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Lusaka recorded 579 Brought In Deads (BIDs) between 22nd July and 11th August this year 

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THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) says it recorded 579 Brought In Deads (BIDs) between 22nd July and 11th August this year.
LCC Public Relations Manager George Sichimba said said the figures were recorded through the burial permit.
He said out of 1, 396 deaths recorded during the period under review, 579 were BIDs.
And Sichimba in a statement has attributed the rise in the number of BIDs to the failure by people to seek proper medication from health facilities for fear of been tested for COVID-19.

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Ambassador Mukwita advices Zambian’s to have low key 2020 independence celebrations due to COVID-19 in Germany

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ZAMBIAN’S Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Mr. Anthony Mukwita has called on Zambians in Germany to observe this year’s 56th Independence Anniversary within their homes or in much smaller groups in line with the public health guidelines set by the German government in response to the continued rise in coronavirus cases.
Ambassador Mukwita said both the Zambian and German governments prioritized human life above anything else hence the decision to scale down on public gatherings and the number of people that can meet even for private functions.
“As an Embassy, we continue to collaborate with the German authorities and implementing their policy advice and, in the same spirit, we advise Zambians living and working in this country to do the same”, Ambassador Mukwita advised.
The senior diplomat said it was in the same spirit that this year’s National Day of Prayer, Fasting, Repentance and Reconciliation was not held in the same way that it has been held in the past, but instead individuals and families observed the day privately.
He said while it is always a wonderful experience to celebrate these important days by gathering and fellowshipping with others, family gatherings provide an opportunity for intimacy and reflection on what both the day of prayer and independence truly means.
“In the private confines of your homes, pray with your family and explain to your children and family members what independence means: you will be surprised how pleasant such an engagement could turn out to be”, the Ambassador said.
The theme for this year’s 56th independence anniversary is:24th October 2020, Zambia at 56: One Land, One Nation – Building Our Future Proud and Free.
In the last few days, coronavirus cases in Germany have suddenly risen with 6000 new cases reported in the past 72hours raising concerns that the gains made agains

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17 year old boy, shot dead in Lusaka, as Police attempt to enforce COVID-19 regulations

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POLICE last night fought running battles with residents of Kamanga compound in Chelstone after officers who went to close a night club which was operating after the stipulated hours shot a 17 year old boy in the process.
The development angered the residents who went and attacked a local police post and smashed vehicles and injured some officers.
According to eye witnesses who live in the same community, the riot which started around 01:00 hours continued until this morning adding that police officers were discharging teagass canisters choking household occupants and detained anyone they found.
And Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed in a statement to Mwebantu and said the confusion started when the night club operators resisted to have their business closed by police.
“As they tried to close the premises, patrons rose against the officers and during the process of the confusion, a firearm went off and shot Timothy Zulu aged 17 years of Kamanga Compound who has died,” Katongo said.
She said the shooting sparked riots in which Kamanga Police post and two police motor vehicles got damaged while one officer who was among the officers who went to pick the body of the victim has been injured.
Katongo said calm has restored and officers are on the ground keeping vigil.
She has sinced appealed to members of the public to remain calm as investigations continue in the matter.

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English is not a measure of intelligence, let’s embrace use of local languages, Bowman Lusambo

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KABUSHI Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo has suggested that Zambia should embrace the use of local languages in official communication saying English should not be used to measure one’s intelligence.

Mr Lusambo who is also Lusaka Province Minister has also called upon educational authorities to consider extending the teaching of learners in local languages across all Grades.

He said it is unfortunate that many brilliant pupils have failed to progress to University after failing to pass English.

Mr Lusambo was speaking on Saturday when he officiated at the Ndola District Covid-19 Inter-School Debate Contest held at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

Masala High School emerged winners of the contest and walked away with K8,000, a trophy, certificates, learning Martine and T-shirts followed by Kansenshi High School who received K6,000 and a trophy.

“I listened to a lot of good debaters here but unfortunately, some could not express themselves fully because of limited abilities in English. This happens across many other fields in Zambia.”

“It’s regrettable that a young man or young girl would have very good marks in all Sciences and Mathematics but have an 8 or a 7 in English and that pupil will be denied a place at UNZA. Are you telling me that if a pupil can’t pass English then that child is dull?”

Mr Lusambo explained that many advanced nations have embraced the use of their own languages.

“Language is part of our culture. By promoting the use of local languages, we are helping preserve who we are as a people,” he said.

He added,” What we have today is the Queens language, it’s not our language. After many years of Independence, we should be proud of examining our learner in Kaonde, Lunda, Lamba, Tonga, Lozi, Bemba and any of these local languages.

Mr Lusambo also thanked President Edgar Lungu for ordering the reopening of examination classes saying the move was a wise one as it has ensured that learners in exam classes prepare adequately for their exams.

“When His Excellency announced the move, many visionless people including those from the political sector criticized the move but as we speak, all schools went through the full term without recording any Covid-19 cases.”

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

03 Dec 2020, 5:36 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

17,730 Total Cases
357 Deaths
17,102 Recovered

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