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British High Commissioner to Zambia reminds President Hichilema of COP26 commitments

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British High Commissioner to Zambia Nicholas Woolley has stressed the need for African leaders, including President Hakainde Hichilema to implement the agreements and commitments they made at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland last year, as a means of addressing the flood and storm situation being experienced due to climate change.

Mr. Woolley said that President Hichilema and Zambia, in general, has a major role to play in taking forward the negotiations and commitments that African leaders signed up to during the conference especially since Zambia was selected as the chair of the African group of negotiators for the next two years.

Mr. Woolley told a local radio station QFM that most of the climate change devastating effects currently being experienced such as floods, droughts, and storms are man-made, which with concerted global efforts can be addressed.

Meanwhile, 285 houses in the Ndola district on the Copperbelt have collapsed while several others have been flooded due to heavy rains experienced in the region.

The Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit-DMMU- has since relocated some of the residents and provided relief food and tents to the flood victims.

The affected residents are now calling on government to find a lasting solution to the flood affected households by awarding them alternative land and building materials.

And DMMU Copperbelt Regional Coordinator George Akalemwa says Ndola and Chingola districts are the most affected by the flash floods experienced across the province.

Meanwhile, Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Augustine Kasongo has directed Ndola City Council to demolish all structures built along the river banks following the collapsing of 50 houses and 10 submerging in water.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Caught red handed…lies have short legs…..HH has very bad intentions for Zambia and now Zambians shouldn’t just sit idle… we need to organize a massive protest….Destroying our natural resources shouldn’t be allowed NO MINING IN THE LOWER ZAMBEZI…PERIOD

    HH IS A DEMAGOGUE PRESIDENT AND NEEDS TO BE KICKED OUT OF OFFICE ASAP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE

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  2. NO MINING IN THE LOWER ZAMBEZI….HH MUST GO…HH IS A BIG CROOK AND A LIAR..HH IS A DEMAGOGUE PRESIDENT…WE WON’T LET HIM AUCTION ZAMBIA

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  3. @Deja Vu
    Yes he’s also telling HH that he’s a liar….am calling for all Zambians to get to the streets NOW and stop this madness of trying to mine in the lower Zambezi……HH must GO

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  4. Thank you sir, but in all honesty, climate change is not the biggest issue for Africa.
    We have poor education, poor health facilities, poor infrastructure, widespread poverty, street kids, infant mortality, HIV, high crime levels, wars, government overthrows. Those are the real issues in africa.
    Look, we appreciate the issue of climate change, but we have more pressing issues. You think an uneducated, sick, hungry person will understand a word when you start telling them about climate change?

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  5. Flooding and floods in relation to rainfall is a common occurrence, despite it may vary in intensity and frequency. The climate, just like weather changes. What we do not need is in the name of Climate Change, to have certain conditions and ideas implemented which are against what God our Creator and real manager of the Climate and weather desires.

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  6. #3  Saulosi 
    February 1, 2022 At 7:21 am

    “NO MINING IN THE LOWER ZAMBEZI….HH MUST GO…HH IS A BIG CROOK AND A LIAR..HH IS A DEMAGOGUE PRESIDENT…WE WON’T LET HIM AUCTION ZAMBIA..”

    Hehehehh……….kapaya.

    Go where ??? The 2.8 million and counting want him beyond 2026……….

    It was your corrupt morron theiving lungu who pushed forward this lower zambezi mine and looted reserve forests………

  7. The High Commissioner is of course right. The UPND government has not done anything on the climate change issue. HH went to Glasgow in person only to beg for money, and so far the New Dawn hasn’t brought any measures to fight or regulate anything climate like. How about a law regulating charcoal production? Won’t be long and there won’t be any trees left!

  8. Muzitekanya ba nyama. If the price and demand for copper has gone up, it only makes economic sense to ramp up production and/or look for alternative sources. You are the real enemies of the state imwe bene Saulosi. Vima tribalist veka veka. Anayenda wakumawa, zimangilile. Even America was virgin unadulterated land at one one.

  9. Not much ever comes out of these global climate change talk shops. So much lip service and red tape created by the polluting developed countries while the impact of climate change is hitting the poor very hard.

  10. @ 11 – Ramp up production?… when they cannot even effectively operate the mines we already have. Has anyone considered how many trees will have to be cut down and replaced by concrete? Where will the animals go – Lusaka?

    #Stop the spread of concrete – plant a tree please!

  11. If Zesco improves it’s service and broaden their supply the need for charcoal could diminish. Further more schools need to be taught about the environment and how to preserve it. The youth need to be involved in mass tree planting if Zambia is to be shown to adhering to their COP26 committments.

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