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President Hakainde Hichilema assures Zambians of his resolve to improve the economy

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has assured Zambians of his governments resolve to improve the economy stating that the road may look bumpy due to past sins by those who were in office.

In his Facebook post shortly after he held bilateral meetings with President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in Cape Town yesterday, the President disclosed that a wide range of issues paramount to both countries were discussed.

He said among the issues discussed were the need to strengthen the trade and investment ties between the two countries and other regional member states before looking elsewhere for trade and economic development.

“And in our continued efforts to turn around our country’s economic standing that was marred with corruption and unstable business environment, we have today held more engagements with varying trade and investment partners here in Cape Town, South Africa who have been doing economic activities in our country,” he said.

President Hichilema said during the meeting,  it was made clear and categorical that Zambia is open to businesses and investments on a win-win basis.

“We stated that as a new leadership in government we have a clear intent which calls for joint ventures because this is the only sure way that you, our people will feel a part of the God given natural resources such as our minerals,” he said.

And the Head of State says his government abhor corruption and shortcuts as it is committed to create jobs and equal business opportunities for the people.

“Let us all get ready for this economic turn around. The road may look bumpy due to past sins by those who were in office but we won’t dwell on that because we know that God is in it and Zambia will triumph.You may wish to note that at every platform we make an appearance such as the EU, AU and others, we will continue marketing Zambia and Africa in general,” he said

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 11th, 2022)

(Picture by Chellah Tukuta/State House)

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Kambwili Reacts to Obed Kasongo case

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“I have suffered many court cases , so I will not be careless to say that Bowman Lusambo Killed Obed Kasongo. That is tantamount to defamation,” Patriotic Front (PF) member Chishimba Kambwili has said.

Reacting to social media backlash over an article he is alleged to have stated that the late National Democratic Congress (NDC) youth chairperson Obed Kasongo died of Malaria and not from an assault allegedly perpertuated by Kabushi Lawmaker Mr Lusambo, Mr Kambwili said he will not be subjected to face court for defamation.

He however said that his statement to police will remain as it is, but that if people were aggrieved over the postmortem report which indicated that Mr Kasongo died of Malaria, they should seek a second opinion.

“At no point have I ever said that Bowman did not kill Kasongo. All I said is that there is a postmortem which indicates that he died of Malaria and it was carried out by a Russian pathologist. So those who feel that the postmortem is wrong, they have a right to a second opinion. Otherwise, the family have informed me that they will go by the postmortem currently available and have no plans to exhume the body,” he said.

Speaking at a media briefing at his residence, Mr Kambwili said people who needed a second opinion should go to police and check the records because it is up to police to open the records.

“I have been attacked left , right and center over the article. As I stand, I will not accuse anyone to say that they killed Mr Kasongo, it is not me to say that,” he said.

The former National Democratic Congress party leader also condemned , what he described as an unbecoming behaviour of transporting political opponents to far flung areas when an alleged crime is committed.

“I am not against people being arrested, the security wings have a right when they feel someone has perpertuated a crime. However, being bundled up and dragged to far flung areas to answer to charges should come to an end. Such an act is an extra judicial punishment which is not confirmatory with the law,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 25th, 2022)

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Police forwards the case of Obed Kasongo to NPA for a possible inquest

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POLICE have fowarded the case in which former National Democratic Party member Obed Kasongo died after he was allegedly assaulted to the National Prosecution Authority for a possible inquest.

In a statement, police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has since urged the public to exercise restraint corncering the matter as the due process of the law takes its course.

He said police will update the public regarding the matter.

“The Zambia Police Service would to clarify that the matter involving the death of Obed Kasongo who died after having allegedly been assaulted in Luanshya has been forwarded to the National Prosecution Authority for a possible inquest holding,” he said.

Mr Kasongo died in 2019 after he was allegedly assaulted during the run up to the Roan parliamentary by election.

Former NDC president Chishimba Kambwili reported the matter to police accusing Kabushi Member of Parliament of causing the death of Mr Kasongo.

But Mr Lusambo described the accusations as baseless and malicious.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 25th, 2022)

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Lusambo and wife granted application to proceed contempt against UPND cadres who allegedly threatened to kill them

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THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has granted an application to Kabushi area Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo and his wife Nancy to commence contempt of court proceedings against  Lusaka Province youth chairperson Anderson Banda together with some United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres.

On May 20, when Lusambo and his wife had appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate Court on allegations of corruption, it is alleged that Banda, the Lusaka youth UPND chairperson and some UPND cadres threatened to kill the couple.

When the matter came up before magistrate Faides Hamaundu, Lusambo’s lawyer Makebi Zulu applied to commence contempt proceedings against Banda and others.

In her ruling,  Magistrate Hamaundu granted the application.

“The conduct of the cadres lowers the dignity of the court and amounts to contempt,” she said.

The matter has been adjourned to June 3, this year for trial.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 25th, 2022)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

26 May 2022, 1:21 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

321,342 Total Cases
3,985 Deaths
316,711 Recovered

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