Pres. Lungu Gives Up Half His Salary

President Edgar Lungu has cut his monthly salary into half to lead by example in effecting austerity measures, Vice President Inonge Wina has just announced. The Statutory Instrument (SI) 19 of 2016 puts the Presidential salary at ZMW 36,000.00/m. This … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has cut his monthly salary into half to lead by example in effecting austerity measures, Vice President Inonge Wina has just announced. The Statutory Instrument (SI) 19 of 2016 puts the Presidential salary at ZMW 36,000.00/m. This cut shows that his basic salary will reduce to K18,000. This is President Edgar Lungu’s second sacrificial gesture after he offered not to benefit from the presidential house initiative. And addressing Parliament on 18th September 2015, President Edgar Lungu said he does not want the state to build a house for him and would be happy to move back to his home constituency of Chawama when he leaves office. The head of state made the declaration in his inaugural State of the Nation address during the official opening of the fifth session of the eleventh National Assembly in Lusaka. He told Parliament that the practice of building houses for fromer presidents must be done away with altogether, saying it is not only unsustainable economically but also unfair and inequitable towards other constitutional office holders. He therefore asked parliament to review the Benefits of Former Presidents Act and make it in line with what is economically sustainable for the country. “Even the issue of building houses for former presidents should be reviewed. I don’t think it is fair or equitable to build a house for me as if I was working alone. What about other constitutional office holders such as the Vice President, ministers…..,†he said. “It’s not sustainable. Imagine if we had 10 ex-presidents and we had to build houses for all of them. In what economy? President Lungu wondered. “So let this forfeiture start with me. I don’t mind going back to Chawama,†he declared amid cheers from members of parliament. The construction of houses for former presidents had long been a source of heated debate, with some critics arguing that the practice is a drain on the country’s meagre resources, while others go further by contending that anyone who aspires to hold the highest office in the land must at least have a house of their own. The post Pres. Lungu Gives Up Half His Salary appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Losing PF Mukuba Ward Councillor Weeps After Defeat To UPND

A Patriotic Front candidate who lost the Mukuba Ward local government election to an opposition UPND opponent wept uncontrollably after the result showed he had granted the ruling party’s fierce critics their first victory in Kitwe. PF’s Gilbert Mushota lost … Continued

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A Patriotic Front candidate who lost the Mukuba Ward local government election to an opposition UPND opponent wept uncontrollably after the result showed he had granted the ruling party’s fierce critics their first victory in Kitwe. PF’s Gilbert Mushota lost the ward to Graddy Simukoko of the UPND in the Nkana constituency locality. Simukoko polled 438 beating Mushota who received 361. Mushota wept after learning of the result largely because he allegedly sold personal property to fund his campaign. The post Losing PF Mukuba Ward Councillor Weeps After Defeat To UPND appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF Wins 11, UPND Collects 6 Local Government Seats

The opposition UPND may have won only six seats out of 17 local government compared to PF’s 11, but the leading opposition party’s victory in Kitwe, a ruling party stronghold, is the biggest statement of this round. UPND won a … Continued

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The opposition UPND may have won only six seats out of 17 local government compared to PF’s 11, but the leading opposition party’s victory in Kitwe, a ruling party stronghold, is the biggest statement of this round. UPND won a seat in Kitwe, their first major electoral victory in the area, sending signals they have finally penetrated the ruling party bedroom. BELOW IS THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE SEATS WON. THE PATRIOTIC FRONT PARTY WON IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: 1. Isoka – 2 Seats 2. Chinsali – 1 seat 3. Chipili – 2 seats 4.. Chembe – 1 seat 5.. Masaiti – 1 seat 6.. Mufumbwe – 1 seat 7.. Nalolo – 1 seat 8.. Chipangali -1 seat 9.. Serenje – 1 seat. UPND MANAGED TO GET THE FOLLOWING: 1.. Namwala – 1 seat 2.. Gwembe – 1 seat 3.. Ngabwe – 1 seat 4.. Kembe – 1 seat 5.. Mukuba – 1 seat The post PF Wins 11, UPND Collects 6 Local Government Seats appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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