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Zambian President Hichilema promises to initiate peace talks with ex-President Lungu

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Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has promised that he would soon reach out to former President Edgar Lungu to initiate a peace talk in order to stop political tensions in the country.

Hichilema, who made the promise on Sunday during a church service at the Reformed Church of Zambia’s 125th celebration in Lusaka, hinted that he was weary of the standoff between him and the former Head of State and wanted peace to reign.

Hichilema was responding to Reverend Patson Banda of Reformed Church of Zambia who asked him to make peace with Lungu.

In his advice, Banda said the people would be happy to see the two leaders working together for the betterment of the country.

The man of God noted that if the two failed to reach out to each other, the Church would facilitate the process.

The President assured that he had heard and taken the advice from the Church and other stakeholders to ensure that he made peace with Lungu.

“I heard your message and you can take it that your message is taken in and we will do our part reach out to our colleagues including ECL himself so that we can talk to each other,” Hichilema said.

“Our upbringing is very clear, on the platform of love, on the platform of unity, on the platform of tolerance not violence we can achieve a lot, on the platform of mutual respect we can achieve a lot.

“We have seen what is happening in other countries, we don’t want Zambia to go into that direction.

“No leader must visionalise Zambia where there is smoke in Cairo road, Chipata, Navutika market, no, that is not our role,” he said.

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After resignation of Zambian Anti-Corruption Commission DG, Hichilema sacks entire board

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A day after the Director-General of the Zambian Anti-Corruption Commission, Thom Shamakamba, resigned from his position over allegations of corrupt practices in the agency, President Hakainde Hichilema ACC board with immediate effect.

The Zambian Presidency said Hichilema’s decision was based on Article 270 of the Constitution and Section 26 of the Interpretation and General Provisions Act Chapter 2 of the Laws of Zambia.

Chief Communications Specialist at State House, Clayson Hamasaka, who confirmed the decision of the President in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday said the sacking of the board was to renew the Commission’s mandate to fight corruption.

“The President’s decision is intended to renew the Anti-Corruption Commission’s mandate in spearheading the fight against corruption and to implement necessary reforms to ensure the continued effective operations of the Commission,” Hamasaka stated.

The presidential spokesman highlighted the President’s unwavering commitment to fighting corruption and maintaining a zero-tolerance policy towards any corrupt practices.

“President Hichilema thanks and wishes the outgoing Board of Commissioners well in their future endeavors,” he added.

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Statistics reveal over 600k Nigerians sought asylum abroad under ex-President Buhari

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A new report released by Statisense, a data collection organisation, has revealed that well over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, during the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to the report released on Wednesday, a total of 664,384 Nigerians sought asylum in eight years, with 355,792 persons applying for asylum in foreign countries between 2016 and 2019, while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

“On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023,” the report said.

“The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

“In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023,” the report stated, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

“The organisation also stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

“Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis,” it said.

“Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.

“1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America,” the report added.

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