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USA gives K39 billion grant to Zambia

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THE United States Government has given a K39 billion grant to Zambia under the new five-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy.

And President Edgar Lungu says government appreciates the support rendered by the United States of America in different sectors of the economy.

President Lungu has cited health, education and social protection as among the key sectors of the economy that have received tremendous support from the US government.

The Head of State made the remarks when United States Embassy Charge d’Affaires, David Young paid a courtesy call on him at State House yesterday as part of the celebration of the new five year Country Development Co-operation Strategy agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Zambian government.

“The United States of America’s support has been essential in complementing the Zambian government’s efforts in preserving lives, particularly human resources required for economic development,” he stressed.

“More recently, the United States pledged $14.5 million to Zambia for the COVID-19 response.  The support has been earmarked, among others, towards the purchase of medical equipment, such as oxygen machines, testing equipment, and other supplies aimed at combating the pandemic,” added President Lungu.

The president emphasized that the health sector has been the greatest beneficiary of the support from the U.S. government especially in the fight against HIV and AIDS, Malaria and Malnutrition, among others.

Meanwhile, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA), David Young explained that the K39 billion represents a renewed commitment by his country towards Zambia’s journey to being self-reliant.

Mr Young has stated that the long-term strategy will benefit more than 2.5 million citizens in the areas of health, education, economic development, and democratic governance.

“Subject to continued availability of funds from the U.S. Congress, the agreement signifies the total amount of planned funding the United States has pledged over the next five years to implement development assistance and programmes in support of the work of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which serves as a blueprint on how the U.S. government will help Zambia ultimately end its need for development assistance,” Mr Young underlined.

And speaking later in a discussion with cabinet ministers, Mr Young pointed out that the new USAID strategy helps support a road map towards Zambia’s self-reliance, aiming for a time when the country  will no longer need to rely on foreign assistance.

The U.S.Embassy Charge d’Affaires affirmed that his country’s vision aligns with and supports Zambia’s Seventh National Development Plan and vision 2030 that aspires that the country attains its middle income status.

“Over the next five years, through USAID, the United States is committed to working with the Zambian government, its citizens, the private sector, and other donors to improve health, literacy, and food security for the most vulnerable Zambians,” Mr Young added.

In response, Finance Minister, Bwalya Ng’andu disclosed that the K39 billion grant that was signed in July this year, will go a long way in improving the health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

Dr Ng’andu has assured the U.S. government of prudent use of the resources as enshrined in the Public Financial Management Act of 2018 that provides for an institutional and regulatory framework for management of public funds through the strengthening of accountability, oversight, management and control of public funds in the public financial management framework.

Cabinet Ministers that attended the ministerial discussion with Mr Young include Ministers of Agriculture Michael Katambo, General Education Dennis Wanchinga, Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji and Presidential Affairs Freedom Sikazwe.

In 1977, the U.S. government first established the USAID presence in Zambia.

Since then, USAID has invested more than K80 billion ($4 billion) towards Zambia’s economic, political, and social development, and helped the country respond to major crises such as the HIV and AIDS pandemic, periodic droughts, and the current coronavirus disease.

(Story by ZANIS, Picture by State House)

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42 year-old taxi driver identified as Peter Malama from Mtendere has died after a vicious attack by unknown criminals

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POLICE in Lusaka have launched a manhunt for a group of armed criminals who caused the death of a 42-year-old taxi driver.

The Taxi Driver, Peter Malama is believed to been hired by a family which was going for a meeting from Kalingalinga township to Kalikiliki township.

Unfortunately, on their way, a young boy appeared in front of the vehicle being driven, which prompted Mr Malama to stop.

As he stopped the car, a group of masked criminals armed with matchetes and pelting stones attacked the victims, who among them was Mr Malama.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred on January 31st, at around 23:40 hours in Kalikiliki township.

He said the report was logged by Charles Mwila, one of the passengers.

“According to the preliminary investigations, on the mentioned date and time, Mr Mwila and his family members hired a grey Toyota Allion with Registration Number BAA 6242 from Kalingalinga. The purpose of the trip was a family meeting in Kalikiliki township. As they approached Kalikiliki Market, their vehicle was obstructed by a young boy, and suddenly, a group of criminals, masked in black face masks, emerged,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga explained that some of the criminals brandished machetes while others pelted the vehicle with stones.

He said the criminals overpowered the passengers, assaulting them with offensive weapons and proceeded to rob them of their phones and other valuables.

“The total value of the stolen items is yet to be determined. The victims, including the driver identified as Mr Peter Malama aged 42, from Mtendere East were swiftly transported to Levy Mwanawasa Hospital. Regrettably, Mr Malama succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead upon admission,” he said.

He added that police have since launched investigations into the matter, while no arrests have been made yet.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 2nd February, 2024)

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Daka Shines with Goal, Assist and Witty Caption

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PATSON Daka had a decent performance against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, scoring a goal, winning a penalty, and providing an assist in Leicester City’s 4-0 victory. But it was his post-match caption that stole the show, leaving fans chuckling.

Daka has endured a difficult time at Leicester since the arrival of coach Enzo Maresca, often finding himself on the bench and some times out of the match day squad despite impressive displays for Chipolopolo.

His limited playing time under Maresca has fueled speculation from some fans and pundits.

However, on Saturday, Daka was given a rare start and seized the opportunity with both hands. He won a penalty that was confidently converted by Stephy Mavididi before scoring Leicester’s second of the day, finishing off a pass from Issahaku Fatawu.

After the match, Daka took to social media to share his joy with pictures of himself celebrating his goal. The caption, however, is what caught everyone’s attention. Written in Thai, it read “ทําไมคุณถึงมองหาคําบรรยายภาพ?” which translates to “Why are you looking for captions?”.

The witty caption could be interpreted as a direct message to his critics and nosey followers.

With this display, Daka has put his critics on notice and sent a clear message to Maresca. He is ready to contribute to the team when given a chance.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December. 2023)

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Edith Nawakwi in court for abduction and threatening to kill Hatembos

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FORUM For Democracy and Development (FDD) Edith Nawakwi has been taken to court to explain why she allegedly abducted and threatened to kill two farmers, Pheluna and Milton Hatembo.

Ms Nawakwi, 63, has been charged with four counts of a kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person and threating violence.

Allegations are that between August 31, 2021 and September 1, 2022, the accused, while acting with others unknown, with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Pheluna.

Ms Nawakwi did so when she allegedly told Pheluna that “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.

In the second count, it is alleged that between the same dates, the former Minister of Finance, while acting with others unknown and with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Milton.

She did so when she allegedly told Hatembo “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.

In the third count, allegations ate that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Pheluna from Choma to Lusaka.

She allegedly abducted the victim with intent to cause the woman to be secretly and wrongly confined against her wishes.

In the last count, allegations are that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Milton from Choma to Lusaka with intent to cause her to be secretly and wrongly confined against his wishes.

When the case came up yesterday, Lusaka chief resident magistrate Davies Chibwili allocated the case to magistrate Amy Masoja.

Ms Nawakwi is yet to take plea in the case which was widely publicized prior to the August 12, 2021 general elections.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st November, 2023)

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