Secretary to Cabinet Dr Simon Miti announced the untimely passing of Chief Justice Mambilima today , 20th June 2021, at approximately 17hrs in a private hospital in Cairo, Egypt. Dr Miti said Justice Mambilima had travelled to Cairo on 10th June,2021 on official business and fell ill whilst on duty in that country.
He said further details will be availed to the nation in due course. Justice Mambilima was Zambia’s First Female Chief Justice until her untimely death today. She was appointed Chief Justice of the Republic of Zambia on 26th February, 2015.
Justice Mambilima had a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia and a Master of Laws degree from the University of London.She was admitted to the bar in 1977. Prior to her appointment, Justice Mambilima served as Deputy Chief Justice from 2008 to 2015.
Justice Mambilima served in various positions in the Judiciary since she first joined as a Commissioner of the High Court in 1985. She served as a Judge of the High Court from 1989 to 2002.
Justice Mambilima was appointed Judge-in-Charge of the Lusaka High Court in 1996 and subsequently, Judge-in-Charge of the High Court Commercial List in 2000. Later in 2000, she was appointed to act as Judge of the Supreme Court and was ratified in 2002. Justice Mambilima has served as a Judge in another jurisdiction.In 2003, she served as Sessional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Gambia.
Justice Mambilima twice served as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) between 2005 and 2015. During her time as Chairperson of ECZ, she presided over the 2006 and 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections and the 2015 presidential by-election.
From 1994 to 1996, Justice Mambilima served as a member of ECZ. Justice Mambilima has participated in various election observer missions in Mozambique, Kenya, Seychelles and she led the EISA Election Observation Mission to the presidential elections in Liberia.
Before she joined the bench, Justice Mambilima served in various capacities in the government including as a State Advocate and a Senior State Advocate under the Attorney General’s Chambers from 1977 to 1984 and as the Director of the then Legal Aid department in the then Ministry of Legal Affairs now the Ministry of Justice.
Justice Mambilima was the Chairperson of the Zambian Council of Law Reporting, a statutory body established under Chapter 46 of the Laws of Zambia the position she held until her death today. She was a Board Member on the Child Fund Zambia Board and previously served on the Advisory Board for Women in Law Southern Africa (WILSA).
Justice Mambilima was a member of a number of professional associations, including the Zambia Association of Women Judges, the International Association of Women Judges and the Southern African Chief Justices Forum. She once served as the President of the Zambia Association of Women Judges having been elected in 2011.
John Osmers, aartsbisschop van de Anglikaanse Kerk in de Oost Provincie van Zambia, is op 16-06-2021 overleden.
The Kachere tree has fallen
It is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of Bishop John Osmers, just about an hour ago at Victoria Hospital, in Lusaka Zambia As per his wish, a service will eventually be held at the Cathedral of The Holy Cross, and burial at Msoro. The family in New Zealand has been informed.
He was a living saint!
May the Lord comfort us and may His Servant rest in peace.
As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule. He stepped down after losing multi-party elections in 1991. Kaunda - popularly known as KK - was a strong supporter of efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. He was also a leading supporter of liberation movements in Mozambique and what is now Zimbabwe.
"I am sad to inform we have lost Mzee," Kaunda's son, Kambarage, wrote on his late father's Facebook page, using a term of respect. "Let's pray for him."
The first consignment of the COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX Facility have arrived in the country from India. Health Minister Jonas Chanda witnessed the arrival of the 228,000 Vaccines at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport today. Dr. Chanda was accompanied his Permanent Secretary, Technical Services, Dr. Kennedy Malama, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Dr. Coumba Mar Gadio, European Union Ambassador, Mr. Jacek Jankowski, British High Commissioner, Mr. Nicholas Wooley and Canadian High Commissioner, Ms. Pamela O'Donnell. Others included German Ambassador, Ms. Anne Wagner-Mitchell, Indian High Commissioner, Mr. N.J. Gangte, Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Ryuta Mizuuchi, Saudi Arabia Ambassador, Osamah Mohammed Krenshi, Swedish Ambassador, Ms. Anna Maj Hultgard and United States Charge D’ Affairs, Mr. David Young. The Health Minister said the occasion was historic in the continued fight against the COVID - 19 pandemic in the country. "This consignment consists of 228,000 Covishield (AstraZeneca) vaccine doses. I wish to emphasize that this is only the first consignment and others are vaccine doses are expected in the country in due course. I want to thank His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia who has led Zambia’s COVID-19 Response as well as the COVID-19 vaccination Program. I want to thank Cabinet for unanimously supporting and approving the COVID-19 vaccination program, and the Zambian people who have remained patient as government guides on the vaccination programme. "I am delighted that this milestone is the result of the collective and tireless efforts of many players who include Donors, Cooperating partners, our technical staff and many others. And I wish to acknowledge, from the outset, that your joining us this afternoon underscores your unwavering commitment to improving the health and well-being of the Zambian people , not only in the COVID-19 Response, but also in supporting provision of routine health services in Zambia, ' Dr. Chanda noted. The Minister explained that Government made a firm and informed decision during the 4th Cabinet Meeting held on 24th March, 2021, to include the COVID-19 vaccination as an additional high impact tool in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said Cabinet approved a “Basket” of COVID-19 vaccines under 3 pillars as long as they met the safety and efficacy criteria. Dr. Chanda said this was in order to ensure the prevention of further spread of COVID -19 and protecting people from severe disease and death. "I also informed Parliament and the nation on 3rd February 2021, 7th April, 2021 and Friday 9th April 2021 on the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Zambia, and today’s arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, respectively. As we are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a devastating health and socio-economic effects across the world and Zambia has not been spared having recorded 90,064 cumulative cases and 1,227 deaths as at today 12th April 2021. As I have repeatedly stated in my previous addresses to the nation, The Government of the Republic of Zambia has resolved that the COVID-19 vaccination programme will be implemented in a cautious and phased up manner and on a voluntary and pilot basis, with medical confidentiality of vaccine recipients unless they so choose to disclose themselves (medical ethics)," he explained. He said he was optimistic that all eligible adults over the age of 18 years would be vaccinated voluntarily in order to achieve (“Herd Community” and curb the transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the severity of disease cut down on hospital admissions, reduce the rate and have a positive impact on the socioeconomic status of the country. He reiterated that the roll-out of the vaccination programme would be in line with the National Vaccine Deployment Plan which provided guidance on the prioritization criteria for the administration of the vaccines. "The goal is to ensure that those that are most at risk receive the vaccination first. The vaccines will be administered to all eligible persons above 18 years of age (8,438,118 0r 46% of the total population) beginning with our frontline health workers followed by other prioritized groups. I wish to reiterate that no one will be left behind. Over the next few days, the available vaccines will be distributed to all parts of the country. "COVAX facility is free and will cover 20% of eligible adult population (3,676,791) while the remaining 26% (4,761,327) will be covered under pillars supported by donors, private sector and government. I am aware of the myths, misconceptions and conspiracy theories surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines that have been taking their rounds on social and other media," the Minister added. Dr. Chanda said as the country implements the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, pharmaceutical quality, safety and efficacy considerations remained critical for Zambia adding that there was in place a robust monitoring system being overseen by Ministry of Health and its Statutory Body, ZAMRA. " On behalf of His Excellency, Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, The President of the Republic of Zambia, I place on record our profound appreciation to all of you, and assure that the Vaccination Programme will be conducted in a transparent and accountable manner to ensure that only safe and efficacious vaccines come into Zambia. One again let me reiterate that as guided by Cabinet, Zambia’s COVID-19 Vaccination programme will be done in a cautious, phased-up manner and on voluntary and pilot basis. There will be Mandatory Vaccination. I assure you that as a Ministry, we will not leave any stakeholder behind and already we have developed guidelines to steer participation of the Private sector and other non-state actors, as we deploy the vaccines across the country", he said. MoH
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