Saturday 21 October 2017
(Lusaka Times 08/29/17)
A BUS station owned by expelled Patriotic Front (PF) central committee member Mwenya Musenge in Mansa, has been closed by the Mansa Municipal Council. Mr Musenge, who is former Copperbelt minister and Chimwemwe PF Member of Parliament, last week received a letter from the council informing him to immediately close down his bus station because individuals were not allowed to own bus stations. “Ififine balenchita akantu, kuti wachita shani? nabanguma amakofi mumbafu?” meaning “I am being victimised, what can I do? They have punched me in my ribs,” complained Mr Musenge. Mr Musenge said people who were behind the closure of his bus station were claiming that he was a nonentity yet pining down his business. “They are claiming we...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time for greater coordination. “We must all act together - from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya - to be efficient,”...
(Lusaka Times 08/29/17)
President Edgar Lungu has led hundreds of people in Lusaka to the funeral of former Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde. President Lungu arrived at Saint IGNATIUS Catholic Church around 10:15 hours for a Requiem Mass. Others in attendance are former President Kenneth Kaunda, Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima , Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini and PF Secretary General Davies Mwila. Cabinet Ministers and top government officials are also in attendance. Speaking during the Church Service, Saint Ignatius Parish Priest Charles Chilinda reminded people to use their time on earth for God’s glory. He said Dr. Kasonde believed in hard work and loved his family. Father Chilinda hoped that public hospitals will continue applying Dr. Kasonde’s three Cs of Caring,...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/17)
The Zambian finance minister said Sunday that Standard and Poor's revision of the country's sovereign rating from negative to positive with a stable outlook represents an affirmation of the soundness of policies implemented by the government. "This development rises on the basis of the critical reforms which we have adopted on as a country under the economic stabilization and growth program to implement fiscal implementation, remove subsidies, reform the energy sector, and embark on diversification of the economy through agriculture development and industrialization," Minister of Finance Felix Mutati said. The result from the assessment by the rating agency was a welcome incentive for investors as they should remain assured that the country was on track with economic stabilization and growth,...
(Lusaka Times 08/28/17)
The matter in which UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his vice Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba are appearing in the Luanshya magistrate court has been adjourned to September 18,2017 after the duo reported sick. This is in a matter in which the duo is charged with three counts of seditious practices and unlawful assembly contrary to the laws of Zambia. In count one and two, Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Mwamba were charged individually with seditious practices contrary to the laws of Zambia. In count three, the two were jointly charged with unlawful assembly contrary to section 75 as read with section 74 of the Penal Code and regulation of the Public Order Act. Particulars are that the accused number one, Mr. Hichilema,...
(Lusaka Times 08/28/17)
Government will revise the marriage Act that will describe a child as any person under the age of 21. Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima says the law will have to be harmonised to make it effective in the fight against vices such as early marriages and defilement. Ms Kalima says at the moment, the law describes a child as anyone under the age of 16 while any person can marry at the age of 18. She says the Marriage Bill is before the ministry of justice and will soon be presented to Parliament. Ms Kalima says once the bill is passed, it will be illegal for anyone to marry or have canal carnal knowledge of a person under the age...
(Zambia Reports 08/28/17)
The UPND has doubted the sincerity of the PF and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue after the release of party leader Hakainde Hichilema. UPND national chairperson Mutale Nalumango says that the decision by Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo through the Zambia Police to deny the party to hold prayers for their last week was unfortunate. Nalumango has complained that the PF has continued to deny UPND members the right to freely associate and assemble through such actions. She has wondered when people or organisations started getting permission to hold prayers as insinuated by the Police yesterday when they denied the party to hold thanksgiving prayers at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. A group of clergymen had organized a...
(Lusaka Times 08/28/17)
The revision of Zambia’s sovereign rating by Standards and Poors Global from negative to POSITIVE-WITH-A-STABLE-OUTLOOK is an affirmation of the soundness of the policies being implemented by the Government of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to stabilize and grow the economy, FINANCE MINISTER FELIX MUTATI has said. STANDARD AND POORS [S&P] GLOBAL RATINGS has revised Zambia’s outlook on the ‘B’ long -term foreign and local currency sovereign ratings to STABLE FROM NEGATIVE. At the same time, the ‘B’ long-term and ‘B’ short-term sovereigns have been affirmed. “This development rides on the basis of the critical reforms which we have embarked on as a country under the Economic Stabilisation and Growth Programme to implement fiscal consolidation, remove subsidies, reform the energy sector,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take the initiative on managing the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, mainly into Italy. He proposed hotspots in Africa to handle asylum requests. The viability of such centers was questioned by European and African allies and on Monday...
(Xinhuanet 08/25/17)
A consortium of public health and civil society organizations on Thursday hailed the Zambia government's decision to increase tobacco and alcohol taxes to promote healthy lifestyle in the Southern African country. Price increase is the most effective way to control the consumptions of tobacco and alcohol, especially among the vulnerable groups such as youth, pregnant women and low-income smokers and drinkers, said Fastone Goma, chairman of the Zambia Tobacco Control Consortium. The organization is confident that lawmakers will approve the tax measure in the interest of both public health and social stability, he said, urging the lawmakers to resist attempts to frustrate the move. Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya announced on Monday that the government will introduce "sin tax" in...
(Zambian Watchdog 08/25/17)
German Ambassador to Zambia Achim Bukart has stated that the German government is concerned with the deteriorating democratic space in Zambia since last year’s disputed general elections. Speaking in Lusaka today when he signed a bilateral agreement with Finance Minister Felix Mutati, Ambassador Bukart said it was not a secret that the German government was very concerned with the shrinking democratic space in Zambia especially after the invocation of the threatened state of public emergence. ‘Allow me to come up with critical remarks just as good friends must be open and candid to each other,’ Ambassador Bukart stressed as Mutati looked on. He said the invocation of the threatened state of emergency has raised alarm bells back in Germany and...
(Zambia Reports 08/25/17)
UPND Secretary General Steven Katuka has disclosed that the Zambia Police Service has in the recent past rejected about 1, 010 applications by the party to hold meetings countrywide. Katuka says despite the party following the laid down procedure in accordance with the Public Order Act, police have denied the party the opportunity to interact with the people of Zambia. He says it is disheartening that the ruling Patriotic Front is allowed to hold meetings even without applying to hold such meetings. He states that the party has been longing to thank the people who voted for them in last year’s general election, but that they cannot do so because their applications are rejected by the Police. Katuka says these...
(Zambian Watchdog 08/25/17)
Zambia Railways management now says the derailment of the Livingstone bound passenger train which led to death of one person and several others injured yesterday in Southern province was caused by sabotage by people who removed bolts from the railway line. In a press statement reacting to the Zambian Watchdog expose of the train derailment due to poor workmanship and dilapidated railway line, company manager of public relations Caristo Chitamfya disclosed the ‘sabotage’ and denied any poor workmanship. He also says only two persons were injured in the whole train while admitting the death of another one person. “Zambia Railways is saddened by suspected acts of sabotage that occurred at 11:45 hrs this morning between Mazabuka and Magoye in Southern...
(AFP (eng) 08/24/17)
Zambian police on Thursday barred entry to the capital's cathedral where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema had been due to make his first public appearance since being freed from jail. Hichilema was released last week after four months in custody on treason charges, in a case widely seen as highlighting a crackdown on dissent by Zambian authorities under President Edgar Lungu. "The organiser did not notify the police. This notification should be done in writing," Lusaka province police commissioner Nelson Phiri told AFP, declining to give further details. Heavily armed police blocked entry to the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, AFP reporters said, with roadblocks erected on many routes to the building. Hichilema, often known as "HH", had been charged...
(Bloomberg 08/24/17)
Every African nation that’s sold dollar debt now has at least one junk rating, but it would be hard to tell by looking at the bond market. The average yield on sovereign Eurobonds in Africa has hovered near the lowest level in two years this month, according to a Standard Bank Group Ltd. index, even after Moody’s Investors Service cut Namibia to below investment grade on Aug. 11. The world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds had been the continent’s only dollar-bond issuer without a junk rating. A low interest rate environment in the developed world has encouraged investors to look past the problems plaguing African economies, including low commodity prices, dollar shortages in some of them and rising political tension...
(Bloomberg 08/23/17)
Glencore Plc’s copper unit in Zambia said a dispute over electricity fees that has already led to reduced power supply may result in the dismissal of 4,700 workers. Copperbelt Energy Corp. lowered supplies to Mopani Copper Mines after the company refused to pay new power prices introduced by the government at the start of the year. Mopani said the fee increase wasn’t part of its agreement with Copperbelt. Mopani, which employs about 15,000 people including contractors, has notified the government of the planned job losses, Labor Minister Joyce Nonde-Simukoko said by phone. “It has become necessary for Mopani Copper Mines to curtail some areas of its operations due to the restriction of power,” the Glencore unit said in an emailed...
(APA 08/23/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, 56 may have been in detention for 127 days charged for treason after a row over the presidential motorcade, but several players say, the detention has instead bolstered his chances of winning the 2021 poll. Hichillema, the perennial rival in the country’s past six polls, having closely trailed and marginally behind late Rupiah Banda and Michael Sata, narrowly lost last year’s August 16 poll to incumbent, Edgar Lungu, 60 on 47 percent, against the latter’s 50.1 percent under the new constitution’s provision of 50 +1 percent-winner taking the seat. In the aftermath of the detention and subsequent release of Hichilema by The Lusaka High Court Judge, Charles Chanda, after Lilian Siyuni, Director of Public Prosecution...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
Trial has failed to take off in a case in which Veteran Politician William Banda and 10 other United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres are charged with the offence of obstruction of police officers. This is because one of the suspects and the prosecutor handling the matter were not before the court. The suspects include William Banda, Gilbert Liswaniso, UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema’s press Secretary Brian Mwiinga and others. In this matter, it is alleged that the suspects obstructed police officers when they tried to stop them from arresting Mr. Hichilema on April 10, 2017.
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
Mopani Mines has announced that it will have to close several areas of its operations which may affect a total of 4,700 direct employees if power supply restrictions continue. In a statement, Mopani says it has become necessary to curtail some areas of its operations due to the restriction of power by Copperbelt Energy Corporation. It says the decision has been necessitated by the unilateral action by CEC to restrict power supply without notice and against the provisions of the Power Supply Agreement. “We are operating under a Power Supply Agreement dated the 31st March 2000, that was most recently amended on the 6th March 2015, and is valid until 2040. The PSA strictly sets out the agreed tariff and...

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