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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A former ZRA accounts assistant slapped three years imprisonment for stealing over K170,000
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Court has convicted and sentenced a former Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) accounts assistant, Sami Sami to three years imprisonment with hard labour.
Magistrate Faides Hamaundu entered a statutory judgment and ordered the convict Sami to pay Zambia Revenue Authority the money that he had stolen.
Sami aged 43 was convicted on 18 counts of the offence of Theft by Public Servant contrary to section 277 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
The court heard that Sami an account assistant at ZRA on dates unknown but between the 16th day of August 2018 and the 31st day of July,2019, being a person employed in the Public Service namely ZRA stole K174,566.59 cash which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.
And ZRA has sternly warned its members of staff that there are no sacred cows as any officers found wanting will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 25th January, 2023)
ZRA dismisses fake social recruitment post.
THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has dismissed reports circulating on social media platforms purporting that the authority has advertised for jobs.
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Oliver Nzala said the social media reports are fake adding the general public should not be duped by unscrupulous people who are forging and coming up with fake ZRA documents in order to swindle unsuspecting people.
Mr Nzala said the fake recruitment adverts are a concern to the authority because some members of the public who are desperate for employment get swindled.
He urged the public to be on high alert concerning the scam, saying the unscrupulous people should be reported to the nearest police station or any ZRA office.
Mr Nzala also dispelled reports that the authority had set up a trust fund.
“The ZRA would like to warn and urge members of the public to strongly ignore and treat social media posts circulating, purporting that there is a Zambia Revenue Support Trust Fund Program and that the Authority has advertised for jobs, as fake. We have noted with great concern fake recruitment adverts circulating on social media purporting to have been issued by the ZRA. This is a big concern for the Authority because some members of the public who are desperate for employment get swindled,”he said.
He said ZRA’s recruitment process is anchored on core values of transparency, professionalism and integrity.
Mr Nzala said that ZRA advertises job vacancies on their website and in the print media.
He said in the past the authority has received cases from some being swindled of hard-earned cash by unscrupulous people purporting to be recruitment agents for ZRA.
He explained the swindlers send fake messages inviting the unsuspecting general public to attend interviews or assessment tests, conduct police clearance, undergo medical examinations and report for work.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 22nd January, 2023)