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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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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: COVID-19 STATS

04 Mar 2021, 5:48 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

80,687 Total Cases
1,109 Deaths
76,498 Recovered

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