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2. On 4th June 2009, UPND and PF signed an agreement which saw the birth of the PACT.
3. The basis of the PACT was to:
• answer the call of many Zambians to work together in unity of purpose;• win the election with majority votes as opposed to the minority MMD governments, following the 2001, 2006 and 2008 elections;• foster legitimacy to leadership; and• govern the country better to improve lives of Zambians.
4. Following execution of the agreement, various organs of the PACT were established (Joint National Council, Working Group and Nine Subcommittees) whose main aim was to harmonise programmes of the two parties in order to arrive at a Joint Programme for the country.
5. The UPND strongly believes that a good Economic and Social action programme in various areas, as an instrument for improving lives of Zambians, is of paramount importance. The aforesaid includes reaching consensus on:
• harmonizing our manifestos covering economic and social sectors such as mining (including windfall tax), agriculture, tourism, commerce and industry, education, health,nfrastructure (roads, telecoms), water etc;• size of government. In particular to run a lean and prudent government, i.e, cost control and optimisation of government revenue and expenditure;• running a non politicised and professional civil service;• sharing responsibilities in government;• allocation of Local Government (Councillors) and National Assembly (MPs) seats country-wide between UPND and PF;• devolution of power to the regions of Zambia.
6. We also believe that a number of other important issues should be agreed. For example, there is need to commit to generally acceptable good governance tenets, in particular:
(a) give the citizens of Zambia the long awaited people driven constitution:
• 50% + 1 for winning President;• Presidential running mate;• option of coalition government;• separation of powers with an independent judiciary;• independent Electoral Commission including non abuse of public resources by political parties before, during and after elections;• a progressive Bill of Rights and;• reduction of Presidential powers.
(b) commit to a non selective and professional fight against corruption including reinstating the abuse of office clause in the Anti-Corruption Act.
(c) agree to independence and strengthening of the office of the Auditor General.
7. While it is true that choice of the PACT Presidencial candidate is important, the Joint Economic, Social and Good Governance programme is even more important as this is the basis upon which the citizens of Zambia are pinning their hopes on for a better Zambia.
8. UPND believes that reaching consensus on the joint Economic, Social and Good Governance programme and the choice of Presidential candidate (together with other positions) should be taken as a package, not in isolation. In any case, the UPND’s considered view is that whoever is chosen to be PACT Presidential candidate should commit to the agreed Economic, Social and Good Governance programme.
9. Learning from Zambia’s past mistakes, we believe that the developmental needs and interests of citizens are important and should always take centre stage. In addition, the need to build effective and well functioning institutions should take precedence and not the usual rush for sharing positions without agreeing a clear programme for running the country.
10. In our view, the PACT provides a good opportunity to unite Zambia, secure majority leadership, consolidate the rule of law and ensure good governance tenets and practices.
Without agreeing on the issues outlined above, it will be pointless to proceed to choose a PACT Presidential candidate in isolation or abstractP R E S S R E L E A S E20TH JANUARY, 2011UPND CLARIFICATON ON THE PACT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE1. The UPND is aware of, appreciates and understands the anxiety among many Zambians on when a PACT Presidential candidate will be chosen. In response to these querries we wish to clarify and inform the public as follows:
PR-CANADA.net (press release) - In conclusion of her official visit to Zambia the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Rashida Manjoo, delivered the following preliminary findings:
“At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation for the cooperation extended to me by the Government. I am grateful to all my interlocutors, including State officials, representatives of civil society organisations, representatives of United Nations agencies, and individual victims of violence that shared their personal experiences with me.
I could not have a better opportunity to conclude my visit on the same day when we commemorate the end of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence and human rights day. And I could not have a better opportunity to recall some of the international obligations the Zambian State committed to when it ratified most of the major international and regional human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.
It is an exciting time for this country, a time which is seeing important constitutional and law review processes aimed at strengthening and accelerating efforts to eradicate violence against women and uphold women's rights. These processes demonstrate political will and openness to tackle the current challenges that women still face in Zambia.
Yet I am saddened to learn that, according to the draft Constitution of 27 August 2010 which was shared by the Government, existing article 23.4 which permits discriminatory laws and practices in the area of personal laws and customary law may be retained despite the guarantee of equal status of women found in article 11 of the current Constitution. Back in 2002 the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) called on the Government to repeal article 23.4 as it permits discrimination in the areas of law that most affect women. In 2007 the Human Rights Committee also reiterated this call, and recently CEDAW requested the State to provide information on the follow-up to its earlier recommendation.
The Gender Based Violence Bill currently before Parliament is an important step forward in providing frameworks that should be ultimately conducive to strengthening the fight against all forms of violence. All stakeholders I interacted with are hopeful that this Bill may be adopted soon. While understanding these hopes, I encourage all stakeholders to be ready with a plan for implementation of the Bill including financial and capacity-building plans. Experiences in other countries have shown that some legislation remains good on paper only, despite its intention to prevent, protect, punish and provide reparation for women who have been subjected to violence. This is part of the due diligence obligation of Zambia according to international law and more specifically the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the UN Declaration on Violence against Women.
We know that law is not a panacea for social problems and the persistence of negative customary and religious practices continues to exacerbate discrimination against women and women's position of dependence and subordination. I welcome the efforts taken by State institutions to regulate some of these practices, including inheritance practices, sexual cleansing, marriage and land tenure systems. Legislative efforts must be continuously pursued alongside massive endeavours to educate and change the mindsets of men, women and children, through all available means including schools, traditional and religious leaders, and the media.
Zambia does not seem to be immune from practices of violence against women committed or condoned by State agents. In this regard I was informed that female detainees, whether in police custody or in prisons, have to endure harsh living conditions, including little medical attention for pre-natal and post-natal care and treatment, and for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis testing, and with little or no adequate nutrition support. Women in detention facilities are also subjected to abuse, violence and humiliating and degrading punishment in order to extract confessions. Women are also offered release in exchange for sex.
Zambia is a vibrant society which is not afraid of change. I encourage all stakeholders to take advantage of this moment in order to promote human rights for all and keep violence against women on the national agenda. I also call on all duty bearers to take on their responsibilities to translate laws and policies into reality for all rights-holders. The challenging of negative practices which violate women's equality and non-discrimination rights requires action at both the state and non-state level.
My findings will be discussed in a comprehensive way in the report I will present to the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2011.
Source: UNITED NATIONS
UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid's Message on the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women
Today I join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other leaders in condemning violence against women and calling for stronger action to end impunity. UNFPA News -
Every woman has the right to live in dignity—free of fear, coercion, violence and discrimination. Every woman has the right to health, including sexual and reproductive health. Yet, for hundreds of millions of girls and women worldwide, these human rights are denied.
Today and every day we must speak out forcefully for zero tolerance of all forms of violence against women and girls. And we must recognize that this is not a woman’s issue—this is an issue that concerns us all.
Violence against women is not inevitable. Families and communities can change social norms and attitudes. Governments can put strong laws in place, enforce them and bring perpetrators to justice. And societies can guarantee the right to sexual and reproductive health, which includes services for family planning, maternal health and HIV prevention, and the ability to make free and informed choices about reproduction.
UNFPA is working with governments, UN partners and civil society to stop violence against women and girls and to put the right laws in place to bring offenders to justice. We are working to promote the right to sexual and reproductive health and carry forward the recommendations in Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. And we are proud to be a key partner of the UN Secretary-General’s Campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women, and the United Nations Task Force on Violence against Women.
We look forward to working closely with UN Women to mount a more effective response to end violence against women—in times of peace, conflict and natural disaster.
We are convinced that a coordinated and comprehensive approach will move us closer to a world where women and girls can live free from fear, violence and discrimination, reach their full potential, and enjoy equal opportunity and mutual respect and confidence with men.
(Press Release) - PR-USA.NETDespite billions of pounds given for debt relief and aid in Africa, since the original Band Aid campaign, the number of Africans living on handouts has increased by 500%. African governments who used to rely on only 20% of their annual budget from overseas aid are now dependent on a 70% contribution.
Celebrity campaigners and western charities "increase corruption and dependency"
- Politically correct Western media avoid real issues
- Only 25% of 5.8m AIDS victims have access to life saving drugs
- Call new type of investment, in not-for-profit, transparent manufacturing facility
- A major rethink required ahead of International World AIDS Day on 1st December
Despite billions of pounds given for debt relief and aid in Africa, since the original Band Aid campaign, the number of Africans living on handouts has increased by 500%. African governments who used to rely on only 20% of their annual budget from overseas aid are now dependent on a 70% contribution.
The culture of corruption and dependency on aid is thriving. Brutal dictators remain in power, and only 25% of the 5.4 million people with full-blown AIDS inAfrica have access to the life –saving anti retro viral drugs.
Despite noble global intentions, the campaign led by Bob Geldof and Bono to save Africa by increasing aid and debt relief, is have a reverse effect and crippling those aims to help, according to the founder of African Aid Action AAA [a3], Jobs Selasie.
Selasi believes that the western media is hamstrung by its own pre occupation with political correctness, which is preventing it from pointing an accusing finger at the true causes of poverty in the continent, the harm done by many charities (who resort to “blackmail”) and impoverished Africans who would rather beg than work.
“Aid has failed because campaigners, charities and governments do not have the right plan and excluded African entrepreneurs and grassroots organisations from being part of the solution,” said Selasi. “You can’t impose change from without, it has to come from within and we won’t end poverty with handouts - Africans need to fight corruption and work hard.
Ahead of International World AIDS Day on 1st December, Selasi is calling for a radical think to stop the killing fields of AIDS, achieve solid and sustainable results. a3 is pioneering a radical new initiative with a unique scheme where donors become ‘investors in change’ .
By considering donors as ‘investors who are ‘investing for change’ and selling 1.3 million shares for £100 each, a3 is to fund a professionally run non-profit pharmaceutical manufacturing and distributing facility in Africa, based in similar models operating in Thailand and Brazil. The plant will produce AIDS and other life saving drugs under licence in volume to make them affordable, available and universally accessible to all dying Africans.
Attracting result and accountability conscious investors, including Cabinet members, other MPs, Lords and celebrities, shareholders do not receive cash dividend They are entitled to vote at the AGM and have a say how the pharmaceutical company shall run and distribute its product. Share may be bought online at http://www.africanaidsaction.org/buy-share.html .
African AIDS Action [a3] is a grass-roots organisation with a clear, transparent, practical and focused vision dedicated to making life-saving medicines affordable, accessible and available to save millions of Africans from dying of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses. It is about empowering Africans by transferring technology and creating employment. The model is based on projects in Brazil and Thailand, two developing countries who have been successful in tackling AIDS. Using volunteer scientists and engineers headquartered in an area of Africa with the world's lowest crime rate and no corruption, medicines will be manufactured and transported to various warehouses built in other African countries. 99% of receipts are invested in life-saving projects a3 is about empowering Africans by transferring technology and creating employment. Only 1% of receipts are spent on management costs. We will have external independent auditors and accountants and provide investors with monthly updates on our progress.
About the Founder
The survivor of the Ethiopian famine of 1984/85 but now a British citizen, Jobs Selasi, the founder of a3 , has first hand experience of the tragedy, having lost his niece, sister-in-law and 47 other relatives to AIDS. His brother and sister 54 other family members are HIV positive. A tireless campaigner for the millions of African AIDS sufferers who face a death sentence because they are being denied life saving drugs, Jobs, a teetotal vegan, is a devoted athlete is with an individuality that makes him a popular personality with the media. His charisma and passion for Africa is dynamic and he welcomes the opportunity to reveal the truth about the global AIDS epidemic. His story of how he has coped seeing suffering and loss of many family members is a compelling one. His views on celebrity campaigners, multi-national charity aid and the often-negative impact these are having on his beloved continent. are inspirational and educational.
For further information, photos or to arrange an interview please contact
George Shaw at Avocado Media on 01892 750851 or 07860 695555
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PR-USA.net (press release) - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, will conduct an official visit to Zambia from 6 to 11 December 2010 at the invitation of the Government.
“During my visit, I intend to meet with national stakeholders involved in fighting all aspects related to violence against women, with a view to appreciate the phenomenon in Zambia”, said the human rights expert, who will travel to Lusaka and Livingstone.
The Special Rapporteur will hold discussions with government authorities, traditional leaders, civil society organizations, representatives of United Nations agencies and other international organizations based in Zambia as well as individual victims of gender-based violence.
A press conference on the initial findings of the visit will be held in Lusaka on Friday 10 December. Further details on the time and venue of the press conference will be provided by the UN Office in Lusaka.
Based on the information obtained during the visit, Ms. Manjoo will present a report with her final findings and recommendations to a forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council.
, JOHANNESBURGDecember 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- His Excellency, President Rupiah Banda of Zambia, today hailed the virtues of Zambia's booming business sector at the Zambia South Africa Business Forum in Johannesburg.
Speaking to a group of business and political leaders, including South African President Jacob Zuma, he warmly welcomed investment in the country as a means of improving national and regional development and prosperity.
President Banda said, "We recognise that Zambia must take full advantage of the benefits of trade and investment. Only then can we raise living standards of our citizens, create even more jobs and reduce poverty."
The speech came as part of President Banda's three day State Visit to South Africa, where he has signed bilateral agreements promoting trade and economic cooperation. He offered a host of investment opportunities, including in mining, production of high tech products, energy, oil exploration, tourism, and agriculture.
President Banda also highlighted the potential of Zambia's excellent geographical location and proximity to growing markets to make it a stable gateway to the region for South Africa and other investors.
He said, "Zambia is a country where business can be done, across all sectors. Wealth, jobs and yet more opportunities are being created. Now is the time to take advantage. A politician would normally say something like "Zambia is open for business", but I have something different to say: 'Zambia is already doing business, why not join us?' There is nothing like good trade to cement international relations."
The President outlined how infrastructure and technology improvements across Zambia will improve efficiencies and reduce the cost of doing business for all companies and entrepreneurs - for example, the commissioning of the Zimba-Livingstone Road and the imminent roll-out of high-speed broadband to rural Zambia.
Zambia's achievements in improving the ease of doing business was recognised by the World Bank, which last month it named it as one of the top ten worldwide reformers in the 2011 World Bank Doing Business Report.
Zambia has already exceeded its foreign direct investment targets for 2010, having attracted $4.3 billion in pledges from a target of $3 billion. This marks a significant increase from 2009's $959 million in pledges, including $1.4 billion for the mining sector alone, showing the increased global confidence in the Zambian mining sector. This has translated into at least 36, 000 new jobs.
In 2009 the Zambian economy grew by 6.4% against the projected growth rate of 4.3%. The 2010 GDP growth rate is expected to be 6.6% and inflation has been reduced, offering a stable and desirable investment climate in 2011 and beyond.
SOURCE Statehouse, Lusaka, Zambia