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Zambia’s UN representative applauds the nation’s advancements in human rights



Chola Milambo, ZAMBIA’s permanent representative to the UN, claims that the nation is advancing the cause of human rights.

According to Dr. Milambo, this comes after President Hichilema signed Bill Number 25 of 2022, the Penal Code (Amendment), which eliminates the death penalty and the crime of Criminal Defamation of the President.

According to him, the death penalty degrades human dignity and should be abolished or at the very least put on hold in order to advance human rights.

This is in a press release from the press and public relations first secretary.

Namatama Njekwa is the permanent representative of Zambia to the UN.

“Zambia remains committed to a strong program of economic and governance reforms. Over the past 16 months of its governance, the New Dawn Administration under President Hichilema, has taken bold steps in setting grounds for transformative change. Uplifting human rights is a key point in this regard,” Dr Milambo said.

According to him, the President first declared on May 25, 2022, that he intended to abolish the death penalty and instead put an emphasis on the preservation and rehabilitation of life while upholding the principle of equal justice for everyone.

By the President’s consent on December 23, 2022, according to Dr. Milambo, all clauses of the Penal Code Act that mandated the imposition of the death penalty in the absence of mitigating circumstances have been repealed.

Similar to this, Section 69 of the Penal Code Act, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, which defined the crime of “Criminal Defamation of the President,” has subsequently been abolished with the President’s approval.

Dr Milambo said, “By the removal of the death penalty and abolishment of draconian laws such as the defamation of the President, we believe we are heading in the right direction.

He said going forward, Zambia will support resolutions at the UN regarding placing a moratorium on the Death Penalty.”

He said Zambia will, therefore, be voting in favor of the resolution, “Moratorium on the use of the death penalty” at the United Nations General Assembly. Zambia has in the past abstained her vote on this resolution.

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President Hichilema to Visit Seseli Mine




Seseli Mine in Chingola

President Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to visit Seseli Mine in Chingola on the Copperbelt, where a number of illegal miners find themselves trapped in a flooded open-pit mine. The announcement was made by Copper Minister Elisha Matambo during a press briefing in Chingola, reflecting the government’s commitment to addressing the critical situation.

Minister Matambo expressed confidence in the measures and interventions implemented by the government, ensuring that the ongoing rescue mission will reach the trapped miners. The President’s visit underscores the gravity of the situation and the government’s hands-on approach in coordinating the rescue efforts.

Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe provided further assurance, stating that safety precautions are rigorously being followed to maximize the chances of a successful rescue operation. He emphasized that the government has engaged with families affected by the incident, with twenty-seven families having come forward to claim missing relatives.

Source: aljazeera

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Faith Nketsi

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PF MPs Urged to Embrace New Leadership Dynamics in National Assembly




Robert Chabinga

The leader of the opposition in Parliament, Robert Chabinga, has commended President Hakainde Hichilema for demonstrating a spirit of unity and magnanimity towards his predecessor, former President Edgar Lungu. In the midst of heightened provocations, Mr. Chabinga emphasized that President Hichilema and the United Party for National Development (UPND) are not responsible for the challenges within the former ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

Speaking from his position as the Member of Parliament for Mafinga, Mr. Chabinga advised PF Members of Parliament to acknowledge the changed leadership in the National Assembly. He urged them to embrace discipline and decorum in the legislative body, emphasizing the importance of non-political conduct and effective representation aligned with the wishes of the electorate.

“President Hichilema has demonstrated love towards his predecessor, former President Lungu, even in the face of heightened provocation. The challenges within the PF should not be laid at the doorstep of President Hichilema and the UPND. It is essential for PF MPs to accept the new reality and move forward,” stated Mr. Chabinga in a statement issued to ZNBC News in Lusaka.

He underscored the importance of maintaining discipline in the National Assembly, urging MPs to prioritize the interests of the people who elected them. Mr. Chabinga emphasized the need for constructive checks and balances from opposition MPs, fostering an environment of cooperation and effective governance.

“Opposition MPs have a crucial role in providing constructive checks and balances in the House. It is imperative for all MPs to refrain from antagonizing one another and focus on contributing positively to the legislative process,” added Mr. Chabinga.

Source: Lusakatimes

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