Preeta Law takes office as UNHCR’s new Representative in Zambia
NEWLY appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative to Zambia Preeta Law says she looks forward to continuing the strong collaboration between UNHCR and the Zambian Government and other stakeholders.
Ms Law who has assumed her official duties in the country served as UNHCR Representative in South Africa and as Special Adviser in the Division of International Protection in UNHCR Headquarters prior to her appointment.
She was deployed in complex humanitarian situations in Myanmar and the former Yugoslavia and has held other senior positions in UNHCR, including Deputy Director in the Division of International Protection in UNHCR Headquarters.
Prior to UNHCR ,Ms Law worked with women’s civil society organizations in India.
She holds a B.A. in political science and anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College in the United States.
“I am honored to assume my role as representative in this beautiful and generous country, which has a long history of providing refuge and protection to those forced to flee war and persecution and finding solutions for them,I forward to continuing the strong collaboration that has long characterized UNHCR’s partnership with the Government of Zambia, members of the diplomatic community, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, civil society and other stakeholders in the refugee programme in Zambia,”said Ms Law.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo says Government remains committed to offer an open door to those seeking asylum and freedom from war and persecution.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 22nd March, 2023)
#Mwebantu. The graph for fuel reduces. #Alebombamuntu #Ballywakulekafye
THE pump price for petroleum products has been reduced, with the price of petrol going at K24.45 per litre, from K27.59 per litre.
The adjustment downwards of petrol and other petroleum products is with effect from midnight.
Energy Regulation Board Chairperson Reynolds Bowa during a press briefing today in Lusaka said that the pump price reduction is as a result of a decline of prices on the international market.
“ERB has adjusted downward the pump price of Petrol by K3.4 ngwee per litre , Low Sulfur Diesel by K2.77 ngwee per litre and Kerosene by 73 ngwee. ERB have further adjusted downwards Jet A1 for Kenneth Kaunda Airport and other local airports,” he said.
He said this was due to a decline in the international prices over the past month.
“Based on the forgoing, petrol was going at K27.59 and is now K24.45, low Sulfur Diesel K24.64 and will now be K21.87, Kerosene K20.47 will now be K19.74 and Jet A1 at Kenneth Kaunda price was K22.60 will now be 21.64,” Mr Bowa announced.
Mr Bowa added that the June prices take effect from midnight.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
Govt hands over US$500,000 health centre in Mungule area of Chibombo
GOVERNMENT has commissioned a health centre in Mungule area of Chibombo district which was constructed at a cost of USD$500,000.
The construction of Anthu Omwe (one people) health centre was done by a non profit organisation called Dream Life Two Sixty through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the aim of helping members of the community access health services.
The health facility will help cater for a catchment area of around 12,600 people in provision of quality health services and will run on a 24 hour basis.
Speaking during the handover of the facility, Central Province Minister Credo Nanjuwa said the project is a milestone in the health sector.
“This is an outstanding demonstration that the New Dawn Government is committed to ensuring quality health care to all Zambians close to their families. This remarkable PPP envisions to provide health care services to all. The vision of Government is to ensure equity in access to health care services for all Zambians,” he said.
In a speech read for him by the deputy Permanent Secretary Godfrey Chitambala, Mr Nanjuwa reiterated that Government is resolved to ensure that Zambians have an improved quality of life.
“In a quest to improve the health status of Zambians, Government endeavours to work with the Private sector in milestone projects such as these. I implore cooperating partners to continue uplighting the health status of our communities,” he said.
And Dream Life Two Sixty executive director Naomi Mulenga said the vision behind the project was to try and retrieve the community restraints in the community through the health centre.
She said foundation of the project was started las year in October when it was registered under the Ministry of Community Development.
“This facility now belongs to the people in the community. It is for you and your well-being. Look after it. Another thing I want to emphasize is that this facility is free of charge and will operate on a 24 hour basis, meaning it will not close,” she said.
And Chieftaness Mungule through her representative Headman Chiboshi stated that the project will go a long way in helping safe guard the lives and health of people in the community.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
Dr Musokotwane calls on official creditor committee to make progress on debt restructuring
MINISTER of Finance and National Planning Situmbeko Musokotwane says the uncertainty created by the protracted restructuring process of the country’s debt has put pressure on the currency.
The Minister said the move has made it difficult to attract much-needed foreign investment, despite Zambia’s vast natural resources and improved business climate.
In a statement, Dr Musokotwane has since urged the Official Creditor Committee (OCC) to make progress on debt restructuring.
This follows ongoing engagements Zambia is having with its creditors to reach an agreement on debt restructuring.
“We appreciate the significant effort from all of Zambia’s creditors as we work towards an agreement on debt restructuring, and we are grateful for the ongoing productive consultations,” he said.
Dr Musokotwane appealed to the Official Creditor Committee in their next meeting to make substantial progress in their deliberations.
He said once deliberations are done, the move will facilitate preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding which will swiftly resolve the debt overhang and access the next tranche of IMF financing.
Dr Musokotwane reiterated that the delays to debt restructuring are having a significant impact on the economy and the livelihoods of people.
“With support from the IMF, Zambia has played its part by making significant progress in implementing an ambitious reform agenda to stabilise our economy, increase transparency and borrowing oversight, as well as implement prudent spending reforms,” he said.
Dr Musokotwane said debt relief is urgently needed for Zambia to maintain its trajectory of economic recovery and growth.
“From our side as Government, we will continue to do all we can to push for the members of the OCC to reach consensus so that we can bring this matter to a close,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 30th May, 2023)