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There will be no foul play, the will of the people of Zambia will be respected, President Lungu tells EU envoys

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PRESIDENT Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, held discussions with the European Union (EU) Heads of Mission accredited to Zambia.
The President and his guests discussed various issues, including the forthcoming General Election.
The President told the EU Ambassadors that there will be no foul play concerning the general election on 12th August, 2021 and that the will of the people of Zambia will be respected.
“We will stick to the electoral rules and follow them. If our rivals meet you and complain, prevail on them to say what is wrong, ” President Lungu said.
President Lungu welcomed the decision by the European Union to deploy the EU Observer mission to monitor the upcoming elections.
“We will ensure that we give EU observers latitude for them to monitor the elections freely, ” the President said.
And the President acknowledged the fight against corruption in the country remained a challenge because “it had been hijacked by corrupt elements. “
The President added, “Corruption is a challenge in this country because some players in the fight are corrupt themselves. “
The President said those given the responsibility to fight corruption have avoided grand corruption and opted to pursue lesser crime.
Meanwhile, the President says Government is working tirelessly to ensure that Zambia does not experience a third wave of the Covid- 19 pandemic.
“This will call for Government to introduce new health rules and guidelines to curtail a third wave of the virus in the country, ” the President said.
During the meeting, President Lungu reaffirmed Zambia’s commitment to enhancing cooperation with the European Union in areas of peace and security, mitigating climate change and addressing other global challenges for the mutual benefit of Zambia and the EU.
“We wilt Continue working together towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals,yddressing global challenges such as the Covid 19 pandemic and pursuing peace and security, ” said the President.
Head of the European Union delegation to Zambia and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Ambassador Jacek Jankowski informed the President that EU would deploy election observation mission in July.
Ambassador Jankowski called for free and fair elections.
He hailed Zambia for commencing the Covid 19 vaccination campaign reaffirming the European’s strong commitment to supporting the exercise.
On relations between Zambia and the EU, Ambassador Jankowski said: “l am proud to say that we will build our future cooperation on the foundations of a longstanding, stable and profound partnership between the Republic of Zambia and the European Union and its member states. “
The Head of the European Union delegation to Zambia was accompanied to the meeting by Ambassadors Mr Radek Rubes, Czech Republic, Ms. Pirjo SuomelaChowdhury, Finland, Mr Francois Goldblatt, France, Ms. Anne Wagner-Mitchell, Germany, Mr. Antonino Maggiore, Italy, Ms. Anna-Maj Hultgard,Sweden, and Mr Pronch Murray, Chargé d’affaires of Ireland.
Also in attendance were Justice Minister Given Lubinda, Presidential Affairs Minister
Freedom Sikazwe, National Development Planning Minister Alexander Chiteme, Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kapyongo and Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Dora Siliya. Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti also attended the meeting.
This is according to a press statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Mr. Issac Chipampe.
(Picture by State House)

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PF withdraws adoption certificate from Dorothy Nachilongo

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THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party has with immediate effect withdrawn its adoption certificate from Dorothy Nachilongo who had earlier been adopted to contest the forthcoming Chifubu Parliamentary elections on the party ticket.

The party has instead adopted Kondwani Winga popularly known as ‘major’ to contest the Chifubu parliamentary elections.

Secretary general, Davies Mwila said in a statement that the changes have beennecessitated by some consequential information and developments that have come to the attention of the party’s Central Committee concerning the candidature of Ms Nachilongo.

“I am hereby directing all our Party structures in Chifubu Constituency and the Copperbelt Province to support and work with Mr. Kondwani Winga and ensure that we maximise the Presidential Vote,” he said.

Yesterday, some residents in Chifubu Township protested against the candidature of Ms Nachilongo.

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Adoption of visually impaired candidate, Dr. Thomas Mtonga, elates BSLT

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BORN Short Living Tall (BSLT) Zambia has welcomed the adoption of Thomas Mtonga, a visually impaired person to stand as Patriotic Front (PF) candidate for Chasefu constituency in the Eastern province during the forthcoming General Elections.

BSLT executive director Ntalasha Chisha said the adoption of Mr Mtonga, a lecturer at the University of Zambia gives hope to the cries of differently-abled persons.

He further said the adoption is a victory for differently-abled not only in Chasefu but elsewhere.

“We are calling on the people of Chasefu to rally behind him not because of his physical appearance but because he is a human being like any other who can represent the people and deliver,” Mr Chisha.

He also congratulated the PF for showing a great example to all political parties by choosing Mr Mtonga, the organization feel will be a great voice for the masses of differently-abled persons once elected in Parliament.

Mr Chisha further said his organization will pay nomination fees to adopted persons living with disabilities as a way of showing them support as it wants issues affecting differently-abled persons being represented by the affected persons themselves.

“Mr Mtonga’s adoption is indeed a game changer and we wish him all the very best in his campaigns,” he said.

 

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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: COVID-19 STATS

16 May 2021, 12:26 PM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

92,409 Total Cases
1,260 Deaths
90,777 Recovered

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