No new confirmed cholera cases in Eastern

Confirmed cholera cases in Eastern Province have remained at twenty four in the past two days.

Speaking during the cholera update meeting today, Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, says that the province has not had any confirmed cases in the last two days.

He however says since yesterday, three new suspected cholera cases have been recorded in Katete District.

Mr. Kasolo says the initial tests have come out positive, but are yet to be confirmed as the culture results are not yet done.

He explained that this brings the total number of people in quarantine in the whole province to six, with one confirmed case in Lundazi, while the other two are in Petauke.

Mr. Kasolo says the total number of confirmed cholera cases may change depending on the result of the culture test that was done on the five suspected cases.

The permanent Secretary says people in the province should continue practicing the interventions that have been put in place.

Cholera broke out in the province on December 28th 2017.

Parliament to resume sittings on February 20

The second session of the 12th National Assembly, which adjourned sine die on December 13th 2017, will resume sitting on February 20th this year.

Roy Ngulube from the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly announced the resumption of sittings of the legislature in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

Before the parliament adjourned sine die, Members of Parliament unanimously approved the 72 billion Kwacha 2018 national budget, which was presented by Minister of Finance Felix Mutati.

During this sitting, the front bench will have two new members of Patriotic Front, Kwacha MP, Joe Malanji and Nkana MP Alexander Chiteme, following their appointments as Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister for National Development Planning respectively.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Harry Kalaba, who resigned from his ministerial position early this year, will join the ruling PF backbench that has among others Roan Member of Parliament, Chishimba Kambwili.

Also joining the back bench will be PF Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri, who was recently nominated to parliament by President Lungu.

Missing from the front bench and parliament will be former nominated MP and National Development Planning Minister, Lucky Mulusa, who was sacked.

ECZ dismiss reports of G12 results being nullified

The Examination Council of Zambia, ECZ has dismissed information circulating on social media that it has nullified the 2017 Grade 12 examination results.

ECZ Director, Michael Chilala, dispelled the information as false in a statement to ZANIS today.

Dr. Chilala says contrary to the purported statement on social media, the 2017 grade 12 results are valid and still accessible on the ECZ SMS platform.

He also says school leavers will access the statements of results during the week beginning 31st January, 2018 from their examination centers.

Dr. Chilala added that the council approved the 2017 grade 12 results on January 18th this year.

Meanwhile, Dr. Chilala says the Examination Council of Zambia has extended the registration period for candidates sitting for the 2018 examinations.

Dr. Chilala said the council has set February 16, 2018 as the new closing date.

He has advised examination centers to ensure that all candidates for the 2018 grades 7, 9, 12, GCE and teachers educations are dully registered by the new closing date.