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Cabinet directs MoH and other agencies to enforce COVID-19 measures

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CABINET has directed the Ministry of Health and other agencies to enforce COVID-19 measures such as the mandatory wearing of masks in public.

In a statement issued yesterday after a virtual Cabinet meeting, Cabinet directed that the Ministry of Health, as lead institution, working with all other ministries involved in the fight against the COVID-19, in the multi-sectoral approach, should enforce measures announced by President Edgar Lungu during his national address on June 25, 2020.

“Mandatory use of face masks by everyone in public, avoiding unnecessary crowding and ensuring social distancing, providing facilities for hand hygiene and sanitation, regular cleaning and disinfecting public amenities, observing personal hygiene and coughing etiquette and avoiding unnecessary movements,” reads the statement.

Cabinet also noted that enforcement agencies have relaxed and that most of the measures are not being implemented as announced by the President.

The meeting further emphasised the need for the general public to also adhere to the announcement made by the President on the partial reopening of bars, taverns, and night clubs which were allowed to only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 18:00 hours to 22:00 hrs.

Meanwhile, Cabinet has also approved the National Cyber Security Policy which will ensure that effective mechanisms are put in place for a well-coordinated governance framework on cyber security thereby fostering the creation of a secure, reliable, and trustworthy cyber environment that increases confidence.

The meeting further noted that policy will assist in inculcating a culture of cyber security and protect victims against cybercrimes, guide the mechanism of coordinating cyber security matters, develop high local technical skills in cyber security and provide for Child Online Protection.
The policy will also promote the responsible use of social media platforms and facilitate identification, declaration and protection of national critical infrastructure.

“Government, through this Policy, will take responsibility of ensuring that the public sector, private sector, and civil society are not only aware of the dangers of cyberspace, but also that the respective sectors take necessary measures of securing themselves,” reads the statement.

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Musenge apologises to Lungu, PF – says he’s ready to be an ordinary member

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MWENYA Musenge has apologised for his “unpalatable” sentiments aimed at President Edgar Lungu and Patriot Front during his time as National Democratic Congress (NDC) secretary general.

The jobless former Copperbelt minister says he is now ready to work with the PF as an ordinary member.

Musenge rejoined the ruling party yesterday after being expelled alongside NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili in 2017 for gross misconduct.

Following their expulsions, Musenge and Kambwili formed NDC but their comradeship soon crumbled leading the former’s expulsion.

As Musenge returned “home”yesterday,
he declared his readiness to be an ordinary member of the ruling party.

Before yesterday, Musenge was a secretary general of a little known political party, Agenda for Human Development (AHD).

He announced that all members of the same AHD met and decided to rejoin the ruling party, saying there was less time for AHD to mobilise members ahead of the August general elections.

Musenge said AHD decided to go back to PF because of the leadership that President Edgar Lungu had shown on so many issues affecting the nation.

He said in as much as the country was not being managed properly, he feels the PF had the potential to revive the nation.

And welcoming Musenge to PF an a ceremony in Kitwe, mobilization chairman Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba aka GBM said the Zambian economy under PF has been well managed and performing well compared to other countries.

(Source:Kalemba)

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President Edgar Lungu receives shooting report

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has received the full report from the Inspector General of Police, Kakoma Kanganja on the shooting to death of two citizens in Lusaka last month.

Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe has confirmed.

He said the President has studied the report and handed it over to the Director of Public Prosecution.

“The President has studied the report and has since handed it over to the Director of Public Prosecution for her attention. The President, however, states that the due process of the law must take place,” stated Chipampe.

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Its social distancing campaigns!, ECZ guides political parties

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THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has developed guidelines which will encourage political parties and other stakeholders to use appropriate campaign strategies such as mobile public address system, distribution of flyers and other political party materials with minimal or no contact with a crowd during campaigns.
And the Commission has maintained that it will not reopen the voter registration exercise which came to an end on December 20, last year.
In a media statement addressing various concerns by stakeholders,  ECZ Corporate Affairs manager Patricia Luhanga said once campaigns are authorised, all stakeholders must adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.
She said on polling day, the Commission will adhere to the required public health guidelines such as sanitising, wearing of face masks and physical distancing as the electorate cast their votes.
And on the restrictions on the number of international observers accredited to observe the 2021 general election, Ms Luhanga said  interested International observers should follow the application procedure which is channelled
through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for onward recommendation for accreditation to the Commission.
“On the other hand Public Health Regulations and in this regard COVID-19 guidelines are a preserve of the Ministry of Health. Therefore, the Commission will be guided by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health respectively on how to proceed with accreditation of international observers.
The Commission is aware of the risk associated with international travel in the spread of COVID-19 and the concerns raised by stakeholders are valid and the relevant institutions working with the Commission would need to ensure that measures are put in place should the need arise for accrediting international observers,” she said.
She however said international agencies that have presence in the country and are interested in observing the elections can utilise local staff in the event that travel restrictions are imposed.
Ms Luhanga further said the Commission will this time around not conduct an audit of the register given that there is a new register of voters which will address most of the concerns that stakeholders may have.
She said stakeholders wishing to conduct an independent audit of the register should take advantage of the verification of voter details once the Commission opens up the verification and physical inspection of the Voters Register to the public.
 Meanwhile, the Commission will not reopen the voter registration exercise which came to an end on 20th December 2020.
“The registration exercise ran for a period of 38 days inclusive of a four-day extension. In this period, the Commission registered a provisional total number of 7,020,749 voters, representing a record 83% of the projected number of eligible voters.
The Commission is committed to continuously engage all stakeholders including political parties, Civil Society and Faith-based Organisations among others as we approach the 2021 General Elections,” Ms Luhanga said.
She said the Commission will further endeavour to engage all stakeholder prior to main activities such as inspection of the Provisional Voters Register, Nominations and the General Elections among others.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

27 Jan 2021, 9:18 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

47,622 Total Cases
672 Deaths
40,362 Recovered

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