Thursday 14 December 2017
(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...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/20/13)
GOVERNMENT and the European Union (EU) have signed three contracts worth 135.2 million euros aimed at fostering development and economic growth in Zambia. The contracts are for the rehabilitation of the Great East Road from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami border in Chipata valued at 118.6 million euros and a memorandum of understanding for scaling up conservation farming at a cost of 11.1 million euros. The third contract is a 5.5 million euros financing agreement for capacity building for non-state actors. Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda signed on behalf of Government while EU development commissioner Andris Piebalgs signed for the commission at a ceremony held in Lusaka on Tuesday. Mr Chikwanda said the EU’s support to Zambia has been demand-driven and...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Zambia Daily mail 06/20/13)
MTN Zambia has pumped US$170, 000 (about KR935, 000) towards the hosting of the 2013 Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) Castle Senior Challenge Cup, which Zambia will host starting on July 6. The mobile telecommunications company has become the platinum sponsor for the regional tournament, which has SABMiller under the Castle brand as main sponsors. Both MTN Zambia and the COSAFA secretariat confirmed the development yesterday. MTN Zambia chief marketing officer Clement Asante pledged his company’s commitment to supporting football. Asante said in a statement issued in Lusaka that MTN Zambia is proud to take up the platinum sponsorship, which shows the company’s commitment to supporting football in Africa. “The COSAFA tournament is an important event on the...
(Business Day 06/20/13)
LUSAKA — Zambia, Africa’s top copper producer, plans to double its electricity generation capacity to 2,800 megawatts (MW) in 5-6 years to ensure adequate supply of power to the mines, an industry official said on Wednesday. Christopher Mubemba, the director of transmission development at state-owned Zesco, said at a mining and energy conference that the company planned to invest about $5.3bn in generation and transmission projects. Mr Mubemba 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 to invest about $5.3bn over the next five years and those...
(Zambia Reports 06/20/13)
Copperbelt Province Police Commissioner Mary Tembo has been implicated in a land grabbing scandal from a Ndola rural widow. According to sources, Tembo is alleged to have obtained the land from a widow named, Mrs. Longwe of Mukolwe village in Ndola rural’s Masaiti area and intimidated her if she ever attempted to resist. Tembo is reported to have used her senior position in the Police Service to throw her weight around and intimidate the government officials as well as prevail over the local chief in order to obtain the land. The source disclosed that as one of adult children of the widow attempted to resist the grabbing of land, he was slapped with tramp-up charges and thrown in police cells...
(The Post Online 06/20/13)
THE numerous by-elections have not caused any budget overrun because the government is using contingent funds provided for this year, says commerce deputy minister Miles Sampa. And Sampa says K17 billion has so far been spent on by-elections out of the K50 billion that was set aside for contingency purposes. And Sampa says Zambians should not be blackmailed by some mining firms that they would leave because of new laws being introduced to make them operate more transparently. Speaking yesterday at a Lusaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry-organised stakeholders' meeting, Sampa shielded the government from attacks that it had scrapped subsidies on fuel and mealie-meal to finance the numerous by-elections because it had run out of finances. He said it...
(Zambia Reports 06/20/13)
Defence minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba commonly known has GBM has called the PF aligned Post Newspaper for mounting a silent campaign to hound him out of the ruling party to create room for its anointed presidential successor Wynter Kabimba to take over from President Michale Sata. Mwamba has however said in apparent reference to its owner Fred M’membe and his cohorts like director of public prosecutions Mutembo Nchito that he will not succumb to their schemes which includes a smear campaign to tarnish his image. “Individuals and organisations planning for my downfall or hound me out of the Patriotic Front (PF) government will not succeed,” he said in an interview with the Daily Nation. The Post has pitted Mwamba against...

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