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ZRA intercepts signals of smuggled cell phones from the UAE via Malawi

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THE Zambia Revenue (ZRA) has intercepted a rigid Scania truck with cell phones and accessories which are believed to have been originating from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda has revealed that the illegal smuggling cartel was discovered by the authority intelligence team which was on the ground under cover.
Sikalinda in a statement said the anti-smuggling team intercepted a rigid Scania truck with cell phones and accessories, a consignment which was captured in Nyimba district after outsmarting authorities at Mwami border port.
He also disclosed that the phones and accessories were believed to have landed in Malawi at Lilongwe Airport and were smuggled using various local taxi cabs into Zambia and then reloaded into the Scania truck on the Zambian side.
“The driver of the truck and another vehicle Mercedes Benz which was being used as a advance party or sweeper to clean up the route was also arrested. The two later tried to corrupt the ZRA officials and further charges will be imposed on them,” Sikalinda disclosed.
And Sikalinda said the authority is currently ascertaining the involvement of the various taxi drivers who are likely to be captured and brought before the courts for possible prosecution.

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World Bank gives $25 Million to Zambia with to help address COVID-19

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THE World Bank has approved $25 million to support Zambia’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Of this amount, $20 million will come from the  International Development Association’s Crisis Response Window, while $5 million is grant funding from the Global Financing Facility. The funds will be channeled through the Zambia COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project.

The Zambia COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project will provide support to the Zambian government to prevent, control, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness. The emergency funding will support disease surveillance and strengthen screening at points of entry, risk communication and community engagement, as well as strengthen governance and accountability in implementation of the national COVID-19 response plan. It will also support COVID-19 case management, infection prevention and control, and interventions to maintain essential health services.

“While Zambia has seen a reduction in new cases of COVID-19 in the last two months, it is important that prevention, detection and response measures are scaled up to prevent further spread of the disease,” said Sahr Kpundeh, World Bank Country Manager for Zambia.

“Rapid response is crucial in addressing COVID-19 and to reduce its negative impact on health systems, social services and economic activities.”

The project will be implemented nationwide and is expected to benefit the entire population of Zambia, asCOVID-19 poses a risk to everyone. The primary beneficiaries will be suspected and confirmed COVID￾19 cases, and populations at risk such as the elderly, people with co-morbidities, medical and emergency personnel, port of entry officials and truck drivers.

“Considering that many of the COVID-19 cases in Zambia have come from outside the country, the project will help strengthen screening at Zambia’s entry points”, said Rosemary Sunkutu, Senior Health Nutrition and Population Specialist and Task Team Leader of the project. “This component of the project is especially important given that Zambia is a landlocked country surrounded by eight countries, which predisposes the country to risks of importation of diseases from neighboring countries and beyond.”

This funding is part of a broader package of support by the World Bank Group to help Zambia manage and responds to the COVID-19 crisis. The World Bank mobilized $2.72 million from existing health operations and financing mechanisms to support the Government’s COVID-19 response. World Bank Group COVID-19 Response.

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Atlas Mara, Nkwashi and Lafarge start building the 3 houses for the Dream House Promotion

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#MWEBANTU, SEEING IS BELIEVING! The building of the 3 houses in the Atlas Mara Bank, Nkwashi and Lafarge Dream House Promotion has started. Click the link below or call 202 toll free to find out how you could win 1 of these 3 houses worth K1,100,000 each. https://ecs.page.link/RE3t1

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Register for the 3 Steps to Self Development Webinar on the 29th of October 2020

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Free Webinar ”3 Steps to Self Development” on Thursday, the 29th of October 2020, at 12pm (EAT ) #UnicafWebinars
REGISTER NOW: 👉🏽 https://zoom.us/…/1016031924181/WN_RITjVPgXQwaUScLeeJYhMQ

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

25 Oct 2020, 1:28 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

16,117 Total Cases
348 Deaths
15,179 Recovered

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