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President Hichilema consoles Chingola affected families and the nation at large, calls for calm

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IN giving support to the families of the affected Chingola mine accident, President Hakainde Hichilema has visited the site of the mine accident
The Head of State has called for calm. He asked residents and affected families not to mourn as yet, because to look to God who works wonders.
He has also apologised for the mine accident saying that from today, safety measures will be adhered to going forward.
In addressing the residents, he also took to singing a gospel hymn of praise to God to lighten up the gloomy moods.
President Hichilema when he addressed residents at Senseli open pit mine in Chingola expressed sadness at the accident, but advised people to remain hopeful.
“I want to say that we are sorry. I as your servant of this country and the people of Zambia is sorry about the accident that happened down here. I also want to send a clear message that we should not yet mourn these people because God works in wonders and we will find some of our people alive down there.”
“I am saying that he is a God of wonders and he has said to us in the bible that “My ways are not your ways.” He knew even before this accident happened that it will happen and so we pray he protects his children down there,” he said.
President Hichilema in giving more comfort to residents recalled of a mine accident which occurred somewhere around the world were the miners were trapped for 40 days and were retrieved alive.
He exclaimed that such an instance should give hope that even those trapped at senseli would be retrieved.
The Head of State also gave gratitude to experts from all sectors that are on the ground working round the clock to rescue the trapped miners.
He advised everyone to work together, stating that in this instance of searching for the trapped lives, no one is an illegal miner.
“I appreciate that the miners who know the tunnels are here. Let us respect them as well. Here there is no illegal miner. We are working to save lives. Our job is to retrieve our people,” he said.
President Hichilema further advised that an accident of such a magnitude should never happen again and that is why Government will sit down with stakeholders to ensure safe ways of mining are looked to.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 5th December, 2023)

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Government to sink boreholes across the country

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“WITH the current devastating climate change, the government is going flat out to sink boreholes and do crop irrigation across the country”, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

The President said his administration is determined to ensure food security despite the challenging circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that food security is attained even during these difficult times. Let us all get involved and get it solved. We shall overcome as God will do the rest,” he said.

President Hichilema urged citizens to actively participate in the efforts, stating the collective responsibility to overcome the challenges emanating from the dry spell.

Last week, President Hichilema declared the ongoing drought a national disaster, announcing a comprehensive set of measures to mitigate its impact.

The declaration was prompted by the destruction of one million hectares of farmland, affecting over one million households across the country.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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‘Why are you pretending to be rich?’ HH asks Gov’t officials who insist on traveling on business class

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has described government officials that prefer traveling on business class as cheats and pretenders.

The head of state has revealed that the country has limited resources and it does not make sense for a government official to move in business class at the expense of the treasury.

The president said following the declaration of a national disaster as a result of the prolonged dry spells, that there will be for prudent usage of resources.

“We will aggressively shift resources from consumption, wastage travel, and business class. Secretary to the treasury, I hear there are people who want to travel business class from Lusaka to Johannesburg?” he said, “for one hour 30 minutes [you want to be on business class], we sit on our stools for three hour we village people,”

He wondered what is wrong with a government official travelling on economy class.

What’s wrong with economy ticket for one hour 40 minutes, this is what I call pretence, for one hour 40 minutes you want to fell rich, that’s cheating,” the President said.

He said he has already given his cabinet the signal that there will be no more unnecessary travels.

“There will be no more of such things, including unnecessary travels, size of delegation, I sent this signal to my colleagues in cabinet and I have made this official, resources are limited, the question is how do we utlise the limited resources,” Mr Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, he warned that there will be accountability in the utilization of resources and those found wanting “Will be on their own”

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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House of Chiefs commends President Hichilema’s swift response to drought crisis.

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TRADITIONAL leaders have commended President Hakainde Hichilema’s decisive action in addressing the drought.

House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Chisunka said the President’s declaration is a timely and crucial step in mobilising resources and support to mitigate the impact of this drought on the affected communities.

Dr Chisunka said the effects of climate change, particularly the prolonged dry spells and erratic rainfall patterns, have posed unprecedented challenges to agricultural systems, water sources, and, most importantly, the livelihoods of people.

He underscored the urgent need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Chisunka said the traditional leadership is committed to supporting the government and ensuring coordinated relief efforts.

“As traditional leaders, we commend President Hakainde Hichilema for his swift and decisive action in recognizing the gravity of the situation and marking our country’s debilitating drought as a national disaster and emergency. Together, we can overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We will continue to work together to build a better and brighter future for all our people,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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