FIRST Lady Mama Esther Lungu says the Zambian Government is committed to ending AIDS by 2030.
She also said Zambia is committed to achieving HIV and AIDS epidemic control by 2021.
She says this has been demonstrated through strong political leadership and commitment for the national response as demonstrated by the engagement and participation of different political and community leaders including His Excellency the President of The Republic of Zambia Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
She cited the establishment of the national HIV Prevention Coalition which is being co-chaired by the Ministers of Health and the Minister of Finance as an effort meant to eliminate the disease.
Mrs. Lungu also said the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health (MoH) with its cooperating partners had made remarkable progress in addressing Mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT).
The First lady further sated the government was committed and had embarked on the process of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission –EMTCT- of HIV and syphilis in its continued effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and children.
She said the EMTCT of HIV & Syphilis National Operational Plan provided guidance for rapid scale up of strategic interventions towards dual EMTCT of HIV and syphilis in the country.
Mrs. Lungu reaffirmed the Zambian Government’s commitment to the core values and principles of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The First lady said this in a speech read on her behalf by Ministry of Health Assistant Director Cancer Prevention, Dr. Sharon Kapambwe during Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This is according to press statement issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary-Press& Tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia.
Zambia Police Service records 14,569 criminal cases countrywide from July to September, 2021
THE ZAMBIA Police Service says it recorded 14,569 criminal cases countrywide during the period July to September 2021compared to 14119 cases recorded under the same period in the year 2020.
And the police say a total of 7,633 arrests were made representing an arrest rate of 52.39% as compared to 7829 arrests made in 2020 which represented 55.45%.
Police Spokesperson Rea Hamoonga told #Mwebantu in a statement that the number of cases reported escalated by 450 representing a 3.08% increase.
Mr Hamoonga said Lusaka province recorded the highest number of cases accounting for 26.08% followed by Copperbelt province with 14.89% of the total cases reported country wide.
He said Muchinga province recorded the lowest number of cases at 3.04%.
Mr Hamoonga added that Southern, Eastern and North-Western provinces recorded 11.82%, 10.68% and 9.27% respectively.
“Luapula province recorded 7.47% while Central recorded 6.83%. Northern recorded 5.11%, Western 4.75%,” He said.
“We recorded a reduction in the arrest rate in the third quarter of the year 2021 as compared to the year 2020,”.
He added that the total value of property stolen in the third quarter of 2021 is K87,817,906=00 as compared to K111,617,367=00 stolen under the same period in the year 2020 representing 21.32% reduction.
He further said the total value of property recovered is K14,206,552=00 compared to K11,812,723=00 recovered under the same period in the year 2020 representing 16.85% increase in property recovered.
My wife has a boyfriend, a Mr. Mubanga, Keith Mukata tells Court
KEITH Mukata has complained to the Lusaka High Court that his wife and her alleged boyfriend have been calling him a criminal.
He also stated that his wife Maricoh Roisin Hoare Mukata and her boyfriend, a Mr Mubanga, have been inciting his children and workers to turn against him.
Meanwhile, Mukata has submitted that it was impossible for him to harass Maricoh from a house where she does not live in.
Early this month, Maricoh filed for divorce on grounds that her husband denied her conjugal rights for three years.
However, Maricoh explained in her divorce petition that in 2018, she fell pregnant for Mukata after prison authorities gave her chance to have sex with him during a prison visit.
Maricoh stated that their marriage has broken down irretrievably for the reason that Mukata has behaved in such a way that she cannot be reasonably expected to continue living with him as there is no love and affection.
Maricoh has applied for an order of injunction to retrain her husband,
relatives, employees or agents from going near her home or work place until the matter is determined.
But Makata has opposed the protection order which his wife is seeking, saying it was impossible for him to harass her because she does not live in his house.
He complained that it was in fact Maricoh and her boyfriend Mubanga who have been belligerent towards him and have been calling him a criminal even to his children.
He accused Maricoh and her lover of inciting his children, workers and people in general to turn against him.
“I have since reported the petitioner and Mubanga who is her boyfriend to police for criminal defamation,” stated Mukata.
DEC arrests Lusaka man for fraudulently withdrawing over K 3 million belonging to members of staff from a named Ministry
A BUSINESSMAN of Lusaka has been arrested for fraudulently withdrawing over K3million belonging to members of staff from a named Ministry.
Shadreck Matabishi, 45 of Plot 55504 in Chalala off Shantumbu Road was arrested for theft and money laundering.
In a media statement issued to Mwebantu, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) assistant public relations officerJulie Mukumwa, said Mr Matabishi was arrested for theft of K3,533,770.51 from a named Ministry.
She alleged that Mr Matabishi fraudulently withdrew money over the counter on names of other people as beneficiaries and mostly members of staff from the named Ministry without the knowledge of the beneficiaries.
Ms Mukumwa said the suspect has been charged with theft and money laundering.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident a suspect identified as Moses Chali Lukumba, 20 of Chirundu Town has been arrested for engaging in buying and selling of foreign currency without a Bank of Zambia Licence.
She said Lukumba has also been arrested for being in possession of property namely ZMW1,950 and USD560, suspected to be proceeds of crime and for engaging in money laundering activities by way of engaging directly or indirectly into a business transaction using the proceeds of crime.
“The suspect has be charged for engaging in buying and selling of foreign currency without a Bank of Zambia Licence contrary to Section 6 (2) of the Banking and Finance Services Act No.2017 as read together with the regulation 8 of the Banking and Financial Service regulation 2003 of the Laws of Zambia, possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to Section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia and money laundering contrary to Section 7 of Act 14 of 2001 as read with Act No.44 of 2010 the Prohibitions and Prevention of Money Laundering Act,” he said.
Ms Mukumwa said the suspects have been released on police bond and will appear in court soon.