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Mobs are misdirecting their anger at innocent targets, Human Rights Commission says

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HUMAN Rights Commission Chairperson Mudford Mwandenga has condemned the venting of frustrations by members of the public on innocent people whom they suspect to be connected to the chemical spraying.

And Mwandenga says the criminal and unlawful blocking of roads by angry mobs to search and harass motorists on suspicion that they carry chemicals used in gassing people must be stopped.

In a statement, Mwandenga said the commission is further disturbed by the report where an angry mob dragged a patient out to Mazabuka General Hospital and set him ablaze on suspicion that he was one of the gassers.

“While the Commission encourages the communities to be on high alert and work closely with the police in bringing to an end the prevailing insecurity and distressing situation in the country, it does not condone individuals taking the law into their own hands and abusing human rights,” Mwandenga said.

And Mwandenga has called on the police to ensure that the people who have been detained in connection with the gassing incidents are dealt with in accordance with the law.

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Recruitment turnout a wake up call, says CCZ

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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)

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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

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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)

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China committed to helping Zambia achieve debt restructure

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CHINA has reiterated it’s commitment to ensuring that Zambia undergoes a smooth debt restructuring process.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Du Xiaohui said with joint efforts, Zambia will achieve the debt restructuring program.

Mr Xiaohui said China and Zambia are friends who have a bilateral agreement to help foster development.

Mr Xiaohui during a round table meeting at the Mulungushi conference center today said that friendship is important and that is why China , through it’s bilateral corporation with Zambia is helping undertake the debt restructuring.

“Your concern, is our concern. That is what we call brotherhood. For the debt issue, we did not want to go through it using the G20 frame work channel, because we think bilateral cooperation is best, but our friends Zambia wanted to do it within the G20 frame work and so as China we agreed with the request,” he said.

He said that the talks on debt restructuring have taken a positive turn,because with only two meetings, a very important consensus has been achieved.

Mr Xiaohui said China was in talks with Zambia over a number of projects which were part of debt restructuring and that was why China, as co-chair in the debt restructuring process was committed to ensuring that Zambia met it’s target of development.

He also stated that China was an important cooperating partner for Zambia for markets such as mining which would see to Zambia going forward in terms of development.

“With joint efforts , we can attain development. We want development for Zambia and for it to have a normal restart. Issues of development should not have a negative effect and so we are committed to the corporation that we have,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, August 4th, 2022)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

07 Aug 2022, 6:21 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

331,074 Total Cases
4,016 Deaths
325,897 Recovered

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