LUSAKA, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- The following are news highlights in Zambia's major media outlets on Friday.
-- Education authorities in Zambia have declared every last Monday of the month throughout 2019 as a day of local languages.
Minister of General Education David Mabumba said learners on this particular day will be allowed to use their own mother tongue throughout the school period. (Times of Zambia)
-- The implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is necessary if countries are to curb smuggling, the African Union (AU) Commission as said.
Albert Muchanga, AU Commissioner for Trade, said the free trading agreement will go a long way in reducing tariffs, thereby discouraging smuggling among exporters and importers. (Zambia Daily Mail)
-- Zambian President Edgar Lungu says the fight against corruption can not be won by government alone but requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders.
Lungu said it was a pity that the fight against corruption has been left to politicians only, adding that every citizen needed to be involved if the battle was to be won. (Daily Nation)
-- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed a prominent Zambian human rights lawyer to be part of the newly-established Civil Society Advisory Board on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Professor Muna Ndulo is one of the three Africans on the board which will foster closer interaction with civil society and external experts as part of the UN's efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse. (The Mast) Enditem