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South Africa goes to the polls as SADC commends people for peaceful campaigns

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SOUTH Africans have gone to the polls to elect provincial and national leaders.

The SADC Electoral Observer Mission led by Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Joseph Malanji observed the process from Hartfield Polling Station in Pretoria.

Polling stations opened at 07hrs country-wide and are expected to close at 21hrs.

And Hon Malanji has commended the people of South Africa for carrying out peaceful campaigns without reports of incidences of violence or intimidation.

He has also commended the South African government and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for preparing adequately and for ensuring that the process went on smoothly.

He cited the case of the political rallies that were held on Sunday at Ellis Park and Orlando Stadiums.

Although the stadium are in a radius of 15km and drew thousands of supporters, there were no reports of violence between competing members of the parties.

The polls have attracted 48 political parties with the leading contenders being the African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance(DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF).

This is according to statement issued by Mrs. Naomi Nyawali, First Secretary Press & Public Relations at Zambia High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa.

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The Body of late H.E. Dr. Joseph Chilengi, Zambian ambassador to Turkey returns home today

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THE body of late Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the Republic of Turkey, Joseph Chilengi, will arrive in Lusaka today at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport aboard a Turkish Military Aircraft at 20:30 hours.

According to a statement issued, Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti said President Edgar Lungu has since accorded Dr Chilengi an official funeral.

He said the burial will take place on Monday May 17 at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka preceded by a funeral church service at Miracle Life Church in Roma Township off Zambezi Road at 10:00 hours.

Dr Miti said President Lungu has to the effect declared Monday a day of national mourning in honor of Ambassador Chilengi.

“During the period of national mourning all flags will fly at half-mast while activities of entertainment in nature should be suspended from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.
Members of the public are further advised that in line with the public health guidelines on preventing the further spread of Covid-19 at public gatherings, attendance at the Official Funeral Church Service and burial at the Leopards Hill Memorial Park has been restricted to 250 invited family members and representatives of the Government,” he said.

Ambassador Chilengi died on Tuesday 11th May, 2021 at Güven Hospital in Ankara where he was receiving medical attention.

(Picture by Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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Zambia’s Ambassador To Turkey, Dr. Joseph Chilengi dies

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ZAMBIA’S Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Dr. Joseph Chilengi has died.

Ambassador Chilengi died on Tuesday 11th May, 2021 at 22:35 hours at Güven Hospital in Ankara where he was receiving medical attention. He was 61 years old.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia Hon. Joseph Malanji M.P announced the sad development in Lusaka.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of our Ambassador accredited to the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Dr. Joseph Chilengi after a short illness,” Hon. Malanji said.

The Minister regretted the sad loss of Ambassador Chilengi stating that he had worked very hard to promote bilateral and trade relations between the Republic of Zambia and the Republic of Turkey.

The Minister expressed his condolences to the family of Ambassador Chilengi.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will announce the funeral arrangements in due course.

His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia appointed and later swore in Ambassador Chilengi as Zambia’s envoy to the Republic of Turkey in January 2018.

Prior to that, Ambassador Chilengi served as the Presiding Officer of the African Union Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) and was instrumental in ensuring that Zambia hosted its Secretariat.

May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.

This is according to a press statement issued by Chansa Kabwela, Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Lusaka.

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Zambian truck driver who was shot in South Africa dies

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A 37 year old Zambian Truck driver who was shot at by unidentified people at Beit bridge border in South Africa has died.
Stephen Nansowa died at a Hospital within Limpompo province where he  was receiving medical treatment for gun shot wounds.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti confirmed the death of Mr. Nansowa.
He said arrangements were being made by his employers to repatriate his remains to Zambia.
General Miti has since wished the bereaved family God’s strength during this difficult time.
Mr. Nansowa was few weeks ago attacked and shot at by suspected criminals while in his truck waiting to be cleared by customs at the border.
The matter was reported to local Police who instituted investigations but no arrest has been confirmed so far in connection with the attack.
This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs Naomi Nyawali, First
Secretary Press and Public Relations at Zambia High Commission in South Africa.

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