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President Lungu meets Leyland Ashok, Mitsui, and IMF



PRESIDENT Lungu yesterday met Ashok Leyland Chairman Prajash Hinduja who has pledged to open an Ashok Leyland Plant in Zambia.

This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.

The President has also discussed investment in railways with Mitsui Deputy General Manager Shusaku Okamura, who paid a courtesy call in him.

The President met Techno Brain Representative Mr Antonio Poncioni Merian who said his company was already working with Governments in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through providing it with solutions to their Ministries of Finance.

Meanwhile, President Lungu has also met International Monetary Fund (IMF) Department of Africa Director Abebe Aemro Selassie.

President Lungu told the investors that time for talking was over because Zambia needs investment now.

And Mr Hinduja, who, is based in the United Kingdom, said his company planned big investment in Zambia, including, a motor assembly plant.

The President looked forward to the inauguration of the plant.

Mr Hinduja told President Lungu that his firm has launched an electric vehicle on the British market.

He said his Group is diverse and that they have invested in traffic control and health, among other sectors.

And Mr Okamura said Mitsui planned to build a rail line linking Zambia to the Mozambique Nacala corridor.

He said Mitsui will also build a dryport in Chipata.

He said Mitsui were already working with JICA on the Luangwa Bridge.

President Lungu asked the investors what they were waiting for because Zambia was ready.

The President later met the IMF Representative and told him that Zambia has taken bold steps to review the country’s debt stock.

Mr Selassie said an IMF team will visit Zambia soon to give a comprehensive assessment of the Zambian economy

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President Lungu commends the Zambia Defence Force for remaining politically neutral



PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has commended the Defence Force for remaining politically neutral.
The Head of State who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force,has urged the officers to continue being patriotic and loyal to the constitution, the government of the day and the people of Zambia.
Speaking today during the commemoration of the 45th Zambia Defence Force day in Lusaka, President Lungu said officer must always place national interest above self interest.
“As commander-in-Chief, I am extremely proud of the immense sacrifices that the Zambia defence force continues to make of preserving and defending our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. I am equally happy that as Zambia defence force, you have continued to cooperate with other state organs and state institutions in fostering national development,” he said.
President Lungu also commended the officers for their contribution of troops to the United Nations and African Union missions.
He said their high discipline and professionalism exhibited during the UN missions can not go unnoticed.
“Let me also commend the force for your positive response to my government’s policy directive for you to engage in agricultural activities.It is gratifying to note that the Zambia army and the Zambia air force are now complementing the Zambia National Service in promoting agriculture by growing maize, rearing broiler chickens, livestock rearing and fish farming,” President Lungu said.
He said government remains committed to supporting the defence force in executing its military operations and other civilian roles effectively and efficiently.
President Lungu further said to achieve meaningful economic development, there is need for the defence force to actively participate in remodelling the country.
He said government has embarked on the modernisation of the defence force to bring it to the level of other modern defence forces as such government will continue to support the growth of the defence force by acquiring modern equipment to ensure efficient and effective operations.
“The acquisition of this modern equipment is a long time investment and at great cost to my government and the people of Zambia.Therefore, I, expect you to take care of this equipment by ensuring high standards of maintenance and safety,” he said.
The Commander in Chief of the defence forces also encouraged the officers to work with other nations with whom they can collaborate with, bilaterally, to exploit the possibility of benefitting from various training programmes.
“My government is alive to the critical issues facing the Zambia defence force personnel. we remain resolute to improving the working and living conditions of our men and women in uniform.Going forward, my government will continue to support the defence force long term infrastructure and human resource development programmes,” he said.
He said the force has continued to give exemplary service to the country,adding that their unequalled conduct has remained above board.
“I urge you to continue being patriotic and loyal to the constitution, the government of the day and the people of Zambia. you must always place national interest above self interest. Let me acknowledge the exceptional service the Zambia defence force continues to render to this great nation. you have not slackened in your national duty of fostering peace, unity and development. you have continued with your unequalled and selfless service by ensuring the safety of our territory,” President added.

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PF demands that police arrest UPND officials that caused injuries and damage to property in Lusaka



THE Patriotic Front has called on the Zambia Police to arrest Opposition UPND cadres that damaged property and caused widespread injuries to PF members and members of the Public.
Secretary General Hon Davies Mwila has stated that before approval for a public procession is granted, marshalls sign guarantees that such a procession will be peaceful and without violence and disturbances.

Mr. Mwila has called on the Police to arrest and charge the UPND Marshalls and hold them accountable for the destruction to public property and injuries.

He said the Public Order Act provides for marshalls to be accountable to public procession that are conducted.

Mr. Mwila has praised the PF members in Lusaka for acting with utmost restraint and refusing to retaliate against the UPND.

He said the party was scaling up its political activities that will include road shows and door-to-door but will be Covid-19 compliant.

This is according to a press statement issued by issued by Mr. Antonio Mwanza, Media Director, Patriotic Front

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Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF



POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.

In a media  statement issued,  Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area,  Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.

“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.

She further reminded  all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.

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13 Jun 2021, 1:13 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

111,746 Total Cases
1,389 Deaths
97,756 Recovered

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