ZAMBIA has failed to clinch a US $1.6 billion interest-free loan deal with the International Monetary Fund following failure to agree on salient features to strengthen the country’s economic recovery plan.
According to sources close to the transaction, the Zambian economic team led by finance minister Felix Mutati failed to convince the IMF about the country’s seriousness to improve efficiency of the public service through efficient and transparent systems of service delivery and financial accountability.
# Light Your Candle – and start the prayer with the sign of the Cross.
NOVENA FOR THOSE IN PRISON
# The Bible teaches us that Jesus expects His church to care for those who locked up in prison. He said, “I was in prison and you came to me” (Matt 25:36), and this is how He sees it; “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40).
An outspoken catholic priest based in Rome, Italy, has bemoaned the continued imprisonment of three Barotse nationals by the Zambian government over ‘treason’, calling upon all those demanding for the freedom of Zambian treason accused politician Hakainde Hichilema and others, to also include the three Barotse nationals, Afumba Mombotwa, Sylvester Kalima Inambao and Pelekelo Likando on their list of political prisoners to be freed.
A young known critic of both Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II of Barotseland and President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has been arrested in unclear circumstances.
Munyinda Munukayumbwa, who is known to have been posting social media articles criticizing the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) and lately the Lozi king and the Zambian president, was arrested yesterday in Mongu.
Ku Omboka Kwa Libonda!!
Mulena Mukwae Kandundu, Daughter of Yeta III (Litunga, 1916-45), The Mboanjikana, ranks 3rd in the royal hierarchy following the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II and the Litunga la Mboela Mulena Mukwae Makwibi Mbuyu Imwiko) based at Nalolo.
In no uncertain terms, the Catholic Bishops of Zambia have written a pastoral letter in which they have bemoaned the deterioration of democratic tenants in Zambia.
The Bishops have taken a swipe at the political leadership, Judiciary and police for lamentably failing to address this deterioration; while condemning the ‘culture of silence’ as they called for genuine dialogue and reconciliation.
Their entire statement is here below;
In a royal communiqué to the Mbunda fraternity in Barotseland and Zambia dated 6th April, 2017, through the National Chairman of the Cheke Cha Mbunda Cultural and Writers Association National Headquarters in LUSAKA, the Mbunda monarchy based in Angola, King Mbandu III, Mbandu Lifuti, has implored all his subjects based in Barotseland and parts of Zambia to submit to the Litunga of Barotseland and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) as it was the right and appropriate thing to do.
On Friday, the 14th of April, 2017, the Kuomboka ceremony for the Litunga la Mboela, Mulena Mukwae Makwibi (Princess Mbuyu Imwiko) of Nalolo and Senanga districts, took place.
While the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II migrated from Lealui to Limulunga, the Litunga la Mboela (Litunga of the South), the Litunga’s sister and co-ruler, HRH Princes Mbuyu Imwiko, moved from her Nalolo Royal village to Muoyo in Senanga district.