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Pretoria -Thursday 15th June, 2017
Zambian Mission in Pretoria, South Africa, has confirmed that preparations for the inauguration ceremony of Lesotho’s Prime Minister- Elect Dr Motsoahae Thomas Thabane have reached an advanced stage.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, with extra accreditation to Lesotho and Madagascar ,His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba confirmed that the ceremony which is expected to be attended by Zambian President H:E Edgar Chagwa Lungu will be held at the Setsotso stadium in the capital city of Maseru.
President Lungu, who is expected to be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba and other Government officials, will be among several Heads of States from the SADC region.
The ceremony follows a snap successful election which was declared as credible, free and fair by several Observer Missions.
Among the observers was Zambia’s former President Rupiah Banda who was leading observers from Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy (EISA), Former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano leading observers from the African Union (AU)
Other observer Mission leaders were Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Augustin Mahiga (Southern African Development Community (SADC)), and Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba (Commonwealth Observer Mission)
After the elections that were held on Saturday 3rd June 2017, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declared the All Basotho Convention party (ABC) led by former Prime Minister, Dr. Thomas Thabane, to have won the majority seats totalling 48 out of the 120 seats in the National Assembly.

However, to form government, a party requires a minimum of 61 majority seats.
Dr. Thabane has since marshaled a coalition of parties comprising three other parties securing a total of 63 seats in the National Assembly.

Mrs Naomi Nyawali
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Zambia High Commission
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A ZAMBIAN DIES AT Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport Johannesburg South Africa


Pretoria- Sunday, 21st May 2017
A resident of Chingola on the Copperbelt province of Zambia has died at the Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg South Africa.

The man identified as Frank John Price, 76yrs old, died of suspected cardiac arrest at Oliver Reginald Tambo International (ORTI) Airport in transit from Australia to Zambia.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba confirmed the sad development.

According to the Zambian government records, the deceased was an Australian national holding a permanent resident permit for Zambia and was an established resident of Chingola.

The late Mr Price was traveling with his spouse, a Zambian national Evelyn Kasonde Mubanga.

The Couple had gone for holiday to his home country.

The body is being held at a funeral parlour in Johannesburg and will be repatriated to Zambia when due formalities are completed.

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


Various stakeholders have praised President Edgar Lungu for assenting to the Constitution Amendment Bill .

Zambians for Empowerment and Development (ZED) leader, Fred Mutesa said President Lungu has exhibited courage and boldness by giving Zambians the much desired constitution.

Dr. Mutesa said the move is in the national interest as it does not favour President Lungu and the Patriotic Front party.

Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) executive director Pukuta Mwanza said the President’s assent to the document was a landmark event for the country.

“An incumbent President would ordinarily fear to assent to such a challenging Constitution such as this because of clauses such as the 50 per cent plus one election threshold but President Lungu has shown rare courage in having to assent to the document, ” he said.

MMD president Nevers Mumba said his presence at the stadium showed that MMD was a party that made decisions using principles and not emotions.

Dr Mumba said that the move signifies the beginning of a fresh pace to democratic governance.

Dr. Mumba told ZNBC News after the signing ceremony of the Constitution bill in Lusaka that the MMD is very proud of President LUNGU and all those that participated in the constitution making process.

Christian Democratic Party president Danny Pule said it was a new dawn in Zambian politics.

Former UNIP general secretary Gray Zulu said it was a momentous occasion because it signified Zambia’s growth.

The United Nations (UN) has hailed Zambia for completing a successful Constitution making process which has culminated into a Law encompassing the will of the people.

UN resident coordinator in Zambia Janet Rogan said in an interview that her organisation was elated by the progress in the country’s democratic affairs. Ms Rogan was speaking at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka yesterday after witnessing President Edgar Lungu assent to the amended Constitutional Bill.

“I want to congratulate the people of Zambia on behalf of the UN system for another peaceful step in Zambian democracy by adopting a new Constitution,” she said. Ms Rogan said the transformation of the Zambia Police Force into the Zambia Police Service would promote community driven policing and co-existence between the law enforcement agency and members of the public.

French Ambassador to Zambia Emmanuel Cohet said the new Constitution marked a milestone in the history of the country. Mr Cohet said it was a good start to the process of enacting a brand new Constitution considering that the Bill of Rights still required to be made into Law through a Referendum. SOURCE: LUSAKA TIMES


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