Friday 20 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(Bloomberg 06/21/13)
Zambia held “fruitful” talks with Gemfields Plc (GEM) this week over allowing emeralds to be auctioned offshore as well as in the country, the mining minister said. “We are working very hard to make sure we do the best for the industry and the government,” Minister Christopher Yaluma said in an interview yesterday in the nation’s capital of Lusaka. “We are willing to talk and explore.” Zambia, the third-biggest emerald producer, in April said it wanted all auctions of the green stones held in the country. Gemfields, the nation’s biggest producer of the gems, has said that the company’s sales would be hurt by such an arrangement. A sale in Singapore due on June 10-14 was postponed as Gemfields sought...
(Lusaka Times 06/21/13)
Mr. Bush said Zambia’s commitment is evident by the increased budgetary allocation to the country’s health sector. ZANIS reports that Mr. Bush was speaking when Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Palan Mulonda paid a courtesy call on him at his Bush Institute Office at George W. Bush Presidential Centre on the Campus of the southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. “I am happy with the Zambian government for its commitment to the fight HIV/AIDS as evident by the budgetary allocation to the health sector. I also strongly believe that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a divine intervention for Africa. Most of the affected countries on the continent are taking more responsibility over the...
(Bloomberg 06/21/13)
Zambia held “fruitful” talks with Gemfields Plc (GEM) this week over allowing emeralds to be auctioned offshore as well as in the country, the mining minister said. “We are working very hard to make sure we do the best for the industry and the government,” Minister Christopher Yaluma said in an interview yesterday in the nation’s capital of Lusaka. “We are willing to talk and explore.” Zambia, the third-biggest emerald producer, in April said it wanted all auctions of the green stones held in the country. Gemfields, the nation’s biggest producer of the gems, has said that the company’s sales would be hurt by such an arrangement. A sale in Singapore due on June 10-14 was postponed as Gemfields sought...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/21/13)
ZAMBIA has won the Best Sovereign Bond award in Europe, Middle East and Africa region for 2013.Last September, the country was successfully able to issue a US$750 million international bond which followed a two-week roadshow in London and the United States of America. The bond, which was unusually over-subscribed by an order book of about US$12 million, had a strong investor base and was issued at a yield of 5.625 percent and a coupon of 5.375 percent, the first of its kind in Zambia and the region. Accepting the award in London yesterday, Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda said Zambia is committed to maintaining a positive macro-economic position through fiscal discipline. Mr Chikwanda said efforts intended to promote fiscal discipline...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/21/13)
The Chipata High Court has sentenced two Malawian nationals to death by hanging after they were found guilty of murder and aggravated robbery. Before High Court Judge, Dominic Sichinga, were a businessperson, Chancy Mtambalika, 35, of Mtamalikamoyo village, Chief Mbelwa in Mzimba District and a carpenter, Thomas Makina, 35, of Chikondi Traditional Authority in Zomba District. Facts are that in the first count, the two accused persons on December 15, 2012, in Lundazi district of Zambia, jointly and whilst armed with a fire arm, stole a vehicle, a Toyota Corolla registration number ALF 7106, valued at K 27, 000,000-00 ( Kr 27,000-00 ) from Derrick Simasiku Lingumbwa, contrary to the Laws of Zambia. Judge Sichinga said he had convicted the...
(Lusaka Times 06/21/13)
Zambeef Plc has denied ever importing contaminated meat products from Europe into the country. Zambeef Plc Chief Executive Officer Francis Grogan said the firm has always adhered to strict regulations on food safety in it’s over 22 years of meat business. Mr. Grogan said allegations that Zambeef imported meat products from the US, the UK and Ireland that tested positive to a harmful chemical called Aldehyde used for embalming dead bodies are part of a smear campaign by a disgruntled former employee named Gregory Kapasa. “This Kapasa is the one who is behind this story. He is currently appearing in court after Zambeef sued him for leaking company information. He was fired and he started pushing that he be paid...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/21/13)
Well placed sources at the Ministry of Justice and the Zambia Police Service headquarters have revealed that the probe into Lukona Chambers, owned by lawyer Nelly Mutti, have reached an advanced stage with close to fourteen (14) ghost retirees discovered so far out of the more than three thousand (3,000) former government workers that the law firm has been paying money in various amounts channeled from the Attorney General’s Chambers. One police source indicates that there could be more suspected ghost retirees that Mutti’s law firm may have been paying knowingly or unknowingly and she may face arrest for fraud. “A few days ago our officers were at Lukona Chambers just to make certain verifications even though we didn’t find...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/21/13)
Please allow me space in your online publication to expose the corrupt activities of a police officer named Chipepo of Lusaka Central Police who has been blocking a clear case of aggravated robbery from going to the courts of law. Chipepo illegally released three suspected robbers who had brutally attacked a resident of Shibuyunji area using knives, screwdrivers and metal objectives after he received KR80, 000 from the suspected robbers. The attackers also grabbed money, a cell phone and a bicycle which has since been recovered by Shibuyunji police. The victim was taken to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) by the area councilor where he was given a medical report by a government doctor confirming the injuries he had.(See attached...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(The Post Online 06/20/13)
TAX compliance by mining companies operating in Zambia is still a huge challenge, mines permanent secretary Dr Victor Mutambo said yesterday. Dr Mutambo, however, said the government was acting to curb the trend. The 3rd edition of the Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference and Exhibition (ZIMEC 2013) which opens in Lusaka today, gives an opportunity for investors to realise the country's mining potential and at the same time the challenges the industry faces. The event, which is organised by the Association of Zambian Mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC), in partnership with the Zambia Chamber of Mines and AME Trade Ltd, will see international investors, industry experts, Zambian decision makers, development partners and donors, as well as other key actors and...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/13)
THE Government has so far spent K17 billion on by-elections, Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Miles Sampa has said and the funding was coming from the contingency line in the 2013 national budget, after the budgeted K5 billion was exhausted. Speaking during the Lusaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry breakfast meeting in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Sampa said K5 billion was budgeted for in the 2013 budget for by-elections which had since be exhausted. “So in the last year’s budget I can confirm we put in K5 billion and evidently it has been exhausted but there is no budget overrun there, ” he said, adding that it was not true that the by-elections were being financed outside the budget, but...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/13)
The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has urged opposition Members of Parliament to take government to task in Parliament as to why the issue of the removal of subsidies was not highlighted in the 2013 national budget presented to the house. FODEP Executive Director, MacDonald Chipenzi noted that President Michael Sata did not as well raise the issue of the removal of subsidies when he addressed parliament during the official opening. Mr Chipenzi said opposition Members of Parliament should therefore take it upon themselves as the elected representatives of the people why government announced the removal of subsidies outside the budget. Mr. Chipenzi has further challenged the Home Affair Minister to explain to Parliament why a Member of Parliament should...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/20/13)
Voting in the Feira constituency by-election in Luangwa district of Lusaka province is underway although it started on a slow note. In most polling stations, voting started slightly after 06:00 hours. At Luangwa primary school, the polling station was declared open by the presiding officer Doreen Zila at exactly 06:00 hours and the first voter Austin Botha cast his vote three minutes after. At the time of opening the polling station, only 13 people were in a queue in the first stream while eight others were in the second stream. A similar situation characterized polling stations in Mandombe ward where queues of people were found waiting to cast their votes. But at Kakoro primary school in Phwazi ward, where voters...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/20/13)
SOME Wusakile Township residents in Kitwe this morning complained about the erratic water supply in the area which has so far led to the loss of five lives who have been hit by motorists while crossing the Kitwe-Ndola dual-carriage-way to fetch water near Amstrong night club in Miseshi Township. But, Nkana Water Sewerage Company (NWSC) Public Relations Manager Damaseke Chibale said he was not aware that people had lost lives while crossing the road to fetch water near Amstrong night club, but said his company was providing water in Wusakile Township from 05.00hours to 09.hours per day. Jane Mwansa, a resident of D5 section of Wusakile Township said the water situation in the whole of Wusakile Township was bad and...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/20/13)
Alert UPND officials in Luanshya’s Mpatamatu wards by-election have caught a PF official buying voters with money on a queue at Justine Kabwe Polling Station on the Copperbelt. Information reaching the Watchdog indicate that the named PF official is currently at Mpatamatu Police Station. Meanwhile, the UPND officials in Feira Constituency by-elections are looking for a Toyato Hilux vehicle Reg no. 3248 which is believed to be carrying extra ballot papers that the PF want to use in far flung areas where they thought the opposition monitors were unavailable. Some Zambian Secret service officials under the Office of the President leaked the planned rigging in Feira to the UPND a short-while ago. PF are already panicking after many Zambians are...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/20/13)
COMMERCE, Trade and Industry deputy Minister Miles Sampa yesterday described tax avoidance as sad and said he is passionate about corporations paying tax. Mr Sampa expressed optimism that more money will be captured by the government once Statutory Instrument (SI) 32 is implemented on July 1. “The issue of tax avoidance is a sad one… I have been very passionate about it,” Mr Sampa said. “I have seen what is going on [how paying tax is legally avoided]…part of the reason why members of the business community are meeting here today is because they feel that they are highly taxed,” he said. Mr Sampa, however, stated for the record that “not all mines are evading or avoiding tax” in Zambia...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/20/13)
THE third Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (ZIMEC) has opened in Lusaka with Vice-President Guy Scott hailing the just-ended Group of 8 (G8) meeting in Northern Ireland as an important event for resource-rich developing countries seeking to trace multinational resources stashed in offshore accounts. Dr Scott said yesterday that tax avoidance and a greater lack of transparency among multinationals remain a challenge for many countries globally. The Vice-President added that the G8 in Ireland that focused on taxation, transparency and terrorism, or the ‘three Ts’, is something African countries like Zambia could learn from. “The G8 meeting is timely as it will help in finding a lasting solution to the financial challenges Zambia and other countries are facing,” said...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Africa’s top copper producer, Zambia plans to double its electricity generation capacity to 2,800 megawatts (MW) within 5-6 years to ensure adequate supply of power to the country’s copper mines. The Director of Transmission Development at the country’s state-owned power firm Zesco, Mr Christopher Mubemba said this at a mining and energy conference on Wednesday. Mr Mubemba said the company planned to invest about $5.3 billion in generation and transmission projects to achieve this target. He said there had been a lot of growth in the economy primarily driven by mining, and this would only be sustained with increased investment in electricity generation. “We do have a problem arising from delayed investment. We have got a plan...

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