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Bene Mukuni Traditional Ceremony Set for Mid-Year

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CHIEF Munokalya Mukuni, His Royal Highness has disclosed that this year’s Bene Munkuni Traditional Ceremony of the Bene Mukuni people of Zambia will be held mid-year.

The traditional ceremony will take place from 8th to 9th July 2022 in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia.

Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka, Organising Committee Chairperson, Mr. Mupotola, on behalf of Chief Mukuni said: “I’m extremely excited to announce that this year’s traditional ceremony will be held mid-year. I’m happy to invite all the people of Zambia, Africa, and the world to join me and the Bene Mukuni Dynasty to celebrate and commemorate the Bene Mukuni traditional ceremony. We are also excited to announce that this year’s ceremony will be graced by The Republican President, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema.”

The Bene Munkuni traditional ceremony is held in commemoration of Munokalya (which means Chief of Chiefs) Muchelewa (Lion King) Mukuni the first’s odyssey from Katanga in Congo to the environs of the Nsyungu Namutitima (Victoria Falls) in a journey which was undertaken between the early and mid-18th Century.
The traditional ceremony celebrates the lives and reigns of Mukuni, the first’s successors in both Spirit and Royal Titles that have since entered, upon death, the realm of the divine ancestor.

The ceremony is also a celebration to renew and cement the ancestral, cultural, and traditional bonds that exist between and among the Bene Mukuni Dynasty’s Royal Houses established in the pre-colonial era by either Munokalya Muchelewa Mukuni the first or his successors in spirit and Royal Titles.

“Zambians are one people, and our traditional ceremonies bring us all together to celebrate and appreciate our heritage and culture. It is also important that we the older generation pass on our culture to the younger generation for them to keep our spirit and traditions alive,” said Chief Mukuni.

This year’s Bene Mukuni traditional ceremony is expected to be bigger than the previous ones, because it promises to host various attendees and dignitaries from across the globe, and Zambia’s tourist capital Livingstone, is expected to see a boost in the tourism sector as more people are expected to attend the ceremony.

“I urge and encourage the young and old to come and witness the Bene Munkuni traditional ceremony and we expect this year’s ceremony to be massive,” remarked Chief Mukuni.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, June 16th, 2022)

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ZNS warehouse robbed, 212 GMO mealie meal bags en-route to DRC vanish.

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OVER 200 bags of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) mealie meal meant for export into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been stolen by unknown criminals.

The mealie meal is believed to have been stolen from a Zambia National Service (ZNS) warehouse at Kasumbalesa, where the contraband was stored, awaiting exportation.

ZNS chief marketing and public relations Colonel Mable Nyone said the service as well as police have since launched investigations into the matter.

“The Zambia National Service (ZNS) regrets to report that thieves last night broke into one of our warehouses at Kasumbalesa Border which house imported Eagles mealie meal meant for export to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and made away with about 212 by 25 kilograms of mealie meal estimated at more than K68, 000.This incident represents a slap in the face of the Service’s noble efforts of supplementing Government’s efforts of generating additional resources to complement those coming from the treasury,” she said

Colonel Nyone warned that those involved in the illegal act should, therefore, brace themselves to face the full force of the law.

She said the service, working closely with the Zambia Police, will fiercely pursue the individuals behind this irresponsible criminal act to ensure they are brought to justice.

“The perpetrators risk facing, not only charges related to breaking in and stealing bags of mealie meal but also a possible charge on illegally offloading genetically modified organism (GMO) commodities onto the local market, should they attempt to offload the commodity on the Zambian soil,” she said.

Colonel Nyone urged Zambian citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to the sale or distribution of the stolen ZNS mealie meal, particularly those bearing black labels.

“As a direct response to the unfortunate incident, ZNS will intensify security measures at all of our depots to prevent any further occurrences. We are committed to safeguarding our facilities while at the same time protecting the interests of the Zambian people who have chosen not to consume any GMO product,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th February, 2024)

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ZRA uncovers vehicle identity scam

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THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has unearthed a motor vehicle identity scam in which perpetrators use registration numbers of other motor vehicles to smuggle vehicles into the country.

In a recent development related to the ongoing investigation, a vehicle previously belonging to the Zambia Revenue Authority, which was involved in an accident and subsequently written off by the insurance company, has had its registration details illicitly used for another vehicle.

ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Oliver Nzala said the new vehicle was not duly cleared, and no duties were paid for its registration, constituting a serious violation of national laws and regulations under the Customs and Excise Act.

He said the estimated revenue loss from this smuggling act is K 97,700.

“The vehicle in question has since been detained by the Authority, and extensive investigations are underway to uncover the individuals responsible for this fraudulent activity. This incident underscores the sophisticated nature of the fraud being perpetrated and the lengths to which individuals will go to circumvent legal and regulatory frameworks,” he said.

Mr Nzala said the Authority in partnership with the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), the Zambia Police Service, and other key stakeholders, is intensifying efforts to enhance the security features of vehicle registration documents and to tighten controls across the board.

“Our goal is to prevent future incidents of fraud and to protect public revenues and safety. We call upon anyone with information related to vehicle identity theft, including the misuse of registration details of vehicles written off or involved in accidents, to provide such information to ZRA. Your cooperation is vital in our ongoing efforts to combat these illegal activities,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th February, 2024)

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MultiChoice Talent Factory wins CSR and Responsible Business Leadership award

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THE MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative of MultiChoice, has been honored with the prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Responsible Business Leadership Award at the 5th CSR and Responsible Business Awards Ceremony.

The event took place in Livingstone.

The award is bestowed upon organisations that demonstrate outstanding commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and exhibit exemplary leadership in responsible business practices.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory academy which was established in 2018, has been a beacon of opportunity for aspiring creatives across Africa.

“The MultiChoice Talent Factory academy has been active since 2018 and is currently entering its 5th cohort. It is a comprehensive one-year, MultiChoice fully sponsored training program accredited by the University of Zambia, designed to develop the professional skills of young creatives in the African film and television industry,” reads a statement.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 19th February, 2024)

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