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.
The Body of late H.E. Dr. Joseph Chilengi, Zambian ambassador to Turkey returns home today
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.
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Zambia’s Ambassador To Turkey, Dr. Joseph Chilengi dies
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.