Sunday 25 June 2017
(Lusaka Times 06/23/17)
“When the agreed required actions are implemented in the next few weeks, the Programme could be presented to the Board in August 2017,” – MUTATI. www.mof.gov.zm Mr. Speaker, I thank you most sincerely for according me this opportunity to brief the House and the nation, on the state of the economy and Government’s engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The first part of my briefing will provide an update on the state of the economy while the second will provide a brief on the IMF engagement. Sir, economic performance has rebound with inflation down to single digits, the exchange rate remaining largely stable while GDP growth has started recovering. I will now give highlights...
(Lusaka Times 06/23/17)
Mineral Economist Professor Mathias Mpande says Zambia has the capacity to investment in nuclear energy. Professor Mpande says this is because the country has relevant skilled manpower, minerals and chemicals used in processing nuclear energy in Africa. He says Zambia has the second highest reserves of Uranium used in Nuclear production after Niger. Professor Mphande says Uranium is present in Luwamana, Kansanshi , along the Zambezi valley, Eastern province and Northern province respectively. In an interview with ZNBC News, Professor Mpande said the use of Nuclear energy is a worthwhile investment adding that it is cheaper than other sources of energy. He has called on government to ensure that its industrialisation agenda is realised by ensuring that all Uranium being...
(Lusaka Times 06/23/17)
International Trade Expert Trevor Simumba has advised President Edgar Lungu to facilitate a National Economic Summit for the Zambia Economic Recovery Programme. Mr Simumba said patriotic citizens will help President Lungu organise and facilitate the summit without charge. “You have launched the 7th National Development Plan which is good. But that plan now needs to be broken down into practical strategies and action plans that will catalyse and enable private sector trade and investment and generate jobs and economic growth...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including...
(RFI(EN) 06/20/17)
Church leaders in Zambia are worried that the country is turning into a dictatorship with challenges relating to governance, restrictions on people’s freedoms and human rights violations. The strongly-worded statement by three church bodies published on Friday calls for the release of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who is currently in jail facing treason charges. “We find it hard to find other ways of describing rather than to say, here are signs of a kind of regime which has the tendency...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
oundation of mutual respect, shared values and an unshakable commitment to democracy and development. President Lungu said the two countries have shown strong commitment to working together to achieve progress in regional economic integration, peace security and stability. The President was speaking during a state banquet hosted in honour of the visiting Rwandan President Paul Kagame who arrived yesterday for a two day State visit. There is need for African countries to work closely to reform the African union to...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia board says it has distanced itself from the recent joint statement issued by the three Church mother bodies because its Secretariat was sidelined in the process of coming up with the statement. The statement has however not been signed by EFZ Chairman Paul Mususu who attended the briefing at Kapingila House and his Vice Bishop Fortune Mwiza. Leaders of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Council of Churches of Zambia and the Evangelical Fellowship...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
A police officer of Luanshya Central Police this morning shot dead his wife and later shot himself following a marital dispute. The incident happened around 09:45 hours today at his residence, House No. 138 Levi Chito police camp. The officer identified as Constable Kelvin Kabaso who was on patrol in the second class trading area left his point of duty and went home were he shot his wife dead, a fellow police officer only identifies as Constable Chabamba. Constable Kabaso...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
A 38-year-old woman has been strangled in Lusaka, by suspected criminals. The criminals attacked the woman and her 19-year-old son, before getting away with an undisclosed amount of money. In a statement availed to ZNBC News, Police Spokesperson, Esther Katongo confirmed the incident, which happened last evening. She has identified the deceased as Mailess Maunda. Ms Katongo said Ms. Maunda and her son had booked a white Toyota Corolla taxi, from their shop in Chilenje area, however, the vehicle diverted,...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
Fellow citizens, The Church’s truthful stance on the happenings in Zambia is a clear indication that indeed there is a total break down in the rule of law brought about by the Patriotic Front (PF) Party and its leaders. In the last few months, the people of Zambia have been looking to the Church to provide guidance on the way forward in relation to the political crisis facing the country. Last week, the three church mother bodies in Zambia i.e...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
The MMD Die Hard Youth Wing has told former Lusaka Province MMD Chairperson William Banda to stop commenting on the political situation of the country because he has shown that he is a bad political advisor. William Banda is quoted in some sections of the media as having said that former Republican President Rupiah Banda should stop involving himself with the current political situation in the country but MMD Die Hard Youths National Coordinator Gerald Chiluba said William Banda reserved...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield. - Departure - Whether it's The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the "hustlers" -- slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe. Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe. Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. "We didn't know we were risking our lives," said Kante Sekou...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Maria gave smugglers all her family savings and crossed three countries and the searing Libyan desert, but when she finally boarded a boat for Europe her dream was swiftly shattered. She was 24 and pregnant with her second child when she left Liberia with her husband and their three-year-old son. The family passed through Guinea and Mali before crossing southern Algeria to reach the Libyan desert. "The smugglers took all our money" -- more than $2,150 (2,000 euros), she said...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Zambia's parliament on Tuesday suspended 48 opposition lawmakers who boycotted President Edgar Lungu's address to legislators in March to protest his contested electoral victory. The lawmakers from the United Party for National Development (UPND) avoided Lungu's address claiming he was not the legitimate winner of the contested August 11 elections. Parliament Speaker Patrick Matibini said they should quit if they did not accept Lungu as the head of state. "I challenge you to resign on moral grounds if you do not recognise that there is a legitimately elected government," said Matibini.
(BBC News Africa 06/13/17)
Zambia's parliament has suspended 48 opposition lawmakers for boycotting President Edgar Lungu's address to lawmakers in March. The 48 - all members of the United Party for National Development UPND - dispute Mr Lungu's victory in elections last year. "I challenge you to resign on moral grounds if you do not recognise that there is a legitimately elected government," parliamentary speaker Patrick Matibini said, as he suspended the 48 for a period of 30 days. The UPND has tweeted about...
(Agence Ecofin 06/13/17)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) could grant Zambia an Enlarged Credit Facility of more than $1.3 billion, according to Tsidi Tsikata, head of the institution’s mission. The news was revealed last Saturday during a joint press briefing with the Zambian minister of finances. The IMF representative said the three-year programme aims at overcoming the country’s budget deficit which is about 7% of GDP, which the minister said he would bring down to 4% by 2019. Africa’s second copper producer, Zambia has been affected since 2015 by the significant slump in the prices of the commodity. This caused budget deficit to widen more. In order to reverse the situation, IMF recommends concrete measures under the 2017...
(AFP (eng) 06/13/17)
Uche's real journey had yet to begin but he had already spent four days in the northern Nigerian city of Kano after travelling on public buses and potholed roads from Imo state in the southeast. He planned to go to Agadez, a transit town on the southern edge of the Sahara desert in central Niger, take a truck to Sebha, in southwestern Libya, and from there to the capital Tripoli, and then to Italy or Spain. But his contact, who...
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday meet African leaders in Berlin on initiatives aiming to reduce the poverty and conflict driving a mass migrant influx to Europe. The idea is to team up African nations willing to reform with private investors who would bring business and jobs to a continent where instability or graft often scare off foreign companies. Merkel is hosting the initiative as part of Germany's presidency of the Group of 20 powerful economies, whose leaders meet in the northern port of Hamburg a month later. Invited to Berlin are Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/10/17)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) may grant Zambia up to $1.3 billion in a three-year credit facility to help plug a budget deficit of around 7 percent, the lender's mission chief said on Saturday. A decision will be made by the IMF board in August, Tsidi Tsikata told a joint news conference with the Zambian finance ministry, which pledged to halve the deficit to around 4 percent of gross national product by 2019. Africa's second-biggest copper producer has suffered from...

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