Monday 26 June 2017
(Times of Zambia 05/14/13)
THE Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) has asked Government to standardise electricity tariffs for the agriculture sector in line with what is being offered to the mining industry. ZNFU president Jervis Zimba said it was important for the Government to re-examine the proposed increase in electricity tariffs, saying that no increase should be granted until the preferential tariffs currently extended to the mines were standardised with all other sectors including agriculture. Mr Zimba said the farmers are worried about Zesco’s recent application to adjust its electricity tariffs upwards by 26 per cent on average, because it would impact negatively on the agriculture sector. By MAIMBOLWA MULIKELELA
(Zambian Eye 05/14/13)
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested former cabinet minister in the MMD Government Newstead Zimba for allegedly assaulting his wife, Naomi. Lusaka Province police commissioner Joyce Kasosa confirmed Mr Zimba’s arrest, which took place last Friday. Mr Zimba was released on police bond on Saturday and is expected to appear in court this Thursday. Ms Kasosa said the former cabinet minister allegedly assaulted his wife after a marital dispute. She, however, declined to divulge further details on the matter as it will soon be in court. “Yes, I want to confirm that Mr Zimba was arrested on Friday and he was released on Saturday after interrogations. He will be appearing in court soon,” Ms Kasosa said. Mr Zimba, who is also...
(UKzambians 05/14/13)
MAAMBA Collieries Limited (MCL) has set aside US$4 million as compensation funds for 100 households that are expected to be displaced to pave way for the construction of the pipeline. The pipeline is meant to supply water to the thermal power plant which is currently under construction in Sinazongwe. About 100 households that are sitting on land earmarked for the pipeline construction will be displaced. This is according to a statement released by MCL head of corporate affairs Janardhan Lavu after Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe toured the mine on Saturday last week. MCL also says it is constructing 60 houses for the displaced families. “The company has started building more advanced houses compared to the existing structures for the...
(UKzambians 05/13/13)
Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba has said calls for Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa to go back to his country are misplaced and unjustified. Mr Kabimba said those criticising Judge Chikopa’s engagement to head the tribunal to probe the conduct of three suspended judges, did not mean well for the country but portrayed cheap politicking on issues of national interest. Mr Kabimba was reacting to Heritage Party leader, Godfrey Miyanda who said that Judge Chikopa should go back to Malawi and that his stay in the country was a cost to government. “When the tribunal was not sitting, General Miyanda was among those that called for his return to Malawi and now that the tribunal has been given a go-ahead, he is...
(Times of Zambia 05/13/13)
THE Government will recapitalise financial institutions to enable them sustain the crusade of lowering the cost of borrowing money by the business sector, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has said. Mr Chikwanda said Government would recapitalise financial institutions to desirable levels as a way of moving the economy forward and ensuring that measures were taken to lower costs of borrowing money in Zambia. Speaking in Nakonde during the official opening of the 65th Zanaco branch at the weekend, the Finance minister said the low levels of development in Zambia and Africa, originated from the absence of institutions which promoted growth at bearable costs. “We will recapitalise the financial institutions under the ambit of Government to desirable levels to sustain the crusade...
(Zambia Reports 05/13/13)
The government is trying to coerce millers not to hike mealie meal prices following the recent 15 per cent rise of fuel rates in Zambia by refuting reports that the Millers Association of Zambia had written to the government proposing a 35 per cent increase in the staple food. According to Agriculture deputy Minister Greyford Monde, the government had not received correspondence from the Millers Association of Zambia in which the millers want to hike the price of the staple food. But the Millers association of Zambia has said the proposal was delivered the government last week. The government is wary that price hikes in the staple food may instigate social unrest and the make the Patrotic Front (PF) regime...
(Times of Zambia 05/13/13)
FOLLOWING the 21 per cent hike in fuel prices, the Millers Association of Zambia (MAZ) has proposed to the Government to also increase mealie meal prices by 21 per cent. MAZ president Allan Sakala said due to the high fuel prices, millers had proposed to increase the mealie-meal prices by same margin and have called for a meeting with Government this week to discuss the matter further. In an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Sakala said his association had since written to the Minister of Agriculture Robert Sichinga on the proposed mealie meal price increases. Mr Sakala said the wholesale price for mealie-meal was likely to go up to KR67 and retail would be selling at KR70. “Due to the...
(Zambia Reports 05/13/13)
There is a standoff between President Michael Sata and Bemba Chiefs following Sata’s decision to de-gazette senior Chief Mwamba of Kasama district. Following Sata’s decision to de-gazette senior Chief Mwamba, a special meeting of elders convened under the Bemba Traditional Council held in Mungwi district on Saturday and resolved to ignore the President’s decision to ban Senior Chief Mwamba. Last week, Sata de-gazetted senior Chief Mwamba alleging that the traditional ruler was not properly installed, but it has been realised that senior Chief Mwamba had been a critic of the President. The president had instructed Chiefs and Traditional Affairs minister Nkandu Luo to delete senior Chief Mwamba’s credentials from the House of Chiefs and suspend all his emoluments and allowances...
(Times of Zambia 05/13/13)
THE Government and the Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) have enough funding and support to successfully host the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly, Tourism and Arts Deputy Minister David Phiri has said. Mr Phiri said yesterday that his ministry and ZTB would, therefore, successfully co-host the UNWTO with Zimbabwe in August, this year. The deputy minister said this during the opening ceremony of the 2013 Tourism Indaba at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. He said having been privileged to have served in the ministry in the current and previous Government, he could easily compare the levels of funding to the tourism sector between the two administrations. This is contained in a statement released by Zambia’s...
(Zambia Reports 05/13/13)
National Movement for Progress (NMP) president Ng’andu Magande says Zambia is slowly slipping into a dictatorship under the Patriotic Front. Featuring on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview programme, Magande said he was disappointed that young people had shown lack of principle by easily defecting to the ruling party causing unnecessary by-elections. “We are getting back to the old days of the one party state where clearly it was said at a mass rally that if you do not vote for us we will not bring development. Now that is not supposed to be in our democratic dispensation,” said the former finance minister between 2002 and 2008. He said the culture of intolerance that is being championed by the PF government that has...
(Times of Zambia 05/13/13)
THE 2013 Africa Progress Report has revealed that Zambia collected only US $240 million in tax revenue from the mines out of $10 billion that the mineral exports generated in 2011. The figure which exposes the unfair tax regime against resource-rich countries in Africa represents only 2.4 per cent of the total export value of Zambia’s major export earner. The report notes that Africa had not obtained commensurate compensation from exploitation of its mineral resources although many countries were realigning their tax regimes. “The revenues secured by many resource-rich countries appear to be very low in relation to the value of exports, and compared with international standards,” states the annual report launched on Friday by former United Nations (UN) secretary...
(Swazi Observer 05/13/13)
SWAZILAND Tourism Authority Board Chairman Zacharia Dlamini has urged politicians within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to speed up the process of introducing a UNIVISA for tourists’ easy access to the region. Dlamini was speaking during an interview at the Tourism Indaba held in Durban, South Africa. He said the status quo was frustrating and resulted in potential tourists not visiting some countries in the region. He said as players in the hospitality industry they felt the effects of the visa problem. “One can just appeal to the region’s governments to give the issue the attention it deserves because our efforts to promote our countries at such forums are dealt a huge blow by this problem,” he said. Dlamini...
(UKzambians 05/13/13)
I want to comment on the removal of subsidies.It is interesting to note that when the PF came into power they looked for something that would keep the peoples spirit high.They carefully looked at fuel and Made it appear as if the MMD was reckless on prices and that they were punishing the Zambian people.They then reduced the prices by way of subsidies but never told the people how they managed to reduce. In the quest to impress the government workers they increase their salaries without knowing where they would get money to fulfill their promise.They pushed the increment to September so that they would look around for the money. What has happened is to get back to fuel subsidy.Its...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/10/13)
Africa's economic development is being held back by a "hemorrhage" of illicit financial flows, which may be getting worse, the African Development Bank said on Friday, calling for reforms to stem the losses. A draft report to be presented at the AfDB's annual meeting in Morocco later this month shows net resource outflows from Africa totaling up to $1.4 trillion over the 30-year period to 2009, far exceeding inflows to the continent. Illicit financial flows were "the main driving force" behind $1.2-1.3 trillion of the three-decade net drain, it said. This is about four times Africa's current external debt and almost equivalent to its current GDP. "The trend is continuing, it could even be increasing," AfDB Chief Economist Mthuli Ncube...
(Zambia Reports 05/10/13)
Millers have given the Patriotic Front government up to next week to meet their demand to increase the mealie meal prices by 23 percent. Government has gone mute on the highly politically charged subject of mealie meal after millers wrote to Agriculture Minister Bob Sichinga on the proposed increase following a recent increase in fuel prices. Miller Association of Zambia president Allan Sakala said the millers would increase the prices without government consent of the ministry of agriculture continues to ignore them. “We wrote a letter to government but they have shown that they are unconcerned. We are waiting upon them but as you know we have continued to incur costs as a result of increased fuel prices,” Sakala said...
(Zambia Reports 05/10/13)
In what was regarded as a crucial decision for the future of Zambia’s judiciary, today the Supreme Court issued a narrow and ambiguous decision allowing President Michael Sata the discretion to form a special tribunal chaired by the Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa. The 100-page ruling took some four hours to read by Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda. Amid confusion from some premature reports from the courtroom, Justice Chibesakunda’s key determination was that judicial review could not halt a tribunal, as it was an independent body that could grant the suspended judges the right to be heard. By a vote of 4 to 7, the Supreme Court resolved to advise the government against the formation of a such a tribunal as it...
(Lusaka Times 05/10/13)
Republican President Michael Sata has cautioned State Counsels against criticizing government in the public. President Sata said this at a swearing-in ceremony at State house this morning. President said that criticizing the state in public does not portray a good picture to the Zambian people and the outside world at large. He said that he will not hesitate to revoke the status of State counsel on lawyers who are in the habit of criticizing government in public. Mr Sata stated that State Counsels are supposed to advise government and not to be critics of government. And President Sata has called on those posted to serve in the Foreign Service to make their presence known in their respective missions of service...
(Zambia Reports 05/10/13)
Henry Banda, the son of the former President Rupiah Banda, has been cleared by Interpol and removed from their system after the government of Zambia failed to present charges or evidence over the past 16 months, according to a an article published in the Mail & Guardian newspaper. According to documentation cited by the newspaper, no details of the charges were ever released and no legal case for extradition was presented to South Africa, despite numerous requests from Banda’s lawyers. Interpol confirmed that an investigation into the case notes had “raised strong doubts concerning compliance with Interpol rules” on behalf of the Patriotic Front government, the article states. “There never were any formal charges. From inception, it has been obvious...
(Zambia Reports 05/10/13)
Human rights activist Brebner Changala has described the Supreme Court judgement on the setting up of a tribunal to investigate three judges as a sham of an event that would not last in the books of law. Changala said in Lusaka that it was clear from the onset that the judgement, which was delivered by acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda was meant to protect friends of President Michael Sata and not to serve the people of Zambia, especially the majority poor. “How does a judge get penalized while performing his judicial duties? This is now a task for our law fraternity and the concerned citizens to defend the judiciary and the young democracy. This judgement will definitely not stand in...
(The Zimbabwe Mail 05/10/13)
HARARE - Robert Mugabe met the beleaguered Zambian Vice President Mr Guy Scott at State House in Harare yesterday to finalise the and agreement for his party to import 150 000 tonnes of maize from that country which will be used for campaign. Last year The Zimbabwe Mail reported that Zambian Food Reserve Agency (FRA) signed a US$42.5 million contract with a shadowy Zimbabwean company linked to State Security agency CIO, Sakunda Trading of Zimbabwe for the sale of 300, 000 metric tonnes of maize in a deal believed to be a secret pact between President Mugabe and his Zambian counter-part Michael Sata. Zambian President Michea Sata has pledged his backing for Robert Mugabe re-election. FRA public relations officer Mwamba...

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