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Good Leadership is Critical to National Development, Martin Kalungu-Banda says

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RENOWNED Consultant in Leadership and Organization Development, Mr. Martin Kalungu Banda says there is need for diplomats to promote the values of Zambia above self-interest.

He said there was need for the Diplomats to develop the skill of listening so as not to miss the opportunity to front the country’s agenda when opportunity arises.

Speaking during a special leadership training for diplomatic staff at Zambia Embassy in Ethiopia, Mr. Banda said diplomats must ensure that they took keen interest in listening and understanding the critical role that they play in ensuring that Zambia is well represented at the continental level.

He said the divides such as ecological, social and spiritual, required countries to respond in an effective manner that promoted the wellbeing of its citizens.

He commended Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba for representing the country well in Ethiopia and the African Union.

And Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba thanked Mr. Banda for offering the international training to his staff for free saying this showed the patriotism that Mr. Banda had for the country.

He further commended him for not being like other acclaimed consultants who have used their fame to dent the image of the country.

Mr. Mwamba said it was unfortunate that some people were bent on tarnishing the image of the country to the outside world despite strides that government was making in improving the livelihood of its citizens.

He stated that Zambia was proud of Mr. Kalungu-Banda for offering a specialized leadership training across the world.

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

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ACC arrests owners of “48” houses

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested the owner of the controversial 48 houses Charles Mukomena Loyana and his
wife Susan Sinkala Loyana.

And the Commission has charged the couple with two counts of corrupt practices involving concealment and possession
of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe has confirmed in a statement today that the property in question is valued at over K37 million.

Chibwe said the couple has in the first count been charged with Concealment of Property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.

“In the first count, Mr. Loyana aged 51 and Mrs Loyana aged 46 of House Number 2728 off Shantumbu Road, Chalala in Lusaka have both been charged with One Count of Concealment of Property suspected
to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010,” Chibwe said.

In the second count, Chibwe said the duo is charged with One Count of Possession of Property suspected to be proceeds
of crime.

She revealed that on dates unknown but between 1st January 2012 and 30th June 2019, Mr. Loyana, Senior Accountant at the Ministry of Finance and Mrs. Loyana, an Assistant Accountant at the Ministry of Works and Supply jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, did conceal and possess 51 properties valued at the stated amount, properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

She said the duo has been released on bond and will appear in court on 14th December, 2021.

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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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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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