Government declares Friday a public holiday

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Secretary to the cabinet Dr Roland Msiska delivering his remarks.
Secretary to the cabinet Dr Roland Msiska delivering his remarks.

The Zambian Government had declared Friday, March 9th as a public holiday.

According to a statement from Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska, all private and government institutions will observe the holiday which will follow the commemoration of the International Women’s Day on Thursday.

Monday is also a holiday in commemoration of Youth Day.

The declaration means workers in Zambia will have a five day holiday and will only return to work on Tuesday, March 13th 2018.

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  1. Do you not consider the implications of such holidays on business? You wake up one day and decide we should have a holiday just like that? Ni Zambia the real Africa

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    • LUNGU has technically shut down Zambia. No wonder some call him, LAZY BUM LUNGU. What will he be doing during the long hol.? Imbibing Jemason? ZAMBIA is being led by people with no agend or vision. WE ARE IN TROUBLE!

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    • When we tell you that Lungu’s govt is full of lazy unproductive entities who have never run or worked in a properly run corporation this is exactly what we mean…they do not understand how such pronouncements affect productivity to them its just a long week to dance and drink whilst the national debt sparrows downwards.

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    • There is nothing wrong to have a 5 day holiday, you can have those days coincide even in other European Countries and Asia
      What is worrying though is that someone just pops up today and says Friday is a holiday, that can only happen in Zambian.
      The economical factor needs to be taken into consideration, and unless this was debated upon and approved in Paley, such a decision is really strange.

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    • @Ndobo,
      Is it because that Zondwa Wabantu is in town this Friday? Holiday all of a sudden.

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    • Only GRZ workers can enjoy such a long weekend. Private sector and banks will be working. Saturday is working day as usual for banks.
      See nothing seriously wrong with it. Afterall Thursday and Monday are already gazetted holidays. It is logical. How would one be on holiday on Thursday and work half day on Friday then again go off on Saturday? People need to appreciate what is logical.

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    • These days were not declared holidays by the PF. Youth day has been a holiday since UNIP era, women’s day since MMD era. All PF has added is Friday this year because of women’s day falling on Thursday and youth day on Monday. Just enjoy the holidays instead of being ever cry babies. After all lodges and supermarkets will sale more during this period.

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    • Good luck with running your National Airline with such work ethic especially sector that requires long hours !!

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    • That’s 5 days out of the 365 not including regular holidays plus a 30 day vacation. How many working days are left for this calendar year? 200????!!!! How do you build a strong economy like that??

      Lazy basta2ds!!! We got a lot of work to day to move this nation forward. In the last 10 years I have barely been on vacation. Last year I worked almost 349 days straight at home and abroad.

      These are productive years, people will have all the time to vacation once they retire ~ Come on guys!!!! Live Long & Prosper!!!

      Abena Jay Jay ~ Not today, I am in no mood to excogitate. Leave me alone, I know what you need from me especially with the national airline.

      Ciao …

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    • Ka Jay Jay … no, no, no!!! Not self-importance; I am a very important person!!!

      You get too familiar with me because familiarity brings contempt, remember that. Above all, I really don’t want you to get too familiar with me.

      So, I meant it when I said … leave me alone, thanks a trillion.

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    • @ B R Mumba, Sr

      Well Mr. “very important person”, your “anointed” and “visionary” clueless Endemically Corrupt Leader has shown again his “expertise” in F*CKING-UP small and medium enterprises!!!

      And yet, you pseudo “VIP” (more likely than not just another arse licking moron) who have courage to spreed crap 24/7 do not have courage to answer simple question?

      Instead you are hiding behind fig leaf.
      What kind of slave sh!t you are? Traitor of his own kind?
      Enjoy your 30 pieces of silver till you can. Can you remember the step which comes afterward?
      Hung yourself and make nation happy.

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    • Iwe Nzelu dont give these fellows in mwibala such ideas kikiki.
      You will discover that they pick it up and lo and behold we shall have “LUTUKU” holiday lol

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    • This compassion for not having boxing day :), we rest and wait for Easter the following week 🙂

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    • In fact the only public holidays should be independence day, Xmas and new years day. We just have too many socialist holidays which is counter productive. Holidays like women’s day, youth day, Africa freedom day, heroes and unity day, farmers day, national prayer and fasting, and labor day should just be observed but work must go on.

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    • So my prediction is that in 2019, Monday 11th March 2019 will be a public holiday because Tuesday 12th March 2019 will be Youth Day and Frday 8th March would have been International Women’s Day…so next year again we will have a loooong weekend kikikiki

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    • Poor lazy mindsets want more luxary and relaxing…when it comes to paying bills they start asking EU, China and Japan whose hardworking taxpayers can only dream of a Friday holiday.

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    • And who do you think will pay that day you are off as fulltime employee? These are the small issues you fail to understand when it comes to productivity.

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    • These workshy fooools who issue such statements one week before…in the UK such holidays are annouced 2 years before the date.

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    • If you want to go for work please go ahead because am going for a Holiday. Lungu vibrating with all of us

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  2. YES in 4 days holiday friday saturday sunday and monday no kunyenga bakazi babene because women will be with their husbands

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  3. And they wonder why Zambia lags behind the rest of the world.

    Countries develop through work and commerce. Please, can we link working hours to pay, so that businesses do not have to carry the burden of paying salaries on holidays while making zero sales.

    I feel for Zambia. The beautiful country is going through wasted years and not in a hurry to develop. It is as if it’s people are not in poverty.

    Sorry, I don’t get the logic of a four day break in which private enterprises are closed.

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  4. Already after a quick browse on social media….employees from private sector are asking.

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  5. I dont know about others but this ka Secretary to the Cabinet has never impressed me ,i miss the days of Sketchly Sacika,Mbulo and Joshua Kanganja,this one should go with his friends in mwibala.

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  6. I have liked this because I’m overworked and over taxed. Even if I have been working all the week ends I still get zero because of over taxing and other small levies I have to pay even after working long hours. Please if you are a worker this is the time to do your uncompleted small works. Enjoy your week end guys good night.

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    • You want to bank on private sector to be working normal hours so you can do your chores…you complain about being overtaxed yet are docile and mute when the govt is justifying recklessly spending on 42 Scania Trucks at whooping $42 million and spending $280k on an Ambulance that costs £80k each.
      The same tax you are complaining about will be used to pay for that selfsame unproductive holiday declared and come end the month it will be Easter holiday.

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  7. It’s civil servants and bankers who’ll observe this holiday, for us it’s business as usual and it gives us time to catch up on paper work because there’ll be no those unexpected awkward callers. Even miners don’t observe such holidays. It also gives time to Hichilema to mobilize so that when he’s beaten a record 6th time he’ll have no excuse

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    • And do you know how much of an inconvenience it is to SMEs when govt offices and banks are closed…its hard enough getting things done in 5 days with the laid back approach of civil service.

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    • Not forgetting the extra cost of paying overtime at double rate. PF and their supporters have stopped shocking me with their shallow thinking and dullness. Kulafitamba fye kuti wapena trying to keep up.

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    • Dudelove
      Exactly my thoughts and it is like they were designed to self destruct unfotunately at national expense.This is a very annoying time to live in,they are totally oblivious to the consequences of their actions.
      I remember when Sata was president i told myself that there could never be a more incompetent leadership than his.I was wrong Learned Senior Counsel and Great Leader has beaten the record.

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  8. Zambia is controlled by abantu that are politically academically and professionally disabled zoona. It baffles me seeing my fellow energetic and brave youths supporting these rifrafs.

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    • These are wasted years …people like Lazy Lungu see no correlation between working hard and reducing debt…Germany is where it is people of high productivity and being rewarded with superior front-line services. In Zambia we have a knucklehead who is satisfied by merely having the title of Head Of State whilst flying and drinking around in GRZ Private Jet 9J-ONE with his childish drinking mates masquerading as Presidential adviser…what an utter absolute disgrace. He thinks giving mining licences for a dust heap to thugs is a milestone…there is a leadership void in our country.

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  9. This is truly a shocking and reckless way of running a Country that should worry every normal functioning citizen and stakeholder of Zambia.
    How do you suddenly choose to shut down a Country at short notice without taking into account whatsoever the economic implications (GDP)?
    In UK, we have just had an unavoidable disruption of business activities DUE TO BAD WEATHER from the east dubbed ‘the Beast from the East’. Much as we fought hard to keep going thru snow to minimise the downtime, the UK gross loss of revenue is already estimated to be in £billions.
    Looks like in Zambia’s case there is a ‘beast within’ DUE TO STUP!DITY among our so-called leaders who see nothing counterproductive in suddenly shutting the Country down without any economic justification whatsoever. SHOCKING.

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    • Yet our Govt directors, Ministers and MPs want to drive the top spec Jeeps as personal to order vehicles with zero productivity to show.

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    • ..And then these same leaders shamelessly come to Countries like UK to borrow. This kind of stup!dity is like a cancer among Zambian leaders. Talking of diseases, this Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Roland Msiska is supposed to be an accomplished man for Goodness sake!. Why oh why is it not showing when mother Zambia needs it most!!? What is this?

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    • @ jay jay
      WHAT HAVE YOU EVER DONE APART FROM INSULT AND BE ALWAYS NEGATIVE AND JAUNDICED?

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    • What’s positive about being $20+ Billion in debt and you are highly likely to default on repayments that you want debt restructuring from China…anyway to you such talk is like speaking German to as you only see someone mouth moving as your tin can not digest it.
      China is where it is today through hard-work!!

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  10. Even after the cholera national shut down our president comes up with this?Does he realise that school children are trying to catch up after lost class hours?Not to talk about the limping economy?And he wants to stand in 2021?Yaaba,i hope i live to see where this comedy is headed to.

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    • Imagine maybe they are taking some time off from Cholera time…remember its Easter Break soon!!

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  11. Meanwhile UPND has a public holiday the day government released an unelectable guy from prison.

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  12. Last week I watched Hon Jean Kapata’s V8 (or is it V6) Toyota Land cruiser fight its way through the floods of Kazungula district. I was impressed with what the vehicle can do and imagined how she would reach those places if she used my Isuzu “V4”. The sight of her tour of duty in such atrocious conditions made me change my mind about ministers driving those vehicles. There is definitely an upside and a good justification, something rough and comfortable.
    By the way upndeez, if that is not exciting enough, I watched it on ZNBC!

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  13. Why is it that the slaves are always opposing our able Leader from the comments? Just by looking at the flags were these negative comments are coming from one would easily deduce that it is from the frustrated slaves who are were over zealous to go abroad only to get trapped in the modern slavery trap, they are overworked so that by the time they will come back they will only come and fill our cemeteries.
    Instead of appreciating that they are busy opposing, even our neighbors in South Africa they usually break off during the festive period and most of their industries are shut but no one condemns the move. But now that only one day has been declared a holiday to add on to the already official holidays it is an issue to the “people of color, chimpanzees” as they are usually referred to…

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  14. Observer you probably just a mucher or off-loader and don’t contribute anything or pay taxes to this your government, if you were paying taxes and see a big chunk of your money wasted on useless trips, fire engines, ambulances you will oppose, because it is your money being wasted and your children’s children are going to pay for debt accumulated by these goons. I shipped a vehicle to Zed and had to pay through the nose to just get it into the country, on top of that I have to pay countless fees and taxes that never seem to end. You also don’t know how much money a country loses with such useless holidays, who is going to foot the bill for lost productivity, of course the same people who are being given day off. this is encouraging more laziness

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  15. I agree with you john mulele,To us who work in the private sector the president has just declared 4 hrs holiday,friday is half day for us working from 08;oo to 12;00 hrs.How do you expect our colleques who come from kafue and chongwee coming to lusaka burn fuel and pay k40 toll gates work for 4 hour and go back.its logical that we stay home,what macroeconomics that can fall in four hours not even microeconomics go back to your lecturer and ask him it seems you didnt understand economics, problem you go to these house universities and graduate then you cal yourself an economist Rubishii

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  16. So, next year Women’s Day will fall on a Friday and Youth Day the following Tuesday. Will the Monday before Youth Day be declared a holiday?

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  17. My forefathers were forced into slavery with bitter hearts, in my era my mates are busy dying, swimming and willingly flying into slavery, come home we develop our home.

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  18. All you in support of BAD MUSISKA CHAGWA FRIDAY are as lazy as them. Which Hard working fellow would risk one 1 hour of business for a holiday. Accept your laziness. You are pulling down the efforts of hard working people. Shame!shame!

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    • Him Lazy Bum Edgar declares holiday yet he will be on working holidays for 4 days campaigning somewhere for 2 hours per day then being paid for the whole day

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  19. A tiny fraction of Zambians of working age are employed anyway, so life will be the same for most and laziness will be affirmed positively

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