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Zambia: Grade 9 exam dates adjusted

Story from the Independent Observer
Government has made adjustments to the 2014 Grade 9 Examination Time table. The history and Science Paper 1 which were scheduled to be written Tuesday November 11, 2014 will now be written on Monday, November 24. The timing of the examinations remains unchanged , while other examination papers will be written as originally indicated in the 2014 Grade 9 Time Table. Read More

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Zambia: Minor Earthquake hits parts of Zambia

Story from the Lusaka Times Website
An earthquake of 5.3 magnitude occurred near Mansa Zambia yesterday at about 20.30hrs.The effects were felt in Luapula, Copperbelt, North Western, Western, Central and Provinces. Read More

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Zambia: Program for the arrival of the late President’s body

07:00 hours
Arrival of the Guard of Honour at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

07:10 hours
Arrival of all Mourners

07:15 hours
Arrival of Former Government Leaders, Traditional Leaders, Religious and Civic Leaders

07:25 hours
Arrival of:
-Senior Government Officials
-Members of the Diplomatic Corp
-Members of Parliament
-High Court and Supreme Court Judges
-Leaders of Political Parties
-Deputy Ministers

07:35 hours
Arrival of the Deputy Mayor of the City of Lusaka

07:45 hours
Arrival of Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Central Committee

07:55 hours
Arrival of Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly

08:00 hours
Arrival of Her Ladyship the Acting Chief Justice

08:10 hours
Arrival of the Patriotic Front Secretary General, Minister of Defence and Justice Mr. Edgar Lungu, MP

08:20 hours
Arrival of the Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda

08:30 hours
Arrival of the First President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda

08:35 hours
Arrival of Service Chiefs

08:45 hours
Arrival of His Excellency, Acting President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Guy L. Scott, MP and Dr. Charlotte Scott

10:00 hours
Arrival of the Special Aircraft carrying the Body of the Late His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata escorted by Zambia Airforce (ZAF)

-The Body of the late President is brought out of the Special Aircraft and Placed on the Saluting Dais
-Prayer by Chaplain (Receiving Prayer)
-Presidential Salute; National Anthem and 21 Gun Salute

10:30 hours
The body of the late President departs Kenneth Kaunda International Airport for Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC)

11:30 hours
Arrival of the Body at Mulungushi International Conference Centre

-Wreath Laying Ceremony by His Excellency, Acting President of the Republic of Zambia Dr. Guy L. Scott, MP, and Dr. Charlotte Scott

MULUNGUSHI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE PROGRAMME FOR PAYING OF LAST RESPECTS SATURDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER, 2014

ORDER OF ARRIVALS

13:00 hours
Arrival of family members

13:30 hours
Arrival of Religious and Civic Leaders and other invited Guests

14:00 hours
Arrival of:
-Senior Government Officials
-Members of the Diplomatic Corp
-Members of Parliament
-High Court and Supreme Court Judges
-Leaders of Political Parties
-Deputy Ministers

14:10 hours
Arrival of the Deputy Mayor of the City of Lusaka

14:15 hours
Arrival of Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Central Committee

14:20 hours
Arrival of Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly

14:25 hours
Arrival of Her Ladyship the Acting Chief Justice

14:30 hours
Arrival of the Patriotic Front Secretary General, Minister of Defence and Justice Mr. Edgar Lungu, MP

14:35 hours
Arrival of the Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda

14:40 hours
Arrival of the First President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda

14:45 hours
Arrival of Service Chiefs

14:50 hours
Arrival of His Excellency, Acting President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Guy L. Scott, MP.

15:00 hours
Arrival of the First Lady Dr. Christine Mwelwa Kaseba-Sata and Children

15:10 hours
Opening Prayer – Zambia Air Force
Scripture Reading – Zambia National Service (ZNS)
Homily -Rev. Col. Vincent Mwenya, Director, Zambia Army Chaplaincy

15:20 hours – 18:00 hours
Body Viewing Ceremony commences
-The Acting President and Dr. Charlotte Scott
-The First Lady Dr. Christine Mwelwa Kaseba-Sata and Children
-Patriotic Front Secretary- General, Minister of Defence and Justice
-The First President of the Republic of Zambia
-The Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia
-The Acting Chief Justice and the Speaker of the National Assembly
-Service Chiefs
-Cabinet Ministers
-Members of the Central Committee
-Secretary to the Cabinet
-Deputy Ministers
-The Deputy Mayor of the City of Lusaka
-Senior Government Officials
-Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Zambia
-Members of Parliament
-Leaders of Political Parties
-Former Government Leaders
-Religious and Civic Leaders

END OF PROGRAMME

Zambia: Government declares 14 days national mourning Time

Story from the Lusaka Times Website
Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has announced the declaration of 14 days of national mourning in honour of President Michael Sata who died in London on Tuesday aged 77. Dr Msiska said the 14 days national mourning is effective from October 29.Read More

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Zambia: Guy Scott named interim president

Zambia’s vice-president will lead the country after the death of Michael Sata until presidential elections are held, in line with the Constitution.

Zambian Vice-President Guy Scott has been named acting head of state following the death of President Michael Sata, making him Africa’s first white leader since South Africa’s FW de Klerk.

“Dr Scott will act as president of the Republic of Zambia until the country goes for a presidential by-election,” said Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu on Wednesday. This is likely to take place within 90 days.

The announcement averts a possible constitutional crisis that could have seen Lungu and Scott vie for power. The battle for Zambia’s top job way under way before long-ailing Sata died on Tuesday, but looked to become messier and more intense in the wake of his death.

When Sata left the country for medical treatment in Britain last week, he named Lungu –- a powerful figure in the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) – as acting president.

Scott and Lungu belong to rival factions within the ruling party. But Scott (70) is not eligible to become president because of foreign parentage rules in Zambia’s 1996 Constitution; his parents are from Scotland.

“The government remains intact and so does the Patriotic Front as a party. We shall update on each decision made in this regard,” said Lungu. Favourite for president

The PF secretary general was among the favourites to take over as leader of the major copper-producing country of 15- million people. Lungu leads one of two main camps that formed this year within the PF leadership when it became clear that Sata was in poor health, although this was denied regularly by the government.

Lungu was likely to enjoy the backing of a majority Bemba-speaking group as the presidential candidate, despite it not being his ethnic language.

Other candidates included Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, former defence minister Geoffrey Mwamba and Sata’s son, Mulenga, who is the mayor of Lusaka and PF chairperson for Lusaka province.

Chikwanda, a veteran finance minister, was given presidential powers at times when Sata was out of the country.

Upholding the Constitution But in line with Zambia’s Constitution, Scott becomes acting president until elections are held in 90 days.

Scott takes up the interim role, but is likely to be ruled out of running for office permanently unless a new Constitution under consideration makes him eligible to be elected president of the ruling PF. Scott has been linked to Wynter Kabimba, who was justice minister until the end of August, and former tourism minister Sylvia Masebo.

Before his unceremonious dismissal, Kabimba was seen as being close to and the heir apparent to Sata.

Other options Outside the ruling party, former president Rupiah Banda, who is facing graft charges, has hinted at a possible return to active politics. “I am legally eligible to stand,” he said early this month, citing calls from his supporters to return to the political fray.

Banda lost to the PF in the 2011 elections but could pose a formidable challenge to the ruling party.

Sata was catapulted to the presidency in 2011 amid public anger at corruption and frustration among those yet to benefit from a copper mining boom. But he leaves behind a country buckling under the weight of unemployment, which remains at around 60%. – AFP

ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY THE SECRETARY TO CABINET OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, DR. ROLAND MSISKA 29TH OCTOBER 2014

FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN.

AS YOU ARE AWARE, HIS EXCELLENCY MR. MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA HAS BEEN RECEIVING MEDICAL ATTENTION IN LONDON, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

HE LEFT ZAMBIA WITH THE FIRST LADY AND OTHER CLOSE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ON OCTOBER 20, 2014. HOWEVER, IT IS WITH A VERY HEAVY HEART THAT I ADDRESS YOU TODAY, TO INFORM THE NATION THAT OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT AND LEADER, HIS EXCELLENCY, MR MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA HAS PASSED ON.

THE HEAD OF STATE PASSED ON, ON OCTOBER 28, 2014 IN LONDON AT 23:11 HOURS ZAMBIAN TIME AT KING EDWARD VII HOSPITAL BEAUMONT CENTRAL LONDON.

HIS SPOUSE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, DR CHRISTINE KASEBA-SATA, HIS SON HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF LUSAKA, MULENGA SATA AND OTHERS WERE PRESENT AT THE BEDSIDE AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING ON.

PRESIDENT SATA WAS BORN ON JULY 6, 1937.

MR. SATA BECAME THE FIFTH PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA ON SEPTEMBER 23 2011 AFTER A POPULAR POLL.

PRESIDENT SATA’S DEMISE IS DEEPLY REGRETTED.

DURING THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD, I URGE ALL OF YOU TO REMAIN CALM, UNITED AND PEACEFUL DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT PERIOD.

THE NATION WILL BE KEPT INFORMED OF OTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE FUNERAL AND BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

GOD BLESS ZAMBIA
DR. ROLAND MSISKA
SECRETARY TO CABINET.

Zambian President Michael Sata dies in London

Zambian President Michael Sata has died at the age of 77 after receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, the government says.

President Sata, who was being treated in the UK, died in London’s King Edward VII hospital on Tuesday night.

Media said that he died after “a sudden onset [of] heightened heart rate”.

It is not immediately clear who will succeed the president. The issue may be decided by the Zambian cabinet which meets on Wednesday morning.

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing on of our beloved president,” cabinet secretary Roland Msiska said in a statement read out on national TV.

He said that Mr Sata’s wife and son were at his bedside.

“I urge all of you to remain calm, united and peaceful during this very difficult period,” Mr Msiska added.

The president’s death comes just days after Zambia celebrated the 50th anniversary of independence from the UK.

‘King Cobra’

Earlier this month reports in Zambia said that President Sata had gone abroad for a medical check-up amid persistent speculation that he was seriously ill.

After he left the country, Defence Minister Edgar Lungu was named as acting president.

Vice-President Guy Scott has regularly stood in for the president at official events. But he is of Scottish descent and his parents were not born in Zambia, so he may fall foul of a constitutional clause on parentage which would nullify his candidacy.

Known as “King Cobra” for his venomous tongue, Mr Sata was elected Zambia’s president in 2011.

He has rarely been seen in public since returning from the UN General Assembly last month, where he failed to make a scheduled speech.

Mr Sata became president in September 2011, defeating the then incumbent Rupiah Banda whose party had been in power for 20 years. BBC

Zambia: Secretary to Cabinet confirms President Sata’s death

Zambian President Micheal Sata

Zambian President Micheal Sata

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, cabinet secretary Roland Msiska confirmed on Wednesday. “As you are aware the. president was receiving medical. attention in London,” Msiska told state television. “The head of state passed on in October 28. President Sata’s demise is deeply regretted. The nation will be kept informed on burial arrangements.”

Zambia: Chinsali man kills brother over nshima

Story from the Independent Observer Website
A resident of Mulilansolo Village in Chief Mubanga’s area in Chinsali has been killed by his brother over nshima. Danny Chikula, 30, died after allegedly being beaten by his brother Patrick using a wooden object when the duo picked up a quarrel over nshima on Wednesday last week. Read More

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Zambia: 168 road accidents recorded during Independence

Story from the Lusaka Voice Website
FIFTEEN people died in over 100 road traffic accidents that were recorded country wide during the four days of Independence Jubilee anniversary celebrations. Zambia Police Service acting spokesperson Esther Katongo said 168 road traffic accidents were recorded over the period from 18 hours on 23 October to 06 00 hours on Monday October 27. Read More

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Zambia: Shepoloplo protest over unpaid allowances

Story from the Lusaka Voice Website
The Zambian women’s national team players are refusing to leave the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) technical centre until they are paid allowances they say are owed to them. The players have been at the centre since their return from the African Women Championship in Namibia two weeks ago. Read More

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Zambia: Copperbelt University(CBU) students Riot

Copperbelt University (CBU)
students

Copperbelt University (CBU)
students

Story from the Times of Zambia Website
FOUR Copperbelt University (CBU) students were yesterday apprehended following riots at the institution over unpaid meal allowances. Meanwhile, Education Minister John Phiri has urged the students to remain patient as the meal allowances delay is being addressed. Read More

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