Communique On Fourth Senior Officials Meeting Between South Africa and Bangladesh

[Govt of SA] The Fourth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) between the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh was held in Pretoria, So…

[Govt of SA] The Fourth Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) between the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh was held in Pretoria, South Africa, on 12 July 2017. The Fourth SOM was co-chaired by Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director-General: Asia and Middle East, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, and Mr Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular), Ministry of

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Catholic Bishops Strike Deal To Unite Rivals Pres. Lungu & Hichilema Together

Catholic Bishops have struck a deal aimed at reconciling political rivals President Edgar Lungu and opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. The influential Bishops met with President Lungu at State House today weeks after the branded the ruling party a dictatorship. … Continued

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Catholic Bishops have struck a deal aimed at reconciling political rivals President Edgar Lungu and opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema. The influential Bishops met with President Lungu at State House today weeks after the branded the ruling party a dictatorship. President Lungu opened his door to dialogue with the bishops in the midst of rising political tension in the country. Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu, who has been a stern critic of President Lungu’s style of governance, was among the 14 bishops that even shared spontaneous light moments. BELOW IS A STATEMENT BY STATE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON AMOS CHANDA PRESIDENT LUNGU CONFER WITH CATHOLIC BISHOPS LUSAKA, (Friday, 14th July, 2017) His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia today met with members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) at State House. The church leaders were at State House to underscore their commitment to working with Government for the good of the Zambian people. ZCCB president, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu who led a 14-member team of Catholic Bishops said: “We are emissaries of our Church and we come to express our good wishes to you and your Government.†Commenting on the recent fires in the nation, Archbishop Mpundu said: “We deplore acts of violence such as arson as shown by the torching of the City Market. Our hearts reach out to the victims of this act and their loved ones.†He continued: “We also decry the acts of sabotage aimed at public installations aimed at crippling economic progress. The culture of cadres across the entire political spectrum of political parties must be replaced by inclusiveness and zero tolerance for violence.†The Catholic Bishops also appealed to the President to humble himself, put the country first and seriously consider engaging in a genuine face-to-face dialogue with opposition leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, such dialogue that will be aimed at reconciliation. “Your Excellency is quite alive to the historic reconciliation that took place between the two late presidents Levy Mwanawasa and Michael Chilufya Sata. We would like the State to facilitate our visit to Mr Hakainde Hichilema so that we can deliver the same message to him, namely to humble himself, open the door and pursue the path towards genuine reconciliation.†The President responded positively and encouraged the Catholic Bishops to visit Mr Hichilema and deliver their message. Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr Chileshe Mulenga who attended the meeting said the Ministry will immediately facilitate the Bishops’ request. The President welcomed the Bishops’ overtures for dialogue, but insisted that such a dialogue should be premised on the opposition first accepting the outcome of the 2016 elections. The President reassured the Church of his commitment to constitutionalism, democracy and the rule of law. “My Lords I wish to assure you of my full commitment to our citizens’ democratic rights. They shall be safe under my Presidency.’’ The President thanked the Church for their appeal to dialogue and reconciliation while urging them to be more vocal on actions from any quarters that threaten national peace and unity. “I want to appeal to the Church to speak with a louder voice against violence and other acts that undermine our peace and unity,’’ the Head of State said. The Bishops also said: “Our overriding concern is the aftermath of the election that was held in August last year, 2016. It cannot be denied that it was a divisive election which has left the people of this nation deeply divided. Following Your Excellency’s appeal on 12th March, 2016 at Mpika, we responded by drawing leaders from other church groupings to put our heads together in order to bring the political players together in view of conducting campaign peacefully and ensure peaceful elections. The meeting at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross was meant to achieve a consensus on how to conduct peaceful campaign. You are also a witness that it was not very successful.†“We repeat this call to Your Excellency and through you to your Government to embark upon a well spelt out and action oriented programme of National Reconciliation through genuine dialogue. We call upon you as President of the whole nation not just your political party to put in place concrete measures to reverse the worrying and very dangerous trend of doing politics through violence.†Archbishop Mpundu hoped that this meeting will be a building block in promoting a mutually appreciated relationship between the Church and State. “We never tire to reiterate that the constituency of the Political Authority and that of the Church is one and the same, namely the people of this great nation. That is why the State and the Church must cooperate with each other in its sphere of competence for the benefit of our people. This cooperation consists of comparing notes and exchanging experiences in view of enhanced service delivery to God’s people at whose service both the State and the Church must be in order to be relevant.†Archbishop Mpundu led 13 bishops and Father Cleophas Lungu who attended the hour-long meeting whilst the President was accompanied by Religious Affairs Minister Rev. Godfredah Sumaili, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe and Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr. Chileshe Mulenga. The Bishops are: ZCCB Vice-president Bishop Alick Banda, Bishop Ignatius Chama, Bishop Patrick Chisanga, Bishop Justin Mulenga, Bishop Charles Kasonde, Bishop Clement Mulenga, Bishop Evans Chinyemba, Bishop Moses Hamungole, Bishop Valentine Kalumba, Bishop Raymond Mpezele, Bishop George Lungu, Bishop Benjamin Phiri and the ZCCB Secretary General Father Cleophas Lungu. __________________________________________________________________ Issued by: AMOS CHANDA SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT (PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS) STATE HOUSE The post Catholic Bishops Strike Deal To Unite Rivals Pres. Lungu & Hichilema Together appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Most Wanted Suspect Arrested in Pietermaritzburg

[SAPS] A joint operation held by Alexandra Road Trio Crime Detectives, K9 Unit and Ixopo Detectives led to the arrest of the most wanted and dangerous criminal, Khulekani Mkhulise (25) in France area, Pietermaritzburg in the early hours of Tuesday, 12 …

[SAPS] A joint operation held by Alexandra Road Trio Crime Detectives, K9 Unit and Ixopo Detectives led to the arrest of the most wanted and dangerous criminal, Khulekani Mkhulise (25) in France area, Pietermaritzburg in the early hours of Tuesday, 12 July 2017. The suspect who was wanted for various crimes committed in different areas.

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Three Suspects Arrested for the Possession of Abalone in Brackenfell

[SAPS] The vigilance of police members on patrol in Kiewiet Street Okavango Business Park, Brackenfell this morning paid off with the arrest of three suspects for the possession of a large quantity of abalone.

[SAPS] The vigilance of police members on patrol in Kiewiet Street Okavango Business Park, Brackenfell this morning paid off with the arrest of three suspects for the possession of a large quantity of abalone.

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Speaker Conniving With SABC Inquiry Liars Seeking to Avoid Prosecution

[DA] In response to my statement accusing the Acting Secretary to Parliament of complicity in keeping the report into those who lied during the SABC Inquiry under wraps, the Speaker of the National Assembly has revealed the lengths to which she is prep…

[DA] In response to my statement accusing the Acting Secretary to Parliament of complicity in keeping the report into those who lied during the SABC Inquiry under wraps, the Speaker of the National Assembly has revealed the lengths to which she is prepared to go to shield them.

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Political Task Team Investigates Umzilkulu Shooting

[SAPS] Pretoria -On Thursday, 13 July 2017, three Umzimkulu Municipality ward councillors were attacked and shot at by unknown suspects at Ibisi area. The suspects fled the scene in a getaway motor vehicle. The victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds…

[SAPS] Pretoria -On Thursday, 13 July 2017, three Umzimkulu Municipality ward councillors were attacked and shot at by unknown suspects at Ibisi area. The suspects fled the scene in a getaway motor vehicle. The victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds and they were taken to hospital for medical attention. The motive of the shooting is unknown and no arrest has been made at this stage. We urged anyone with information regarding the attack to contact their nearest police station.

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Police Issue Advice to Residents After a House Robbery in Jeffrey’s Bay

[SAPS] A 62-year-old man sustained stab wounds during a house robbery incident in Jeffrey’s Bay in the early hours on Friday, July 14. The complainant alleged that around 01:30, he was asleep when he heard a noise in the premises, and opened a door to …

[SAPS] A 62-year-old man sustained stab wounds during a house robbery incident in Jeffrey's Bay in the early hours on Friday, July 14. The complainant alleged that around 01:30, he was asleep when he heard a noise in the premises, and opened a door to investigate. He alleged that two men with knives, stabbed him and was forced back into the house, where cash and cellphones were stolen. The suspects are believed to have fled on foot.

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Suspect Appearing in Court Today for the Murder of Iyapa Yamile, 4

[SAPS] Eager to ensure that the killer of four year old Iyapa Yamile is brought to justice, detectives working on the case pursued every avenue which resulted in the arrest of a 29 year old man on Wednesday evening in Khayelitsha. Iyapa’s lifeless body…

[SAPS] Eager to ensure that the killer of four year old Iyapa Yamile is brought to justice, detectives working on the case pursued every avenue which resulted in the arrest of a 29 year old man on Wednesday evening in Khayelitsha. Iyapa's lifeless body was discovered in Town Two in Lingelethu West on 2017-05-01 and investigations eventually led to the arrest of two suspects who were later released because of a lack of circumstantial evidence.

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