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Media our is cardinal partner, Speaker for the National Assembly, Nelly Mutti says



IN an effort to enhance communication, the National Assembly of Zambia has pledged commitment to work hand in hand with the media.

National Assembly speaker Nelly Mutti says the media are the fourth estate who ensure that communication is rolled down to members of the public as well as parliamentarians.

Speaking during a media breakfast in Lusaka today, Ms Mutti echoed that the media in today’s society is a necessary tool for shaping the society to be better.

She pledged commitment in ensuring that the relationship between the National Assembly and the media coexists.

“I am convinced that the media in today’s society is a necessary tool for shaping desirable values, beliefs and behaviours of citizens. On that premise, Parliament has placed a premium on the media as a reliable partner for realising our communication needs.

As Speaker of the National Assembly, I want to personally assure you of my commitment to ensuring that a good relationship exists between Parliament and the media fraternity,” she said.

Ms Mutti outlined that the key to building a good relationship is to ensure that there is mutual respect and recognition between the media and the National Assembly.

She noted that the National Assembly will not infringe on the media’s right to gather information.

“On your part, please ensure that you exercise care when reporting about Parliament. In this regard, I urge you to familiarise yourselves with contents of the Parliamentary Reporting Handbook for practicing journalists, especially those who wish to venture into the specialised field of parliamentary reporting,” she said.

She said as the fourth pillar of democracy, the media plays the vital role of linking Parliament to constituents and vice versa.

Ms Mutti said the media is one of the most important actors involved in helping the public enjoy their right to know what their representatives are doing and that it is asocial barometer, channelling information to Parliamentarians about public perceptions and opinions on innumerable issues Parliament must consider.

And in order to enhance the visibility of the National Assembly, the speaker has launched her Facebook and Twitter pages.

“In an effort to enhance the visibility of the National Assembly of Zambia and my office, I would like to take this opportunity to officially launch my Facebook page and Twitter account. I am confident that these social avenues will supplement the existing public engagement platforms and channels of communication at the National Assembly,” she said.

The speaker also announced that, starting in 2024, she will introduce the “Speakers Media Awards” to motivate journalists covering parliamentary business.

She further added that the Zambian Parliament has undergone reforms aimed at transforming the institution from one that is remote and closed to one that is transparent, accountable and inclusive.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 21st August, 2023)


‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka



LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.

Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.

In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.

Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.

“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”

Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.

“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)

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Lusaka farm workers run after stealing 150 pigs from employer, police say



THREE farm workers are on the run after they allegedly stole 150 pigs valued at K1.5 million.

The three are Peter Mumba aged 40, Isaac Banda aged 36 and Boniface Banda aged 20.

A manhunt has been launched to bring the suspects to book.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident allegedly took place on Friday December 8th between 19:00 to 20:00 hours.

He said the report of theft by servant was received from Veronica Phiri, the owner of the farm in the industrial area.

“Brief facts of the matter are that the reporter (farm owner) employed the trio at her farm two years ago. On December 7,2023,She visited her farm and everything was intact. However, on December 9,2023 around 10:00 hours,She received a phone call from her neighbour that there was no one at her farm including all workers and their wives.She later drove to her farm and found no body and all her livestock had been stolen,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said she then immediately reported the matter to Westwood Police Station.

He added that Police Officers visited the scene of crime and found no workers at the farm and all the pigs had been stolen.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)

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Suspected criminal shot dead in Lusaka



POLICE have gunned down a suspected criminal believed to be behind a spate of robberies.

The suspect only known as Jack TC is believed to have committed a spate of crimes with his colleagues who are on the run.

Jack TC was renting an apartment in Kalundu area of Lusaka and allegedly hired a vehicle three months prior, which he used to commit the said crimes.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the unfolding of the crimes started on November 29,2023, during routine patrols when officers spotted a Silver Toyota Ractis bearing Registration CAC 825 ZM which was suspiciously parked along a small gravel road.

He said when challenged, the occupants started the motor vehicle and spade off almost hitting one of the officers.

“This prompted officers to fire warning shots and consequently three suspected criminals escaped and abandoned the vehicle. A set of number plates bearing Registration number BAE 6146 ZM, were recovered. The vehicle was later discovered to have been hired out to Clement Katunga of Katungu farms in Makeni through our investigations,” he said.

He said later on December 7, 2023 around 09:00 hours, officers went to Lusaka west in Kalundu area where they found that the suspect was renting an apartment.

Mr Hamoonga said when officers approached the apartment, two suspected criminals came out and jumped over a wall fence with a lazer wire.

He explained that several warning shots were fired towards the two escaping criminals who nevertheless disappeared into a thicket in the neighboring farm.

“Unfortunately, when officers conducted a search around the thicket, one suspected criminal only known as Jack TC was found lying on the ground after he sustained bullet wounds and lazer wire respectively. He was rushed to University Teaching Hospital, but was unfortunately pronounced dead by a medical doctor,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the apartment officers recovered the following Unregistered Mark X grey in colour ,13 ladies hand bags, a set of four black mag rims wheels, with tyres, two sets of Number plates BAX 3769 and SHIKY 1, a double sticker seal tape, two pairs of ladies shoes, ÀB BANK Cash withdraw slip by IFO SABRIE KALID, a Gun case, FNB ATM bearing card number 1646, a Money tag Slip from Atlas Mara Zambezi mall and two NRCs bearing the names of Samuel Zulu and Mooba Habombe

Mr Hamoonga said also found was a driving licence for Clement Katunga ,Sherbourne lodge identity card for manager ,12 – 2023 Inclusive Sports Festival T-shirts, eight laptop bags, six Travelling bags, four suitcases and two kit bags.

“The Owner of the Ractis vehicle has identified the now deceased as the person who had in fact hired his vehicle for at least three months.

Investigations have since been instituted and a manhunt for the suspect who escaped is on,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)

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