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The suspension of Lusaka and Kitwe City Councils is unconstitutional and should be reversed, Chapter One Foundation says

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CHAPTER One Foundation says the decision by Local Government Minister Charles Banda to suspend Lusaka and Kitwe City Councils is unconstitutional and should be reversed immediately.

In a statement, Chapter one argued that the constitution clearly states that the national government and the provincial administration shall not interfere with or compromise a local authority’s ability or right to perform its functions.

“Chapter One Foundation strongly urges the Minister of Local Government to revise his decision to suspend the functions of the two Councils in order to ensure his actions do not continue to run contrary to the requirements of the constitution,” Chapter one said.

Chapter One also called on the State to review the provisions in the Local Government Act as well as other legislation containing provisions that directly depart from the requirements of the Constitution to ensure that all leaders and citizens alike, continue to uphold our constitutional values and responsibilities at all levels of society.

“Sections 56 and 57 of the Local Government Act are in direct conflict with provisions contained in the Constitution, specifically Article 152 (2) and thus the Minister’s decision is unconstitutional and should be reversed immediately,” said Chapter One.

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Let us work hard, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, observe the health guidelines, President Edgar Lungu says

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says citizens, including those working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, must work hard so that the country’s economy is not negatively impacted.
The President cautioned that “working from home” is different from  “staying at home”, and, therefore, citizens working from home must use the available ICT tools and work hard rather than deciding to abandon work.
He said from last year’s experience, many citizens who were asked to work from home decided to stay at home and abandoned work.
The President said abandoning work when allowed to work from home will not just negatively affect productivity but will impact, negatively, the country’s economy.
“Whether you are in informal or formal sector and you have been made to work from home, work the way you would work at your place of work apply seriousness for what you do despite operating from home.
“Those who are positive with covid-19 but are asymptomatic or are showing little symptoms must equally work hard from home and must not abandon the work they do. Do your normal chores, while observing the recommended health guidelines,” the President says.
And the President has encouraged people engaged in farming to ensure they visit their farms regularly, despite the surging cases of ,COVID-19, so that the country continues to do well in food production and security.
He said like all citizens, farmers need to observe the COVID-19 health guidelines of wearing masks, social distancing, hand sanitising, and steaming
among others, but should not abandon their fields.
President Lungu said he visited a farm recently where owners had not been to their field in fear of the COVID-19 pandemic and in their absence army worms attacked their produce.
The President adds that the World Bank’s Enabling Business of Agriculture 2019 (EBA19) Report, launched last Thursday, places Zambia third in Sub Saharan Africa, among the top countries that are encouraging the private sector to invest in agriculture.
“My government has done very well in regulations relating to speedy supply of seeds, registering fertilisers, securing water, sustaining livestock and accessing finance, among other thematic successes, and hence scoring 63.73 from a possible 100, which is way above the regional average,” the President says.
The President adds, “Therefore, this is a big score by Zambia as we are only behind South Africa and Kenya in Sub-Saharan Africa, and this is because of administration’s performance in Agriculture.
We can only push ourselves to be the best, but if we renege because of covid-19, agriculture production will drop and the consequences on the economy and our people will be dire,” he said.
The President adds, “, therefore, want to encourage all households to work hard amidst the covicd-19 pandemic and engage in some farming activity so that we end hunger and create capital for ourselves from the surplus that we  Produce.
This is according to a statement issued by special assistant to the President for press and public relations Isaac Chipampe.

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President Edgar Lungu adjusts school reopening to Monday, 1st February, 2021

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has extended the reopening of schools by another two weeks.
And President Lungu has directed the Ministry of General, and Higher Education to be on top of things and ensure that all schools are ready for reopening on Monday 1st February 2021.
He said resumption of learning will depend on how each learning institution is ready.
He urged all schools to use the two weeks to adequately prepare for the reopening of schools.

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Africans should learn more about Africa, President Edgar Lungu says

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called for big African economies to take the lead in ensuring increased trade among African countries.
He said Africans should cooperate not only economically but culturally.
Speaking during a farewell meeting with outgoing Egyptian ambassador to Zambia, Ahmed Mostafa at State House yesterday morning, President Lungu said cooperation between Zambia and Egypt in agriculture is remarkable.
“Egypt has done well in agriculture despite largely depending on the Nile River for water supply. This week I talked about water harvesting, and Egypt is an example of a country that knows how to harvest water, ” he said.
And the Head of State also said Africans need to know more about their continent than adopting cultures that are way different from theirs.
President Lungu said currently the trend is that African people know more about non-African cultures than they do about their own cultures.
“As Africans, we get influenced by non-Africans and not by fellow Africans.We need to learn more about ourselves. When we were young at school, we were asked by our teachers to read books such as ‘Africa learns about Europe’ and when another one was written called ‘Europe learns about Africa’ I am not sure if it was as popular, so we must tell our success stories as Africans,” he said.
The President said he is happy that relations between Zambia and Egypt continue to grow stronger.
He further wished the ambassador well and sent a message of goodwill to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the Egyptian people.
And Mr Mostafa has wished President Lungu and the Zambian people all the success in developing Zambia.
“l am impressed with the development going on in Zambia and I am also grateful for the support given to me by your Government,” Mr Mostafa said.
Mr Mostafa said he was surprised that there was not much difference between some Egyptian and Zambian cultural norms.
He further added that the social media trends being witnessed in Zambia, especially among the young people are similar to what is happening in Egypt.
“Social media is a double edged sword, it can be good as well as bad,” he said.
This is according to a statement made available to Mwebantu by Special Assistant to the President for press and public relations Isaac Chipampe.
(Picture by State House)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

18 Jan 2021, 4:43 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

38,207 Total Cases
559 Deaths
27,327 Recovered

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