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Let us work hard, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, observe the health guidelines, President Edgar Lungu says

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says citizens, including those working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, must work hard so that the country’s economy is not negatively impacted.
The President cautioned that “working from home” is different from  “staying at home”, and, therefore, citizens working from home must use the available ICT tools and work hard rather than deciding to abandon work.
He said from last year’s experience, many citizens who were asked to work from home decided to stay at home and abandoned work.
The President said abandoning work when allowed to work from home will not just negatively affect productivity but will impact, negatively, the country’s economy.
“Whether you are in informal or formal sector and you have been made to work from home, work the way you would work at your place of work apply seriousness for what you do despite operating from home.
“Those who are positive with covid-19 but are asymptomatic or are showing little symptoms must equally work hard from home and must not abandon the work they do. Do your normal chores, while observing the recommended health guidelines,” the President says.
And the President has encouraged people engaged in farming to ensure they visit their farms regularly, despite the surging cases of ,COVID-19, so that the country continues to do well in food production and security.
He said like all citizens, farmers need to observe the COVID-19 health guidelines of wearing masks, social distancing, hand sanitising, and steaming
among others, but should not abandon their fields.
President Lungu said he visited a farm recently where owners had not been to their field in fear of the COVID-19 pandemic and in their absence army worms attacked their produce.
The President adds that the World Bank’s Enabling Business of Agriculture 2019 (EBA19) Report, launched last Thursday, places Zambia third in Sub Saharan Africa, among the top countries that are encouraging the private sector to invest in agriculture.
“My government has done very well in regulations relating to speedy supply of seeds, registering fertilisers, securing water, sustaining livestock and accessing finance, among other thematic successes, and hence scoring 63.73 from a possible 100, which is way above the regional average,” the President says.
The President adds, “Therefore, this is a big score by Zambia as we are only behind South Africa and Kenya in Sub-Saharan Africa, and this is because of administration’s performance in Agriculture.
We can only push ourselves to be the best, but if we renege because of covid-19, agriculture production will drop and the consequences on the economy and our people will be dire,” he said.
The President adds, “, therefore, want to encourage all households to work hard amidst the covicd-19 pandemic and engage in some farming activity so that we end hunger and create capital for ourselves from the surplus that we  Produce.
This is according to a statement issued by special assistant to the President for press and public relations Isaac Chipampe.

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We ask for your prayers for peace and unity, President Edgar Lungu asks the church

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has urged the church to continue praying for peace and unity to prevail as the country head towards the General Elections on  August 12 this year.
Speaking today at the 20th Anniversary of Bible Gospel Church in Africa at Holy Ghost Centre, Matero, President Lungu said the country needs peace and unity before, during and after the elections.
He also reiterated that Zambia is a christian nation hence it is expected that the church will live up to that declaration.
“We should all work together as a nation to ensure that we practice and live the marks of true christianity which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control,” President Lungu said.
He said government will continue to look up to the church for spiritual and moral guidance, including engaging the church in the fight against Gender Based Violence, child marriages and corruption which greatly affect people and retard development.
He also urged the clergy, women and the youth in churches to form cooperatives for them to benefit from the government empowerment fund initiatives.
“As christians we cannot continue to sit back hence the need for us to get involved in initiatives that are aimed at improving our lives.
Brothers and sisters in christ, I believe that the church has not been spared from the devastating impact of the covid-19 pandemic. it is, therefore, imperative that empowerment initiatives are put in place to cushion the impact caused by the pandemic,” he said.
President further said Government will continue to work with the church in efforts aimed at improving communities.
“In this vein, I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to bigoca for sinking 87 boreholes in the last eight years in various parts of our country. this has enabled people in those communities to access clean drinking water,” the President said.
(Picture by Diamond TV)

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Nelson Phiri, gave orders to police officers to fire at the people that had gathered, HRC says

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FINDINGS into the shooting of State prosecutor Nsama Nsama and United Party for National Development (UPND) supporter Joseph Kaunda have revealed  former Lusaka Province Commissioner of Police, Nelson Phiri, gave orders to police officers to fire at the people that had gathered.
The Commission has since recommended that he must be jointly charged with the case of murder together with the subordinate police officer or police officers who took his orders to shoot  Mr Nsama and Mr Kaunda.
Speaking this morning in Lusaka, Human Rights Commission chairperson Muford Mwandenga said the police command were directly linked to the indiscriminate use of live ammunition which killed the duo.
He said the Commission’s investigations further revealed that police fired teargas canisters and live ammunition to disperse an unarmed crowd that had gathered at the Police Headquarters to offer solidarity Mr Hichilema.
And Mr Mwandenga said comments by some members of the Executive may have contributed to police violence on unarmed citizens
“A few days before the fatal shootings, the Minister of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo, issued a statement warning that no person or groups of persons would be allowed at or near the premises of the Zambia Police Service Headquarters where the opposition leader would appear for interviews. He warned that those who would defy the order would be met with police force.
Lusaka Province Minister Hon. Bowman Lusambo specifically directed the Lusaka Commissioner of Police, Mr Phiri to deal with anyone who would offer solidarity to Mr. Hichilema,” he said.
Mr Mwandenga said the Commission strongly believes that such statements from some members of the executive could have contributed to arbitrary action by the police which resulted into the shoot to death of the duo.
He further said the estates of the deceased should be adequately compensated by the State.
“The Zambia Police Service should also desist from taking actions which are likely to result in the gross violation of human rights such as extra-judicial killing, arbitrary arrests and detentions and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of participants in assemblies whether lawful or not,” he said.
Mr Nsama and Kaunda were shot dead near police headquarters when police summoned UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.

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Public confidence in the Zambia Police Service is low, President Edgar Lungu says

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has expressed concern that the public confidence in the police service is low.

Speaking when he swore in Patrick Mutale as chairperson of the Police Public Complaints Commission and Brigadier General Dr Frida Kazembe (RTD) as chairperson of the Zambia Correctional Service Commission, President Lungu said it is up to the police, to regain confidence through their actions.

He urged Mr Mutale to prepare adequately to receive and resolve complaints from the public fairly but firmly as the country heads towards the 2021 general elections.

“There is urgent need for the police service to address these public concerns if the people of Zambia are to regain confidence in them. I, therefore, expect you to use the 34 years of experience you have gained as a lawyer in both the government, where you rose to the position of deputy chief state advocate and the private practice, to turn around the negative public perceptions of the police service,” he said.

And the Head of State has called on Dr Kazembe to immediately start addressing staff welfare issues such as timely appointments, promotions transfers and retirements in the correctional service.

He also urged her to work on the harmonization of conditions of service for correctional facility officers.

“I am aware that prior to your retirement in 2011, you served the public service for 41 years having joined the Zambia army in 1980 as an officer cadet and later rose to serve in various senior positions. Your loyalty to the command and commitment to duty earned you the appointment of the first female general in the Zambia army in 2009. This is an enviable and admirable achievement.

I am, therefore, confident that given your rich professional experience in the defense force, you will, without doubt, diligently apply yourself to ensure that the Zambia correctional service commission is efficiently and effectively operationalized,” President Lungu said.

(Picture by State House)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

06 Mar 2021, 10:01 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

82,011 Total Cases
1,116 Deaths
77,609 Recovered

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