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Chileshe Kandeta arrested for leaking the 2021 National Budget Speech 

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POLICE in Lusaka have charged and arrested Ministry of Finance Public Relations officer Chileshe Kandeta and Lazarous Mwelwa, a Budget Analyst at Ministry of Finance for the offence of Communication of Certain Information contrary to section Four chapter 111 of the State Security Act.
Acting police spokesperson Danny Mwale confirmed the arrest of Kandeta, 50 of Kabulonga and Mwelwa aged 46 of Chamba Valley.
“This is in relation to the leaking of the 2021 National Budget Speech which went viral before it was officially presented in Parliament.They are detained in Police custody awaiting court appearance,” Mwale said.
Earlier, Lusaka Province police Nelson Phiri expressed ignorance over Kandeta’s arrest, saying he has no information.
Police locked up Kandeta over allegations of the leakage of the National Budget.
He was summoned on Thursday and immediately locked up.
The police have summoned various media personnel over allegations that the national budget was leaked and published before Minister of Finance Dr. Bwalya Ngandu presented and delivered it in Parliament.
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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu appreciates role of Chiefs in Governance

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he prays that the collapsed Bill 10 will be resuscitated after the 2021 General Elections.
And President Lungu says he is concerned that some citizens only visit their chiefdoms when they want land.
Speaking when he met tradional leaders yesterday, President Lungu says he respects and treasures the role of  chiefs in the country and is commited  to improving their welfare.
“I appreciated the role traditional leader play in the country’s governance system. All of us belong to chiefdoms and we have a responsibility to respect our chiefs and respect them,” President Lungu said in a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.
President Lungu said he also regrets that the Bill 10 which was supposed to revisit some laws meant to improve the welfare of traditional leaders collapsed.
“This is threatening the existence of our traditional leaders. We hope that after the election, we will resuscitate the Bill to bring sanity in the institution. In the meantime, we will continue to work together even with the short time of the tenure of office of the House of Chiefs,” said President Lungu.
(Picture by Salim Henry/State House)

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President Edgar Lungu receives credentials of three new ambassadors to Zambia

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called on Diplomats accredited to Zambia to dedicate their time and energy to exploring and discovering more areas of mutual economic interest and cooperation.

Speaking when he received letter of credence from the Ambassadors accredited to Zambia, at State House yesterday, President Lungu assured the diplomats that this government is keen to develop new areas of cooperation with other countries in various sectors of mutual interest.

“I wish to heartily congratulate your Excellencies, on your appointments as Ambassadors accredited to Zambia. Allow me to accept your letters of credence,” President Lungu said.

“Your excellencies, although the world economy is still grappling with the negative effects of the covid-19 pandemic, my government is keen to develop new areas of cooperation with your respective countries in various sectors of mutual interest.”

President Lungu also assured the diplomats of his government’s support and cooperation as they carry out their duties in Zambia.

The Diplomats who presented their letters of Credence to President Lungu were: Mr. Ali Abdullah Salim Al Mahruqi, Ambassador designate of the Sultanate of Oman Mrs. Charity Charamba, Ambassador designate of the Republic of Zimbabwe Mr Francois Goldbiatt, Ambassador designate of the Republic of France.

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The image of alleged under-age person registered as a voter is staged, ECZ says

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THE  Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says it is aware of the images and information circulating on social-media of the alleged under-age person registered as a voter.
ECZ acting Public Relations Manager Sylvia Bwalya has told Mwebantu in a statement that preliminary investigations indicate that the images are staged.
She said the Commission is still
investigating the matter and will inform the public on the findings of the case.
Ms Bwalya explained that the requirements for one to register as a voter are that one must be a Zambian citizen of 18 years and above and in possession of a green National Registration
Card.
She said anyone who does not meet the requirements and attempts to register as a voter commits an offence which is liable for prosecution.
“The Commission therefore calls on the public to desist from such vices and report
anyone found attempting to perform any illegality, to the Commission or the
nearest police station,” she said.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

05 Dec 2020, 7:52 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

17,857 Total Cases
364 Deaths
17,145 Recovered

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