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I accept your apology, in the true Christian spirit, President Lungu tells Kambwili

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he has noted  Chishimba Kambwili’s apology and accepted it in the true Christian spirit.
The President said what matters is someone’s actions and deeds after one apologises for the wrongs they have done.
This is according to a press statement issued to Mwebantu by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Issac Chipampe.
Last week, Mr Kambwili asked President Edgar Lungu for forgiveness after he accused him of conniving with Lusaka business man Valden Findlay in drug dealing.
Dr Kambwili said he unreservedly apologise to President Lungu and Mr Findlay saying the statement he made was insinuated by some sections of  media.
Speaking at a press briefing at his residence in Luanshya, Dr  Kambwili said it is only right that a new page of brotherly love and genuine reconciliation is done.
“I am a Christian like many of the Zambian’s who believe in truthful reconciliation and forgiveness. During my self imposed political hibernation, I have reflected on a number of issues that I thought I should address today. Among them, I could have stepped on many people’s toes unknowingly and injuree them. I unreservedly apologize. I also wish to specifically single out one press briefing I held where I questioned the association of our Head of State His Excellency Edgar Lungu and Mr Valden Findley,” Dr Kambwili said.
He said he has realised his mistakes and asks to be forgiven
“I  have however realized that I should have cared enough to engage the people involved or even to take time to verify the raw information that came to my attention in the line of my political duties. Having said this, I want the unreservedly apologize to the President or Zambia Mr. Edgar Lungu for the misunderstanding that he is a drug dealer as insinuated by some sections of the media,” he said.
Dr Kambwili further said the information he gave out was not verified.
“I think it is my duty to once more clear this matter which in my view has created a lot of tension amongst us the involved persons. It is only right that we flip a new page as a sign of brotherly love and genuine reconciliation,” he said.
Dr Kambwili has also apologised to President Lungu’s family and Mr Findley.
“Ordinarily, I should have quietly approached the aggrieved persons privately but because he matter has been in public domain, I thought it is only right that I use the same medium I used to share the information.My prayer is that His Excellency Mr Edgar Lungu and Mr Valden Findley find it in their heart to forgive me. I am however reminded by Zambian singer Ephraim’s song, “Ndi muntufye, limolimo ndanaka,” and that to error is human but to forgive is divine! I tender this my apology,” he said.
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Sangwa’s petition is out of time, dismiss it with costs, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says

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THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss lawyer John Sangwa’s petition because it is out of time.

Sangwa, who is a constitutional lawyer on Tuesday filed a petition in court in which he wants the ECZ to be ordered to amend an affidavit for Presidential candidates/Running Mates to include words: “I have not twice held office as President”.

But the ECZ in its answer to Sangwa’s petition and skeleton arguments filed in court today, submitted that the Constitution has prescribed the manner and fashion of challenging the constitutionality of Statutory Instruments which is 14 days of the publication of the Statutory Instrument.

“The Statutory Instrument which the petitioner has sought to challenge was published in August 2016,” Nshindano stated. “We submit that given that the Statutory Instrument in question was published on 12th August 2016, the petition is therefore, clearly out of time.”

He urged the court to dismiss it with costs.

“We submit that the delay in challenging its constitutionality is inordinate and inexcusable and in line with Article 67(4), the petitioner’s claim should be dismissed with costs for being vexatious,” Nshindano argued.

And Nshindano also argued that as advised by ECZ’s lawyers, the contents of the affidavit for Presidential candidates/Running Mate conform to the requirements of Article 100 of the Constitution which relates to the qualification of disqualification of Presidential candidates.

Sangwa in his petition contended that the affidavit for Presidential candidate/Running Mate does not meet the requirement of Article 52 of the Constitution because it does not require a candidate in order to qualify for nomination as a Presidential candidate to state on Oath the number of times the candidate has held office as President as required by Article 106 (3) of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court has allowed Attorney General Likando Kalaluka to join these proceedings.

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Trust God even as the nation goes to the polls,President Edgar Lungu tells Zambians

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called on Zambians to trust God even as the nation goes to the polls and not to let anything divide them.

Speaking during his renewal of the bible society of Zambia membership, the President said God’s word must be the anchor throughout the past, present and future life of the nation.

“Therefore, it is important that, as a nation, we trust god at all times because he will always be there for us.This is even more true that Zambia will be holding elections on 12th August, 2021. God’s word must be the anchor of the nation throughout our past, present and future life of our great nation,” he said.

The President Lungu who is also patron and president of the society said he has no doubt that Zambians will honour the values especially to respect the dignity of one another.

“God’s word calls us to love God and to love one another, as fundamental values of the christian faith. As President i wish to reiterate these important words of the bible.That is why God’s word is true and relevant for every season, whether it is during times of COVID or times of elections, we are called to care and love for another as God’s children,” he said.

The President further urged Zambians to make God the centre of their lives and nation at large.

“I love the bible because it tells us in Galatians 3:28 that “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus,” he added.

President Lungu commended the society for the distribution of close to 70,000 bibles to the vulnerable communities among them seven thousand orphans.

“God’s word is about remembering the poor and those who do not have the means to afford a bible. Therefore, every support that, we as a nation, give to support the work of the bible society goes to ensure that more orphans and vulnerable communities are reached,” President Lungu added.

He further called for peace among citizens.

“My prayer, as President and patron of the bible society of Zambia, is for peace to be with all Zambians and our nation,” he said.

(Picture by Salim Henry)

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Catholic Bishops elect Most Rev. Ignatius Chama, Archbishop of Kasama as the president of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops

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THE Catholic Bishops in Zambia have elected Most Rev. Ignatius Chama, Archbishop of Kasama as the president of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Most Rev. Ignatius Chama takes over from Bishop George Lungu who was elected president in 2018.

Most Rev. Ignatius Chama who has been Vice President was elected at the just ended ZCCB Extended Executive Meeting held on 4th May, 2021 at Kapingila ZCCB House in Lusaka.

Rt. Rev. Charles Kasonde, Bishop of Solwezi is now the Vice President and Staffing Committee member.

ZCCB Secretary General Fr. Cleophas Lungu has made the announcement in a memorandum addressed to The Apostolic Nunciature, Local Ordinaries, ZCCB Staff, ZCCB Institutions, Zambia Association of Sisterhoods, Associations Religious Men in Zambia, Association of Zambia Diocesan Catholic Clergy and all the Catholic Faithful.

Other Bishops elected to the ZCCB Executive Board are: Most Rev. Dr. Alick Banda of Lusaka Archdiocese, Rt. Rev. Patrick Chisanga, OFM. Conv., Bishop of Mansa and Rt. Rev. Dr. Benjamini Phiri, Bishop of Ndola. The alternate member is Rt. Rev. Evans Chinyemba, OMI, Bishop of Mongu.

 

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08 May 2021, 4:38 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

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90,363 Recovered

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