FORMER Republican President Edgar Lungu has announced that he will soon retire from active politics.
Speaking this morning after church service at United Church Of Zambia( UCZ ) All Saints Congregation in Chainda, the former president said he is not available for 2026.
He urged the former ruling Patriotic Front (PF) to rebrand itself with new leadership.
“I am not available for 2026, the PF should now rebrand itself with new leadership, when the right time comes, we will announce the new PF President and I will take leave, I have run my race, let me rest” he said.
He however said he is available to offer leadership to the nation.
“If I am going to resign its personal with my employers who are the government of Zambia. So why the fuss, baletina? I want to rest, I have done my part,” he said.
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President Hakainde Hichilema, fires Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary in charge of administration, George Magwende
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has with immediate effect terminated the contract of Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary in charge of administration George Magwende.
In a statement issued by Presidential spokesperson Anthony Bwalya the termination is pursuant to Articles 92(1)92(2)(e) and 270 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia.
“President Hakainde Hichilema has, with immediate effect, terminated the contract of Dr. George Magwende as Permanent Secretary (Administration), in the Ministry of Health.
The termination is pursuant to Articles 92(1), 92(2)(e) and 270 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia,” he said.
Mr Bwalya said the President has since thanked Dr Magwende for the services rendered to the Government of the Republic of Zambia, and wished him well for the future.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, August 7th, 2022)
Recruitment turnout a wake up call, says CCZ
THE Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) says government should monitor the current recruitment of public service workers which is an eye opener of the unemployment levels in the country.
In a statement, Council general secretary reverend Canon Emmanuel Chikoya said Council acknowledges government’s efforts in fighting unemployment in the country but believes there is need to grow and support the private sector which is key in supplementing its efforts in the same vein.
Commenting on the current recruitment of Enumerators that will help in the 2022 Census exercise, father Chikoya urged government to conduct the process in a transparent manner adding that this is the only way public confidence can be maintained.
“The turnout of over 20,000 candidates for aptitude test against the 3,000 that are needed for Lusaka only is alarming, ” Fr Chikoya said.
“But, it’s encouraging to see government recruiting in large numbers. Our hope is that government efforts will be supported and supplemented by the private sector,” he said.
And the general secretary has called on the Church and small medium enterprises to promote entrepreneurship and long term jobs rather than focus on temporal jobs that offer temporal relief.
“Census jobs are temporal, they offer temporal relief. What we need are permanent jobs that are long term in nature, such jobs can be in investments or entrepreneurship. Therefore, all key stakeholders inclusive of the Church should all play a role in achieving this noble goal,” Father Chikoya said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, August 6th, 2022)
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officers drag a business man off a plane in Lusaka, while he was attempting to flee the country over a case he is accused of corrupt practices
SURYA Energy Limited Exports Manager, Aditya Arora,38, of Lusaka’s Rhodes park area has been arrested for corrupt practices involving a K4,000 after he tried to flee the country.
Aditya is believed to have bribed a named officer from the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) in order for him to have his oil tankers included on a list of tankers that had been inspected and were due for inclusion in a petroleum products transportation licence.
Aditya who had already boarded that plan was removed and apprehended at Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka .
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Spokesperson Queen Chibwe said Aditya has been detained and is expected to appear in court on Monday.
“The arrest follows investigations in which it was established that Aditya offered a bribe of K4,000.00 to a named officer of the Energy Regulations Board (ERB) in order for the officer to include an oil tanker on a list of tankers that had been inspected and were due for inclusion in a petroleum products transportation licence.
Investigations have revealed that in May this year, Surya Energy Limited applied to have six oil tankers inspected by ERB for purposes of their inclusion in their road transportation license for petroleum products,” she said
She said the license that Surya Energy Limited had was valid till July 2024 and it has been established that on July 1st , this year, Surya Energy Limited only made four tankers available for inspection out of the six at their Mungwi Road garage.
“Following the inspection, approval was granted for the four tankers to be included in the road transportation license for petroleum products.
However, Aditya Arora later sent K4,000 as a bribe to a named ERB Officer who was one of the inspectors to facilitate the addition of another tanker on the list of inspected tankers for inclusion in the license. The ERB officer rejected the bribe and reported the issue to his superiors, who passed it on to the ACC,” she said.
Ms Chibwe added that in relation to the same matter, the Commission has also recorded a warn and caution statement from Aditya’s lawyer Mwansa Chambaila of Ituna Partners, Lusaka, for giving false information to an officer of the Commission.
“Mwansa is alleged to have provided information to the effect that Aditya was scheduled to travel out of the country on August 5th, 2022 when in fact Aditya was scheduled to travel the previous day, August 4th 2022. Alert officers managed to track Aditya and had him removed from the plane which he had already boarded.Aditya is detained in Police custody and is expected to appear in court on Monday August 8th 2022,for mention,” she said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, August 5th, 2022)