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President Edgar Lungu donates a bus to CBU students 

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COPPERBELT University students this morning received a rare treat when His Excellency, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia not only donated a bus to them but also rode with 20 of them on the bus to Woodlands Shopping Centre.

Recently, the President promised to source a bus for the students after hearing their cry when he visited the university in Kitwe.

And within weeks, the President has fulfilled that promise by donating a Higer Bus to the students.

At a handover ceremony at State House today, the President quoted Mathew Chapter 7, Verse 7, “Ask and it shall be given to you; Seek and you will find,” and handed the bus documents and keys to the Copperbelt University Student’s Union (COBUSU) President Lawrence Kasonde. 

And the Dean of Students Ms Stylish Magida expressed gratitude to the President saying he has shown great love to “the students who are his children.”

She said the gesture shows the importance he attaches to education and encouraged the President to continue with the same spirit.

The Dean also remembered the President’s commiserations with the CBU students when they ‘lost’ ‘Mafishi’ (a pond fish that students believed brought them good luck).

And the COBUSU president thanked the President for his benevolence. 

Mr Kasonde said a few days ago, the President helped student Chama Musonda with medical fees. Ms Musonda is suffering from cancer of the lungs.

Mr Kasonde added that only yesterday, the President yet again officiated at the commissioning of University of Zambia lecture theatres.

“This, Your Excellency, shows that you care for us,” he said.

The student leader said students had encountered transport challenges and the bus will alleviate their suffering. 

Mr Kasonde said President Lungu had shown he cared for his people with Government’s decision to take over Mopani Mines in Kitwe and Mufulira.

“Let no one tell us that we cannot run the mines. Your Excellency these mines are for us young people for now and the future and you made the right call by repossessing them,” he said.

Earlier, the students were excited when the President got on the bus and rode with them from State House on Independence Avenue to Woodlands Shopping Centre and back.

The students chanted praises and sung songs for the President.

“This is great, driving on the same bus with the President,” one student quipped.

Mr Kasonde sat next to the President on the front seat.

Also on the bus were Acting Higher Education Minister Dennis Wanchinga, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo, and Higher Education Permanent Secretary, Kayula Siame.

Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti and Special Assistant to the President for Politics Dr Chris Zimba also attended the ceremony.

This is according to a press release issued by the Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Mr. Issac Chipampe. 

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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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Zambia Stats

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