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Chiefs plead with Bowman to help dismantle UPND dominance in Lamba land

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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.

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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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President Edgar Lungu mourns Bishop Moses Hamungole 

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he is saddened by the death of Bishop Moses Hamungole, of the Monze Catholic Diocese.
President Lungu says he had come to know Bishop Hamungole as a very progressive
and development oriented priest.
He said in 2019 he officiated at the Monze Diocese fundraising dinner held in
Lusaka for the construction of the new Monze Diocese Cathedral church and recently, the Bishop officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony for the same project.
President Lungu described Bishop Hamungole as an accomplished theologian and professional communicator who, through broadcasting at Yatsani Studios in Lusaka and at the pulpit in Monze, worked hard to improve the livelihoods of all regardless of their religious beliefs.
“He was passionate about growing the Catholic Church as was seen when he envisoned the construction of the Cathedral in Monze. All Zambians who loved him
must contribute to the realization of his dream,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu has noted that Covid-19 has robbed Zambia of a great human being and that he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, the entire Catholic family and the Govenment of the Republic of Zambia.
“Covid-19 has taken a great man. I urge all citizens to protect themselves and the
people they come into contact with. Let’s fight covid-19 together. May the souls of all
departed compatriots rest in eternal peace,” the President said.

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