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ECZ says consignment found among ballot papers not linked to electoral activities
THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has assured the public that the consignment found on a plane carrying the final batch of ballot papers does not belong to the Commission.
Yesterday, suspicion arose during the receipt of the final batch of ballot papers at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport when some private cargo was offloaded from the aircraft carrying the last batch of ballot papers.
Representatives from political parties such demanded that the private luggage be opened so as to check what was inside.
However, after a check it was discovered that the private cargo contained phone accessories, batteries among other gadgets.
And ECZ corporate affairs manager Patricia Luhanga said the consignment is not in any way linked to electoral activities.
“The dispatch commenced on Wednesday 28th July 2021 and ended on 30th July 2021.
It was however noted that on the last dispatched consignment, in addition to the ballots, the charted plane by the Printer also contained consignments other than the ballots.
This raised concerns from some stakeholders and the Commission indicated that it would engage the Airline through the Printer for clarification,” she said
Zambian authorities to allow phones in prison
We will handle debt swap successfully, says Mubanga Mwiko
PUBLIC Service Micro Finance Company (PSMFC) Chief Executive Officer Mubanga Mwiko has assured the nation that his institution will successfully handle the debt swap exercise for civil servants owing various financial services.
Mr. Mwiko said his firm had experience in the exercise as it would be the third time to execute loan book transfers.
He said this when Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba paid a courtesy call on him in Lusaka.
Mr. Mwiko said the company was currently giving out 5 year term loans at five percent interest rate.
He said introduced building materials loans operationalized this year which has been welcomed greatly by the Public Service Workers as it assisted in enabling them complete their various structures such as houses.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba said he was happy to note that the institution had grown exponentially in the eight years of it’s existence from the time the PF Government created it in 2013.
Mr. Mwamba was further delighted to note that public servants below the Vice President to the lowest ranking were being serviced with duty free motor vehicles payable in five years.
He congratulated the bank for introducing short term cash solutions for public servants that would pay back within six months for challenges such as school fees, funerals and other emergencies.