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World leaders have paid glowing tributes



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.


President Hakainde Hichilema, fires Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary in charge of administration, George Magwende



PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has with immediate effect terminated the contract of Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary in charge of administration George Magwende.

In a statement issued by Presidential spokesperson Anthony Bwalya the termination is pursuant to Articles 92(1)92(2)(e) and 270 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia.

“President Hakainde Hichilema has, with immediate effect, terminated the contract of Dr. George Magwende as Permanent Secretary (Administration), in the Ministry of Health.

The termination is pursuant to Articles 92(1), 92(2)(e) and 270 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia,” he said.

Mr Bwalya said the President has since thanked Dr Magwende for the services rendered to the Government of the Republic of Zambia, and wished him well for the future.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, August 7th, 2022)

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Recruitment turnout a wake up call, says CCZ



THE Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) says government should monitor the current recruitment of public service workers which is an eye opener of the unemployment levels in the country.

In a statement, Council general secretary reverend Canon Emmanuel Chikoya said Council acknowledges government’s efforts in fighting unemployment in the country but believes there is need to grow and support the private sector which is key in supplementing its efforts in the same vein.

Commenting on the current recruitment of Enumerators that will help in the 2022 Census exercise, father Chikoya urged government to conduct the process in a transparent manner adding that this is the only way public confidence can be maintained.

“The turnout of over 20,000 candidates for  aptitude test against the 3,000 that are needed for Lusaka only is alarming, ” Fr Chikoya said.

“But, it’s encouraging to see government recruiting in large numbers. Our hope is that government efforts will be supported and supplemented by the private sector,” he said.

And the general secretary has called on the Church and small medium enterprises to promote entrepreneurship and long term jobs rather than focus on temporal jobs that offer temporal relief.

“Census jobs are temporal, they offer temporal relief. What we need are permanent jobs that are long term in nature, such jobs can be in investments or entrepreneurship.  Therefore, all key stakeholders inclusive of the Church should all play a role in achieving this noble goal,” Father Chikoya said.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, August 6th, 2022)

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Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officers drag a business man off a plane in Lusaka, while he was attempting to flee the country over a case he is accused of corrupt practices



SURYA Energy Limited Exports Manager, Aditya Arora,38, of Lusaka’s Rhodes park area has been arrested for corrupt practices involving a K4,000 after he tried to flee the country.

Aditya is believed to have bribed a named officer from the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) in order for him to have his oil tankers included on a list of tankers that had been inspected and were due for inclusion in a petroleum products transportation licence.

Aditya who had already boarded that plan was removed and apprehended at Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka .

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Spokesperson Queen Chibwe said Aditya has been detained and is expected to appear in court on Monday.

“The arrest follows investigations in which it was established that Aditya offered a bribe of K4,000.00 to a named officer of the Energy Regulations Board (ERB) in order for the officer to include an oil tanker on a list of tankers that had been inspected and were due for inclusion in a petroleum products transportation licence.

Investigations have revealed that in May this year, Surya Energy Limited applied to have six oil tankers inspected by ERB for purposes of their inclusion in their road transportation license for petroleum products,” she said

She said the license that Surya Energy Limited had was valid till July 2024 and it has been established that on July 1st , this year, Surya Energy Limited only made four tankers available for inspection out of the six at their Mungwi Road garage.

“Following the inspection, approval was granted for the four tankers to be included in the road transportation license for petroleum products.

However, Aditya Arora later sent K4,000 as a bribe to a named ERB Officer who was one of the inspectors to facilitate the addition of another tanker on the list of inspected tankers for inclusion in the license. The ERB officer rejected the bribe and reported the issue to his superiors, who passed it on to the ACC,” she said.

Ms Chibwe added that in relation to the same matter, the Commission has also recorded a warn and caution statement from Aditya’s lawyer Mwansa Chambaila of Ituna Partners, Lusaka, for giving false information to an officer of the Commission.

“Mwansa is alleged to have provided information to the effect that Aditya was scheduled to travel out of the country on August 5th, 2022 when in fact Aditya was scheduled to travel the previous day, August 4th 2022. Alert officers managed to track Aditya and had him removed from the plane which he had already boarded.Aditya is detained in Police custody and is expected to appear in court on Monday August 8th 2022,for mention,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, August 5th, 2022)

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07 Aug 2022, 6:47 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

331,074 Total Cases
4,016 Deaths
325,897 Recovered

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