobilization and to take ownership and accountability to end child marriage.

President Lungu also reiterated his call for Member States to ensure that harmful practices such as child marriages and female genital mutilation were eliminated from the Continent.

He said the elimination of harmful practices could be achieved through stakeholder involvement that includes among others, religious and traditional leaders, youth and the civil society organizations.

President also said despite the numerous achievements the campaign had attained, ending child marriage was an uphill battle that required a collective effort.

He said there was need to focus on also focus on the high levels of teen pregnancies and the need to ensure that adolescents had access to sexual and reproductive health services.

The President disclosed that the 3rd African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriages will be held in June 2020 alongside The Day of the African Child.

The event is expected to address themes on zero tolerance on gender-based violence, including the campaign’s hashtag on “enough with the silence,” which focuses on girls that have experienced trauma in conflict and humanitarian situations as well as girls with disabilities.

President Lungu said this in a report presented for him by Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Christopher Yaluma during the 33rd Ordinary Session for Heads of States and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Summit that was held under the theme Silencing the Guns has officially closed.

This is according to press statement issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary-Press& Tourism at the Zambian Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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ACC arrests Former Senanga Subordinate Court Magistrate for corrupt practices involving K1,200

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FORMER Senanga Subordinate Court Magistrate Chama Mutambalilo has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for corrupt practices involving K1, 200.

Mutambalilo aged 50, of Kamwala South in Lusaka was charged with one count of Obtaining Money by False Pretences and is scheduled to appear in court soon.

ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono has told Mwebantu in a statement that the suspect on dates unknown but between 1st October 2016 and 31st December 2016 whilst working as a Magistrate at Senanga Subordinate Court in Senanga District of the Western Province obtained K1,200 from known persons purporting that the said money was required as logistical support for him to undertake a Court scene visit when in fact not.

And Moono said the suspect has since been released on Bond and will appear in court soon

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Lingiwe Sibanda: Helping Farmers Integrate Agriculture and Nutrition 

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“WHAT’S gets me up in the morning is having that picture of a five-year-old child who has been malnourished at some point, but because of my teaching, or whatever it is that we have shared with them, is getting better and stronger day by day and that pushes me to keep going and doing my job,”  says First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi Foundation community nutrition assistant, Lingiwe Sibanda, a woman on a mission to help local farmers integrate nutrition for sustained improvements in food consumption and improved nutrition at the household level.

“The highlight of my time here so far has been seeing the smiles on the faces of the women we meet in the communities when we go to tell them about the importance of good nutrition. And it is the fulfilment that I get when I know that someone’s life has changed in one way or the other after talking to them.”

She said that the mining firm believes that improving nutrition should be at the centre of all agricultural programmes and policies while promoting current and well-designed nutrition education in the agriculture sector.

“We are teaching farmers some of the health benefits of consuming the food they grow. And in 2019, the Foundation surveyed to establish community needs that showed stunting levels among children below the age of five were high.

“The survey gave us a direction to take considering what to address where these communities are concerned. Our major aim is dealing with stunting, which is as a result of improper feeding of children,” Sibanda continued.

She finds that one of the major challenges that come with the job is the attitude of some community members, who find it hard to believe that beans have as much protein as meat.

“But I think change is a process, and we have to be persistent; we have to continue doing it until someone, somewhere understands the importance of growing healthy foods. But I think we are getting there, one day at a time.”

“Whatever they are growing at the moment is healthy, and we are encouraging them to consume what they are growing. And we are encouraging them to grow vegetables as well. We want to see a situation where each house at least has a kitchen garden, and this kitchen garden should include green leafy vegetables, diverse types of crops especially the vitamin-A rich crops like the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, the orange. And we are encouraging them to consume more of the food they grow,” she narrated.

It was her passion for nutrition that and the desire to see healthy children, that led her to apply for the position of community nutrition assistant when the mining firm advertised the position.

“In 2018, in September I joined FQM’s Kansanshi Foundation under the Nutrition Programme as a community nutrition assistant. And it was my love for children that has led me here today. Seeing a child who is not well or malnourished breaks my heart. And when I was told that I can work in this department as somebody who goes round in the communities teaching mothers how they can feed their children better, I was excited, I looked forward and without hesitation, I took the job.”

At only 26 years of age, Ms Sibanda has become a household name in communities surrounding FQM’s Kansanshi Mine in Solwezi District of North-Western Province.

“I was born in 1994 in Sinazongwe in Southern Province, and my parents are both teachers. I did my primary education at Batoka Basic School in Southern Province, before later going to do my secondary education at Matauka High School in Senganga District of Western Province.”

After completing high school, she did a diploma in social work at NIPA from 2011 to 2013. She then joined Habitat for Humanity, which looks at poverty eradication and housing where she worked as a data entry clerk for three years.

”In her free time, she studies; she is a second-year student at Cavendish University studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

“If I were to describe myself in three words I would say I am enthusiastic, goal-oriented and hardworking. And in the next five to ten years, I see myself as a successful farmer, growing healthy food, feeding my fellow community members. As long as our communities are well-fed, as long as our communities are given healthy food, I am ok with that.” she concluded.

One reason she has created a good relationship with the community members is good work ethics, she added.

“Part of my ethics is going that extra mile to ensure my work in the communities is done and I have gotten through to the people in ensuring they live healthier lives. And working with multinationals has also helped me a lot. I get a lot of mentorship from my supervisor, which has opened my mind to a lot of ideas and how to do things.”

Source:  LANGMEAD & BAKER

 

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Seven family members killed in house fire, police say

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SEVEN (07) members of the same family in Chongwe have been burnt to death after the house in which they were sleeping in caught fire.

The inferno happened yesterday around 20:00 hours at Shisholeka village, Chief Nkomensha in Chongwe District.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed the development to Mwebantu in a statement and said the deceased have been identified as  Misheck Njovu five (05) years, Maggie Matibenga aged six (06) years, Emeldah Moro aged four (04) years,  Marvin’s Moyo aged three (03) years, Rebecca Matibenga aged three (03) years,  Amon Matibenga aged one (01) year two months, and Harriet Matibenga all of the same family.
Katongo said Lawrence Muzolewa, 43 years who is the owner of the house and Gift Matibenga aged 12 years who were also in the house at the time of the inferno  survived with burns on their faces, hands and legs.
And Katongo said the owner of the house is admitted to Chongwe District Hospital  while  Gift is in Levy  Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital.
And Katongo said it is believed that the fire started when Lawrence was pouring Petrol in a container which later  spilled on a brazier and engulfed the house.
She said the bodies of the deceased are in Chongwe District Hospital mortuary awaiting post-moterm.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

07 Aug 2020, 2:39 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

7,486 Total Cases
200 Deaths
6,264 Recovered

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