THE printing of ballot papers for August 12, general elections is expected to be completed on July 30.
Dubai based Al Ghurair Company has since completed printing the Presidential, National Assembly and mayoral ballot papers.
Electoral Commission of Zambia commissioner Ali Simwinga announced at a press briefing in Dubai.
“Overall progress is at 95% with the Presidential ballots completed at 100%, Mayoral ballots completed at 100%, National Assembly completed at 100% and Local Government ballots at 79%,” he said
President Hakainde Hichilema preaches peace at the UN General Assembly
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has called on world leaders to work towards global peace and international cooperation.
In his first maiden speech at the United Nations, President Hichilema said although leaps and bounds have been made, in the area of peace, security and stability, there remain pockets of conflict in many regions of the world where guns have not been silenced.
“I am drawn to the prophetic inscription on the wall of the United Nations plaza, and I quote …they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more… Isaiah 2 verse 4-5 end of quote,” he said.
President Hichilema said challenges of extremism and international terrorism, cybercrime, asymmetric warfare proliferation of non-conventional weapons and organised crime should be stopped.
“As an international community, we need to continue to work together to address the root causes of these global threats through various national, regional and global mechanisms,” he said.
He said the foundation to sustainable economic growth and development is peace and stability adding that without peace and harmony, development cannot be attained.
The Head of State said Zambia will, therefore, continue to support national, regional and international initiatives aimed at promoting peace and security.
“In this vein, Zambia reaffirms its commitment to play an active role in the SADC mission in Mozambique aimed at restoring peace to the Cabo Delgado province. In addition, Zambia remains committed to the cause of the Lusaka master roadmap to silence the guns in Africa, an initiative being implemented by all African Union (AU) member states to promote peace and security, which has since been endorsed for extension for a 10-year period from 2021 to 2030,” he said.
President Hichilema called for continued support of the United Nations in silencing the guns in Africa and other continental initiatives.
He however expressed concern with the slow pace of negotiations on the United Nations Security Council reform which have continued without making much progress.
“Zambia, in this regard, wishes to reiterate the African common position, the “ezulwini consensus”, that calls for a more representative and democratic United Nations Security Council, in which Africa, like all other world regions, will be fairly represented,” he said.
President Hakainde Hichilema makes his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has delivered his maiden speech at the United Nations assuring the international community his government’s commitment to restore macro-economic stability and put the country back on economic recovery.
In his first address to the UN General Assembly, President Hichilema said the new administration in Zambia is cognisant that a conducive governance environment is a precursor for the country’s political stability, security, economic growth and sustainable development.
He said his administration will work towards strengthening of oversight and governance institutions and ensure the independence and autonomy of the three arms of government, particularly the legislature and judiciary.
President Hichilema said the fight against corruption will be at the centre of our transformation agenda and this shall be executed with zero-tolerance.
“We shall also promote free media and an active civil society as they are critical in upholding checks and balances, human rights, liberties and freedoms.
President Hichilema said to sustain the growth, Zambia will dedicate efforts to guarantee a stable and predictable environment that will attract and protect local, regional and foreign direct investment as well as enhance local participation in the economy.
He further said to complement the efforts, Zambia has embarked on an ambitious economic and social transformation agenda with a view to creating equitable opportunities and poverty reduction for the Zambian people, especially the youth and women.
“In order to achieve this goal, our administration shall design and implement interventions aimed at inducing enhanced productivity in agriculture, mining, energy, financial services, tourism, technology, health and education as well as support the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises,” President Hichilema said.
Meanwhile, President Hichilema said Zambia is committed to realising tangible growth and sustainable development.
He called for closer cooperation and support for capacity to adopt better, safer, climate change sensitive and modern methods of increased production and productivity.
President Hichilema said his administration established, the ministry of green economy and environment, to address issues of climate among other important issues concerning environmental sustainability.
Have some patience, as Faith, asks for more time from police
FAITH Musonda today availed herself to Police at Lusaka Division Police Headquaters in the company of her lawyers Makebi Zulu and Jonas Zimba.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo however, said Ms Musonda’s lawyers have requested for more time, hence she will appear on Thursday this week.
“In the spirit of justice, police granted their request,” she said.
Last week in police in Lusaka recovered K65, 330, 000 suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained from a house in Lusaka’s new Kasama area.
Mrs Katongo said the money was recovered in an operation conducted 17th September, 2021 after a tip off from members of the public.
She says during the search, police discovered 30 bags containing Zambian Kwacha notes.
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