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Former MoH PS, Kakulebelwa Mulalelo, finally nabbed for corruption involving the procurement of 50 ambulances

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested former Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kakulebelwa Mulalelo who was out of the country from February this year for corrupt practices.

Mulalelo, 47, of Meanwood Ibex Hill in Lusaka, has been arrested for Willful failure to comply with applicable law and procedure contrary to section 34 (2) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.

In a media statement, ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said it is alleged that between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017, Mulalelo, being a person whose function concerned the management, administration and use of public revenue, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons, willfully failed to comply with the law relating to procurement in awarding a contract to IVECO South Africa Limited for the supply of 50 ambulances to the Ministry of Health.

He said investigations have revealed that the Ministry of Health procured 50 Ambulances from IVECO South Africa Limited at an inflated total cost of US$13,750,000.00 without following duly laid down procurement procedures.

He said Ms Mulalelo as Chief Planner-Infrastructure, at the Ministry of Health, was part of the Ministerial Tender Committee that approved the procurement of the ambulances.

“Earlier, Mulalelo was expected to have been jointly arrested and charged together with former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health for Technical Services Dr Kennedy Malama and three others in April this year but her whereabouts were unknown as she had been out of the country since February 2022 and only resurfaced this August,” he said.

Mr Moono said Ms Mulalelo has been released on bond and will appear in court soon.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 1st September, 2022)

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President Hichilema encourages resilience in agriculture amidst drought challenges

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has urged citizens not to lose faith in agriculture despite the challenges posed by drought in certain regions of the country.

The President said the drought being experienced this year is a wakeup call to have more resources channelled into irrigation and water harvesting.

The Head of State has since called for more investment into the energy sector which hosts and helps give life to other sectors of the country.

Speaking during an Economic Governance Training for cabinet Ministers, President Hichilema said it is prudent to invest in the energy sector which helps uplifting other sectors.

“My appeal is that despite the poor season this year, do not walk away from Agriculture. Let us irrigate,” he said.

And President Hichilema said training of cabinet ministers will help uplift skills set through knowledge sharing of the public sector, private sector and outsourced partnership from South Africa.

He advised the attendees to take a leaf of how Singapore uplifted itself from a poor state to a great nation.

“Secretary to the cabinet, I will send you back to Singapore. I was whispering to the Vice President that I want you back. This time I want you to take a few permanent secretaries, few directors and few procurement officers. Walk them through on how we accepted to be left behind and hopefully when they come back, they can meet a wider public,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024)

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UKA is not about Edgar Lungu, says Harry Kalaba 

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OPPOSITION Citizens First (CF) leader Harry Kalaba has said the United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) is not about former President Edgar Lungu’s agenda to return to state house.

Earlier this month, a number of opposition parties among them, former ruling party Patriotic Front (PF) announced an alliance with the view of wrestling power from the United Party for National Development (UPND).

However, critics have branded UKA as a marriage of convenience with the sole purpose of pushing Edgar Lungu’s bid to return to power in 2026.

However, Mr Kalaba who is a member of the alliance has said people are mistaken to think UKA is about Mr Lungu.

“The mistake people are making is that this alliance thing, they think this about president Edgar Lungu they think, this is about the PF,” Mr Kalaba said when he appeared on Phoenix FM’s Let The People Talk.

Kalaba said UKA is the people’s agenda and had it been about the PF, he would not have joined them.

“If it was just about the PF, I would not have been part of it. This is beyond the PF and the detractors want to boil it down to say ‘it is a PF agenda’. It is not a PF agenda, it is a people’s agenda.

“We are not going to abandon the people’s agenda because the people we did not agree with in the past have also come on board,” Mr Kalaba said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 21st February, 2024)

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Flags to fly at half-mast as Zambia mourns late Namibian President Hage Geingob in solidarity

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has declares two days of National Mourning in honour of late Namibian President Hage Geingob.

The Head of State has further declared that, as a mark of respect for late President Geingob, all flags in the country should fly at half-mast, with effect from today, 21st February 2024 to Sunday, 25th February 2024.

“In addition, the Republic of Zambia will observe two days of National Mourning on Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th February 2024, which will be the memorial service and the burial service days, respectively, of His Excellency, Mr. Hage G. Geingob, late President of the Republic of Namibia,” Sectretary to Cabinet Patrick Kangwa said in a statement.

Mr Kangwa added ,”While mourning with our brothers and sisters in the Republic of Namibia, the Nation is hereby notified accordingly”.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 21st February, 2024)

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