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ZAMBIA CALLS ON AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO IMPROVE EDUCATION SYSTEMS

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE
Maseru -Wednesday 15th May, 2019
Zambia has called on African countries to improve on their education systems in order to competent favorably worldwide.
General Education Minister David Mabumba says provision of quality education will make Africa better and stronger.
Mr. Mabumba was speaking in Maseru, Lesotho during the 10TH Conference for the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authority (AFTRA).
He said provision of quality education should be a shared aspiration to all African countries, as such, Zambia remained committed to ensuring that teachers delivered quality education.
Mr. Mabumba said that Zambia, under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Lungu would support initiatives aimed at improving education.
He said aspirations for a developed Africa would only be realized once learners are taught by professionally qualified and productive teachers.
Mr. Mabumba urged AFTRA member countries to ensure that the teaching profession was adequately researched and well regulated.
He expressed happiness that Zambia has already operationalized the regulation of the teaching profession through the establishment of the Teaching Council of Zambia.
The Conference attracted the participation of over 10 African countries that included Nigeria, Cameroon Ghana and Kenya.
Other countries are Zambia, Lesotho, Botswana, South Africa, and Tanzania among others.
Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
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KASAMA ARTS CULTURE AND ZUBA-NI-MOTO LIGHT UP DURBAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL*

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pretoria-Friday 3rd May, 2019

TWO Zambian arts and cultural groups are representing Zambia at the annual African Carnival being held in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa.

“Zuba Ni Moto” and “Kasama Arts Zambia” are among cultural groups that are participating at Africa’s biggest annual carnival and festival celebrations.

Group leader, Patrick Mphakateni says the two Zambian groups have taken advantage of the event to show case Zambian unique traditions, culture and tourism.

Speaking on the side-lines of the Carnival, Mr. Mphakateni said the Carnival provided an opportunity for the two cultural groups to promote Zambia’s tourism on the African continent.

He said art and culture was unifying not only to Zambia but to Africa as a whole as it transcended beyond race, religion and traditional beliefs.

Mr Mphakateni thanked government for giving them an opportunity to represent Zambia at Africa’s biggest cultural event, adding that his groups would remain committed to promoting Zambia’s tourism and arts industry beyond its borders.

The event which was officially launched by South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Tourism, Hon.Nathi Mthethua, attracted the participation of over ten African countries.

It was being held alongside Africa Travel Summit which has attracted over seventeen thousand delegates and exhibitors.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.

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VICE PRESIDENT MADAM INONGE WINA PRAISES DEMOCRATIC STRIDES MADE BY THE SADC REGION

Pretoria- Monday 30th April 2019.

Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Inonge Wina has commended the SADC region for growing its democracy.

Speaking when she received Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Joseph Malanji, Hon. Inonge Wina stated that she was hopeful that South Africa will hold a free, fair and peaceful elections.
She said a few SADC member states including Malawi, Bostwana and Madagscar elections in 2019.

And Hon Malanji who is also the Head of the SADC Elctoral Observer Mission for the 2019 National and Provincial elections in South Africa, said President Edgar Lungu appointed 48 election observers drawn from the SADC member states.

He also disclosed that President Lungu had appointed former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Kabinga Pande as his alternate as SADC Head of Electoral Observer Mission.

Meanwhile Hon. Wina said she missed the auspicious occasion held to celebrate the 95 Birthday of President kenneth Kaunda.

She wished Dr. Kaunda many more happy returns and good health.

Mrs. Wina is in South Africa to do her scheduled medical check up.

Issued by;

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary for Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission
Pretoria

ALL FOREIGNERS ARE SAFE ,LINDIWE SISULU ASSURES

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu says reports of alleged xenophobic attacks that have re-emerged in that country are a great concern to her government.

Ms Sisulu says her government is working closely with the Police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that security is provided to people living in South Africa.

She said her government would work closely with members of the diplomatic corp to ensure that regular updates are given concerning reports of alleged xenophobia.

Ms. Sisulu was speaking at an urgent meeting with Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the SADC region held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria.

She noted that safety of people living in South Africa was a collective responsibility, as such, SADC member countries would be actively engaged to find a solution.

Ms. Sisulu however expressed that some members of the diplomatic corp accredited to that country were giving incorrect perspectives of the situation.

She has since called on Ambassadors and High Commissioners to adhere to the Geneva Convention when communicating in order to maintain good relations.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr Emmanuel Mwamba said reports of alleged xenophobia were distressing.

He said some public remarks by identified civic leaders in that country were in bad faith.

He urged the governmnet to openly condemn remarks that against foreign nationals as they were fueling alleged xenophobic attacks.

Mr. Mwamba added that reports of re-emerging xenophobia in some parts of South Africa were working against the principles of free migration as championed by the African Union and SADC respectively.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission Pretoria South Africa.

ZAMBIA HIGH COMMISSIONER BADE FAREWELL TO ZAMBIAN COMMUNITY

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mr Emmanuel Mwamba has bade farewell to the Zambian community living in South Africa.

Mr Mwamba bade farewell at the colourful event held at the Zambian Chancery in Pretoria organised by the Zambia Association in South Africa (ZASA).

This follows his transfer to the Federal Republic of Ethiopia as Zambia Ambassador to that Country.

The farewell Event was attended by over 300 Zambians from across South Africa including Board Members of the Zambia, South Africa Business Forum led by board chairperson Dr Chiara Chiumya.

Before delivering his farewell speech Mr Mwamba together with his spouse Mrs. Monde Mwamba were blessed for their new assignment by the Clergy led by Pastor Gideon Kapafu of Bread of Life Church in Midrand Johannesburg.

Speaking earlier on behalf of the Zambian Community pastor Kapafu described Mr Mwamba as humble and welcoming.

He mentioned that Mr Mwamba maintained an open door policy
And effectively championed the interest of Zambians and Zambia as a country.

And in delivering his farewell speech Mr Mwamba thanked President Edgar Lungu for offering him an opportunity to serve Zambia as ambassador.
Mr Mwamba encouraged Zambians to be patriotic and speak positively about their own country.

He mentioned that their was a lot of positive stories about Zambia that needed to be marketed to the outside world.

He said their was need to increase tourists arrivals in the country owing to abundant wild life, heritage sites and natural resources.

Mr Mwamba thanked the Zambian Community for its unity and commitment for helping the Mission to promote the welfare of Zambians.

Mr Mwamba is expected to leave for Ethiopia this monthend.

Issued by Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations
Zambia High Commission
Pretoria

BRICS GIVES ZAMBIA 20 SLOTS FOR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The BRICS Institute has offered 20 slots to Zambia for its Executive Leadership Program.

BRICS Institue Executive Head, Dr. Shiphra Chisha said the program targets very senior executives and policy makers such heads of Companies corporates or heads of ministries.

She said the participants could take the whole program in all five member states or choose the programs out of the five.

The program which takes the participants to then capitals of BRICS member states of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and is a practical executive management initiative aimed at developing world class leaders to help foster real economic growth and shared prosperity between nations.

The programs comprise five modules delivered in two monthly intervals over a period of one year in BRICS member states.

She said the first executive leadership program will be held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to coincide with the BRICS Summit to be held in Brazil.

She said the program includes master classes that will be given by world-class and renowned business and economist personalities.

And Zambia High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba said his office will work closely with the Industrial Develooment Corporation(IDC) and relevant ministries to ensure that Zambia’s leaders from policy and the corporate participated in the program.

The BRICS Institute is an independent institute, directed by an advisory council comprising of members of the BRICS countries.

In this program it has partnered with Regenesys Business School.

The leadership program prepares participants to understand an over view of the economy and history of BRICS and opportunities and challenges in doing business with those countries.

It also gives technical insights to how these countries became the leading emerging economies in the world in the last 30 years.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net

RB NOMINATED TO LEAD TO OBSERVE ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE

Former Republican President His Excellency Mr. Ruphia Banda has been nominated to lead an elections observer mission to the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) nominated Mr. Banda to be its lead observer for the forth coming election.

Mr. Banda will lead a team of 24 observers drawn from Civil Society Organizations and Election Management bodies from across Africa.

EISA Executive Director Denis Kadima said his organization was honored to invite the former President to be its lead observer to the elections, which he described as critical.

The observation mission would be a short term mission which was expected to last for nine (9) days starting on 12th to 20th February.

EISA is a Pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) specialized in democracy, elections and governance and promotion of credible elections on the African continent.

Mr. Banda has since left South Africa for the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he will chair the Eminent Panel meeting of Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) alongside the 32nd African Union Head of State and Government Summit before proceeding to Abuja Nigeria.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97

GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ASSURES INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Chief Government spokesperson Dora Siliya has assured the international community that Zambia remains politically and economically stable.
Ms Siliya says speculations that Zambia was losing its sovereignty to other countries and international financing institutions due to its debt position were misconceived.
Speaking to South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reporter, Sophie Mokwena in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ms. Siliya emphasized that Zambia’s debt was sustainable.
She dispelled speculations that some State owned Enterprise (SoE) have been mortgaged to some countries as collateral for final assistance.
Ms. Siliya said Zambia was a friend to many countries across the world and multilateral institutions, as such, would continue engages its partners to help with development agenda.
She noted that Zambia was looking for partnerships that were beneficial both to its partners and the country at large.
And Ms. Siliya said the Zambian judiciary was a role model of an independent and professional judiciary on the African continent and the SADC region.
Ms. Siliya said the Zambian judiciary has demonstrated its independence by prosecuting cases that involve senior government officials and ministers accused of wrong doing
She noted that Zambia’s judiciary impressive track record was unparalleled among its peers and other countries world over.
Ms. Siliya said this was due to the fact that many people including Presidents have been dragged to court after being suspected of offending the laws.
Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya said government was in the process of enacting laws that are aimed at protecting citizens from cybercrimes as well as enhance national security.
Ms. Siliya said government has already taken three bills to Parliament that include data protection, security and electronic transactions laws to be able adequately protect the people.

She said once enacted, the laws will enable citizens to freely engage in the cyber space.
Ms. Siliya added that lack of adequate cyber laws in many African countries has affected innocent citizens negatively as they have become victims of wrong accusations and cyber bulling.

Ms. Siliya is on a bench marking visit to Multi-Choice south Africa to learn on best television practices especially in the wake of digital broadcasting.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX: +27 (0)12326-2140

ZAMBIA HANDED OVER THE AAPSCOMS BY SOUTH AFRICA

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Zambia has been handed over the Secretariat of the Association of African Public Service Commissions (AAPSCOMS) by the South African Civil Service Commission.

This follows Zambia’s election to the Presidency of the Association in March 2018.

Zambia’s Public Service Commission Chairperson Dickson Chasaya, who is also President of the Association of African Public Service Commissions, was handed the Secretariat after a consultative meeting with outgoing President and South African Civil Service Commission chairperson Richard Sizani.

The handover meeting was held at the South African Public Service Commission House in Pretoria, South Africa.
The ceremony was attended by six other technocrats and members of staff from the Zambian Public Service Commission who included Commission Deputy Chairman Hillary Chipango.

Mr. Chasaya said Zambia remained resolved to continue spear-heading the interest of AAPSCOMS in Southern African region despite the delay in the handover of the Secretariat.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Chasaya noted that communication breakdown with the South African Civil Service Commission, which was the outgoing Secretariat had created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the handover of the Secretariat.
And South African Civil Service Commission Chairperson, Mr. Richard Sizani apologised for the delay in handing over the Secretariat to Zambia which holds the position of President.

He called for extension of Zambia’s tenure of office by one year by the member countries due to delays in handing-over the Secretariat.
Mr. Sizani assured the Zambian delegation of his country’s support towards Zambia’s Presidency and AAPSCOMS as a whole.
Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia’s High Commission, South Africa.
press@zambiapretoria.net
Tel: +27(0)12326-1847/97
FAX: +27 (0)12326-2140

Negotiated Political Settlement is the Way to Go in DRC – Hon. Malanji

Negotiated Political Settlement is the Way to Go in DRC – Hon. Malanji

Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Joseph Malanji has stated that the call by President Edgar Lungu for a government of national unity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was necessary to bring peace and security to the country.

Speaking live on SABC, Hon. Malanji said that even in the event that all processes were complete, this could not guarantee peace and security in the DRC.

And South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu has called for a UN Mediation team to help arrive at a political Settlement.

Hon. Malanji who is the Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee on the Organ of Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and Head of the SADC Electoral Observer Mission in the DRC said DRC was holding the 3rd election in 60 years.

He recognized that the advisory was unprecedented and historical because of the unique position of the DRC.
Hon. Malanji thanked the DRC government for funding their own elections and for ensuring that the Congolese people expressed themselves through the ballot.
He said the government had overcome numerous challenges including security threat and disease to have this elections.

And a member of the Felix Thisikedi team based in Johannesburg, Claude Ibalanka expressed concern that the proposal might undermine the process. He called for a possible government of national team after the court process was complete

He also denied that the outcome of the recent elections was engineered by the out-going President Joseph Kabila.

But Hon. Malanji dismissed the fears, saying the matter was a strong proposal for the sake of peace.
He said President Lungu consulted widely to ensure that if engandered, lasting solution and peace will prevail.
He said Zambia agreed with South Africa proposal for mediation as it was similar to the SADC position.