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Africa must be given two seats and power of veto in the UN Security Council

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MINISTER of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Joseph Malanji has called on Africa to ensure that the demand for two permanent seats, with power of veto, was given to Africa in the United Nations Security Council during the on-going UN reforms.

Speaking on behalf of Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Joseph Malanji in Senegal during a Ministerial Meeting of the Committee of Ten, Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba said it was imperative the UN security council as the pioneer of governance systems, reflected the needs and interests of both developing and developed countries in an rational and non-selective manner.

Ambassador Mwamba said Zambia supported the AU position on the need for Africa to have representation on the UN Security Council and further called on the C10 to continue to hold consultations with Member states and interest groups in an effort to achieve a comprehensive reform of the Council.

The Ministerial meeting of the Committee of ten which has since came to an end reiterated the importance for African countries to stay united on the reform of the United Nations Security Council, and speak with one voice to support the African union position, which calls for the allocation of two seats in the permanent category with its prerogative and privileges including the right to Veto, and two additional seats in the non-permanent category on the Security council.

The meeting further recommended that African countries must include the Common African position on the reform of the UN Security Council in their respective Foreign Policy priorities.

Zambia is amongst other African Countries under the African Union Committee of 10 {C-10} that have reaffirmed their cooperation and commitment towards the reform of the United Nations Security Council.

The C10 is a committee set up by the AU with mandate to canvass the African position on the United Nations Security council-UNSC- reform with a demand for Africa to be given two permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council and three other non permanent seats.

This is according to press statement issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary-Press& Tourism at Zambia Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

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Workers unions urges government to revisit it’s decision on Covid-19 measures

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ZAMBIA Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) says workers unions in the country have resolved not to support the discriminatory punitive being advanced by government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
According to a statement issued by ZUNO General Secretary Fray Michelo, the unions have since urged government to revist its decision.
Mr Michelo added that the Unions have reminded government that implenting the laid down measures is an infringement on the human and workers rights.
He said the unions are only in support of mass senstization and not mandatory vaccination.
“Unions observed that government seemed to already have made a decision and only needed an endorsement from the unions,” he said.
“Unions were not aware of any road map by the government to avert the fourth wave of Covid-19,”.
Mr Michelo further said the target of public service workers was not justified as they are only a small section of the whole population that is 200, 000 people against 17 Million.
On Sunday this week government had put in place measures to protect the population from the fourth wave among them the need for all civil servants to be vaccinated.

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Hundreds to lose jobs as Indeni Refinery is placed under care and maintenance by government 

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MINISTER of Energy says government has decided to put Indeni Petroleum Refinery on care and maintenance a situation that will see some employees lose their jobs.

In a statement, Peter Kapala said the other employees will be reassigned to manage fuel storage depots with Tazama Petroleum Products Limited.

Mr Kapala also disclosed that government has begun the process of reforming the petroleum subsector.

He noted that this resonates with the UPND’s manifesto where it promised that it will restructure the fuel supply chain so as to achieve least cost pricing while ensuring stable supply of petroleum products.

“As you may be aware, the sector has been marred with a lot of inefficiencies which have increased the cost of the various petroleum products,” he said.

Mr Kapala explained that the reforms are aimed at ensuring that there is adequate, reliable and affordable supply of petroleum products in the country.

“The overall objective of the reforms will be to increase security of supply of petroleum products in the nation,” he said.

“Government has begun to look at modalities that will reduce the cost of transporting petroleum products and improve efficiency in delivery petroleum products,”.

He added that government also intends to implement under transportation, the reconfiguring of the Pipeline to enable the pumping of Low Sulphur Gasoil (LSG- Diesel) through the TAZAMA Pipelines as one of the reforms.

He further said products such as Petrol, Jet A1, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Kerosene and Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) will be transported via road as they will no longer be produced by the Refinery.

“Instituting the above reforms in the fuel supply and procurement system will ensure security of supply of petroleum products leading to stability in the market,” Mr Kapala stated.

“Government will promote, with these reforms, transparency and private sector participation in the sector,”.

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The constitution will be refined before the next elections, says Veep, Mrs W.K. Mutale Nalumango 

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VICE President says the current constitution will be refined before the next elections.

Speaking during the Vice President question and answer session, Mrs. W.K. Mutale Nalumango said the country will not go into the next elections with the same kind constitution, because certain things in the document have to be made better.

Mrs Nalumango added that refining the constitution has been the commitment of the UPND administration, from the beginning, during the campaigns and even when the PF government was in power.

“Let me assure the Member of Parliament that the constitution shall be refined with new proposals. We are going to look at other pieces of legislation that include the Public Order Act,” she said.

Mrs. Nalumango has since encouraged law makers to make laws aimed at bettering the country than targeting individuals and opposition political parties.

She was responding to Bwacha Member of Parliament Sydney Mushanga who wanted to know when government will begin the refinement of the constitution and the Public Order Act.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

01 Dec 2021, 2:47 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

210,169 Total Cases
3,667 Deaths
206,406 Recovered

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