PARAMOUNT Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni-speaking people in Eastern province has been granted a distinguished honour by President Hakainde Hichilema.
The President paid homage to the traditional leader by presenting him with the esteemed Order of the Eagle of Zambia Third Division.
This tribute acknowledges Chief Mpezeni’s remarkable 40-year reign, during which he worked harmoniously with at least six different political regimes.
The Chief’s enduring commitment to his people and his unwavering dedication to the nation have left an indelible mark on Zambia’s history.
The Head of State also recognised the outstanding creative contributions of Zambia’s Australian-based musician, Sampa Tembo, widely known as ‘Sampa the Great’.
The special investiture ceremony took place at State House as part of this year’s Independence Day Celebration.
Meanwhile, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has reaffirmed her country’s unwavering commitment to strengthening the longstanding ties of cooperation with Zambia.
Speaking when she graced the occasion at State House during Zambia’s 59th Independence Day celebrations, President Hassan said Tanzania will continue to stand by Zambia as an extended family, a reliable friend, and a strategic partner.
She further underlined her dedication to ensuring the vitality of essential economic corridors such as the Tanzania Zambia Mafuta pipeline (TAZAMA), the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), and the TAZAM corridors, crucial for the development of both nations.
“As we look ahead, I wish to reaffirm Tanzania’s commitment to strengthen existing ties of cooperation and bonds between the two nations. We will also continue in our commitment to transform the TAZAMA pipelines and construct a new pipeline from Dar-es-Salaam to Zambia.
Our founding fathers were able against all odd to establish from scratch one of the greatest economic corridors, TAZARA, TAZAMA and TAZAM. We will continue to take on to ensure this corridor remains vibrant,” she said.
Dr Hassan said her Government has made a decision to allocate 20 hectares of land to Zambia for consignments destined for Zambia.
She said this will help boost trade and reduce the cost of doing business between the two countries.
“Apart from that, we have embarked on modernisation of the Dar-es-Salaam port to ensure that the port is effective and efficient in business activities,” she said.
Dr Hassan also commended Zambia’s economic progress stating that such remarkable progress will benefit all in the region.
And in his remarks, President Hichilema said Zambia is keen to deepen its relationship with Tanzania, including in infrastructure development.
“The TAZARA corridor remains a cornerstone to development of other corridors to let people travel, for business and pleasure. We know we have your support. Tanzania and Zambia are critical based on history, friendship of leaders and should work together,” he said.
The Head of State further commended and recognised the freedom fighters to have made the Independence Day celebrations possible, noting that without them the fight for liberation would not have been possible.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 24th October, 2023)
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)