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Monday, September 16, 2019

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Hakainde Hichilema stated: “We took sometime this afternoon assisting the vulnerable groups in Lusaka’s Bauleni compound where we donated bags of mealie meal.The aged, persons living with disabilities, the widows, the orphans and other relevant groups are so dear to us and they need a helping hand especially under the current difficult economic situation,” External link

zambiareports Monday, September 16, 2019 8:10:00 AM CEST

Edgar Lungu said (about Mr Speaker): “As I sometimes drive around the city at night, I see more and more areas in darkness due to load shedding because our dams that generate power do not have water. I have heard of people failing to leave or enter their homes because their electric gates have mal-functioned because of power failure. It saddens me and I fail to imagine people living in high-density areas having to walk in darkness to and from their workplaces. Surely, this poses a serious security risk on our people,” “I am aware, Mr Speaker, of some health facilities going without power for long periods of time and I begin to wonder how our health workers are looking after our patients without water and electricity. Sir, in view of the above, I am directing the Ministry of Energy from midnight tonight to prioritize power supply to hospitals and health centres. Further, the Ministry of Energy should prioritize energy supply to our water supply operations. This is a very serious matter that should not be taken lightly” External link

zambiareports Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:37:00 PM CEST

Edgar Lungu said: “We all seriously need to understand and begin to appreciate this in detail and stop pointing fingers at each other for failure to grow our economy at the desired pace. Climate change is real. My fellow countrymen and women, I would like you to fully understand that this not my problem alone or the problem of my government alone. This is nature but even if it is nature, we need to join hands and see what we can do about it together [and] no question about it,” External link

zambiareports Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:37:00 PM CEST

Edgar Lungu said (about Mr Speaker): “I want to place emphasis on the need to dismantle these arrears while curbing further accumulation of arrears. My government has taken this very seriously and I have directed those tasked with the responsibility of managing this debt stock to ensure that stringent measures are actively implemented,” “Mr Speaker, our non-discretionary expenditure which comprises personal emoluments (PEs) and debt stands at 50.1 per cent and 40 per cent respectively, giving a total of 90.1 per cent of our annual budget. This leaves the discretionary amount to stand at 9.9 per cent of our annual budget. This Mr Speaker is an alarming ratio” External link

zambiareports Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:37:00 PM CEST

Edgar Lungu said: “It is cardinal that personnel emoluments must be reflective of service delivery to the Zambian people. I have observed that this is not the case. It is for this reason that I have directed Secretary to Cabinet to immediately clean-up the public service payroll to stop this hemorrhage today and not tomorrow,” External link

zambiareports Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:37:00 PM CEST

Edgar Lungu said: “I will not stand and see greedy citizens destroy the good fiber of our nation. Indeed, I will not expect government under my charge to fail to provide for the people of Zambia. I can only urge those who are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the fight against corruption is attained to work hard,” External link

zambiareports Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:37:00 PM CEST

Dora Siliya said (about Edgar Lungu): “Our friends in the opposition spend all their day trying to paint Zambia black as a way to get to State House. Even corruption can’t be an agenda to get to State House. Your solution to the people of Zambia is ‘PF is corrupt.’ It’s really becoming boring because we are doing the work. Anybody who has nothing to say just says ‘the PF is corrupt’ [or] ‘president Lungu is corrupt.’ We refuse to make the fight against corruption a joke because we know that corruption can erode the confidence in a country. We have said nobody is spared in this country, not even the office of the president. And I am happy that this time around, even the investigative wings have said ‘don’t waste our time if you have nothing better to say.’ If you look at the statistics at ACC, it shows that a lot of reports they get are just rumour mongering. It wastes money for the police to be chasing stories that are not true. Let real corruption be fought,” External link

zambiareports Friday, September 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM CEST

Dora Siliya said: “When we say ‘Mr Kambwili, come and help with the information’, it is because we have laws that provide for whistle blowers so that if you have information, don’t just be calling radios and making headlines. We want the police to do their job. So come and share what you know. Don’t just hold press conferences. You tell us that ‘we know this one is corrupt’. Maybe the police don’t have that information. But when they say ‘come to the police’, you say ‘no I am sick, I was just advising’. We have to stop making the fight against corruption a joke. We in government take the fight against corruption very seriously but the opposition wants to make it a joke. If you are really concerned about corruption, don’t just hold press briefings, go and report corruption,” External link

zambiareports Friday, September 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM CEST

Dora Siliya said: “So the opposition in this country is absolutely non-existence except in name only. Some of them are just scouts centered around individuals. They are not even opposition parties. So I am happy today that in spite of the campaign to vilify or paint Zambia black, our friends, the Americans, are standing with us, our friends, the Chinese, are standing with us, our friends, the Germans, are standing with us, our friends, the Israelites, are standing with us. And that shows that people have confidence in this government,” External link

zambiareports Friday, September 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM CEST

Dora Siliya said: “I think in administration, that is normal. If the president feels that a decision was made but maybe it was not in the best interest of the nation…it’s not strange for him to revoke an appointment. He is not the first president nor the last president and it’s not the last time it will happen” External link

zambiareports Friday, September 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM CEST

Dora Siliya said: “If the millers go to buy from them at K180, the farmers are very happy with this government. They are singing praises for the president and saying ‘may he live forever’ because the government gave them fertilizer, the government gave them seed and then the private sector went to buy from them at K180. They are singing praises and saying ‘may the president live forever.’ Of course, the ones who are complaining are us here in Lusaka. Those farmers are extremely happy with the PF government. Because we have reduced in terms of maize production, at one point we had produced 3.7 [million and] now we are producing 2.4 [million], it means that we have to be careful how we support our neighbours because we need to keep food ready for our people in Zambia. But because people have been sending negative sentiments and saying ‘there should be a disaster declaration in Zambia’, there was panic when buying [maize] thereby increasing prices which have gone on to affect the consumers,” External link

zambiareports Friday, September 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM CEST

Dora Siliya said: “There is a disaster in Southern Province because Southern Province normally is a good producer. Western Province, every year, there is hunger, especially in Shang’ombo. Eastern Province, every year, even when the rains are good, there is hunger in the valley along the Luangwa River,” “But Southern Province is a special case because normally when there is rain, they are like one of the biggest producers. So the fact that there was drought, all crops failed in Southern Province. There is enough food within our borders. It’s not a national disaster there is no need to declare a national disaster because now we have to move food from the Northern part of Zambia where it is, to Southern province and that is what is happening. This year, even though Southern Province [which is] a good producer has failed, the country has still produced 2.4 million metric tonnes” External link

zambiareports Friday, September 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM CEST

Christine Lambrecht said: “The term upskirting hides a disgusting intrusion into women’s privacy … And that’s why I’m determined to tackle the issue and change the legal situation,” External link

zambiareports Friday, September 13, 2019 10:19:00 AM CEST

Kenneth Kaunda asked: “How can Zambians who have no business in South Africa have so much money?” External link

zambianwatchdog Thursday, September 12, 2019 8:01:00 AM CEST

Edgar Lungu stated: “I am hereby revoking this appointment with immediate effect. I thank you and wish you God’s blessings in your future endeavours,” External link

zambiareports Wednesday, September 11, 2019 8:15:00 PM CEST

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