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President Edgar Lungu confers with President XI’s Special Envoy

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says Zambia values the longstanding friendship with the People’s Republic of China premised on mutual respect, shared values and common aspirations at bilateral and multilateral levels.
The Head of State has since acknowledged the role founding fathers of China and Zambia, Chairman Mao Zedong and Dr Kenneth Kaunda, whose visionary leadership laid a firm foundation for the special bond and strategic partnership between Zambia and China.
The President said this when he met Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Special Envoy of President Xl Xinping, at State House today.
He expressed gratitude to the Chinese Government for its generous support in various areas such as Zambia’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, construction of the historical Tanzania-Zambia project, hospitals, airports, stadia, and roads as well as the ongoing construction of an ultra-modern convention centre which is expected to host the 2022 African Union Summit.
“We eagerly look forward to the completion of other joint projects such as the Kafue Gorge Lower Project. We are further encouraged by increased bilateral economic activity in light of Zambia’s favourable investment climate as well as market access and preferential treatment for Zambian agricultural products into China and indeed support to other sectors,” President Lungu said.
He reaffirmed that Government will continuously commit to the bilateral and multilateral levels for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.
President Lungu further congratulated China for its 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and commended the party for leading the Chinese people in attaining remarkable socio-economic achievements.
He also applauded China for eradicating extreme poverty among its people.
And Mr Yang said he was in the country concretise the resolutions from the meeting the Head of State had with President Xi in July 2020, and during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit.
Mr Yang expressed confidence that the next FOCAC meeting will achieve tangible results for the mutual benefit of China and Zambia and its peoples.
He observed that Zambia was the first country in Southern Africa to have established diplomatic ties with new China under the guidance of founding fathers of China and Zambia, Chairman Mao Zedong and Dr Kenneth David Kaunda.
Mr Yang stated that both countries have endeavored to achieve bilateral cooperation premised on equality, mutual benefits and solidarity.
The Special Envoy committed to continue supporting the Zambian Government on the development path that suits the Zambian people.
He further stated that China is opposed to any internal interference of African countries.
Mr Yang said China will enhance cooperation with Zambia in the economic sector and international issues among others.
This is contained in a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Isaac Chipampe.

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President Hakainde Hichilema to attend state funeral of late Namibian President Hage G. Geingob in Windhoek

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is tomorrow expected to travel to Windhoek, Namibia on to attend the State Funeral of Dr Hage G.Geingob, late President of the Republic of Namibia.

In a statement issued by acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mulambo Haimbe said the Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, 24th February 2024 at Independence Stadium with attendance anticipated from foreign Heads of State and Government alongside other invited dignitaries.

“The Burial Service will take place on Sunday, 25th February 2024 at Heroes Acre,” he said.

President Geingob, 82, passed away on 4th February 2024 in Namibia, having served as President of the Republic of Namibia from 2015 until his passing.

Mr Haimbe said President Hichilema is expected to return to Zambia immediately after his engagement.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Munir defies dress code,named and suspended from parliamentary proceedings

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BARELY 24 hours after Speaker Nelly Mutti’s directive against traditional wear in Parliament, Lumezi Member of Parliament  Munir Zulu has defied the order, leading to his suspension from Parliament.

The speaker has since named Mr Zulu for grossly disorderly behavior, stating that he had deliberately defied the guidance given yesterday.

This was after Mr Zulu was spotted in Parliament wearing a traditional attire of the people of Luapula.

“I am sure honourable member for Lumezi knows the dress code. And yesterday Members were guided so honourable member for Lumezi is deliberately defying the order and guidance given. Under the circumstances, honourable Member for Lumezi, I will name you,” she said.

“Mr Munir Zulu I find your behaviour grossly disorderly and sending you away for today’s sitting is insufficient. I therefore in accordance with standing order 208 name you,” she said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mutale Nalumango says those threatening to have free education removed are irresponsible and should not be trusted.

Mrs Nalumango said free education is not an area to tamper with as it has given hope to many vulnerable children.

Mrs Nalumango was responding to a concern raised by Kabwe central Member of Parliament Chrizoster Phiri Halwindi during the Vice President question session ,who expressed concern by some leaders commenting that they will remove the free education policy.

However, Mrs Nalumango said it is unbelievable and saddening to hear some leaders utter such comments.

“It is actually unbelievable that any leader in any country would stand to fight free education.You truly want children to remain on the streets? You want the girl child to marry at 14-years old because they cannot go to school? You want boys to be fluffies or junkies? Free education has given hope, or did you want to be the only ones whose children go to school so that you continue to do wrong things? Therefore, it is irresponsible for anyone to declare that,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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Speaker bars MPs from wearing Ngoni traditional headgear in Parliament.

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SPEAKER of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti has ordered Members of Parliament not to to wear the Nc’wala traditional ceremony head gear in the house as doing so is against parliamentary rules.

All roads are leading to the Eastern Province ahead of the ceremony taking place on Saturday.

Some MPs have been caught in the excitement to the extent of putting on the head gear in Parliament before being ruled out by the speaker.

Ms Mutti advised the MPs to show their support outside the house as standing order 206 (1) (C) does not allow for the wearing head gears in the house.

“Honourable members, I have one announcement to make to effect that it was observed yesterday during the sitting of the house that some members wire the Ngoni traditional head gear. This is possibly in support of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.

“”I wish to however, advise the house that standing order number 206 (1) (C) of the National Assembly standing orders 2021 is instructive of attire that is permissible. The provision allows members to wear decent traditional attire such as ‘Siziba’.

“[The] Decency of attire is a question of fact and maybe viewed differently especially if worn in an incomplete manner. I therefore find that the wearing of the Ngoni traditional head gear in the house was inappropriate in accordance with standing orders. Therefore I will not permit henceforth any honorable member to continue wearing such attires in the house,” Ms Mutti said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Local Government Garry Nkombo has said the national mourning declared in respect of the passing of President of Namibia Hage Geingob will not affect celebration of the Nc’wala traditional ceremony.

He made the announcement following a concern raised by his Chitambo counterpart, Remember Mutale, through a matter of urgent public importance.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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