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ZAMBIA AND OTHERS A ROLE MODEL OF DEMOCRACY-SADC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY Dr. TAX

Pretoria- Tuesday 15th August 2017

Zambia has been praised by the Southern Africa Development Community(SADC) for growth in its Democracy.

Speaking during the official opening of the SADC Council of Ministers, SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax praised Zambia and others that recently held national elections for holding credible, peaceful and free and fair elections.

She said Zambia, Lesotho and Seychelles held elections that were monitored by international observers including SADC and that the elections were held in a free and fair atmosphere.

“We are proud of the region. Zambia, Lesotho and Seychelles held very successful and credible elections. We congratulate the governments of Zambia, Lesotho and Seychelles for this growth in Democracy”.

Zambia is represented by Minister of National Planning Development Hon. Lucky Mulusa, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Harry Kalaba.

The technical team is led by Permanent Secretaries Mrs. Kayula Siame and Lombe Chalwe.

Since the meeting opened on 10th August 2017, critical issues related to sectors of Energy, Disaster preparedness, Agriculture development, climate change, regional cooperation, banking and financial matters, quest to honour founding fathers, anti-poaching strategies and other matters that should promote peace, security, trade and investment and regional integration in the region
President Edgar Lungu is expected to arrive in Pretoria on Friday 18th August 2017 to attend the Heads of State Summit Meeeting.

South Africa and President Jacob Zuma will take over the SADC 2017-2018 Chairmanship while President Edgar Lungu will take over the critical organ of Defense and Security.

SPEAKER COUNSELS MPS ON DEVELOPMENT DEBATE

Pretoria – Thursday 10th August, 2017
Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini says Youths are an integral part of African development agenda.
Dr. Matibini says African countries should ensure that youths are brought into the mainstream of the socio -economic development plans.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the Annual Conference of Speakers of Parliament and meeting of the Pan-African Secretaries -General Association held in Midrand , South Africa.

Dr. Matibini said African countries need to emphasis the importance of Youths in political and socio-economic planning as they constitute a large sector of the African population.

He has since called on Zambian Parliamentarians to factor social, political and economic issues as they debate matters of national development in consideration of demographic dividends.
Dr. Matibini added that youths were an important demographic that could not be in the context of national development.
He further observed that the Annual Conference of Speakers of Parliaments provided a platform that consolidated democratic governance and promotion of socio-economic development affecting the African continent.
The Speaker is accompanied by chief Wip Hon Richard Musukwa Hon Anthony Mumba Joe Malanji and Hon Margaret Miti

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ZAMBIA DRAWS 20 INVESTORS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr Emmanuel Mwamba is leading a high powered delegation of 20 leading South African Companies and Business representatives on an outward Trade and Investment Mission.
Mr Emmanuel Mwamba says the visit that has been organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI ),South African High Commissioner to Zambia H.E Ms. Ms Sikose Mji and the Zambia High Commission in South Africa is expected to hold a two day consultative networking session and business to business meetings 24TH to 26TH July to be held at cresta Golf View in Lusaka with Zambia’s private sector players and government agencies.
And South Africa’s Trade and industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says the meeting will assist the department with contributing towards South Africa’s objectives of regional integration by strengthening economic relations between the two countries.
He said the Investment and Trade mission to Zambia was a culmination of the State visit to South Africa by His Excellency the President of Zambia Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu late last year where the two countries agreed to deepen bilateral trade and investment relations.
Mr Mwamba added that the visit by the leading South African companies and business representatives follows Zambia’s investor friendly environment and abundant investment potential that exist in the country.
He further noted that the investment and trade mission was expected to increase awareness and of investment opportunities that exist in Zambia.
Mr. Mwamba disclosed that the delegation had expressed interest in the agriculture and agro-processing as well as energy sectors.
Other sectors included advanced manufacturing, infrastructure development, tourism and mining and capital equipment.
Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe is expected to lead the meetings that would be attended by representatives of the manufacturing sector, Zambia Association of Chamber of Commerce, and the Zambia Development Agency.
Others to be in attendance are officials from the South African High Commission in Zambia and USAID
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PRESIDENT EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU CONGRATULATES PEOPLE OF MADAGASCAR.

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has congratulated the people of Madagascar and their President Hery Rajaonarimampianina following the commemoration of that country’s 57th independence anniversary.

In a congratulatory message delivered by Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa with extra accreditation as Ambassador Plenipotentiary to Madagascar Mr Emmanuel Mwamba said President Lungu wished his counterpart and the people of Madagascar good health, peace and prosperity.
President Lungu said Zambia remains committed to strengthening the friendly relations that the two countries shared.
He said it was his desire and the people of Zambia to see the relationship between the two countries grow from strength to strength in order to enhance the interest of both countries at bilateral and multilateral levels

President Lungu further commended that country’s President for his commitment and unwavering support
he was dedicating to Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as its current chairman.

He said President Hery Rajaonarimampianina had remained committed in steering COMESA to a fully regional integrated and internationally competitive body

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ZAMBIA APPROVES ENHANCED MEASURES TO PRESERVE PUBLIC SECURITY

Zambia is not in a state of emergency; all Government actions continue to be subject to Constitutional principles and strict judicial oversight…

Lusaka, (Tuesday 11 July 2017) – Today, the National Assembly of Zambia, the country’s unicameral legislative body, approved the President’s promulgation of enhanced measures to enable security services’ capability to curb the rising cases of politically-motivated fires and vandalism of vital electricity supply lines.

The measures, to be enforced through special regulations under the Preservation of Public Security Act, were deemed necessary to restore public order and to prevent a state of public emergency from arising.

On Wednesday, 6th July 2017, His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, sought recourse to the Preservation of the Public Security Act by invoking Article 31 of the Zambian Constitution which governs threats to public security (not to be confused with Article 30 governing a state of emergency). He stated: “the recourse to this Act is deemed necessary to allow for a speedy and thorough investigation of the fires and their causes, while also preventing further incidents of arson and to allow for the extension of police powers and the restriction of assembly, movement and information rights, amongst others, as necessary.”

The fire at Lusaka City Market that destroyed thousands of shops and stalls on Tuesday last week was the latest in a series of fires nationwide, which appear to have been caused by arson.

The Government of Zambia recognizes that the country’s security is an absolute priority for economic development and reassures the international investor community that it is business as usual in the country. Business leaders who have met the President since the invocation of Article 31 have expressed confidence in government’s measured response in dealing with the rampant cases of sabotage that has beset the country post 2016 elections.

However, the frequency, magnitude and targeted nature of recent fires, have undermined the nation’s tranquillity and destroyed people’s livelihoods. This is the reason special security measures have had to be invoked.

The application of the Preservation of Public Security Act approved by Parliament today allows strong and clear action to be taken to protect public safety. It is designed to maintain Law and Order and all actions continue to be subject to Constitutional principles and strict judicial oversight. These measures are deemed necessary to safeguard the nation’s development trajectory and re-focus national efforts on building a fairer and stronger society, as articulated in the 7th National Development Plan launched last month.

The invocation of Article 31 is expected to apply for three months, following which the Government will reassess whether the threat to public security has been addressed.
All actions under the prescribed regulations will be implemented in a measured manner and targeted at individuals with criminal motives. No civil liberties have been, or will be suspended; there is no curfew; there are no lock-downs anywhere in the country; the public and private school curricular remain as normal, and so are other public undertakings. The country’s Constitutional order is intact supporting the full and unrestrained functioning of the three arms of government as enshrined in the Principles of Separation of Powers between and among the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. All laws are in force normally.
As is stands, law, order and business as usual prevail in Zambia. President Lungu has reassured banks, business owners and financial partners, while the country remains committed to providing an enabling environment for investors.

Issued by:
AMOS CHANDA
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
(PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS)
STATE HOUSE

Note to Editors:
Timeline: The series of fires and acts of sabotage, many of which remain under investigation but are reasonably believed to have been caused by arson include:
• August 2016: Tambalala Market, Bauleni, Lusaka, gutted.
• April 2017: Mongu Local Court, Mongu, Western Province gutted.
• April 2017: Luburma Market, Luburma, Lusaka gutted.
• April 2017: Intercity Bus Terminus, Lusaka, attempt of arson, person apprehended.
• April 2017: Lusaka Central Correctional Facility, persons apprehended on reasonable suspicion of attempted arson.
• May 2017: Kafue District Education Board Offices, Kafue, Lusaka District, gutted with reasonable grounds and evidence for suspecting arson.
• June 2017: ZESCO electricity supply lines carrying over 200 megawatts of power, near Ndola, Copperbelt Province sabotaged and set on fire, with strong grounds for suspecting arson.
o More than 10,000 households and the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium were left without power.
o The sabotage disrupted the Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) that was underway in Ndola, which hosts 459 local and 106 foreign exhibitors to promote trade and investment in Zambia.
• June 2017: ZESCO electricity pylons, Kafue West-Lusaka West Line, destroyed by fire.
o ZESCO spent USD 1.1 million to repair the damaged pylons
• July 2017: Lusaka City Market, Lusaka, set on fire.
• July 2017: Misisi Township Market, including ZESCO pylons, Misisi, Lusaka, set on fire.
• July 2017: A fire incident in Central Province.

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OUR LABOUR MOVEMENT IS CAPABLE TO HANDLE ANY THREATS TO DEMOCRACY, MWAMBA TELLS NUMSA

Pretoria-11th July 2017
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba has said Zambia has a fearless, vocal and active labour movement to deal with any matter regarding the governance of the country.
He said the country’s labour movement had played a key role in the liberation of Southern Africa and was also instrumental in the democratization of Africa.
Speaking when he received a memorandum of demands from the National Union of Metal Workers in South Africa(NUMSA), Mr. Mwamba said the concern of the Union were misplaced and founded on distorted media reports.
He said the labour movement in Zambia was capable of handling any threats to democracy or the rule of law.
He urged NUMSA to concentrate on the issues affecting the welfare of their workers and the country of South Africa before they could show solidarity to what he termed misguided causes.
He said Zambia was enjoying peace and its democratic processes were not threatened in any way.
He also strongly dismissed allegations that the country had slid into a dictatorship.
He said the recent proclamation by President Edgar Lungu was designed to arrest and deter threats to peace and public safety and was NOT a state of emergency in any way.
NUMSA applied to the local police and was conducting a picket at the Zambian Embassy in Pretoria.
The Union also delivered a memorandum of demands.
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ZAMBIA’SHIGH COMMISSIONER COUNSELS NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr Emmanuel Mwamba Has urged the Senior National soccer Team not to feel discouraged by losing the finals of the COSAFA Castle Cup.

Mr Mwamba said the Team put up a splendid performance through out the tournament despite losing to Zimbabwe 3_1 in the final game.

Speaking when he presented his solidarity message to the team after the game,Mr Mwamba encouraged the Team to remain focused.

He said Zambia was still a Football giant on the African continent as such there was need to maintain the good name by posting positive results

Mr Mwamba observed that the COSAFA Championship was an eye opener both to the coaching bench and the players in the building process of a permanent team..

He also congratulated Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for the good job the Association was doing in making Zambia maintain the good footballing name.

Mr Mwamba led A delegation of officials from the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria and other Zambian residents to give support to the National Soccer team in the just ended COSAFA Tournament which was hosted in Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rusternberg South Africa
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NUMSA’s PERCEIVED CLAIMS ON ZAMBIA UNFOUNDED

The Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa has accepted to meet leaders from the National Union of Metal workers of South Africa (NUMSA).

The Union has requested the High Commissioner to grant it audience to present it’s memorandum of demands regarding the alleged deterioration of human rights in Zambia.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba says he had accepted to meet the Union leaders following the Union’s formal request to meet him.

The Union has also made a formal application to the Police notifying that they planned to conduct a picket and present a memorandum of demands at the Zambian Mission in Pretoria.

Mr. Mwamba said the Mission would use the opportunity to engage with the Union leadership to understand their concerns and brief them about the happenings in Zambia in an informed manner.

In a letter to the mission signed by Christine Olivia, the Union has stated that they would stage a picket and present it’s memorandum of demands on Zambia on the 11th of July, 2017 at the Zambian Mission in Pretoria.

Mr Mwamba however, noted that NUMSA’s claims of deteriorating democracy in Zambia were not true as Zambia still remains a beacon of democracy in Africa.

He affirmed that Zambia was a growing democratic state with a good practice of entrenched democratic values and tenets

Mr Mwamba said the mission was ready to meet NUMSA officials in order to set the record straight as recent happenings in Zambia were a matter of rule of law

He noted that Zambia and South Africa together with their people enjoyed warm and cordial relationship that would not be disturbed by any matter including the forthcoming picketing.

He further said that the decision by the mission in Pretoria to accept to receive the memorandum of demands from NUMSA was not to accept it’s perceived claims on Zambia but a demonstration of respect for democracy and human rights.

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MIT TO EASE TRADE

Pretoria Tuesday 27th June ,2017
Zambia says the high impact multi commodity and multi customer facility launched at Musina boarder post in South Africa will spur economic growth among countries in the SADC region

Zambia’s Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa Philomena Kachesa says the operationalisation of the Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT) will ease the logistical problems that transporters used to face at the boader.

Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the MIT facility in Limpompo province, South Africa, Ms. Kachesa said the facility would be a logistics catalyst for regional trade as well as lower the costs of imports and exports.

She said Zambia would benefit from the facility as it would address the problems of transport logistics among the traders as there would be no unnecessary delays at the boarder

Ms Kachesa said the facility would also help address the objective of development integration among SADC countries

And Speaking when he launched the MIT, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Dr. Rob Davies said the facility was a precursor to joint governments special economic zones in the region

He said the facility was expected to improve the efficiency of transport logistics offerings as the region was moving its focus from road to rail transport.
The launch was attended by several Ambassadors, High Commissioners and other governments representatives from the SADC region

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Zambia calls for Increased Regional Dialogue among Political, Religious and Traditional leaders to achieve reduction of new HIV infections and AIDS

Pretoria -Tuesday 20th June, 2017

Zambia has called for increased regional dialogue among political, religious and traditional leaders to achieve the goals of reducing new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths among key population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Zambia’s representative at the SAFAIDS regional consultative meeting being held in Pretoria, South Africa, Sydney Mushanga who is also Central Province Minister said increased involvement of leadership from political, religious and traditional sectors will serve to address stigma and discriminatory practices in society.
Mr Mushanga says increased collaboration among influential members of society will improve access by key population to HIV prevention,testing and treatment Services among citizens of different government in the SADC region.
He noted that Zambia had shown political will in addressing HIV/AIDS related issues by rolling out health facilities in different parts of the country as well as upgrading some clinics to hospital level to ensure that its citizens had easy access to HIV prevention and treatment services.

He added that Zambia’s participation at the regional Consortium and consultative meeting stands to benefit the country through exchange of information and strategies that various member countries are using to new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths among their population.

Zambia is among eight other countries that include Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Namibia that have formed a consortium, funded by Global Fund to implement the objective of reducing new HIV infections and AIDS related deaths among key population.

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