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President Edgar Lungu concerned with Zambia’s moral compass which has continued to decay

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is concerned with declining morals and ethics in the country.
The President said this is this is evidenced by the high prevalence of Gender-Based Violence, child marriages, teenage pregnancies, and alcohol, substance abuse, and most of all social media abuse.
Speaking when he addressed Parliament yesterday on the progress made in the application of the national values and principles, President Lungu said alcohol and substance abuse remains a serious concern the country is facing.
“If left unchecked, it can lead to dysfunctional homes and society. further, productivity in the nation suffers,” he said.
President Lungu said Government, together with various partners, has been implementing sensitisation, training and rehabilitation programmes across the country to address the matter.
“Since 2017, 1.7 million individuals and 1,075 organisations have been sensitised on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse.
In addition, Government has trained 171 teachers under the peer education training programme in drug abuse.  these teachers are setting up anti-drug abuse clubs in their respective schools.  further, 2,802 addicts benefited from the rehabilitation programmes,” President Lungu said.
He further said the rate of suicides amongst people is also worrying adding that no problem is insurmountable and people having mental challenges also need help.
“Mental diseases can affect anybody and that is why families, friends, and the public in general need to help our people ravaged by challenges such as depression in Zambia, suicide rates are now reported to be at 17.5 per 100,000 males and 6.2 among women. this needs to be stemmed before numbers go up,” he said.

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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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President Edgar Lungu mourns, Hon. Maxas Ng’onga, Kaputa MP

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PRESIDENT Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, deeply regrets the demise of Kaputa Patriotic Front Member of Parliament and former Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. Maxas Ng’onga.

“The death of Hon Maxas Ng’onga has come as a shock to me. I deeply regret his passing on. We have lost a dependable member of the Patriotic Front especially, this time when the general elections are imminent and we need the contribution of all our members, ” President Lungu said.

The President described Hon. Ng’onga as a diligent and team player of the ruling party whose selfless contribution to PF will be greatly missed.

“On behalf of the Zambian government, the people and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and the constituents of Kaputa Constituency in Northern Province. May the Almighty God comfort the bereaved family and the people of Kaputa as they mourn Hon. Ng’onga,” said the President.

The deceased MP has been a law maker under the Patriotic Front since 201 1.

And the President is deeply saddened by the death of renowned Zambian businessman Andrew Sardanis who passed away on 28 th February, 2021.

The President recalls Mr Sardanis’s significant contribution to the liberation struggle of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, and development of business entities in the private sector in the country.

“On behalf of the Zambian Government, the people and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the Sardanis family and Chaminuka Nature and Wildlife Reserve. May God Almighty grant the bereaved family fortitude and strength during this difficult time, ” the President said.

This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Mr. Issac Chipampe.

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05 Mar 2021, 2:16 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

81,341 Total Cases
1,113 Deaths
77,081 Recovered

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