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President Edgar Lungu clears his document 

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has set himself on the path to this year’s presidential elections after verifying his voting credentials and candidature with both the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the Examination Council of Zambia.
The President has been cleared at both hurdles with his details with the ECZ  being accurate and the academic qualifications, in this case, Form Five Cambridge School Certificate, being authentic.
In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for press and public relations, Isaac Chipampe, President Lungu drove incognito to John Howard Township, at Crawford Primary School to be specific, and was availed the voters’ register.
And Electoral Commission of Zambia told the President that his details were correct and that he is good to vote.
Mr Chipampe said later, the Head of State encouraged all registered citizens not to wait for the eleventh hour to verify their details.
He said President Lungu also urged Chawama Member of Parliament, Lawrence Sichalwe, to encourage people to go to the polling centres to verify their voting details.
He said the President said the culture of turning up late for events needs to be done away with.
Mr Chipampe said President Lungu emphasised that the voter verification exercise is very important as errors can be corrected if any.
He said the President later mingled with Crawford Primary School pupils from grades one to seven and asked them what careers they intended to pursue, most of them hoping to become doctors.
“The President drove across town to Woodlands, and into the Examinations Council of Zambia service centre premises to present his Secondary School certificate,” he said.
Mr Chipampe further said ECZ director Michael Chilala welcomed the President and ushered him to have his certificate checked.
“The President produced his Form Five Cambridge School Certificate which was authenticated in no time,” he said.
Mr Chipampe further said  ECZ produced a results’ register that showed that he completed school at Mukuba Secondary and passed his final examinations in 1976.
He said the President was delighted to see his name and those of his former classmates.
Mr Chipampe said Mr Chilala then later briefed the President that manual records from the 60s to 1998 will be digitised adding that  from 1998 todate, the records have been digitised.
“After a short tour of the premises and meeting ECZ clients, the President drove back to State House to end his morning assignments,” he said.

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Church politicians must collaborate, says President Edgar Lungu 

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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
Phiri.

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

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President Lungu calls on Judges to exercise impartiality and high levels of integrity ahead of this year’s general elections

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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.

(Picture by State House)

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Public Administrators condemns PF cadres for harassing a civil servant 

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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

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