Wednesday 28 June 2017
(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 the steep commodity price drop of recent years. Last March, Zambia began talks with the IMF about a potential loan package after agreeing that its budget deficit was not sustainable. Tsikita said Zambia needed to take concrete steps to achieve...
(AFP (eng) 06/09/17)
Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, facing treason charges, said Friday he had been moved from a prison in the capital Lusaka to a maximum security jail in a small town. Hichilema was arrested in April for allegedly failing to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade and has so far been held in detention for two months. A magistrate court on Thursday ruled that he should face trial for treason in the High Court, dismissing requests by his lawyers to throw out the charge. "We can confirm that we have been moved to Mukobeko Maximum Prison in Kabwe. We arrived a few minutes ago," he said in a Facebook post. "We don’t know what is happening but we are not...
(AfricaNews 06/08/17)
A Magistrate has ruled that Zambia’s main opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, should be tried by a High Court on charges of treason. Without specifying which particular court will sit on the case, magistrate David Simusamba ruled that “I hereby commit the accused persons forthwith to the high court for trial.” But the United Party for National Development (UPND) leader told the press after the ruling that he was prepared to go for trial and that he was being persecuted because of hatred. We have always been ready for trial. I am in court because of hatred.
(Lusaka Times 06/08/17)
Zambia and Madagascar have reaffirmed their commitment to the PARIS Agreement on Climate Change due to the devastating adverse effects that the phenomenon has had on the two countries including the Southern African Development Community (SADC)and the entire African continent. The two countries have expressed profound concern at the adverse effects that Climate Change has had not only on Zambia and Madagascar but the SADC region and the entire African region . The two nations in addition acknowledged that this was real hence the need to show serious commitment to addressing its challenges.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/08/17)
More girls are completing secondary school across sub-Saharan Africa as attitudes change and state spending rises, but some of the most marginalized girls — like those married young or forced to work — are still missing out, education experts say. The percentage of girls completing secondary school has risen in all regions of Africa since 2005, said a recent report by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.N. Development Program. Almost twice as many girls in East Africa and three times as many in Central Africa completed secondary education in 2014 as in 2005, according to the annual African Economic Outlook report, which was published at the end of last month. Yet more...
(Xinhuanet 06/07/17)
The Zambian government was working on a new policy aimed at tackling challenges brought about by rapid urbanization, a senior official said on Tuesday. Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale said the government has started reviewing the planning legislation to ensure that it addressed current development challenges posed by rapid urbanization. Speaking at a two-day event on formulating a national urbanization policy, the Zambian minister said the measure was aimed at enhancing development and improving living standards of citizens. Zambia, he said, was affected by rapid urbanization which was estimated at 40 percent and projected to increase to 60 percent by 2050. The rapid urbanization has triggered the mushrooming of informal settlements in urban areas which were prone to various...
(Bloomberg 06/07/17)
Zambia’s copper output will climb by about 4 percent to a record this year as operators near a resolution with government over power prices, according to the Chamber of Mines in Africa’s second-biggest producer of the metal. Production will increase to about 800,000 metric tons, said Nathan Chishimba, president of the lobby group. That would be higher than the 770,600 tons mined last year, and exceed a previous record of about 790,000 tons in 2013. The forecast is less optimistic than a projection by Christopher Yaluma, the mining minister, who sees output jumping to 850,000 tons. Negotiations over a proposed power-tariff increase for the industry that accounts for more than half of Zambia’s electricity consumption are “progressing well,” Chishimba said...
(Xinhuanet 06/07/17)
Immigration authorities in Zambia on Tuesday released all the 31 Chinese nationals who were detained over the weekend. The Chinese nationals, working for copper smelting Chinese companies on the Copperbelt province, were detained by police for suspected illegal purchase of copper tailing raw materials. However, Zambia authorities have failed to provide strong proof of their crimes, and released the Chinese nationals after talks with the Chinese Embassy officials. The Chinese nationals are expected to be flown back to China after their release, sources told Xinhua. On Monday, China lodged solemn representations to Zambia following the detaining of its nationals. While stating that China does not defend illegal actions, the Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed concern over "selective" law-enforcement against its citizens overseas.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/17)
Building a network of African women leaders in fields ranging from business to politics could galvanize female leadership across the continent and boost peacebuilding efforts and good governance, the head of U.N. Women said on Tuesday. The African Women Leaders Network, which was launched last week in New York by the United Nations and the African Union Commission, hopes to drive more women into leadership roles, through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts. By supporting women's leadership in Africa, the platform aims to galvanize their contributions to building and sustaining peace, improving political processes and driving social change, and realizing the U.N. global goals, according to U.N. Women. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted in 2015, include targets on...
(BBC News Africa 06/06/17)
China has complained to Zambia after 31 of its nationals were arrested at the weekend for alleged illegal mining practices. A senior Chinese foreign ministry official is quoted as saying that the Zambian authorities have failed to provide strong evidence. Those arrested are accused of, among other things, running unlicensed smelting plants and employing children. China has invested heavily in Zambian copper mining and other sectors. The country is also home to a growing Chinese community. The arrests happened in a joint police and immigration operation in the town of Chingola, 400km (250 miles) north of the capital, Lusaka.
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete lifting of the blockage against Cuba," said Geingob. According to Geingob, the conference will lead to the development of the common African strategy in terms of support to Cuba. The delegates also called for the return of the Guantanamo Bay,...
(Bloomberg 06/02/17)
Billionaire Lev Leviev, who made his fortune undercutting De Beers’ former diamond monopoly, has bought half of one of Africa’s biggest emerald mines. Leviev bought into the Grizzly emerald mine in Zambia’s Copperbelt province, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kombadayedu Kapwanga, managing director Leviev’s Namibian unit, said by phone. The operation has been renamed Gemcanton Investments Holdings. A spokesperson for Africa Israel Investments Ltd., a listed company controlled in which Leviev is the biggest shareholder, didn’t return phone calls and emails seeking comment. A spokesperson at LLD Diamonds, Leviev’s jewelry business, didn’t return calls either. Leviev used his Israel-based diamond unit to purchase half of Grizzly, Kapwanga said, without providing further details. The move into emeralds marks a...
(Lusaka Times 06/02/17)
Windhoek –Zambian authorities are detaining 70 drivers and have impounded 200 Namibian trucks that were carrying timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The trucks have been impounded for about five months and this has so far cost the trucks owners about R100 million, according to the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), which is demanding the immediate release of the trucks. The trucks were impounded because Zambian laws prohibits the harvesting of Mukula timber in the country. The Mukula timber in the Namibian trucks was, however, harvested by businesses operating in the DRC with valid permits from the government of the DRC to do so. The Namibian truckers were simply transporting goods from the suppliers to the clients...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/02/17)
Zambia and Malawi have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote bilateral co-operation in telecommunications and broadcast services on cross- border frequency co-ordination. Under the MoU, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and Malawi Communications and Regulatory Authority (MACRA) will focus on key and diverse issues involving telecommunication and broadcasting such as promotion of expansion of roaming agreements to all operators in both countries. ZICTA acting director general Patrick Mutimushi and MACRA director general Godfrey Itaye signed on behalf of their respective organisations on Wednesday. Mr Mutimushi said both authorities are active members of Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa, Southern African Development Community and African Telecommunications Union and International Telecommunications Union to foster regional and international...
(Lusaka Times 06/02/17)
Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga has called on the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to re- establish strong ties with Zambia in various areas of co- operation. Mrs. Kapijimpanga who is also accredited to Myanmar, Singapore, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Maldives says Zambia and Myanmar co- operated well during the freedom movement resulting in KOHIMA, BURMA and CHINDWIN military cantonments being named after places in Myanmar where Zambian soldiers fought. She says Zambia can collaborate with Myanmar in the area of education such as training of legal practitioners from the University of Zambia and other tertiary institutions as that Country is in need of such services. Mrs. Kapijimpanga also says Zambia can be of help to...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and address the conference, which will run under the theme, "Intensifying Solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che". The conference, which will also be attended by a Cuban delegation, will also recognize the important work done in support of...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects of a difficult birth or entering the world too early or underweight, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. And while rates of under-five deaths in the sub-Saharan African region have declined over two decades, the improvement has been much slower for twins than for single-borns. "Twins account for 10.7 percent of all under-five deaths and 15.1 percent of neonatal (newborn) deaths in the region and these percentages are increasing," the study said. "The...
(Xinhuanet 05/31/17)
The Zambian government Tuesday commended the World Bank for approving funds for implementing a project aimed at tackling deforestation in the eastern part of the country. The World Bank earlier this month approved about 33.05 million U.S. dollars for the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Program to be implemented in all nine districts in eastern Zambia. It will cover around 5.5 million hectares of land. Minister of National Planning and Development Lucky Mulusa said the project will result in increased forest cover through tree planting and sustainable forest management, and further result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The program has been approved by the government and has been designed as a multi-sectoral program focusing on forestry, agriculture, wildlife and land-use planning...
(BBC News Africa 05/31/17)
African champions Zambia came from behind to beat Germany 4-3 after extra-time and advance to the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. Zambia looked like they had the match won at 3-1 in the 89th minute but late goals from Suat Serdar and Jonas Arweiler ensured the game went to extra time. Shemmy Mayembe was the Zambian hero with a goal early in the second period of the added 30 minutes. Philipp Ochs had opened the scoring for the Germans eight minutes before the break. Second-half goals from Zambia's Emmanuel Banda, Fashion Sakala and Enock Mwepu looked like giving their side the victory before the late German comeback. Zambia will now play France or Italy in the...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has followed. This city of about 1 million has absorbed an additional 1 million people who fled the Islamist militants who burned their villages and kidnapped hundreds of children. In Maiduguri, the vast majority of the displaced aren’t living in U.N...

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