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We are not involved in the Malawi maizegate scandal says Zambian information Minister

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Government has dispelled allegations by some people in some sections of the media that it was involved in the alleged Zambia- Malawi maize gate scandal. Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Kampamba Mulenga has told the media that the Zambian Government was not directly, or indirectly linked to the transaction. Mulenga says in the spirit of good neighbourliness, President Lungu and his Malawian counterpart went into an agreement to facilitate the Zambian grain dealers that had sufficient maize stocks to trade with their Malawian counterparts.

“The Government only played a facilitatory role through the Ministry of Agriculture by waiving the maize export ban,” Mulenga says. Mulenga who is also Chief Government Spokesperson says government finds the alleged persistent attacks from opposition UPP President Dr. Saviour Chishimba totally baseless, misplaced and lacking credibility. “At the height of the shortage of maize in Malawi and the region due to the severe drought that visited the entire Southern African region, only Zambia and Tanzania were food secure in terms of cereal sufficiency,” she has said.

“As a matter of fact, Zambia has continued to receive requests from neighbouring countries to waive the maize export ban ,the latest being the Democratic Republic of Congo which sent a delegation a week ago to confer with the Zambian Government.” Mulenga says government has since allowed the Congo DR Government to buy 25,000 metric tonnes from grain dealers in the country.

She adds that due to the imminent threat of hunger that faced the nation, government slapped a ban on the exportation of Maize until further notice as one of the stop gap measures. “To this end, Zambia National Service officers and other law enforcement wings were deployed to man the borders throughwhich maize and mealie-meal were being smuggled to the neighbouring countries,” adds Mulenga.

She has noted that it is important for people aspiring to the highest office in the land to be factual when discussing issues of national interest. “Government will not be swayed from helping its neighbours by persistent attacks from one- man party leaders like Dr. Chishimba,” says Mulenga.

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Tutwa Ngulube put to rest

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MANY from different walks of life paid their last respects in Kabwe for the late lawyer Tutwa Ngulube who died last week in hospital.

Paying their last respects were former president Edgar Lungu with his wife Esther Lungu, Minister of Local Government Garry Nkombo, Minister of Transport Frank Tayali and many others including members of the Patriotic Front (PF).

All the mourners had something different to say about Mr Ngulube who was also former Kabwe Member of Parliament.

His wife described him as her friend, lover, father, husband and she could barely recall her life without him because he had shaped her into the woman she had become.

Mrs Ngulube also recalled how two days before his death her husband jokingly spoke about death.

“Jokingly you said let me take photos of you in case I die, that was during the graduation of our twins. Little did I know two days later you would be no more,” she said

She further described Mr Ngulube as a people person who despite his busy schedule always made time for her and their children.

Minister of Local Government Gary Nkombo who sent a message of condolences on behalf of President Hakainde Hichilema said the departure of Mr Ngulube was a serious loss.

He said those that experienced Ngulube, like him would remember him saying that “A stranger is a best friend you have never met before.”

“He had a golden smile and humor you could not ignore. Around his death there are more questions thanks answers, but we should all look above. The departure of Tutwa should be one of the reasons we should come together. Let us have deep introspection and reflection on Tutwa’s death. Let us not bury Tutwa in vain, but unity,” he said

And acting PF president Given Lubinda said Mr Ngulube would be remembered as a none fearing man of criticism who had unmatched courage.

“He was a loving and carrying parent who put the interests of his children and family before himself. He was willing to take even the most unpopular political cases and would represent his clients. We will remember how he sent parliament into laughter after a debate saying ‘Holy ghost fire, holy ghost fire,” he said.

The law fraternity said they had lost a vibrant young man who went to extreme in representing his clients.

“We have lost a gallant soldier who represented his clients without fear. Let us emulate Tutwa. He represented humanity,” they said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 7th December, 2022)

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Mpongwe boyfriend sets ablaze girlfriends house on fire after a dispute, police say

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A 41-year-old man of Mpongwe has been arrested for setting ablaze his 45-year-old girlfriends house after a dispute.

Mumba Fortunatious who has been staying with Maureen Mwendela for about five months resorted to setting on fire her house hold goods valued at K32,950 after the two quarrelled.

Copperbelt commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba said police received a report of arson which occurred between Monday and yesterday around 20:00 hours.

“Maureen reported that her house was set ablaze by her boyfriend Mumba whom she stays with and this was after they had a dispute and property (house hold goods) which included Sofas bed, matress, a Television Set, bedings and others altogether valued at K32,950.00 were burnt to ashes. Brief facts of the matter are that the suspect has been staying at the complainants house for the past five months, so on Monday at 20:00hours the two had a dispute so the complainant decided to leave the house stating that the suspect was drunk and was disturbing her sleep. After leaving her house she informed her sister who stays in the neighborhood that she was going to seek refuge at her brothers’ house within Mpongwe and she left,” he said.

Mr Mweemba said around 03:00 hours the sister to the complainant was awakened by unusual sounds from outside and when she went outside she found her sister’s house on fire.

“With the help of neighbours, they managed to put off the fire ,but the above mentioned property were burnt to ashes. Police visited the scene of crime and confirmed the matter. The suspect Mumba has been apprehended and he will appear in court soon,” he said

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 7th December, 2022)

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President Hichilema assents to the National Pension Scheme Bill into law

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has assented to the National Pension Scheme (NAPSA)Bill which provides for an option to claim for one off-age benefits by a member under the prescribed minimum pensionable age of thirty-six under the existing fund.

Presidential spokesperson Anthony Bwalya said President Hichilema’s assenting to the National Pension Scheme Bill is a fulfilment of the United Party for National Development’s (UPND) 2021 elections’ campaign commitment to undertake crosscutting NAPSA reforms, to enhance value for money for contributors under the existing fund.

“The Bill has also revised the penalty rate from 20 percent to 10 percent for delayed payment of contributions and provides for a waiver of penalties arising from delayed payment of contributions,” he said.

And in his Facebook post,  President Hichilema said the Bill provides an option for partial withdrawal of benefits by a member.

He said the Bill has also revised the penalty rate from twenty percent to ten percent for delayed payment of contributions.

“Furthermore it provides for a waiver of penalties arising from delayed payment of contributions.This was part of our campaign commitments that will enable employees to start investing part of their pension funds early in their working lives,” he wrote.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 7th December, 2022)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

07 Dec 2022, 3:46 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

333,746 Total Cases
4,019 Deaths
329,690 Recovered

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