| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/31/17)
Zambia is attempting to convert the nation to energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs to help plug crippling power shortages that have hit mining and agriculture and imposed daily rationing on parts of the country. If all homes and industries switch to the longer-lasting bulbs, the country could save up to 200 megawatts of electricity annually - about 30 percent of its power deficit - according to the state-owned Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO). The company is planning to distribute 5 million free LED bulbs by June in exchange for conventional ones, at a cost of $20 million. The aim is to replace every incandescent bulb in the country. "With such initiative, we are going to save a lot of...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday held talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn which culminated in the signing of three agreements to enhance bilateral ties. The three agreements in media and communication, water development and trade were signed after talks held at State House. The two leaders witnessed the signing of the agreements by officials from the two governments, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation. The Zambian leader told his guest that the two countries shared common values based on liberty, peace and prosperity and that Zambia was keen to enhance trade with Ethiopia for the benefit of the two peoples.
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The Zambian government on Wednesday called for reinforced partnership with the United Nations (UN) in order to enable the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Minister of Information and Broadcasting Kampamba Mulenga, while commending the role played by the UN in alleviating poverty, enhancing good governance and offering guidance and building institutional capacity in country, said there was need to create effective oversight in the implementation of government policies towards the achievement of the goals. In remarks delivered when a UN delegation led by Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan paid a courtesy call on her, the Zambian minister said the government was committed to and was working towards the achievement of the SDGs. "The UN system has been supporting...
(Lusaka Times 03/30/17)
Lusaka has the potential to help reach Zambia’s target of 1 million tourists per year by ensuring that business travellers to the capital city enjoy their stay beyond conferencing, meetings and workshops. Business travellers to Lusaka are an untapped market for tourism and Zambia has not taken advantage of the capital city’s central location for international and regional business meetings and conferences. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, business tourists accounted for 54 percent of the total visitors to Zambia in 2015. Conference arrivals in the same year totaled 22, 902 to represent an increase of 9 percent from the previous year. Promotion of tourism activities and facilities in and around Lusaka could position the city as more...
(Lusaka Times 03/30/17)
THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Zambia for taking up a universal health coverage system which enables people to acquire health services at an affordable cost. WHO Zambia Representative Jacob Mufunda said through the provision of universal health coverage, Government was working towards achieving the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) to be accomplished by 2030. “Zambia has done well in ensuring that universal health coverage is provided. This shows that Zambia is on the right path and is working towards achieving the SDGs,” Mr Mufunda said. He said this in Lusaka yesterday when he officiated at the Zambia Newborn Bottleneck Analysis (BNA) meeting. Mr Mufunda said the universal health coverage being provided also helped Government tackle the...
(Xinhuanet 03/30/17)
The African Union (AU) is extremely appalled by the attacks against African students in Noida and other cities in India. The pan-African bloc has deplored the violence unleashed during the riot that started on Monday targeting Africans of various nationalities, particularly Nigerians, which resulted in loss of innocent lives and serious injuries, the AU said in a statement. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many Africans from their normal places of residence, thereby putting their lives in serious danger, it said. AU has expressed heartfelt condolence to the families of the deceased; and it wished speedy recovery to all those who have sustained injuries. AU has called on the Indian authorities to provide all necessary support to...
(Zambia Reports 03/29/17)
President Edgar Lungu has expressed disappointment at the extent to which the illegal mukula tree trade has increased. President Lungu said this when he visited Nakonde border post where he came to first hand reality of the impounded commodity. "Yesterday, I toured the Nakonde boarder. I was very disappointed with the continuing illegal Mukula tree trade," he says, adding "I have warned everyone engaging in this illegal trade to stop immediately. I have also directed law enforcement agencies to be on high alert to ensure we curb this retrogressive practice. Let culprits be brought to book, irrespective of who they are!" President Lungu has since directed Home Affairs minister Steven Kampyongo to ensure that all culprits are brought to book...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/17)
Zambia opened public consultations this week on the government's plan to leave the International Criminal Court, as several other African countries re-assess their membership. South Africa recently revoked its planned departure from the ICC, based in The Hague, and The Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, reversed his predecessor's decision to withdraw. Zambian justice minister Given Lubinda announced the consultation, which will run until Friday, in a speech to parliament last week. "The consultative process will be conducted through public hearings in 30 districts where members of the public will be invited to make oral and written submissions," Lubinda said. The government will then decide whether to seek to leave the court
(Voice of America 03/28/17)
The World Health Organization and U.N. children's fund are spearheading a massive immunization campaign across Africa to rid the continent of the last vestiges of polio. Tens of thousands of health workers will fan out across 13 central and western African countries to vaccinate more than 116 million children under age five against the crippling disease. The U.N. agencies report more than 190,000 volunteers, traveling on foot or bicycle, will go house to house across all cities, towns, and villages in 13 countries to vaccinate every child under age five against polio. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest ever conducted in Africa, will run from March 25-28. Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization Michel Zaffran...
(Xinhuanet 03/27/17)
There is need for China and its African allies to kick start a new dialogue aimed at revitalizing wildlife and ecological conservation in the world's second largest continent, a conservationist has told Xinhua in an interview. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), told Xinhua that Beijing is an indispensable partner in efforts to protect Africa's iconic wildlife species that are grappling with human and climatic induced threats to their survival. "China is playing a big role in Africa's economic development and would like to see it direct more support towards protection of wildlife and vital ecosystems in the continent," Sebunya said. Sebunya noted that China's growing economic and diplomat clout place it at a vantage position to help...
(Xinhuanet 03/24/17)
A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on African leaders to find practical solutions to protect and assist Somali refugees and asylum seekers facing ongoing conflict and a humanitarian crisis in Somalia. In a joint statement issued on the eve of the regional summit on refugees, members of the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS), Somalia NGO Consortium and the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) expressed hope that the leaders will take practical steps towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive regional approach. "It is hoped that such an approach, developed in the spirit of the New York Declaration, will support countries and communities that host Somali refugees in improving asylum space, integrated access to services, inclusive economic opportunities...
(Zambia Reports 03/23/17)
The story of ballot papers being printed locally was back on the table when President Edgar Lungu visited Government Printers. President Lungu said that ballot papers for the 2021 elections will be printed in the country. The printing of ballot papers outside the country has been a drawn out subject with the argument repeatedly bandied around that Government Printers needed to be re-capitalized. President Lungu made an impromptu visit to the Government Printers and made the pledge that his government would do something his predecessors had only previously promised. He said that the move would save the country costs in incurred from printing ballot papers outside the country. President Lungu urged the Government Printers to ensure that the premises were...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(Xinhuanet 03/21/17)
Zambia's human rights body on Monday launched an investigation into the death of a soldier who died inside a police cell in Lusaka Saturday. On Saturday, Flight Sergeant Mark Nchimunya Choongwa, a 34-year-old Zambia soldier, was brutally beaten up by police officers at Wooldlands Police Station in the country's capital Lusaka, after he was detained on a traffic offence. He died shortly after he was thrown in police custody. There are conflicting reports about the cause of the death. Some reports said Choongwa was brutally assaulted by the police officers after he was involved in a minor traffic accident, while the police claimed the soldier was beaten
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly bludgeoned to death before being skinned in backyards and clandestine slaughterhouses. Around Mogosani village, in South Africa's North West province, residents say syndicates catch the animals in grazing fields and pens. Soon after, skinned carcasses with hooves chopped off are...
(Agence Ecofin 03/20/17)
At the Africa CEO Forum which opened this morning in Geneva, AFD Group – in partnership with the European Union – unveiled the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on–grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. In order to meet Africa’s constantly increasing energy requirements, support must be provided for mass development of the renewable energy technologies – especially solar energy – that will play such a key role over the coming years, given the recent drop in prices and the emergence of new innovative business models. The EU’s electrification funding initiative, “ElectriFI”, helps to harness and stimulate private sector investment to enhance access to renewable energy. More specifically, it focuses on poorly-served...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come," said Flowers, chair of the African Global Economic and Development Summit. "This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened." Flowers estimated that she...
(Zambia Reports 03/17/17)
Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba will have to wait longer to make progress in the election matter after judge Mwila Chitabo adjourned the matter to April 11-12 Judge Chitabo has been hit with an application to recuse himself from the matter after Hichilema and Mwamba applied to have him removed from the matter for allegedly being biased. The application has cast aside adjudication on the main matter until the motion on judge Chitabo is exhausted. Judge Chitabo adjourned the matter to April 11 and 12 when the Attorney General is expected to respond. Hichilema and Mwamba are seeking an order that the manner in which the Constitutional Court construed the 14 days in Article...
(The Namibian 03/17/17)
Refugees and former refugees are contributing positively to Zambia's economy, and have the potential to contribute further to the country's development if legal and other obstacles are removed, findings of a new study seen on Tuesday have shown. The study, conducted by researchers from the Institute of Economic and Social Research of the University of Zambia, in technical partnership with the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, from October last year to January this year, targeted refugees living at two refugee camps in western and north-western Zambia, and former refugees from Rwanda and Angola living in some cities. According to a statement from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Zambia, it was the first time in Zambia's...
(Lusaka Times 03/17/17)
The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia Esther Lungu has called for adoption of sound work place policies that will ensure elimination of all forms of gender based violence, particularly sexual harassment, from workplaces. Mrs. Lungu said there was need to ensure equal pay and remuneration for women and men holding the same positions in the workplace. The First lady made the call when she spoke at a side event on “Elimination of Violence against Women in the Work Place” organized by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UN Women, Zambian Mission to the UN and ZONTA International on the sidelines of the on-going 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York, which runs...

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