SOME traditional leaders in rural Copperbelt which is dominated by the UPND have asked Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo to help dismantle the opposition’s stranglehold in the area.
The vast majority of Lamba land is dominated by UPND with Mpongwe and Lufwanyama Members of Parliament all coming from the opposition party.
But Chief Nkana of Lufwanyama said the rural parts of the Copperbelt has seen little development because of having aligned itself with the opposition.
Chief Lumpuma also of Lufwanyama said the traditional leaders across the Copperbelt have resolved to dump their support for the opposition and will now support the ruling PF in order to accelerate development in their Chiefdoms.
Chieftainess Shibukunami said the Chief’s will no longer entertain what he called lies in their Chiefdoms and now want people who can deliver development.
The three traditional leaders were speaking separately on Saturday when Mr Lusambo who is also Copperbelt Province Mobilization Committee Chairman and his team paid courtesy calls at their respective palaces.
“We know you are the Bulldozer, please help dismantle the UPND here. We have suffered enough and we know you can deliver. We want to see more development and the only one who can bring development here is Edgar Chagwa Lungu,” Chief Nkana said.
He said time has come for the PF to have representation both at ward and Parliamentary levels in the area in order to accelerate development in Lufwanyama which has stalled due to lack of commitment from the opposition.
Chieftainess Shibukunami pledged to work with the PF party structures at the District level to strengthen the ruling party in Lufwanyama ahead of the 2021 general elections.
“We don’t want to make the same mistake like we did in 2016. Now we want the PF here to be strong. I have since asked the District Chairman to come and meet the Foot Soldiers we have put together here to go round the Chiefdom and tell the people the truth,” she said.
Chief Lumpuma said Lufwanyama has received a good share of developmental projects such as schools, and the upgrading of health centres but would achieved more if the area had proper representation.
“Please go and tell His Excellency President Lungu that the people here are happy with his leadership and we want him to continue so that he can finish all the projects he has started. Just look at the Maize harvest, farmers have done well this season because fertilizer and seed came on time and as we speak, inputs are already in the District for the forthcoming farming season.”
Mr. Lusambo is in Lufwanyama to spearhead mobilisation activities and drum up support for PF candidates in Thursday’s Local Government by-elections.
Zambia-Djibouti deepen bilateral relations
ZAMBIA and Djibouti have pledged to deepen bilateral and multilateral relations and cooperation.
Presenting his Letters of Credence to the President of Djibouti, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, His Excellency Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba said Zambia recognises that Djibouti holds one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes of the world and plays a key role in promoting trade and commerce.
Mr. Mwamba stated that His Excellency President Edgar Lungu had placed emphasis on economic diplomacy and the diplomatic role of Djibouti was paramount to Zambia and Africa.
And President Ismail Guelleh said he was looking forward to visiting Zambia.
He said he last visited Zambia in 2007 and spent time at the Victotia Falls.
He also said Africa continues to take pride in Zambia’s first President and pioneer of the Organization of the African Unity(OAU) and now African Union(AU), Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.
He wished Dr. Kaunda good health and continued long life.
Earlier Mr. Mwamba held a meeting with Djibouti’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf where they discussed aspects of deepening bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Mr. Youssouf said Djibouti appreciated the role Zambia played in SADC and the African Union.
He said Zambia was a peaceful and model country that was bringing new ideas and fresh dynamics to the development of the continent through COMESA and other multilateral institutions.
He further hailed Zambia’s Tourism sector that many African countries, including Djibouti would pick lessons from.
This is according to a press statement, Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary (Press and Tourism) in Addis Ababa,
Amb. Mwamba presents Letters of Credence to the State of Djibouti
ZAMBIA’S Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba is in the State of Djibouti to present Letters of Credence for his accreditation on behalf of His Excellency President Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
Mr. Mwamba started the process by meeting Djibouti’s Foreign Affairs Minister, His Excellency Mahmoud Ali Youssouf.
Mr. Mwamba is expected to meet the President of Djibouti, His Excellency Ismaïl Omar Guelleh.
Mr. Mwamba is accredited to Ethiopia, Somali, Sudan and Djibouti.
He is also the Permanent Representative tothe African Union(AU) and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
This is according to press statement issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza,
First Secretary (Press and Tourism).
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda played a critical role in the liberation struggle of South Africa,Thenjiwe Mthinso says
SOUTH African Ambassador to Spain, Thenjiwe Mthinso, says Zambia’s First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda played a critical role in the liberation struggle of her country.
Speaking during the Political /Liberation Heritage Virtual Dialogue televised live on SABC and monitored by the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Ambassador Mthinso said Dr Kaunda was at pains to unite the liberation movement.
She said Dr Kaunda was committed to ensure the African National Congress (ANC )and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC )united as the division that existed had weakened the struggle of the liberation movement.
Ambassador Mthinso, who was also one of the veteran members in the liberation struggle and uMkhonto we Sizwe, added that Dr Kaunda had acknowledge that Zambian’s freedom was meaningless if its neighbours were not liberated.
She said Zambia housed the headquarters of the ANC and established refugee camps while land was given to them to produce food during the struggle.
And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Major General Jackson Miti, said it was good that Dr Kaunda’s role during the liberation struggle was being appreciated.
Maj Gen Miti said Zambia and South Africa will continue to enjoy good bilateral relations as both countries have shared rich history.
This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs Naomi Nyawali, First secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission South Africa.