PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has officially opened the first session of the 13th National Assembly with a promise to turn the economic fortunes of the country.
And the President has maintained that his government has inherited an economy that is in dire straits and requires bold and decisive action to be taken to ensure recovery
Speaking this morning when he opened Parliament, President Hichilema said rebuilding the economy is top on his government agenda.
“We need the support of every citizen to achieve our development agenda. Our administration will, therefore, create an environment in which every citizen will have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from economic activities. As we begin our first term in office, our administration will embark on a national development agenda to ensure accelerated economic recovery,” he said.
President Hichilema said his vision is to have a united and prosperous Zambia that provides equal opportunities for all.
“We are determined to meet the basic needs of every Zambian and create a conducive environment for Zambia to become a prosperous middle income country. We will implement policies to address the fiscal deficit while ensuring that confidence is restored in the markets. It is important to bring stability to our economy and accelerate growth. As we embark on this journey, it is cardinal that we equally enhance the provision of equitable access to economic opportunities to our citizens, especially our youth,” he said.
President Hichilema said government will also enhance provision of adequate social services.
“We will further enhance the provision of social protection to the poor and vulnerable in our society. It is in this regard that the theme of my address is “creating a united, prosperous and equitable Zambia: restoring economic growth and safe-guarding livelihoods,” he said.
President Hichilema said people need to focus on unity and not what divides them.
“We are determined to usher in an era where politics are used to strengthen rather than weaken our unity. We are determined to make our national motto of “one Zambia, one nation” a reality and not just a mere slogan. We all desire a prosperous and equitable society. The levels of poverty in our country are unacceptably high,” he said.
President Hichilema said there is need to end the vicious cycle of poverty and bring prosperity to all.
“We will work to reduce various forms of inequality and create a more equitable society. We will safeguard the livelihoods of the poor and vulnerable in our society.
We will provide equal opportunities for development to all our citizens,” President Hichilema said.
The Head of State said government will accelerate economic growth and create opportunities for all.
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The distribution of the farm inputs for the 2021-2022 farming season starts tomorrow, says President Hakainde Hichilema
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has announced that the distribution of the farm inputs for the 2021-2022 farming season to all farmers across the country will start tomorrow the 18th of October, 2021.
And the Head of State has appealed to traditional leaders across the Country to avoid selling land to foreigners at the expense of Zambians.
In his Facebook post,President Hichilema has assured farmers across the country that they will receive their fertilizer tomorrow.
“This afternoon we held a meeting with His Royal Highness, Chief Liteta of the Lenje speaking people in Central Province.
During the meeting, through His royal highness, we appealed to all traditional leaders across the Country to avoid selling land to foreigners at the expense of you, Zambians,” he said.
He said land as a matter of ownership and empowerment, must first be given to Zambians and Zambians first and that those Zambians without capital and out of their own volition can get into joint ventures with citizens from other countries.
The Head of State said in order to ensure that service delivery is prompt, more funding for constituencies will be allocated and for the first time in the history of the country, local people will be deciding on how to use the funds as this will help curtail corruption that has been unprecedented at National level.
“And later we thanked the people of Liteta for voting for us but also stated that we are aware of the people’s hopes in us and that come this December, the current budget will be shut and ours will begin in January, 2022 and once we start using our own budget, all Zambians will start seeing the benefits of voting for change,” President Hichilema said.
He said government understand the challenges that the Agriculture is facing which were mainly induced by the previous regime’s awarding of Fertilizer contracts to suppliers for two years without due diligence.
President Hichilema said his administration is but on track and will ensure that agriculture sector does not die in the Country.
“Dear Zambians. Take your pens and notebooks and start taking down what we are delivering as per our vision.
So far, we have kicked out caderism and this led to freedoms in public places with only a few cases of not accepting change remaining currently but we will manage this. It is a process and let’s all get involved and get it solved,” he said.
He has further urged people of Chisamba to vote for UPND Council Chairperson candidate Fred Choongo.
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Minister of Information and Media Honourable Chushi Kasanda visits MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF)
MINISTER of Information and Media Honourable Chushi Kasanda visited MultiChoice Talent Factory MTF on a familiarisation tour in Lusaka.
The minister was received by Mrs Leah Kooma, Managing Director at MultiChoice Zambia, Christopher Puta Academy Director at MultiChoice Talent Factory, Selina Nyirenda, Corporate Affairs Manager – MAH Southern Region and MTF staff.
Honourable Kabanda said: “I would like to thank you for giving us the support and helping to bring talent into Zambia. We need the talent especially with our youths, it helps to take them off the streets and get them going”.
During the visit, both parties expressed thanks for the partnership they have enjoyed.
I will win and make Zambia Proud, Lolita Muzeya
ZAMBIA’S Welterweight Queen Lolita Muzeya on Tuesday arrived in the United Kingdom to take on Middleweight champion Savannah Marshall of Britain.
She is accompanied to the United Kingdom by her Manager, Vernon John Mwaanga, Matchmaker, Christopher Malunga and her trainer, Greetings Kaonga.
Muzeya also took time to visit the Zambia High Commission in London and was received by Defence Attach, Brigadier General David Mwanza.
And in an interview, the Welterweight Queen said she is not underrating her opponent, but she is confident of beating Savannah Marshall in her own backyard.
“I am not underrating my opponent; she is a good fighter, and I am ready and looking forward to a good fight. This is the biggest fight of my career. I want to assure Zambians that I am here to win and make my country, Zambia, proud,” she said.
And Brigadier General Mwanza said boxing is a unifying sport and called on Zambians in the United Kingdom to turn up in numbers in Newcastle to give Muzeya support in Saturday’s fight.
“Zambians are known to be good boxers. I am proud to see a lot of women having an interest in boxing. We are proud of you, and we know that you will make us proud. I have no doubt that you came here for one thing and that is winning. Stay focused, this is your moment to shine. Zambians both home and away are behind you,” he said.
Muzeya makes her debut on the European stage on October 16 when she takes on World Boxing Organization Female Middleweight champion Savannah Marshall of Britain at the Newcastle Arena in Newcastle.
The two 30-year old’s have put their unbeaten pro records on the line heading into Saturday’s WBO title fight on Tyneside.
World Boxing Council Silver Female Welterweight champion from Zambia hopes to add the WBO title to her repertoire.
Muzeya has held the WBC Silver Welterweight crown since 2016 and interestingly that was a year before her opponent Marshall turned pro.
Marshall on the other hand will be making the third defence of her WBO belt that she has successfully retained by knockouts.
But Muzeya heads to Newcastle with better mileage on her pro record with 16 fights, no draws with eight coming by knockouts.
The WBO champion has ten fights, and like Muzeya, she too has eight knockouts.
Saturday’s WBO title fight will be live on Sky Sport Boxing.
This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs. Abigail Chaponda, First Secretary, Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom