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World leaders have paid glowing tributes

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WORLD leaders have today paid their growing tribute to Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda, with President Edgar Lungu emphasising that Africa will miss him for his true patriotism.

In his tribute during Dr Kaunda’s official funeral, President Lungu said Dr Kaunda was a freedom fighter who, through long held perseverance, tenacity and personal sacrifice, helped liberate Zambia from colonial rule.

“At the age of 97, many people would say we are celebrating the life of Kenneth David Kaunda rather than mourning him. But when i received the message of the demise of our first president, i shed tears and i was heart broken,” he said.

He said Dr Kaunda and his many colleagues, now gone, believed that Africans deserved to decide their own destiny as a people, and that they could not be discriminated against and have their natural resources plundered by settlers while they wallowed in abject poverty and degradation.

“KK knew, that as long as southern Africa remained unstable, Zambia’s development would remain a pipedream. To this effect, i am not surprised to see heads of state and government present at his funeral. i see other foreign dignitaries present despite the dangerous world we are living in with the covid-19 pandemic,” he said

He said the story of Dr Kaunda is embodied in the lives of all Zambians who lived under his leadership.

“i am a product of KK’s free education up to university. President Mnangagwa would tell a similar story about KK’s belief in the education of African children having been educated here in Zambia.It was because of that vision that some of us here are privileged to be presidents,” he said

President Lungu said Dr Kaunda was a disciplinarian, but true to his christian belief, he never held grudges as he would rather have people reform and be useful in society again.

He said he learnt the importance of patriotism and national unity from Dr Kaunda.

” I have learnt a lot of things from the presidents that served before me.Nut from Dr Kaunda, i learnt the importance of patriotism and national unity,” he said

“KK’s contributions to humanity neither ended with his presidency in 1991 nor his retirement from active politics in 1999. he became a committed activist against HIV and aids in Africa. he was bold and compassionate about the fight against HIV and AIDS and banished stigma and discrimination from the early days of the pandemic,” President Lungu said.

Among the Heads of State who attended the official funeral include President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Namibian President Dr. Hage Geingob, President Mozambique and Chairperson Of SADC Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and President of Ghana Dr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-addo.

Others are Zimbabwean President Dr Emmerson Mnanagwa, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Botswanan President Dr Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi and Malawian President Dr Lazarous Chakwera.

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President  Hakainde Hichilema appoints Anthony Bwalya as deputy High Commissioner at the Zambian Embassy in Tanzania

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has appointed Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya as Deputy High Commissioner at the Zambian Embassy in the United Republic of Tanzania.

Sectretary to the Cabinet Patrick Kangwa has announced in a media statement.

Mr Kangwa said the appointment of Mr Bwalya into the diplomatic service is with immediate effect.

“Mr Bwalya has served as Presidential Spokesperson at State House since 2021.

President Hichilema has thanked Mr Bwalya for his contribution as spokesperson at State House,” he said.

Mr Kangwa said the President is confident that Mr Bwalya will serve the government and citizens of Zambia to the best of his ability as he takes up his new appointment in Tanzania.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 25th January, 2023)

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Bulldozer and Bonanza defeated

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FORMER Patriotic Front (PF) Kabushi lawmaker Bowman Lusambo and Former Kwacha lawmaker Joseph Malanji have both their petitions dismissed in the Ndola and Kitwe High Court respectively.

The duo petitioned the elections of their rivals United Party for National Development (UPND) Bernard Kanengo in Kabushi and UPND’s Charles Mulenga in Kwacha stating that they should be declared null and void as they were illegal.

However, their petitions have both been dismissed as they have been deemed to lack merit by the Ndola and Kitwe High Court respectively.

In Ndola, Lusambo petitioned Kanengo, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the Attorney General seeking that the court declare the election of Kanengo as null and void.

In his submission in trial, Lusambo stated that the election had low voter turn out because his face was not on the ballot papers.

He claimed that ECZ misconducted itself by barrying him from contesting, which made it a non-democratic election and further stated that the move by ECZ tantamounts to contempt of court.

“The election was illegal and therefore this court should declare it as null and void,” he said.

High Court judge Ruth Chibbabbuka in passing judgement and dismissing the case said that all the allegations against Kanengo could not be substantiated.

“Thus, this allegation cannot be the basis upon which the election can be nullified or voided. Having found as I have, that all the allegations have failed and cannot be substantiated, in accordance with Article 97 (2) (b) of the Electoral Process Act, this petition is hereby dismissed for lack of merit. As this matter is one of public interest each party will bear their own costs for this petition,” she said.

Meanwhile, in Kitwe Malanji who equally petitioned the current Kwacha lawmaker Mulenga and ECZ also had his case dismissed.

Judge Conceptor Zulu who was sitting in the Kitwe High Court dismissed Malanji’s petition because some of the grounds of the petition had no merit.

She said there was no evidence that the petitioner was prevented from filing his nomination and therefore there was no merit in the petition.

“I have come to the conclusion that there was no merit that the ECZ did not comply with the stay that was made by the court,”she said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 24th January, 2023)

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President Hichilema to participate in the second edition of the Dakar Summit on Agriculture in Senegal

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is today scheduled to travel to Dakar, Senegal for a three day Agriculture summit.

The Head of State will participate in the summit from tomorrow, January 25th, up until Friday, January 27th, 2023.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Stanely Kakubo said the trip is at the invitation of the President of that country Macky Sall.

He said in a statement that Mr Hichilema is part of a select Committee of African Heads of State who are tasked to ensure Africa mobilises cheaper capital funds for the Agricultural inputs and value chain investment.

“President Hichilema will therefore join 18 other Heads of State and Government at the second edition of this important Summit, convened in collaboration with African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Research (IFAR) where the African Development Bank is expected to announce its Compact Fund to support structural transformation in agriculture in countries such as Zambia,” he said.

Mr Kakubo stated that during the Summit under the theme, “Feed Africa: Food Resilience and Food Sovereignty”, the President will participate in Presidential High Level Roundtable discussions on agriculture ,food security and integration.

He said President will as well as preside over the presentation of Zambia’s Compact on Agriculture, which outlines the country’s potential and strategies for development of the sector, in order to attract investments from to private sector stakeholders, multilateral organisations.

“The participation of the President in this meeting is therefore crucial in order to shore up the Government’s ongoing efforts to create opportunities for joint ventures and partnerships in the Agriculture sector, with key industry players, in recognition of it being a major source of livelihood for the majority of the Zambian people.The Government, under the leadership of President Hichilema, has continued to seek investments towards climate smart agriculture in order to enhance food security, ensure resilience of livelihoods and respond to the effects of climate change,” he said.

Mr Kakubo added that on the margins of the Summit, the President is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with other leaders and heads of key international organisations.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 24th January, 2023)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

27 Jan 2023, 1:00 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

339,949 Total Cases
4,043 Deaths
333,775 Recovered

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