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Shikapwasha Interred, as President Hichilema directs Home Affairs Minister to review gun licensing laws

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THE mood at Mulungushi International Conference was today filled with a dark cloud of anguish and wailing among mourners in sending off the giant Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha (retired).

Mourners from different walks of life came to pay their last respect to the Lt Gen Shikapwasha who died last week after he was allegedly shot at by his wife Jane Lusengo.

Leading the mourners, President Hakainde Hichilema advised the grievers and the bereaved family to mourn the 76-year-old late former Zambia Air Force commander in peace and dignity.

In remembering Lt Gen Shikapwasha, the President described the former Cabinet Minister and diplomat as a hard working gallant man who will be remembered for his selfless service to the people.

“It is so sad today that we are burying him because not too long ago, I was with him and we were sitting and chatting. That was about two, to three months ago. General demonstrated what it means to serve the nation. Many of us are pretentious, but we learn from him to serve without hidden motives, without individual gain.
“Were we surprised that he served as Zambia Air force Commander, No, we were not because of his diligence and commitment to duty,” Mr Hichilema said.

President Hichilema encouraged the family to mourn the deceased in peace, dignity, respect and avoid conflicts.

“We ask that we mourn General in peace and dignity. Let us not pull out anger. Please do not misunderstand me, but let us mourn him in a dignified manner despite our heavy hearts. Let the legal process take course,” he said.

President Hichilema also bemoaned the perpetual use of firearms in the country.
His concerns come at a time when the country had reported recurrent cases of shootings, including that of Lt General Shikapwasha who was allegedly shot with double barrel shotgun at his house.

The previous day, police launched a manhunt for a man of Lusaka after he shot and broke his friend’s legs following an argument during at Pub and lack Pub and Grill at Twin Palm Mall.

“Let me address something that many would not want to hear, but it has to be addressed. Given the manner in which the General departed from us, through gunshot wounds, this year alone, from Christmas to New year and now, I have been seeing so much usage of firearms. At parties, people are carrying loaded firearms, why would you load a gun when going for a party? What is your intention? Who do you want to harm? This is the culture we wanted to embrace in the last 10 years.”

“So, I have directed the Inspector General of Police and Minister of Home Affairs to review the gun licensing system. The laws around their, the practices and permits and purchase of bullets. I would rather spend that money on fertilizer and not bullets. I am not joking. So, Minister, you have got my message. From this funeral, start looking into it to protect citizens,” he said.

The President said gun culture should not be tolerated anymore and that people she feel free and safe.

And in his tribute, music producer Tivo Shikapwasha eulogized his father as a selfless man who showed love to many.

He shared how his dad took pride in uniting the family.

“He was a man that took pride in bringing families together and did everything in his power to protect his family. Dad was not afraid to let us fly, always encouraging us to stay true to ourselves. He guided us through challenges and setbacks and was called ‘Dad’ by many people. In so many ways, he showed love,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 21st January, 2024)

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Arrows, Mighty play to Virgin draw, Nkana held by Forest

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RED Arrows and Mufulira Wanderers played to a barren draw at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka in a Super League Week 22 match.

It appears Wanderers exhausted all their bullets in the 5-0 win over Zanaco last week, firing blanks against Leaders Arrows.

In other matches played today, Green Buffaloes beat Konkola Blades 4-2 while Nkwazi played to a 1-all draw against Kansanshi Dynamos in Solwezi.

The Kabwe derby between Kabwe Warriors and Prison Leopards ended goalless same as the match between Zanaco and Napsa Stars.

Nkana welcomed their fans back to Nkana Stadium with a 1-all stalemate against Forest Rangers.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 24th February, 2024)

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‘We are not Zanaco,’ Red Arrows coach reminds Mufulira Wanderers ahead of clash

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RED Arrows coach Chisi Mbewe says his team is not under pressure to face free scoring Mufulira Wanderers in today’s Week 22 Super League fixture.

It is Super League weekend once again and top of the bill encounter today will be leaders Red Arrows at home to Mufulira Wanderers who are coming from a 5-0 win over Zanaco last weekend.

Yesterday, Mbewe said his side is not under any pressure.

“We are not under pressure, we know what we want and our focus is on the goals and targets for this season,” Mbewe said.

He reminded Wanderers that Arrows are not Zanaco.

“We are not Zanaco,. What will be different will be the approach to the game. It wont be an easy game but the boys are ready,” Mbewe said.

In other matches, Nkana are at home to Forest Rangers in a match they will be welcoming their fans back to the Stadium while Green Buffaloes face Konkola Blades at Edwin Imboela Stadium in Lusaka.

Zanaco will be looking to recover from the 5-0 loss to Wanderers when they face Napsa Stars while MUZA play Green Eagles in Mazabuka.

Kansanshi Dynamos take on Nkwazi.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 24th February, 2024)

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‘We could have beaten Zambia 4-1’ Ghana coach regrets missed chances

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GHANA coach Nora Hauptle has regretted her team’s 1 – 0 loss to Zambia saying the Black Queens should have beaten the Copper Queens 4-1 had they utilized their chances.

Rachael Kundananji scored the only goal of the game at the Accra Sports Stadium to give Zambia an advantage going into the second leg at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Wednesday.

Hauptle however feels her team was the better side and could have easily won the game by a comfortable margin had they not been goal shy.

“We had a pretty well start to the game, Ghana played well today [yesterday] they were showing that we were able to play good football. We missed a little bit deep play in the final third.

“In the second half we adapted, we thought we needed to bring in one more striker and it worked…we started to created chances, normally we should win this game 3-1, or 4-1 because chances were there,” Hauptle said.

She said her team’s performance was positive and they will build on it in the second leg.

Meanwhile, Copper Queens coach Bruce Mwape described the game as tough.

“It was a tough game, both teams were fighting for one thing. This is the first leg but we have the second leg in Zambia, we created sure chances in the first half but only managed to get as goal. The idea was to finish the game in the first half.

“Ghana gave us a tough time in the second half but we managed to contain them until the final whistle,” Mwape said.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 24th February, 2024)

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