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Kisasa Community to get Police Station
FIRST Quantum Minerals (FQM) has through its Kalumbila Minerals Limited (KML) subsidiary officially handed over the site for construction of a police station to be built in Kisasa area of Senior Chief Musele Musokantanda’s chiefdom.
FQM’s Trident Foundation Manager, Joseph Ngwira, said the community had initially requested the mine to provide a container to be turned into a police station.
“As a respecter of human rights, FQM could not allow people, regardless of the crimes committed, to be kept in unsanitary conditions without running water and poor ventilation. Such a place would not be conducive for human habitation. Therefore, as part of our CSI initiatives, a decision to construct a proper police station was made”, Ngwira.
Speaking at the same event, Officer Commanding Solwezi District, George Zulu said the police command is proud to partner with FQM in providing security to the people of Kalumbila District.
“The police station is coming at a time when the district is experiencing high investment which has also attracted increased crime rate, we are therefore indebted to FQM for their continued support to the police command,” Zulu.
Mr. Zulu urged the community to work with the police and avoid vandalism because such projects are expensive.
FQM is expected to spend ZMK1, 500, 000 on the project.
Zamtel partners Lions Club to feed workers at Levy Covid Centre
Zamtel has announced a partnership with the Lions Club of Woodlands to launch a feeding programme for front line health workers at the Levy Mwanawasa Covid Isolation Centre.
Zamtel has since donated K20,000 to the initiative and also set up a Merchant Code 69650 through which Zamtel Kwacha subscribers can send financial contributions to fund feeding programme.
The Levy Mwanawasa Isolation Centre is the biggest in Zambia and currently has 171 workers who will receive all essential meals through the feeding programme.
Through the Initiative, Zamtel other partners such as ZSIC Life and the Guardian Insurance Group will pay an identified catering firm that will prepare and deliver the meals to the medical facility.
Speaking at the handover of the cheque, Zamtel Senior Manager for Mobile Money Mulenga Masinja said the feeding initiative is meant to appreciate the hard work that health workers are putting in to combat Covid-19.
“As an indigenous Zambian brand, we are making this donation because we believe it will go a long way in meeting the nutritional requirements of our hard working frontline health workers as they provide the much needed care and support for patients afflicted by Covid-19. The funds provided by Zamtel and other partners will also help motivate our workers who are at the front line of this battle against Covid,” Mr Masinja said.
And Lions Club of Woodlands President Kabwe Kandeke thanked Zamtel and the other partners for responding to the needs of the front line workers.
At the same event Senior Medical Superintendent at the Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching Hospital Dr. Penias Tembo admitted that it is not a secret that Levy Mwanawasa Covid Isolation Centre is facing a number of operational challenges because the facility is overwhelmed.
Facebook removes more than 8 fake Mwebantu pages, admins reported to police
Facebook on Tuesday said it removed more than 8 fake accounts, pages that were spreading “fake” news and impersonating authentic and verified Mwebantu Facebook page.
Facebook stated that the pages were removed for what they term “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on the social media platform in Zambia. The false pages had become aggressive with fake news, cyberbullying and online fraud.
“This kind of behaviour is not allowed on Facebook under our misrepresentation policy because we don’t want people or organizations creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they are, or what they’re doing,” a Facebook official said.
The authentic Mwebantu Facebook page has a blue tick that shows that it has been verified by Facebook authorities, with over 1.5 million followers in Zambia and beyond.
Mwebantu has grown to have over 2 million followers on Social Media and is regarded as Zambia’s leading Social news and advertising platform.
Mwebantu is grateful to the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and Facebook Regional team for helping remove fake Mwebantu Facebook Pages.