Monday 21 August 2017
(Lusaka Times 06/04/13)
Acting President Hon Edgar Lungu has said government has received with pain and anguish the death of nine people in the Kavalamanja-Feira Road Traffic Accident. Hon Lungu who is also Home Affairs Minister said the accident was tragic and heart breaking not only to government but the country as a whole. The Acting President in his message of condolences to the families of the nine people who died said he was awfully saddened at the loss of more innocent lives in yet another road accident. “Allow me on behalf of government and indeed on my own behalf to convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved families. We pray that the Almighty God will console and give strength to the bereaved...
(UKzambians 06/04/13)
PRESIDENT Michael Sata says that Zambia has registered an improvement in foreign direct investment inflows as a result of improved investor confidence and perception. And Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lashed out at Europe and America over their non-empowerment of Africans out of the extractive resources. During the third plenary session of the ongoing Tokyo Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) chaired by former Japanese prime minister Kiro Mori at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre, President Sata said Zambia had implemented a strategic action initiative for economic development aimed at creating a platform for the country’s economic diversification by attracting significant domestic and foreign direct investments from 2006 to 2012. “Japan has continued to be a major player in...
(Lusaka Times 06/04/13)
President Michael Sata has advised Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) President Nevers Mumba to put his act together and perform his mandated role as an opposition leader. Reacting to claims by MMD President Nevers Mumba that the ruling PF was behind the recent troubles that had engulfed the former ruling party, President Sata , in a press statement by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations George Chellah, advised Dr. Mumba to put his act together and perform his mandated role as an opposition leader. “Baseless and wild accusations against the ruling party and the Government, is in itself a mark of a failed leadership. Thus, let my dear brother be brave and face these self-inflicted problems,” President said...
(Lusaka Times 06/04/13)
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Wynter Kabimba has ordered the Lusaka District and Matero Constituency party leadership to investigate the violence that rocked the Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA) in Matero last Friday. In another development Mr Kabimba has written to MMD leader Nevers Mumba to furnish the Police with evidence that the PF had formed a militia group. Dr Mumba during press briefing on Sunday this week alleged that the ruling party had formed a militia group to silence its political critics through violent attacks. On the BIGOCA violence, Mr Kabimba said it is unacceptable for any individual to use violence as a means of settling political differences as such a conduct is contrary to the policy of...
(Business Day 06/04/13)
THE Bond and Derivatives Exchange of Zambia, which becomes only the second derivatives exchange on the continent, is to open for simulated trading next Wednesday, ahead of live trading from July 11.This move will be followed with the start of trading on the Nairobi Securities exchange’sderivatives exchange for the East African region next month — a further sign that trading activity in Africa is gaining significant traction. There has been no functioning derivatives exchange in the East Africa until now, but the Nairobi Securities Exchange has been one of the best performers worldwide in the past 12 months, with growth of 31%. "We believe this to be a significant step as it would be the precursor to the Zambian derivatives...
(BBC News Africa 06/04/13)
Attorneys for former Zambian President Rupiah Banda plan to ask the High Court Tuesday to release his passport so he can travel to a conference in South Africa. “Today, hopefully, we get a hearing before a judge and hopefully the judge will be able to make a decision on the same day due to the urgency of the matter,” said attorney Sakwiba Sikota. A lower court referred the case to the High Court Monday after the government argued that it did not have jurisdiction over Banda’s petition. Banda’s passport was confiscated by the government’s Joint Investigations Team, which recently charged him with graft. Some officials of the administration are against the release of the passport after saying the former leader...
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(Xinhuanet 06/03/13)
Zambian President Michael Sata said Africa has been made into a "guinea pig" in the last 50 years by developed nations that pretend to help transform the continent, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Monday. "In the last 50 years Africa has been made a guinea pig, we have all the resources, people come and take all our resources and we are having a conference here to help Africa," Sata was quoted as saying by the paper in remarks made during the on-going Fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD V) in Yokohama, Japan. Sata, who is known for raising controversies at international meetings, said while Africa knows its problems, developed nations have used the continent as a "guinea...
(Times of Zambia 06/03/13)
DEFENCE Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has urged the Church to supplement Government’s efforts in sensitising people on the benefits to be derived from the removal of fuel and maize subsidies.Mr Mwamba said this when he officiated at the Christian Faith Mission Centre Fundraising Dinner at Government Complex in Lusaka on Friday where he also pledged KR20, 000 to the church in his personal capacity.The minister said the Church had a biblical mandate to work with the Government. “The Patriotic Front Government is committed to enhancing cordial relations with the Church because the Church is the custodian of God’s love in accordance with the Holy Scripture and in accordance with the Commandments of God’s love to all the people,” he said in...
(Times of Zambia 06/03/13)
POLICE in Lusaka are vigorously searching for youths who stormed the Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA) in Matero on Friday and disrupted a ‘Black Friday’ meeting organised by some civil society, politicians and some church leaders. Meanwhile, BIGOCA overseer Peter Ndhlovu said he was bitter over the incident and that his church would support the Government of the day. Dockets had been opened after two people reported being assaulted on Friday and were issued with police medical forms to enable them seek medication. Lusaka Province Police chief Joyce Kasosa said police had made progress in the investigations as they were now in possession of a video tape which they would view to ascertain what transpired. She, however, said police...
(Zambia Online News 06/03/13)
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 judicial review tribunal chaired by the Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa.By a vote of 4 to 7, the Supreme Court ruled to advise that the judicial review tribunal was not necessary, however they did not go so far as to “order” that the president could not carry on with the initiative. President Sata acted within his constitutional powers to form the tribunal, the court ruled, although they recommended to him that he should not proceed given the constitutional issues raised by the tribunal. However, according to the...
(Zambia Online News 06/03/13)
Open Society Foundation (OSF) has observed that Father Frank Bwalya’s appearance on the political scene is a distortion and misrepresentation of the leadership that has been build on the foundations being laid by President Michael Sata. OSF Executive Director Sunday Chanda says Father Bwalya falls short of the transformational leadership qualities that can be relied on to continue to inspire future generations of Zambians to remain relevant to their countries. Mr. Chanda also noted that Father Bwalya’s quest for power has led him to announce the birthing of yet another political party when Zambians have indicated their fatigue with the multiplicity of political parties.He further observed that it would be naive for existing political parties to embrace Father Bwalya’s U-turn...
(Zambia Reports 06/03/13)
Nine opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters are feared dead in Luangwa's Feira constituency. The nine are said to have died in a road traffic accident in an area called Kavalamanja around 20:00 hours this evening after attending a rally to drum up support for their candidate Eularia Zulu in the June 20 by-election.Reports obtained by Zambia Reports indicate that the nine supporters were in a truck when the driver lost control leading to the fatal accident. Feira constituency will hold polls on June 20 after former MMD lawmaker Patrick Ngoma was enticed to join the ruling party. Ngoma is one of the MMD MPs that was serving as a deputy minister before he officially resigned. Former permanent...
(Daily Nation 06/03/13)
An intensified campaign to have Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda removed from the PF government and replace him with his counterpart in the former MMD administration Ng’andu Magande has been exposed. But when contacted Mr Magande expressed ignorance on the matter saying he had not heard anything with regards to such an appointment. He said “these offers have to be considered. One needs to take a lot of serious consideration before making any decision. I can’t say whether I will accept the position because it has not been mentioned to me”. Highly placed officials at Cabinet Office told the Daily Nation that Mr Chikwanda was being implicated in fabricated road contracts in which he was supposed to have been involved. Mr...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Bloomberg 06/01/13)
Zambia’s central bank increased its benchmark interest rate for the first time in seven months to curb accelerating inflation. The policy rate was raised by 25 basis points to 9.5 percent, the Lusaka-based Bank of Zambia said in an e-mailed statement today. “The committee anticipates upward risks to inflation during the month of June 2013, mainly arising from the recent increase in the pump price of fuel, coupled with the lagged effects of the recent exchange-rate depreciation,” the bank said in an e-mailed statement. Consumer prices in Africa’s biggest copper producer accelerated for the first time this year to 7 percent in May from a year earlier compared with 6.5 percent the previous month, the country’s Central Statistics Office said...
(Lusaka Times 06/01/13)
Minister of Heath Joseph Kasonde has disclosed that Zambia was among many countries in the world that have embraced the World Health Organization (WHO) framework convention on tobacco control. Dr. Kasonde said Zambia has since enacted and continue to enforce national and local smoke free measures to protect its people against exposure to conditions that were harmful to human health. The Minister said he will submit the proposal to ban tobacco sponsorship, promotion and advertising in Zambia to cabinet. He said this today during the commemoration of world no tobacco day celebrations in Lusaka. He also revealed that the global statistic show that six million tobacco related deaths occur every year in the world. Dr. Kasonde stated that out of...
(Zambia Reports 06/01/13)
The Zambian government has moved to coerce mining giant Konkola Copper Mines not to lay off 2000 workers or face closure so that the Patriotic Front takes over like the case with Zambia Railways Limited and Zamtel. Mines minister Yamfwa Mukanga said government would take over the mine if KCM insisted on retrenching the workers. Mukanga told journalists in Kitwe that government would not be held to ransom. "We do not expect any surprises because in this business there are no surprises if they insist, I am telling them that we have the capacity to run business and the mines," he said. But Zambia Chamber of Mines has cautioned government against taking a confrontational stance. "If you are running any...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Africa has called for China's deeper involvement in its environmental and security affairs, saying that Beijing has become more than just Africa's "political ally", a senior official of Zambia's ruling party said on Thursday. Wynter Kabimba, secretary-general of the Zambia Patriotic Front, said China is a country to learn from in terms of development and is giving hope to the African continent. "We can learn how China developed so rapidly and lifted people out of poverty within a short period of time," and meanwhile put environmental protection at the center of the country's development strategy, said Kabimba. His remarks come days after the conclusion of the 21st African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Reports said that the AU highlighted...

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