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MINISTRY of Information and the Media says Ethics and Professionalism are hallmark of the Journalism profession.

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Nalitaba Mwale said ethics and professionalism define who a journalist is, espercially with the advent of social media where people who are not journalists are able to share information with the public.

Speaking during a training workshop on Media Ethics Professionalism and Electoral Reporting held in Kabwe, Mrs Mwale said more often than not, the information is unverified, resulting in a fake news, rumour mongering, hate speech and other vices.

“This is even more destructive when it comes to electoral issues where people need accurate and well researched information to make informed decisions,” she said.

Mrs Mwale added that the workshop is significant in enhancing the ethical and professional capacity of the media in their reporting.

“The overall objective of the workshop is to enhance media capacity in ethics and professionalism with a focus on electoral reporting,”.

She further expressed gratitude to the Zambia National Commission for UNESCO, for the various projects the organisation has continued to render towards the development of Zambia’s media industry.

She said this in a speech read on her behalf by Central Province Local Government Officer Mr Ackson Habanji.

And Zambia National Commission for UNESCO Secretary General, Dr. Charles Ndakala reminded journalists of the need to be ethical in their reporting because whatever they report on is taken by most people as the truth.

Dr. Ndakala said it is important for journalists to be professional and ethical especially when reporting on the elections, as what they report on has the ability to convince people to vote for a candidate they were not willing to give a vote.

“It’s very important for you the media to ensure that before you write something, you think through what is reported because what you say is taken by most people as gospel truth,” he said.

Dr. Ndakala further pledged UNESCO’s continued support to buiding the capacity of the media to ensure professionalism in the profession.

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ACC arrests Chirundu DEBS for theft and forgery contrary to the Laws of Zambia

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CHIRUNDU District Education Board Secretary (DEBS), Veronica Mubanga has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and jointly charged with two others for theft and forgery contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Mubanga aged 53, of Chirundu High Cost, has been charged with one (1) count of Theft by Public Servant contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Others arrested and jointly charged with her are Chirundu District Guidance and Counseling Coordinator (DGCC) Obert Sibajene aged 50, of House Number 8 Teachers Compound, Chirundu Secondary School; and the District Resource Centre Coordinator (DRCC) Njekwa Njekwa aged 41 of Mazongolo Compound in the same district.

ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe disclosed in a statement that Sibajene has been charged with one (1) count of Forgery while Njekwa, has been charged with two (2) counts of Forgery contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

“Sibajene and Njekwa on separate occasions, forged an Accounts Form 44A purporting to be a retirement form for a certain Eddie Zaza when in fact not,” Chibwe stated.

She said the trio has been released on bond and will appear in court soon.

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Police say vehicle that was involved in an RTA was not on the presidential escort convey

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ZAMBIA Police Service has dispelled the falsehood being peddled on social media that the vehicle that was involved in a road traffic accident was on the presidential escort convoy at the time of accident.

Police Spokesperson Rea Hamoonga said in a statement, that the vehicle in question is not used on the presidential escort convoy duties but rather is used by traffic officers to check the deployment of officers on the route.

Mr Hamoonga said police in Lusaka have since charged Namuyemba Lyapa aged 32 of Lusakas Nyumba Yanga for the offence of Careless driving Contrary to Section 154 of the Road traffic Act NO.11 of 2002.

“This was after a head on collision that occurred on 2nd December, 2021 at 19:00 hours at the Junction of Mosi-O-tunya and Tokyo way (ring road) involving a Nissan Almera ZP 198 C driven by Sergeant Nkwashi Hillary and Nissan Murano registration number BAR 2206 driven by Namuyemba Lyapa,” he said.

He explained that the accident happened when the driver of the Nissan Murano was approaching from South towards North and failed to give way to the Nissan Almera which was approaching from the opposite direction and was turning right when the traffic lights indicated the arrow sign hence the collision.

Mr Hamoonga added that the Nissan Almera had a broken left head lamp, bonnet, grill and front bumper while the Nissan Murano had a depressed front bumper.

This accident occurred when the driver had knocked off duty on his return to his duty station.

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Lusaka lawyer drags, Sylvia Masebo, to court over her directive that only vaccinated persons should enter govt buildings

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A LUSAKA lawyer has sued Health minister Sylvia Masebo in the High Court over her directive that only vaccinated people against COVID-19 should be allowed access to government buildings.

According to a petition filed in court, Kelvin Zimba, a lawyer at Mosha and Company, wants the court to declare that the pronouncements made by Masebo on November 28, 2021 demanding that all persons entering public buildings and public service workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and produce proof of such vaccination is ultra vires Article 13,19,21 and 22 of the Constitution and therefore, void and of no effect.

Zimba, who has also cited the Attorney General in this petition, further seeks an order of certiorari that Masebo’s pronouncements be quashed for being unconstitutional.

Masebo directed that it will be a requirement for all persons to provide evidence of vaccination before entry into government buildings.

She also directed that it will be a requirement for civil and public servants to be vaccinated for them to be admitted at work.

The directives are with effect from November 30, 2021. According to Masebo, this was in response to the newly discovered Omicron variant in which the World Health Organisation (WHO) had asked countries to enhance surveillance.

But Zimba has argued that the minister’s directives are likely to violate his rights guaranteed in Article 13 (1) of the Constitution in that he will be deprived of his personal liberty as he will not be free to access government buildings and report for work unless he gets vaccinated.

He stated that as a legal practitioner, he is an officer of the court and court premises are government buildings, adding that his daily routine involves visiting government buildings such as police stations, Ministry of Lands, Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA), Mines, among others but that he would not be able to do so unless he provides proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Zimba stated that Masebo’s decree would hinder him in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience, thought and belief by putting him in a situation where he has to make painful and intensely burdensome choices of either being true to his conscience or risk forefeiting his practice of the law as he will not be allowed to enter government buildings without proof of vaccination.

He added that the directive will hinder him from moving freely within Zambia as he will be required to be vaccinated and provide proof.

Zimba stated further that he and small fraction of society have been discriminated against by a decree that coerces them to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to access government buildings where they work and make ends meet from.

“There is no scientific evidence to prove that the vaccine can stop the spread of COVID-19 virus as studies are still ongoing and seem to suggest that it only increases one’s chances of survival,” Zimba said.

“I believe that the public interest in safeguarding the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual far outweigh the currently public interest of the vaccination to stop the spread of COVID-19 as there is no guarantee on effectiveness and the vaccinations pose their own risks and threats to humanity,” he added.

Zimba stated that he believes it is unmerited to impose the vaccines on any fraction of the population as research is still ongoing and therefore, the government’s decisions should be quashed.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

05 Dec 2021, 5:36 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

210,312 Total Cases
3,667 Deaths
206,466 Recovered

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