Wednesday 23 August 2017
(Times of Zambia 06/12/13)
LUSAKA High Court Judge-in-Charge Jane Kabuka has granted former Republican President Rupiah Banda leave to commence contempt proceedings against Immigration Department director general Moola Milomo. This was in connection with Friday’s incident in which the former Head of State was prevented by immigration officers at Kenneth Kaunda International airport from travelling to South Africa to attend a conference. The court had on Thursday granted Banda permission to travel for a conference and ordered the Government Joint Investigative Team to release his passport to enable him attend the four-day conference. But Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu told journalists the same day that Banda was stopped from leaving the country because he was on a travel ban. The former President on Friday,...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/12/13)
GOVERNMENT has rejected an application by the technical committee on drafting the constitution to extend the handover of the final draft constitution by another six months, describing it as “unreasonable and outrageous”. The extension would have cost tax-payers KR44 million (K44 billion) for a process that has already gobbled KR100 (K100 billion) of tax-payers’ money, according to Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba. Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Kabimba ordered the committee to hand over the final draft constitution to Government on June 30, 2013 as scheduled without delay. “The proposal for an extension is not only unreasonable but is also outrageous, as there are other equally important social and economic development programmes Government has to finance...
(Times of Zambia 06/12/13)
FORMER Mines minister Maxwell Mwale has been found with a case to answer for alleged abuse of authority of office and being in possession of 5,000 bicycles worth more than KR1 million (K1 billion), property suspected to be proceeds of crime. Lusaka Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale has since placed Mwale on his defence along with his co-accused Zhongui Mining, a company he is alleged to have facilitated the issuance of a mining licence. The magistrate said in his ruling that a prima facie case has been sufficiently established by the prosecution against the duo. Mwale, who is MMD Malambo Member of Parliament (MP), immediately informed the court, through his lawyer Sakwiba Sikota, that he would call three witnesses. The mining...
(Times of Zambia 06/12/13)
A yesterday heard that the two men suspected to be in a homosexual relationship have been cohabiting for some time. Henry Shazala, the police officer who received the complaint against the two, testified that while on duty on April 25, this year, he received a report from Sharon Mubiana who said she had heard reports that her younger brother, Philip was staying with another man and acting as a ‘wife’. Kabwe Principal Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi, sitting in Kapiri Mposhi, is presiding over the case involving James Mwape, who is alleged to have had carnal knowledge of Philip Mubiana against the order of nature between April 11 and April 27, this year. Mr Shazala said Philip Mubiana’s sister Sharon reported...
(Times of Zambia 06/12/13)
INVESTIGATIONS into suspected wrongdoing by former President Rupiah Banda are being conducted in a professional manner, Government has said. Chief Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni said yesterday that the Government was handling the matter in a highly professional way. This was in reaction to opposition Heritage Party leader Godfrey Miyanda who claimed that the Government was being deceitful in the manner it was handling Mr Banda’s investigations and prosecution. Brigadier General Miyanda, in yesterday’s edition of the Daily Nation newspaper, accused the Government of setting a bad precedent against its commitment to upholding judicial reforms in the country. However, Mr Sakeni, who is Information and Broadcasting Services minister, said in a statement that the fact that Mr Banda was appearing before...
(Times of Zambia 06/12/13)
GOVERNMENT has rejected a proposal by the Constitution Technical Committee to extend the constitution-making process by six months. The committee has since been ordered to stick to the June 30, 2013 deadline. Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba said the proposed extension to December 30, this year would have required an additional budget of KR44 million, in addition to the already spent KR100 million. Mr Kabimba said during a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the committee should conclude its programme of work by June 30, 2013 to avoid the escalating costs. The technical committee recently proposed to the Government to extend the deadline to December 31, 2013 to conclude its work. But the minister said the supplementary budget of KR44 million...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/12/13)
A 44-YEAR-OLD man of Riverside in Chingola has died after shooting himself in the neck with a pistol. Copperbelt commissioner of police Mary Tembo said the incident happened on Friday around 17:00 hours. Ms Tembo named the victim as Justine Miti of house number 4428, Riverside in Chingola. She said Mr Miti shot himself in the neck from the bathroom of his self-contained bedroom. “Mr Miti allegedly shot himself in the neck with a browning pistol while his wife was at work. This happened on Friday around 17:00 hours but the case was only reported to police after 22:00 hours,” Ms Tembo said. Meanwhile, police in Kitwe have arrested a 16-year-old boy of Chimwemwe for allegedly knocking down eight people...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/12/13)
MMD communications director Muhabi Lungu says there were some elements of corruption in the former ruling party which could have made it unpopular and cost it the 2011 elections. Mr Lungu also says some people did not support the MMD in 2011 because of some traits of arrogance exhibited by some party members. He was speaking in Lusaka yesterday on Radio Phoenix’s prime time talk show Let The People Talk with interviewer Sam Sakala. Mr Lungu said although he agrees that some members of the party were corrupt, it is wrong to label everyone in the party as corrupt. “We cannot say that every member of the party was corrupt because not everyone was engaged in corruption,” he said. He...
(Lusaka Times 06/11/13)
Zambia Sugar Plc has posted strong results for the financial year ended 31 March 2013 with production exceeding 400, 000 tons for the first time. According to final results obtained in Lusaka today, Zambia Sugar Plc saw its domestic sales for the year increased by 10% to 159 000 tons of sugar representing 41% of total sales. Its sales to EU markets decreased to 121 000 tons in the year, whilst exports into regional markets increased by 23% to 104 000 tons. It said it benefited from favourable prices in these export markets. The company additionally produced speciality sugars for export to the EU markets and syrup for the local consumer market. It said it continued to benefit from its...
(Times of Zambia 06/11/13)
ZAMBIA has requested the Norwegian government to consider providing US$8.5 million to implement and facilitate the export of minerals from Zambia. Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba said Norway should consider giving Zambia $8.5 million for planning and implementing a mechanism which would promote the monitoring and facilitation of the export of Zambian minerals. Mr Yamba said during a bilateral meeting at the just-ended African Development Bank (AfDB) annual general meeting in Morocco that the funds would enable the Zambian Government to plan, monitor and implement the programme, as well as facilitate the exports of mining products. Speaking during a bilateral meeting with the Zambian delegation, Norwegian State Secretary for International Development, Arvinn Gadgil expressed his Government’s interest in building...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/11/13)
The two Kabwe MPs Sydney Mushanga for Bwacha and James Kapyanga (Kabwe central) are living in fear of the PF militia who plan to harm them after the attempt to dethrone them was blocked on Saturday by central province PF chairman Benson Chali. Impeccable PF sources have told the Watchdog that the MPs are however just being used as sacrificail lambs for the government’s failure to develop Kabwe. “They are living in fear of the militia, but all in all they are just being sacrificed coz an MP does not control the treasury, it is central government to develop the town but it is just because the MPs exposed the government’s weaknesses when people demonstrated the secret relocation of ZR,...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/11/13)
Unionized Zambia National Commercial Bank workers on the Copper-belt say they will not accept the KR 200 salary increment management want to award them. And the workers have threatened to petition President Micheal Sata for the removal of Managing Director Martyn Schouten and Director of Human Resource Chimano Chikwanda who is the daughter in law of Finance Minister Alexandra Chikwanda. During a private meeting which attracted ZANACO emplyees from Chingola,Mufilira and kitwe with some Zambia Union of Financial Institution and Allied Workers members on friday night 7 june in kitwe in the evening,the workers said they will not accept the KR 200 salary increase proplased by management describing it as an insult. The workers who sought anonymity for fear of...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/11/13)
An Erratic water supply has hit some parts of Chipata district forcing people to draw water from shallow wells. A check by ZANIS today revealed that residents were drawing water from shallow wells. The residents of Kapata township said the area was experiencing prolonged water shortages and called on the water utility company to solve the problem. One of the the residents, Anna Nyirongo said her house had running water for only about three to four hours everyday a situation she said was not conducive especially for sanitation purposes. Ms Nyirongo noted that the water which most residents were using was not treated and expressed fear that people might suffer from diarrheal diseases. ‘’ Almost every day, we have to...
(Zambian Watchdog 06/11/13)
Civil Society Organization promoting good governance in Zambia are gathered in Chisamba to analyze the Zambian Constitution making process and what stage it has reached. The CSO as are also planning a series of advocacy actions to undertake in the event that the country goes to a referendum after June 30, 2013 when the Technical committee releases the draft constitution. Over 30 participants drawn from FODEP, YALI, Oasis Forum, MISA, Panos, SACCORD, ZaCoMeF, WFC, WILSA and the Youths organisations are present. Giving a key note address, Zambia Episcopal Conference Secretary General Fr. Cleophas Lungu said : “After 17 years of wasted years, Zambia can not afford to see wastage of resources in constitutional reforms. We see constitution as a prerequisite...
(Zambia Reports 06/11/13)
Suspended judge Phillip Musonda's request to retire has been met with mixed reactions by various stakeholders. Musonda, who is one of the three judges that have been suspended by President Michael Sata, has written a resignation letter saying his decision was inevitable.Transparency International Zambia says the resignation by Musonda is prejudicial to the yet to commence Judge Lovemore Chikopa tribunal. "We feel judge Musonda's decision to resign is ill timed and could be prejudicial to the outcome of the on-going tribunal. As you know the other two Judges Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga have challenged the tribunal so it really puts that process in jeorpardy," said TIZ chairperson Lee Habasonda. "We really think it is a bad move." And the Zambian...
(Times of Zambia 06/11/13)
THE African Development Bank (AfDB) is in the process of finalising modalities with the Zambian Government on how to issue a Kwacha denominated bond aimed at supporting the local capital market and providing lending to the private sector. AfDB has also announced the establishment of the Africa 50 Infrastructure Fund with a view to raise US$50 billion required to cover the financing gap for delivering infrastructure on the African Continent. The bank announced in a statement that it would facilitate the issuance of a Kwacha denominated bond to support Zambia's capital market development and provide lending to the local private sector. Meanwhile, AfDB president Donald Kaberuka disclosed that Zambia would host the 2016 Edition of the African Development Bank (ADB)...
(Zambia Reports 06/11/13)
A visiting German official says there is cause to worry that major setbacks are being recorded in Zambia's bid to promote and protect human rights especially that these development have prompted, for the first time in many years, the concern of Amnesty International. Human rights commissioner from the German government Markus Loening says the ruling Patriotic Front should allow the opposition to operate freely and meet with whoever they want to meet. During a briefing at the German embassy on Thursday, Loening said Germany was worried that there were setbacks in the strides that Zambia had made on issues of democracy and freedom of speech. "We are worried. We have a feeling that there are setbacks, I believe that if...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
A Roman Catholic priest says his newly registered opposition party, the Alliance for Better Zambia, will be launched this month, as part of an effort to defeat President Michael Sata’s ruling Patriotic Front in the next general election. “We have a bright future. The prospects for success of this political party are very high,” said Father Frank Bwalya, leader of the Alliance for Better Zambia party. “We are carrying the right message for the majority of the people who voted for the Patriotic Front on the understanding that they were going to improve governance record that they were going to respect human rights, improve the economy and create employment, all these things have not happened.” Bwalya says his new party...
(Lusaka Times 06/10/13)
The Zambia Union of Financial and Allied Workers has accused Blue Financial Services of externalizing funds from Zambia as it plans to hastily exit the Zambian market. ZUFIAW General Secretary Joyce Nonde-Simukoko has since called on the Bank of Zambia to closely watch the manner in which Blue Financial Services is externalizing funds. “These people are busy closing down branches and laying off workers at will. Government should watch these people closely, we believe they are just shipping out money and will soon close shop,” Mrs Nonde-Simukoko said. She said Blue Financial Services had initially intended to fire 58 workers but that the union refused and asked to negotiate. “In the middle of the negotiations, these people surprisingly started sending...

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