COPPERBELT University students this morning received a rare treat when His Excellency, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia not only donated a bus to them but also rode with 20 of them on the bus to Woodlands Shopping Centre.
Recently, the President promised to source a bus for the students after hearing their cry when he visited the university in Kitwe.
And within weeks, the President has fulfilled that promise by donating a Higer Bus to the students.
At a handover ceremony at State House today, the President quoted Mathew Chapter 7, Verse 7, “Ask and it shall be given to you; Seek and you will find,” and handed the bus documents and keys to the Copperbelt University Student’s Union (COBUSU) President Lawrence Kasonde.
And the Dean of Students Ms Stylish Magida expressed gratitude to the President saying he has shown great love to “the students who are his children.”
She said the gesture shows the importance he attaches to education and encouraged the President to continue with the same spirit.
The Dean also remembered the President’s commiserations with the CBU students when they ‘lost’ ‘Mafishi’ (a pond fish that students believed brought them good luck).
And the COBUSU president thanked the President for his benevolence.
Mr Kasonde said a few days ago, the President helped student Chama Musonda with medical fees. Ms Musonda is suffering from cancer of the lungs.
Mr Kasonde added that only yesterday, the President yet again officiated at the commissioning of University of Zambia lecture theatres.
“This, Your Excellency, shows that you care for us,” he said.
The student leader said students had encountered transport challenges and the bus will alleviate their suffering.
Mr Kasonde said President Lungu had shown he cared for his people with Government’s decision to take over Mopani Mines in Kitwe and Mufulira.
“Let no one tell us that we cannot run the mines. Your Excellency these mines are for us young people for now and the future and you made the right call by repossessing them,” he said.
Earlier, the students were excited when the President got on the bus and rode with them from State House on Independence Avenue to Woodlands Shopping Centre and back.
The students chanted praises and sung songs for the President.
“This is great, driving on the same bus with the President,” one student quipped.
Mr Kasonde sat next to the President on the front seat.
Also on the bus were Acting Higher Education Minister Dennis Wanchinga, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo, and Higher Education Permanent Secretary, Kayula Siame.
Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti and Special Assistant to the President for Politics Dr Chris Zimba also attended the ceremony.
This is according to a press release issued by the Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Mr. Issac Chipampe.
PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.
This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.
“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.
He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.
“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu
“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.
He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.
Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.
He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.
“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’
“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.
He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.
“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech
OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.
In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.
Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.
He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.
In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.
“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.
Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)