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President Edgar Lungu confers with President XI’s Special Envoy

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says Zambia values the longstanding friendship with the People’s Republic of China premised on mutual respect, shared values and common aspirations at bilateral and multilateral levels.
The Head of State has since acknowledged the role founding fathers of China and Zambia, Chairman Mao Zedong and Dr Kenneth Kaunda, whose visionary leadership laid a firm foundation for the special bond and strategic partnership between Zambia and China.
The President said this when he met Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Special Envoy of President Xl Xinping, at State House today.
He expressed gratitude to the Chinese Government for its generous support in various areas such as Zambia’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, construction of the historical Tanzania-Zambia project, hospitals, airports, stadia, and roads as well as the ongoing construction of an ultra-modern convention centre which is expected to host the 2022 African Union Summit.
“We eagerly look forward to the completion of other joint projects such as the Kafue Gorge Lower Project. We are further encouraged by increased bilateral economic activity in light of Zambia’s favourable investment climate as well as market access and preferential treatment for Zambian agricultural products into China and indeed support to other sectors,” President Lungu said.
He reaffirmed that Government will continuously commit to the bilateral and multilateral levels for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.
President Lungu further congratulated China for its 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and commended the party for leading the Chinese people in attaining remarkable socio-economic achievements.
He also applauded China for eradicating extreme poverty among its people.
And Mr Yang said he was in the country concretise the resolutions from the meeting the Head of State had with President Xi in July 2020, and during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit.
Mr Yang expressed confidence that the next FOCAC meeting will achieve tangible results for the mutual benefit of China and Zambia and its peoples.
He observed that Zambia was the first country in Southern Africa to have established diplomatic ties with new China under the guidance of founding fathers of China and Zambia, Chairman Mao Zedong and Dr Kenneth David Kaunda.
Mr Yang stated that both countries have endeavored to achieve bilateral cooperation premised on equality, mutual benefits and solidarity.
The Special Envoy committed to continue supporting the Zambian Government on the development path that suits the Zambian people.
He further stated that China is opposed to any internal interference of African countries.
Mr Yang said China will enhance cooperation with Zambia in the economic sector and international issues among others.
This is contained in a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Isaac Chipampe.

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President Edgar Lungu says there is need to uphold women’s rights

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is saddened that women continue to experience social barriers to participate in leadership and decision making despite government’s efforts in promoting gender equality.
Speaking this morning during the commemoration marking the International Women’s Day, President Lungu said there is need to uphold women’s rights and fully leverage the potential of women leadership to achieve the set development agenda.
“Women, are the change agents orienting other women and girls to aim high, to dream and aspire for leadership positions, to know that they are part of the development process able to take up any vocation, political and profession they so desire without feeling intimidated,” he said.
He has challenged men to join forces with the women who have been in the forefront of ensuring that the rights, capabilities and responsibilities of all the family members are respected and reinforced.
President Lungu said government through the Ministry of Gender will continue to coordinate the implementation of various gender mainstreaming and empowerment interventions to ensure women and girls’ rights are promoted and protected.
“By promoting gender equality and participation of women and girls, my government’s aim is to enhance the ability of women to participate as leaders at various levels.As government, we have put in place a number of programmes to support the empowerment of women and girls,” he added.
He further commended all women, working together with their male counterparts in the frontline of the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
“I also commend other women who have been instrumental in the fight against covid-19, the journalists have worked tirelessly to create awareness across the country on the pandemic.  the contributions of all these women shows leadership and patriotism,” he said.
President Lungu has since urged citizens to appreciate the leadership role that women play in the development process and in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
He said government commits to continue working together its cooperating partners in uplifting the status of women and girls and enhancing their participation in the development of the country.
“I continue to look forward to a day when gender equality will be a reality in this country,” President Lungu said.
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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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Zambia Stats

82,655 Total Cases
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78,721 Recovered

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