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Miles Sampa’s followers react to his suspension with mix feelings



FOLLOWING his suspension from the former governing Patriotic Front(PF), Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa, who has not yet given an interview to the media to react to the suspension, somewhat found a way of expressing himself over the development.

The PF presidential aspirant took to Facebook where he posted a smiling picture of French professional footballer Kylian Mbappé, who plays as a forward for Ligue.

Now, Mbappé is considered one of the best players in the world and is recognized for his dribbling abilities, exceptional speed and finishing.

Like Mbappé, some of Mr Sampa’s Facebook followers feel the former Lusaka mayor is one of the best PF presidential aspirants and could have been “dribbled” through a suspension because he is a threat.

But others rebuked the politician who was suspended over alleged divisive remarks uttered during a presser, urging him to tone down, obey party rules and work on his indecision.

One of the followers, Jessie Chissie, reacted ”

“When you know you are the team’s highest scorer 😂”.

Ishmael Mweete wrote “You mbape honorable, let them continue fighting you,but you are unstoppable 💪”.

For Ngozi Sinkala, she is convinced Sampa is a threat to other contenders.

“Awe but ba pf are threatened by you😂”. Ngoza wrote.

“So they’re scared of the Miles 😂😂 elo serve the suspension not ati am forming my own political party apa asaba pusika boss💪” Falesi Lungu wrote.

Chisala Chiyungi wrote “Basically Mbappe was rejected 🙅‍♂️ by his mother country and joined France 🇫🇷 were he has become prolific player. Ironically your party is rejecting you let’s see the Mbappe in you Miles Sampa”.

But others counseled the politician on the need to be politically mature while some rebuking him for going “offside” .

“Miles you have got qualities but problem is not being stable. Your career is filled with indecisions, short cuts etc” Prince Liteta wrote.

“Ichefyeni[humble yourself] You went offside filachitika but reconcile with the party” Cleopas Njovu wrote.

For Joally Mutobola, the suspension is timely.

“Bamicitafye bwino Yama[They did well to suspend you uncle] there is no way you can be fighting a party that you’re part of it’s not maturity kwangala form your own party so that you can enjoy criticizing the Ruling party and the PF”.

Trump Mulele equated the suspension to dribbling.

“I told you that soon they will dribble you, remember? ” Mulele wrote.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 31st January, 2023)


US Govt releases USD$16million toward corruption fight



UNITED States Vice President Kamala Harris has announced that more than USD$16 million has been released towards the fight against corruption and other reform programs.

Ms Harris said the US is keen on helping accelerate the fight against corruption to help pave way for democracy to flourish.

Speaking at State House today, Ms Harris said the strong ties between Zambia and the US will continue and those include the fight against corruption .

“Democracy is a priority for the United States. We have released more than USD$16 million for programs including anti-corruption and other reform programs,” she said.

She commended President Hakainde Hichilema for the strides being made in the fight against corruption as well as debt restructuring.

“We will quicken the debt restructuring and we advise other bilateral official creditors to have  meaningful debt restructure for Zambia as well,” she said.

And Mr Hichilema said Zambia values the bilateral relationship held with the US and will ensure to maintain the good historical friendship.

He noted that Government priority is to rebuild the economy.

“What is keeping us down is debt over hung. It is contributing towards the affected foreign exchange market prices and so we are pushing to unlock that so that we create more jobs and more businesses,” he said.

Mr Hichilema further reiterated that Zambia will continue upholding good governance and also stated that Zambia is a democracy by choice and not through persuasion.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 31st March, 2023)

(Picture by Munati TV)

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US Veep to hold bilateral talks with President Hakainde Hichilema



MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo says Vice President of the United States of America Ms Kamala Harris is today expected to embark on her official visit to Zambia from today to 1st April 2023, accompanied by the Second Gentleman, Mr Douglas Emhoff.

Mr Kakubo said Vice President Harris will hold a bilateral meeting with President Hichilema, which will focus on important matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional, and global levels, including democracy, food security, and sustainable economic growth.

He said the Vice President’s visit will serve to advance US efforts to expand assistance to Zambia in accessing the digital economy, supporting climate change adaptation and resilience, and strengthening business ties and investment, including through innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic empowerment of women.

“President Hichilema has been driving the country’s bold and ambitious economic development agenda, and this visit will solidify Zambia’s partnership with the United States, while exploring new areas of cooperation in identified sectors that will accrue tangible benefits to the people of Zambia,” he said.

Mr Kakubo said the increased high-level visits by foreign leaders and dignitaries to Zambia serve as a testament to the renewed confidence the international community has in the country’s current leadership.

“These visits are crucial and demonstrate Zambia’s standing as a preferred investment destination. The country is open to collaborative partnerships, and the international community has shown willingness to work with the government in various areas such as health, education, agriculture, mining, water and sanitation, energy, and tourism,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 31st March, 2023)

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Dr. Nevers Mumba says the discussion and debate on democracy is long overdue



MOVEMENT for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba says the discussion and debate on democracy is long overdue and has since commended the co-hosting of the summit in Zambia.

He has however advised the western world not to use democracy as a pipeline to impose certain values against the country’s norms.
Dr Mumba has since challenged the western world to respect the county’s cultural, religious, christian and social values.
The politician, who is also a former vice president, said during the sidelines of the summit, there is a lot of business with the western world to help propel development and that is why the business should not be hindered by other agendas.

“We think the discussion and debate on democracy is long overdue. Africa is ready to take on this debate. What we are against is interference from the western world or anywhere. We do not want democracy to be used as a pipeline to impose certain values. If this continues, there will be a huge divorce from the pipeline,” he said.

Dr Mumba said a strong partnership with the western world will continue but that they should respect the country’s cultural values.

“We have a lot of business of Democracy and we remain committed, but we do not want anything to come in between that,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th March, 2023)

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