President Edgar Lungu says he has received the news of the death of Former Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde with considerable regret.
The President says the Late Dr. Kasonde was a dedicated and distinguished gentleman with commitment to duty and government.
The President who spoke through his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda has since sent a message of condolences to the bereaved family and has wished them God’s grace during this trying moment.
President Lungu notes that Dr. Kasonde was a decent politician who made it possible to be in politics but remained peaceful and decent towards others.
The ruling Patriotic Front says it is saddened by the death of Dr. Kasonde.
And PF Secretary General Davies Mwila says Dr. Kasonde was a loyal member of the party who served as Minister of Health under late President Michael Sata as well as President Edgar Lungu.
Mr. Mwila says Dr. Kasonde’s loyalty to the Party, dedication to duty and disciplined work culture was inspirational to those in the Party who looked up to him.
He says the Party is grieving to lose such a pillar of wisdom and strength.
This is according to a statement issued to ZNBC News in Lusaka by PF Media Director, Sunday Chanda.
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court for hearing on a prosecutors’ request for her arrest for corruption, in Seoul, South Korea, March 30, 2017.
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — A South Korean court began deliberating Thursday on whether to arrest ousted president Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in a corruption scandal involving charges she solicited bribes from the country’s largest conglomerate.
Park could become South Korea’s third former leader to be jailed for wrongdoing. She is accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure big businesses to contribute to foundations set up to back her policy initiatives.
Park vows not to tamper with evidence
The 65-year-old appeared expressionless as she arrived at the Seoul Central District Court at 10:20 a.m. (0120 GMT) to plead her case that she should not be arrested while prosecutors investigate the scandal that has ensnared South Korea’s political and business elite.
Park, South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, argues that she does not pose a flight risk and will not try to tamper with evidence. She and Choi have both denied any wrongdoing.
She was removed from office when a constitutional court upheld her parliamentary impeachment this month.
A judge will study evidence and hear arguments from prosecutors and Park’s lawyers before deciding whether an arrest warrant should be issued.
If Park is arrested, prosecutors will then have up to 20 days to file formal charges against her and put her on trial.
Two others are on trial
Park emerged from her private home and quickly stepped into a car before she was driven to the court in a motorcade. Police and security personnel blocked her supporters from spilling into the street to stop her car as it left her house in Seoul’s Gangnam neighborhood.
Prosecutors said Monday Park was accused of soliciting companies for money and infringing upon the freedom of corporate management by using her power as the president. Park was questioned for 14 hours by prosecutors last week.
She could face more than 10 years in jail if convicted of receiving bribes from bosses of big conglomerates, including Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee, in return for favors.
Lee, who denies charges that he provided bribes in return for favors for Samsung, and Choi are in detention and are on trial separately.
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First Lady Esther Lungu is disheartened with people that are in the habit of inflicting pain on fellow human beings in the country.
The First Lady says God will deal with such people.
Mrs. Lungu was speaking during the Prayer Service organised by the National House of Prayers at the Cathedral of Holy Cross in Lusaka today.
The First Lady who has described the prayers as timely has praised the National House of Prayers for organising the event.
Mrs. Lungu has also pledged 50- thousand Kwacha towards the Lusaka City Market victims.
The National House of Prayer conducted prayers for the victims of the Lusaka City Market inferno and for leaders as they make decisions in parliament this week.
This follows President Edgar Lungu invoking of article 31 of the constitution.
Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili, Former Vice President Enock Kavindele, Bishops from various denominations, members of the Clergy and Pastors were in attendance.
And National House of Prayer Board Vice Chairperson Pukuta Mwanza said the house of prayer feels duty bound to pray for the victims of the Lusaka City market fires and everything that has happened the past week.
LAS VEGAS — Ever since the announcement of Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, not many people have given the UFC lightweight champion much of a chance to win since he will be competing in his first amateur or professional boxing match.
McGregor brings a different style when he competes inside the octagon which has proven to be a challenge for past opponents. Mayweather Sr. doesn’t see anything challenging about McGregor that he couldn’t prepare his son for the Saturday fight.
“Look right here,” Mayweather Sr. exclaimed.
“This is a clown (who) is taking on a real fighter. He’s going to get tore up.”
If McGregor is going to get beat up badly like Mayweather Sr. says, why should fans pay upwards of $100 on Pay-per-view?
“Because everyone wants to see it because it’s a joke,” Mayweather Sr. said.
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Jean-Luc Schneider (born 18 September 1959) is the Chief Apostle of the New Apostolic Church. He succeeded Wilhelm Leber on 19 May 2013 to become the ninth Chief Apostle of the New Apostolic Church. Jean-Luc Schneider is the first Frenchman to lead the New Apostolic Church.
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Jean-Luc Schneider was born into a New Apostolic family on 18 September 1959. Eldest of three children. In 1983 he married his wife Pascale and they have two daughters He and his wife live in a part of metropolitan Strasbourg, North-Eastern France.
As a young man he studied at a management school. Employed by a French gas company after the completion of his military service in 1982. After working in various capacities within the company he was later appointed as manager in the Strategy and Finance department.
Sub-deacon – 10 January 1980
Priest – 24 November 1985
Evangelist – 17 September 1989
Shepherd – 01 January 1993
District Elder – 14 November 1993
Apostle and District Apostle Helper – 22 June 2003
District Apostle – 26 September 2004
Chief Apostle Helper – 27 May 2012
Chief Apostle – 19 May 2013
As a District Elder he was placed in charge of youth care for France. As a District Apostle he was responsible for France, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (southeastern part), Tahiti and New Caledonia.
The Zambian president, Levy Mwanawasa, died in France today nearly two months after suffering a stroke during an African Union conference. He was 59.
Doctors at the Percy military hospital near Paris had performed emergency surgery on Mwanawasa yesterday following a sharp deterioration in his condition. Though the operation was initially described as successful, Zambian state television broke the news of the death this morning.
“Fellow countrymen, with deep sorrow and grief, I would like to inform the people of Zambia that our president Dr Levy Patrick Mwanawasa died this morning at 1030 hours,” said the vice-president, Rupiah Banda. “I also wish to inform the nation that national mourning starts today and will be for seven days.”
Banda will take over as acting president until elections, expected to be held within 90 days.
A former lawyer, Mwanawasa was regarded as one of the Africa’s most progressive leaders. His efforts to tackle corruption helped win Zambia widespread debt relief. Under his leadership, Zambia’s economy grew at 5%, helped by the buoyant copper price, while inflation dropped to the lowest level in three decades. Mwanawasa freely admitted, however, that the benefits had not trickled down sufficiently to the poor.
Beyond Zambia, he became best known as a vocal – and rare – African critic of the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, leading to strained relations between the southern African neighbours.
Leading the tributes today, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, described Mwanawasa’s death as “a great loss for the African continent”.
Mwanawasa first rose to political prominence as a leader of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy, which ended the single-party rule of Kenneth Kaunda in 1991. After a stint as vice-president during the Nineties, he was surprisingly chosen by the then-president Frederick Chiluba to be the ruling party candidate for the 2001 election.
But soon after taking office Mwanawasa proved his independence by turning on Chiluba, who was put on trial for corruption. He won a second term in 2006.
His health had been a concern even before he became president. In 1991 he was hospitalised for three months following a serious car accident that left him with a permanent slur. The one positive of the accident, he joked, was that he lost his taste for alcohol.
He suffered a minor stroke in 2006, and sought treatment in the UK before declaring himself fit to stand for re-election. He was flown to France soon after collapsing at the African Union summit in Cairo on June 29, and never returned home.
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PHOENIX — Urged by supporters and critics alike to use his speech here Tuesday to help heal the wounds of racial division stemming from the violence that erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlotesville, Va., earlier this month, a defiant President Trump wound up doing nearly the opposite.
After defending his much-derided, evolving response to the tragic events in Virginia, Trump spent more than 20 minutes attacking the media as “really bad people” who “foment divisions” because they “don’t like our country.” He disparaged both of Arizona’s Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, though not by name: McCain for casting the “one vote” that killed Obamacare repeal and Flake for being “weak on borders and weak on crime.” And he all but promised to pardon anti-immigrant icon Joe Arpaio, the hard-line former Maricopa County sheriff whose round-’em-up raids have landed him in legal trouble.
“I’ll make a prediction — I think he is going to be just fine,” Trump told the tens of thousands of supporters in red “Make America Great Again” hats who’d crowded into the cavernous Phoenix Convention Center, where they hung on his every word.
“I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy,” Trump explained. “But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”
Ten days after a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville ended with a white supremacist after driving a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protestors, injuring 19 and killing one — and with tensions still running high after a week of equivocal responses that provoked widespread criticism of the president from both Democrats and Republicans — White House staffers clearly wanted to hit the reset button in Phoenix.
The other speakers on the program — Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Ben Carson, Rev. Franklin Graham, Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. — emphasized unity and equality in their remarks, and the speech streaming across Trump’s teleprompter soberly spelled out the “pro-worker” agenda he wants Congress to pursue in the months ahead.
But Trump refused to stick to the script. Over 75 combative minutes, Trump veered wildly from his prepared text as he tore into one enemy after another, real or perceived, and hammered on every hot-button topic he could think of.
It was Charlottesville that seemed to set him off.
After reading a line about how “what happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of America” and insisting that “this entire arena stands united in condemnation of the thugs who perpetrated violence,” Trump produced a computer printout from his pocket and proceeded to re-litigate — at length — last week’s back-and-forth with the press.
“Here’s what I said on Saturday,” he intoned, reading from the sheet of paper to prove that the “dishonest” media had not reported the whole truth. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms hatred, bigotry and violence.”
Trump then pointedly left out the part where he blamed this “hatred, bigotry and violence” on “many sides” — which is, of course, the part that set off a bipartisan firestorm in the first place.
A few minutes later, in an attempt to show that he had, in fact, called out the specific groups protesting in Charlottesville, Trump glibly told the crowd that, “I hit ’em with neo-Nazi, I hit ’em with everything. KKK? We have KKK. I got ’em all.”
“The only people giving a platform to these hate groups,” the president insisted, “is the media itself.”
From there, Trump only occasionally returned to his prepared remarks — which touched on his plans for border security, infrastructure and tax reform — choosing instead to complain about anti-fascist protesters outside the event (“they show up in black masks, they got clubs and everything”); the elites (“I went to better schools than they did and got better grades than they did, and I live in a bigger, better apartment then them, too”); and even the presidency itself.
“Most people think I’m crazy to have done this,” Trump said. “And I think they’re right.”
Trump’s performance in Phoenix rivaled his most caustic moments on the 2016 campaign trail — and it emphasized how unwilling he still is, eight months into his tenure as leader of the free world, to “pivot” into a more presidential mode.
Just one night after preaching “there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry, and no tolerance for hate” in a televised address to the nation, the president openly mocked his advisors for asking him to maintain a similar tone Tuesday in Arizona.
“They all said, ‘Your speech was so good last night — please Mr. President, don’t mention any names,’ Trump said. “So I will not mention any names! Very presidential.”
He then launched into a thinly-veiled tirade against McCain and Flake.
At times of national discord, when the wounds of some recent tragedy are still raw, American presidents tend to follow a familiar playbook. They visit the scene of the crime. They speak to the entire nation. And they deliver a message meant to heal — not hurt.
This is what President George W. Bush did on April 17, 2007, one day after a Virginia Tech senior shot and killed 32 people on campus; it’s what his successor, President Barack Obama, did on January 12, 2011, four days after another young man shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson, Ariz.
But it’s not what President Trump did in Phoenix.
Near the end of the evening, Trump glanced back at his teleprompter to read a passage that would have sounded presidential in another context — but that now seemed jarring in light of all the improvisational vitriol that had preceded it.
“I came to Washington for you,” he said. “Your dreams are my dreams, your hopes are my hopes, and your future is what I’m fighting for every day.”
If Trump wanted anyone beyond his base to believe those lines, he missed another opportunity Tuesday to show it.