GOVERNMENT has refuted claims that there is political interference from State House regarding operations at the Zambia Medicines and Medical Supply Agency (ZAMMSA).
It has been stated that the Medical body is devoid of any political influence and runs it’s operations freely.
Government has however, echoed that it is in support of vetting of medical suppliers as this is in line with its position of assuring quality, right price, and timely delivery of goods and services.
Acting Leader of Government business Ambrose Lufuma was responding to allegations that the alleged drug shortages in the health facilities is as a result of political influence.
The allegations were raised by Lunte Member of Parliament through a matter of urgent public importance recently, in which he quoted a named Newspaper with a heading entitled “Drugs shortage is political-ZAMMSA.
In his allegations, Mr Kafwaya quoted the ZAMMSA Board Chairperson Dr Anna Chifungula as insinuating that the shortage was as a result of political will where he quoted her stating that “We were being told not to deal with that one and that one to an extent that we had to request for some office of the President officials to help us pick which one we can deal with or not.”
Mr Kafwaya further quoted the board chairperson to have insinuated her claims of drug shortages because the United Party for National Development (UPND), did not deal with certain suppliers.
Mr Kafwaya then posed a question to the Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo as to why there was failure to supervise ZAMMSA because of political influence coming from State House when millions of Zambians may die as a result of this dire need of medicines.
However, Mr Lufuma in his Acting position as the Leader of Government business through a ministerial statement in parliament clarified that there is no political influence whatsoever coming from State House that interferes with the operations of ZAMMSA.
“However, Government is in support of vetting of supplier as this is in line with government position of assuring the three key principles of quality, right price, and timely delivery of goods and services. These are principles observed by my Government and its Spending Agencies, including ZAMMSA,” he said.
Mr Lufuma, who is also the Minister of Defence outlined that therefore, the process should not be seen as the means of discrimination based on religion, tribe, ethnicity and political affiliation.
He further emphasized that the UPND Government is a Government of laws and they will govern in accordance with the rule of law.
Meanwhile, Chama South Member of Parliament Davison Mung’andu has advised Government to help create an atmosphere of internal medical manufacture and supply.
He says as a country, we keep talking of being supplied medication and other medical kits, when we can talk of progressive moves like internal manufacturing.
“As a country, we keep on talking of suppliers. If we talk, let us talk of manufactures as President Hakainde Hichilema has talked of before,” he said.
He further called for promoting of delivery of quality and equal health services in the rural areas.
In response, Mr Lufuma said the idea by Mr Mung’andu was progressive as manufacturing of medication and other health related kits can be done locally, unlike importing.
“We are looking for investors to ensure that we cut down on time to deliver,” he assured.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 21st June, 2023)
PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.
This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.
“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.
He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.
“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu
“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.
He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.
Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.
He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.
“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’
“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.
He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.
“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech
OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.
In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.
Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.
He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.
In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.
“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.
Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)