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.
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Church politicians must collaborate, says President Edgar Lungu
PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has continued meeting various church leaders to strengthen relations between Government and the Church and yesterday met the Lusaka Association of Zambian Diocesan Clergy at State House.
President Lungu urged the Church to continue preaching peace and praying for all political players, as the country heads to the general elections on 12th August, 2021.
The President emphasised the need for the Church to preach peace to all political players and that all stakeholders must embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“It is peace that we should share throughout this season. Let us continue collaborating with the Church and the politicians, and let no one put this collaboration asunder, ” the President said.
The President called on the Church to offer constructive criticism to Government and compliment Government where it has done well.
And Association President Father Gabriel Mwanamwalye said one of the mandates Jesus Christ gave to the Clergy is to preach peace.
Father Mwanamwalye encouraged the President and other political leaders to promote peace among political party supporters. He appealed to Zambians to embrace peace in this election year and regard peace as a commodity which should be guarded.
Father Mwanamwalye appealed to eligible voters to participate in the forthcoming elections.
“As priests we will not embrace partisan politics because the people in church support different political parties, ” he stated, adding, “Peace must be preached before, during and after the general elections to avoid bloodshed. We ask all leaders to restrain their cadres as this is time to promote peace and coexistence. Ours is a nation of One Zambia One Nation and we are one regardless of where we come from. “
Also in attendance were Presidential Affairs Minister Hon. Freedom Sikazwe, and
National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister, Hon. Godfredah Sumaili. Father Mwanamwalye was accompanied by Father Joseph Sakala and Father Bryson
This is according to press statement issued by Issac Chipampe, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations.
President Lungu calls on Judges to exercise impartiality and high levels of integrity ahead of this year’s general elections
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says the role of the Judiciary ahead of this year’s general elections will be critical as most political players and other stakeholders will seek different forms of court relief.
The President has since called on judges to exercise impartiality and high levels of integrity in the discharge of their duties.
Speaking this morning when he swore in seven Judges of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and Court of Appeal, the Head of State said he is confident that their individual diverse experiences in the administration of justice will be invaluable.
He also assured the judiciary that government is committed to ensuring that the establishment of the Constitutional Court and Court of Appeal is filled to optimum levels.
“I am aware that the Judiciary’s commendable efforts to deliver timely and efficient justice will only bear fruit when challenges facing the institution are addressed. These challenges include insufficient space to accommodate judges and support staff and provision of official transport for judges of the superior courts,” he said.
The President further said government will soon undertake a robust construction of court infrastructure to address the critical challenge of inadequate space faced by the judiciary.
“My government is further addressing funding to the judiciary to meet judges’ entitlements as provided for under the law,” he said.
The new Judges include, Supreme Court Judge Fulgency Chisanga, Concourt Justices Mwila Chitabo, Mathew Chisunka, Judy Mulongoti and Anessie Michael Banda-Bobo.
Other are Court of Appeal justices, Nicola Ann Sharpe-Phiri and former legal aid board deputy director Kelvin Muzenga.
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Public Administrators condemns PF cadres for harassing a civil servant
THE Association for Public Administration in Zambia(APAZ) says the conduct of PF cadres who stormed the Ministry of Works and Supply to harass a woman they claim to be UPND in the presence of the Permanent Secretary connotes criminality.
APAZ president Sikawala Musonda has since called on the police to thoroughly investigate the matter and ensure that all the perpetrators are prosecuted.
“We note, with dismay, a video circulating in which a female civil servant believed to be stationed at the Ministry of Works and Supply is being harassed by political party cadres in the presence of the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary.
The treatment of the lady in the video is not only disappointing but takes away the basic dignity and respect for a woman, something that Zambians are not known for. If not curtailed, this behaviour will have an adverse effect on professionalism in the civil service,” he said.
Mr Musonda has also commended the Secretary to the cabinet Dr Simon Miti and the police command for moving swiftly to apprehend the main suspect.
He said the move will send a strong message to would-be offenders.
Mr Musonda further said the association will follow the matter until justice prevails.
“As APAZ we are reminded of the basics of Public Administration and Management in general, and specifically the concept of “politics- administration dichotomy” in which it is expected that politics should be separated from the professional bureaucracy. It is our hope that going forward such incidents will have no place in our society,” Mr Musonda said