Sunday 21 January 2018
(UKzambians 03/07/13)
ZAMBIA should urgently re-negotiate its bilateral tax treaty with Ireland to halt multinationals flying the money out of this economy, says ActionAid. The charity, which recently documented alleged tax avoidance practices by Zambia Sugar – findings that have been disputed by the company – said Zambia could do well to learn from countries that have renegotiated or even cancelled bilateral tax treaties in a bid to stop such ‘treaty shopping’ behaviour by multinationals. Indonesia cancelled its tax treaty with Mauritius in 2004 to stop such ‘treaty shopping’ by Indonesian companies while Mongolia also took the same route on the tax treaty with the Netherlands in December 2012. Pamela Chisanga, ActionAid Zambia country director, said countries like Indonesia have thus been...
(Zambian Watchdog 03/07/13)
The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested PF music director Dandy crazy who resides Kitwe for trafficking in cannabis. Drug Enforcement Commission,Public Relations Officer, Samuel Silomba said in a statement that: “Moses Wesley Chibamba, 36, popularly known as ‘Dandy Crazy’ a musician residing at house No. 4817 Ndeke village, Kitwe, had been arrested for trafficking in 14g of cannabis concealed in the pocket of his trousers and also in the compartment of his unregistered Toyota Progress which had since been seized by the Commission. The suspect was apprehended in Luanshya, on the Copperbelt Province.” Silomba is the musician who composed the pro-corruption song ‘Donchi Kubeba’ which is the officiaL song for the PF.
(Zambian Watchdog 03/07/13)
Even before a report is done and formally presented to the Commonwealth Secretariat, The Post newspaper today cleared the Zambian government of wrong in the area of human rights abuses in Zambia. Quoting sources close to the Commonwealth team that is currently on a fact finding mission on the petition raised against the PF government, the Post says the Commonwealth team has assured the (PF) government that the petition presented by opposition political parties did not contain serious issues to worry about. The newspaper which is an accomplice in the on-going human rights abuses in the Zambia, quotes government sources as having put their case, one of them being the bitterness the opposition have shown ever since they lost elections...
(Lusaka Times 03/07/13)
United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema says Zambians must rise to the occasion and restore integrity in the country’s politics. Speaking in an interview with Qfm News, Mr. Hichilema said Zambians have an important role to play in cleaning up the political system, which he said has been dented by greedy and irrelevant leaders. Mr. Hichilema said the ongoing developments on Zambian political scene have clearly exposed the PF’s lack of understanding of the ideals of a politically plural society. He said it is unfortunate that the PF government is preoccupied with a self propensity of political dominance in the country at the expense of development. The UPND leader said politics demands dedication and leadership and should...
(Lusaka Times 03/07/13)
Zambezi West UPND Member of Parliament Charles Kakoma says the writings on the wall are clear that the country will experience severe food shortage this year.Mr. Kakoma said what the PF government should be looking at now, is for the importation of maize because it is too late to set records straight this farming season. Speaking to QFM News, Mr. Kakoma said the looming hunger in the country can mainly be attributed to the poor management of the agriculture sector by government.He stated that the other factor that will contribute to poor maize yields is the heavy rain that hit most parts of the country, including his constituency.Mr. Kakoma said the only solution to addressing the situation is by putting...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/07/13)
(Reuters) - The running mate of presidential candidate Raila Odinga called for the vote count to be halted on Thursday and cast doubt on the fairness of a process that is still incomplete three days after the poll, remarks that could inflame a largely peaceful election. Odinga, Kenya's prime minister, is trailing Uhuru Kenyatta in the partial count. His running mate Kalonzo Musyoka said his comments were not a call for mass action and he urged voters to stay calm and patient. Disputes over Kenya's last election in 2007 sparked ethnic violence that killed 1,200 people. "We as a coalition take the position the national vote tallying process lacks integrity and has to be stopped and re-started using primary documents...
(International Business Times 03/06/13)
Kenyan authorities hope to deliver the final outcome of a presidential vote on Wednesday, after partial results gave a lead to a politician wanted in The Hague over tribal violence after the last election over five years ago. Counting since Monday's vote has been slow, and a new electronic system has been plagued by hitches, leading to complaints by political parties and anxiety among voters fearful that a flawed process could lead to another violent dispute. Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, 51, has kept an early lead since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday, but some strongholds for his rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga, 68, have yet to declare their results. The last election saw some 1,200...
(News Day 03/06/13)
ABUJA — Royal Dutch Shell may be forced to shut down “completely” its 150 000 barrel per day (bpd) Nembe Creek oil pipeline in Nigeria due to persistent thefts, the company’s local unit said yesterday. The Nembe trunkline is one of the most important production routes for Africa’s top crude oil exporter, feeding the benchmark Bonny Light export terminal. The pipeline was replaced in 2010 at a cost of $1,1 billion, Shell says. But criminal gangs tap into exposed pipelines in the winding creeks and waterways in the Niger Delta. Some of the crude is refined locally, but the majority is transferred onto larger ships offshore and sold internationally. Oil theft also has a devastating environmental impact, destroying fishing communities...
(News Day 03/06/13)
Planning and Investment Promotion secretary Desire Sibanda yesterday said Zimbabwe’s future economic growth will be anchored on industrialisation despite the dire state of the country’s manufacturing sector. Officially opening the Adhoc-Expert Group Meeting, Sibanda said the meeting organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) under the theme Industrialisation for Economic Transformation and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa: Addressing the Gaps, could not have come at a better time when the country was working to accelerate the drive towards industrialisation and economic transformation. “Zimbabwe recently launched the Industrial Development Policy, which envisions a vibrant industrial and manufacturing base to anchor national economic transformation,” he said. The policy came after the country was sliding fast towards de- industrialisation, with...
(News Day 03/06/13)
Planning and Investment Promotion secretary Desire Sibanda yesterday said Zimbabwe’s future economic growth will be anchored on industrialisation despite the dire state of the country’s manufacturing sector. Officially opening the Adhoc-Expert Group Meeting, Sibanda said the meeting organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) under the theme Industrialisation for Economic Transformation and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa: Addressing the Gaps, could not have come at a better time when the country was working to accelerate the drive towards industrialisation and economic transformation. “Zimbabwe recently launched the Industrial Development Policy, which envisions a vibrant industrial and manufacturing base to anchor national economic transformation,” he said. The policy came after the country was sliding fast towards de- industrialisation, with...
(News Day 03/06/13)
UNDERCAPITALISED publicly-owned companies are expected to embark on a flurry of capital-raising initiatives after the forthcoming polls amid indications that market capitalisation of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) will breach the $5 billion mark by year end, a local securities dealer has projected. In its latest report titled 2013 Zimbabwe Equity Strategy Outlook . . . A Watershed Year for Zimbabwe, a research unit of local brokerage firm Invictus Securities, said more companies would seek capital after the polls as they position for growth after an anticipated stable economic and political environment. Zimbabwe will on March 16 hold a referendum on the new constitution which is expected to be followed by general elections. The polls will mark an end to...
(ABC News 03/06/13)
An Egyptian court on Wednesday convicted a Hosni Mubarak-era steel magnate of profiteering and squandering public funds, and handed him a 37-year prison sentence and $296 million fine — the heaviest penalty yet against a former regime official since the longtime autocrat's fall two years ago. Ahmed Ezz, who is already serving a combined 17 years in prison from convictions of graft and money laundering, is one of the highest-profile ex-regime insiders to face corruption charges since the popular uprising that ousted Mubarak in February 2011. A court in Cairo's sister city of Giza found Ezz guilty Wednesday of making illicit gains of $740 million over a decade in a number of illegal business deals involving a steel firm in...
(ABC News 03/06/13)
A remarkably public feud erupted Tuesday within the family of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian charged with murdering his girlfriend, as the runner and his relatives distanced themselves from comments his father reportedly made about guns and crime in South Africa. South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, also waded into the family dispute. A spokesman for the party accused Henke Pistorius, the runner's father, of racism for his observations reported in British newspapers about crime against white South Africans and the suggestion that the ANC government isn't adequately protecting them. The Pistorius family and the reputation management firm it has hired are working to head off any negative publicity or controversy that might possibly have a bearing on...
(ABC News 03/06/13)
Wildlife rangers in Zimbabwe put the northern resort town of Kariba on full alert Wednesday after rogue lions mauled to death two people near a suburb there. The National Parks and Wildlife Authority said fliers were being handed out in the town and volunteers were using a loudspeaker to caution townspeople on the dangers of lion attacks on the shores of Lake Kariba, a man-made hydroelectric dam popular for fishing and tourism. It said one man escaped from a lion attack on Tuesday, but the woman with him was savaged to death. An arm and a few remnants of a second corpse were found by rangers hunting for the lions. The predatory animals had eaten most of one corpse but...
(Zambia Reports 03/06/13)
Police in Kabwe have shamed government’s denial of the death of Mukobeko Maximum Prison’s by officers by initiating investigations to identify the possible murderers. Vice-President Guy Scott recently denied the death of eight in-mates at Mukobeko Maximum Prison but Kabwe Central Hospital has confirmed receiving ‘Brought In Dead’ bodies (BIDs) from the prison recently. Some relatives of the deceased have since identified the prisoners who were subjected to torture that led to excruciating death of the in-mates following a prison break which led to the escape of three convicts. Kabwe criminal investigations officers have since visited Kabwe General Hospital and Mukobeko Maximum Prison tp identify the culprits that are likely to be charged with murder and establish a credible case...
(Zambia Reports 03/06/13)
Sudan have lost top spot in its 2014 World Cup qualifying group after sport’s highest court stripped a victory against Zambia for fielding an ineligible player. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it rejected the Sudanese Football Association’s appeal against a FIFA ruling to award Zambia a 3-0 win by default. According to MTNfootball.com, CAS says Sudanese officials “couldn’t not be aware of the fact that” Saif Ali was suspended and ineligible to face Zambia last June. Ali scored in Sudan’s 2-0 win in Khartoum, four months after being sent off when the same teams played an African Cup of Nations quarterfinal. The court’s ruling puts Zambia top with six points from two matches, three ahead of Ghana. Sudan...
(Zambia Reports 03/06/13)
Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard has announced 19 players for the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier against Lesotho on March 23. According to fazfootball.com, Renard says his list was still incomplete as he still needed to name four more players to bring the total number of players to 23. Veteran defender Joseph Musonda is suspended for this match and has not been named while five regular call ups are missing. Felix Katongo, James Chamanga, Noah Chivuta, Francis Kasonde and Danny Munyao will not be part of the team. The five were part of the Chipolopolo side that made the list for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Zambia, the 2012 African champions, were disastrously booted out of the 2013 Africa Cup...
(Zambia Reports 03/06/13)
Zambia’s opposition movement notched a major victory this week as the Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito filed a noelle prosequi against Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Nevers Mumba. Mumba, who was arrested on Christmas Eve and later charged with “disorderly conduct” and accused of conducting himself in “a manner likely to cause breach of peace” while distributing christmas gifts to needy citizens, told reporters outside the courtroom that the DPP had pulled the case because the government was worried about its conduct being monitored by visiting investigators from the Commonwealth. Other opposition leaders such as Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) have also faced repeated arrests and trumped up charges awaiting trial before the...
(Allafrica 03/06/13)
The Faith-based media group the Christian Media Center says recent developments in Liberia show how volatile and fragile the peace in the county remains. The Christian Media Center in a release issued Tuesday says President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has spiritually lost control of the state and there is serious need for Liberians to pray for God's intervention to advert what lies ahead of the Liberia. The faith-based group noted that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is largely to blame for most Liberians loss of faith in her government and recommends that the president and leaders of the three branches of government take a spiritual retreat to ask God to help them maintain sanity of Liberia. Christian Media Center in the release...
( 03/05/13)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would provide $250 million in assistance to Egypt after Egypt’s president promised to move ahead with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms. In a statement issued after his two-hour meeting with President Mohamed Morsi, Mr. Kerry said the aid decision reflected Egypt’s “extreme needs” and Mr. Morsi’s assurance that Egypt would reach an agreement with the I.M.F. after more than a year of talks over a $4.8 billion loan package. The statement issued by Mr. Kerry noted that he and Mr. Morsi had discussed the need to ensure the fairness of Egypt’s coming elections, but it did not mention any specific political...

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