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Zambian Bishop extols peacemakers at WWII diplomatic commemoration mass in Berlin

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THE best way to honor those that lost lives in world wars 1 and II is through the maintenance and sustenance of peace said Anglican Bishop Trevor Selwyn Mumba during a diplomatic remembrance mass held at St George´s church in Berlin on Sunday.
The Berlin respected Zambian born clergy appealed to a gathering of diplomatic corps members that braved a chilly autumn morning that peace is something the current generation must keep working on, not just daily but weekly and must be guarded jealously.
“It is the best way to honour the fallen heroes that lost lives from across the globe in world wars of the past,” Bishop Mwamba said.
The retired clergy from Canterbury said, “every person is endowed by his or her creator with the capacity to undertake specific tasks that could contribute to a better life today and in the future of peace.”
Bishop Mwamba was speaking in the German capital Berlin during a sermon to mark the 75th World War II celebrations which were attended by, among others, Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany His Excellency Anthony Mukwita, spouse Elaine and Defense Attaché, Col. Sylvester Himwiinga including the Ambassador of India and other diplomats to mention but a few.
“Think of just being kind a simple concept, yet so very impactful. It can make the world a better place by ending suffering at the hands of war, hunger, human rights violations, and injustice. It has the power to drastically improve our own wellbeing as well as that of our families, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. The very act of expressing kindness to one another makes us more empathetic of other people’s hardships”, Bishop Mwamba said.
Quoting Matthew 5:9 in which Jesus Christ said “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God,” Bishop Mwamba cited notable individuals such as the UN second Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, a Swedish economist and diplomat who died in a plane crash on the 18th of September in 1961 in the then Northern Rhodesia now Zambia while pursuing a peace deal in Congo now the Democratic Republic of Congo or DRC.
He also cited John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States who is widely credited for the prevention of a nuclear blood bath during the famous Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 in which the then Soviet Union had been reported to have moved nuclear weapons into Cuba and stationed them just 145km from the US shores.
In this case, President Kennedy diffused the tension by peacefully courting his Soviet counterpart Nikita Khrushchev who, as a consequence, ordered a retreat and immediate removal of the missiles. Eminent carnage was avoided by the simple act of peace.
Bishop Mwamba said, “ each one of us who seeks peace honors the memories of those who gave their lives in the wars that have been fought as this is their request to the present and future generations.”
He said, “we must ask for nothing but remembrance of their lives and a promise of peace for future generations. By remembering their lives, we show respect and honor; and to promise peace to future generations, we strive to prevent the madness and evil of war.”
Reflecting on the sermon, Ambassador Mukwita said those that have governed Zambia from the founding father Kenneth Kaunda to the present leader, President Edgar Lungu, must be commended for their pursuit of peace since the country’s independence 56years ago.
“The peace we enjoy today under President Lungu has been passed on from the founding father Dr Kenneth Kaunda and as a citizen of a great peaceful country like Zambia, we must continue guarding it jealously,” said Ambassador Mukwita.
Together with the Zambian people, Ambassador Mukwita said, President Lungu and others before him have managed to maintain the peace and stability the country continues to enjoy.
“As long as we can continue to pursue peace in all we do”, Ambassador Mukwita said “the blessings the Lord promised in Matthew 5:9, will always be ours”.
He also commended the African Union for the program “Silencing the Guns by 2020”, a continental effort to realize peace in Africa while ridding the continent of illegal weapons, a program that has and continues to score notable successes as more and more people voluntarily surrender weapons in an arms amnesty that has been declared in several countries, Zambia included under President Lungu.
The world war battled across many fronts around the world (WW1) and is historically known to have ended in Zambia’s Mbala district where the last soldiers surrendered their weapons, a fact not widely known by many young Zambians.
This year’s WWII commemoration at St George was restricted to a small group of diplomats under the strict observance of the strict COVID 19 rules following a second shut down of the country as the virus escalates in Europe’s largest economy.
Up to 75 million lives were lost during the wars including Zambian soldiers conscripted to fight side by side with British soldiers as a colony of the kingdom.
This is according to a statement issued by Kellys Kaunda, the Press Secretary at the embassy of Zambia in Berlin, Germany.

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No Zambian trucks were torched in South Africa, says Amb. Major General Jackson Miti (Rtd)

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ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says no Zambian trucks were torched in the recent spike of violent protests against foreign drivers in that country

This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs Naomi Nyawali, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in South Africa.

General Miti said speculations circulating on various media platforms that four trucks belonging to Zambian drivers were torched are not true.

He said during this period of violent protests, Zambian truck drivers were advised to park their trucks until the situation normalized.

General Miti said the Mission in Pretoria was making frantic efforts in ensuring the safety of Zambian drivers together with their properties

He re-echoed his advice to Zambian drivers traveling to and from South Africa to be vigilant on the roads for their safety.

General Miti has further advised the Zambian media and the public to get accurate updates on the situation from the Mission or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to avoid being given fake news

South Africa has recently experienced an eruption of violent protests against foreign truck drivers by local drivers, the situation which has seen about 30 foreign trucks burnt in some parts of the country, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal province.

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Resign today, if they want to take part in the 2021 elections, PF SG Davies Mwila, tells civil servants

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ALL civil servants serving in foreign missions, state owned enterprises, quasi government and grant aided institutions to resign if they intend to contest elections next year, been instructed to relinquish their current positions by November, 30, 2020.
Speaking a Media briefing, PF secretary general Davies Mwila said the will not entertain any civil servant who will not comply with Government’s directive.
He said the move is aimed at protecting the integrity and impartiality of the public service as it implements governments programmes before, during and after elections.
“I wish to inform the public that following the secular by the government that all civil servants including those in foreign mission who wish to contest must resign from public service. The PF will not entertain any civil servants or Public service officer who will not comply with the Government directive,” Mr Mwila said
And Mr Mwila said the party will continue engage the Electoral Commission of Zambia in order to address the slow pace of the process.
“We also want to encourage our members to register as voters,” he said.
Mr Mwila also disclosed that the PF has held District and Constituency elections in Southern and Western Provinces.
He said in December, the party will hold provincial elections in Southern and Western Provinces.
The SG said only Northern and Luapula are the two provinces remaining.
Mwila said after the provincial elections, the party will then decide when to hold the general conference.

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HH troubled by the continued violent attacks of Zambian Truck drivers in South Africa

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UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says it is time for Africans to dialogue and start addressing issues that affect their unity, stability and economic prosperity.
And Hichilema has called on South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to denounce the the continued violence and ill treatment of Zambian Truck drivers in that country.
In a statement, Hichilema said the continued xenophobic attacks against foreign truck drivers in South Africa is painful because of the economic impact it has on the region as well as to the incomes of truck drivers who work under difficult conditions to make earnings and provide for their families.
“We have learnt with sadness the continued and escalating violence and ill-treatment of Zambian truck drivers along with those from other African nations operating in, or moving through South Africa,” Hichilema said.
Hichilema said  that he is troubled by the unfortunate phenomenon because of the wedge it drives into African unity.
He said now is the time that African people begin to engage in dialogue to address issues that affect their unity, stability and economic prosperity.
“Let us take this as an opportunity to engage and stand together in unity to bring down xenophobia and to elevate our aspirations as harmonious people for the betterment of our continent,” said Hichilema.
He also appealed to President Ramaphosa to denounce the unfortunate trend and allow for the convening of leaders in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) along with other stakeholders to evaluate the circumstances, mitigate sources of xenophobia and conflict, and enact reforms that strengthen the region’s social and economic cohesion.

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