Pension Office Sacks Five Deputy Directors for Alleged Employment Fraud

[Premium Times] Five deputy directors of the Pensions Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, have been fired for alleged employment fraud, the agency said Tuesday.

[Premium Times] Five deputy directors of the Pensions Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, have been fired for alleged employment fraud, the agency said Tuesday.

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27 Million People Lack Safe Water in Countries Facing or At Risk of Famine

[Unicef] New York/Dakar/Nairobi/Amman -Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF s…

[Unicef] New York/Dakar/Nairobi/Amman -Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

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Saviour Chishimba Asks UPND To Apologize For Attacks On Journalists

The opposition United Progressive People (UPP) have asked UPND leaders to apologize for attacks on journalists meted out yesterday. UPND cadres attacked Radio Phoenix journalists after their press briefing was blocked by police. BELOW IS UPP LEADER SAVIOUR CHISHIMBA’S STATEMENT … Continued

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The opposition United Progressive People (UPP) have asked UPND leaders to apologize for attacks on journalists meted out yesterday. UPND cadres attacked Radio Phoenix journalists after their press briefing was blocked by police. BELOW IS UPP LEADER SAVIOUR CHISHIMBA’S STATEMENT ON THE ATTACK OF JOURNALIST We, in the United Progressive People (UPP), join the media fraternity to not only condemn, but also call for action against all political parties in Zambia that have embraced a culture of violence in politics. Both sides of the divide, ruling and opposition political parties, must take responsibility and unconditionally apologise to the people of Zambia for the so much blood with which the land has been fed through acts of violence. Violence from anywhere by anyone is a moral wrong and a crime against humanity, which must be fought against in unity by all. The reported harassment and brutalisation of Radio Phoenix journalists who were suspected to have come from ZNBC cannot be justified by our fellow opposition UPND. Journalists from the public media are of equal worth. They work under very difficult circumstances. Therefore political bitterness must not be extended to them because they are also going through hardships under the wicked PF-MMD regime. It’s common knowledge that these gallant men and women are not in charge of the propaganda machinery. Our fellow politicians in the ruling regime must be blamed for the absence of editorial independence in the public media. Any political party which engages in violence against the public media has potential to turn against the private media upon taking over the reigns of power. Attacks on the media is an early warning sign of authoritarian rulership in all political parties. Those of us in the opposition must act ethically and responsibly predominantly because we are potential governments in the waiting. The culture of befriending the private media when in the opposition and turn against them upon forming government has been perpetuated by the political elite that our nation has recycled for far too long. The culture of violence is ingrained in their minds and they carry it wherever they are – whether they are in the opposition or ruling. We must stop this now! The political environment in Zambia is so toxic that all of us must make a principled decision to uphold the dignity and peace upon which Zambia’s birth was predicted. We urge all the youth to loathe and distance themselves from political leaders who always use them as instruments of violence. UPP seizes this opportunity to apologise to the media on behalf of all the politicians in Zambia. Noting that our democracy cannot flourish without a free media, our assurances of a media-friendly nation are hereby renewed. God bless our nation! Saviour Chishimba UPP PRESIDENT The post Saviour Chishimba Asks UPND To Apologize For Attacks On Journalists appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Takes His Grievances To Human Rights Commission

Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has taken his grievance with the Patriotic Front government to the Human Rights Commission. Yesterday, the UPND leader and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba met with commissioners of the HRC. Hichilema and GBM were blocked … Continued

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Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has taken his grievance with the Patriotic Front government to the Human Rights Commission. Yesterday, the UPND leader and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba met with commissioners of the HRC. Hichilema and GBM were blocked by police from addressing a press briefing at a public place yesterday morning. On Sunday April 2, the duo have applied to hold a public rally which police has rejected. UPND allege the fundamental human rights to associate and freely speak are being trampled on. “This [yesterday] afternoon with our Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango and national Youth Spokesperson Gilbert Liswaniso we held a closed door meeting with the commissioners of Human Rights Commission in Zambia as part of our ongoing engagements with both local and international bodies. “We wish to state here that our meeting was cordial as it addressed a number of issues bordering on the human rights situation in the country. “During the meeting, we indicated that the purpose of the meeting was to brief and remind them of various injustices going on in the country. “We stated that as we engage other international human rights institutions, it was important for us to inform them of our steps in protecting human life and justice in the country,” Hichilema says. “We pointed how civil liberties and rights as provided for intended the constitution have been lost due to the repressive environment obtaining.” Hichilema says his delegation sympathized with the HRC knowing too well that they were working under very difficult environment. The post Hichilema Takes His Grievances To Human Rights Commission appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Shakafuswa Defends ‘Trigger Drunk’ Cop As Nkombo Faces Arrest

Former Katuba MP Jonas Shakafuswa has come to the defence of Spider Ngoma, a police officer, captured in an altercation with Mazabuka MP Garry Nkombo at a Filling Station. Shakafuswa, a former reserve police officer and a friend of Nkombo, … Continued

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Former Katuba MP Jonas Shakafuswa has come to the defence of Spider Ngoma, a police officer, captured in an altercation with Mazabuka MP Garry Nkombo at a Filling Station. Shakafuswa, a former reserve police officer and a friend of Nkombo, says the officer was seemingly assaulted and should therefore not be judged. “Listen to how the video incriminates whoever recorded it. The officer asks ‘why did she beat me’ . ‘Because you said you wanted to search the car’ the woman responds. The lady is not denying that the officer was beaten. But justifying the beating. How you people choose to judge?” he wonders. Police have issued a statement supporting Ngoma who was visibly drunk. Ngoma had attempted to search Nkombo’s car. Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo says the Zambia Police Service Command will not tolerate the growing trend of attacking police officers. “To set the record straight, the Zambia Police Service has instituted investigations into the matter, as the police officer concerned has reported that, he was beaten and roughed up by an identified individual. Once our investigations are concluded, appropriate measures in accordance with the law shall be taken,†she says. She also said the police command was impressed by the “level of discipline†which constable Ngoma displayed. “The police command is impressed by the level of discipline and restraint the attacked officer displayed under extreme provocation. We must therefore take this opportunity to warn members of the public that it is an offence to beat, rough up or indeed embarrass a law enforcement officer carrying out police duties,†said Katongo. The post Shakafuswa Defends ‘Trigger Drunk’ Cop As Nkombo Faces Arrest appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Illegal Mukula Trade Disturbs Pres. Lungu

President Edgar Lungu has expressed disappointment at the extent to which the illegal mukula tree trade has increased. President Lungu said this when he visited Nakonde border post where he came to first hand reality of the impounded commodity. “Yesterday, … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has expressed disappointment at the extent to which the illegal mukula tree trade has increased. President Lungu said this when he visited Nakonde border post where he came to first hand reality of the impounded commodity. “Yesterday, I toured the Nakonde boarder. I was very disappointed with the continuing illegal Mukula tree trade,” he says, adding “I have warned everyone engaging in this illegal trade to stop immediately. I have also directed law enforcement agencies to be on high alert to ensure we curb this retrogressive practice. Let culprits be brought to book, irrespective of who they are!” President Lungu has since directed Home Affairs minister Steven Kampyongo to ensure that all culprits are brought to book. “I took time to meet with young people in the area. I listened to their impressive story and donated two Noah buses to the Youth Association for their project,” he says. President Lungu spent three days in Northern Province where he also urged his ministers and MPs to revive development projects that had received no action. The post Illegal Mukula Trade Disturbs Pres. Lungu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Cape Ambulance Targeted While Paramedics Help Woman in Labour

[News24Wire] Thieves broke into an ambulance while paramedics were helping a patient in Kensington, Cape Town, on Tuesday morning, a provincial health official said.

[News24Wire] Thieves broke into an ambulance while paramedics were helping a patient in Kensington, Cape Town, on Tuesday morning, a provincial health official said.

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