| Africatime
Thursday 27 April 2017
(Zambia Reports 03/06/13)
Sudan have lost top spot in its 2014 World Cup qualifying group after sport’s highest court stripped a victory against Zambia for fielding an ineligible player. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it rejected the Sudanese Football Association’s appeal against a FIFA ruling to award Zambia a 3-0 win by default. According to MTNfootball.com, CAS says Sudanese officials “couldn’t not be aware of the fact that” Saif Ali was suspended and ineligible to face Zambia last June. Ali scored in Sudan’s 2-0 win in Khartoum, four months after being sent off when the same teams played an African Cup of Nations quarterfinal. The court’s ruling puts Zambia top with six points from two matches, three ahead of Ghana. Sudan...
(Zambia Reports 03/06/13)
Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard has announced 19 players for the 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier against Lesotho on March 23. According to fazfootball.com, Renard says his list was still incomplete as he still needed to name four more players to bring the total number of players to 23. Veteran defender Joseph Musonda is suspended for this match and has not been named while five regular call ups are missing. Felix Katongo, James Chamanga, Noah Chivuta, Francis Kasonde and Danny Munyao will not be part of the team. The five were part of the Chipolopolo side that made the list for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Zambia, the 2012 African champions, were disastrously booted out of the 2013 Africa Cup...
(Allafrica 03/04/13)
KENYAN authorities have finally cleared more than ten trucks carrying Zambian sugar destined for that country which were marooned at Namanga on the Tanzanian border after a three-week delay, Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent secretary Stephen Mwansa has confirmed. And Government has lifted the tariff charge which was slapped on all goods imported from Kenya, in an apparent response to the decision by customs authorities not to allow entry of Zambian sugar into that country Mr Mwansa said in an interview in Lusaka at the weekend that, the trucks were released on Monday last week. The trucks carrying Zambian sugar destined for the Kenyan market were marooned at the border despite Zambia Sugar Plc meeting all export regulations including the...
(Allafrica 03/04/13)
Zambia announced on Wednesday that it had revoked the licences for a controversial Chinese-owned coal mine in the south of the country in response to violations of safety and environmental laws and a failure to pay mineral royalties. Mining minister Yamfwa Mukanga said the government had taken over the mines and would operate them "until a suitable investor is found". The decision highlights the sometimes troubled relationship between China and Zambia. Zambia is one of the largest recipients of Chinese investment in Africa, but relations between the two countries have been strained by worker protests against Chinese management practices. Mine-workers in the mineral rich copperbelt, the centre of Chinese investment, have frequently demonstrated against low wages and poor working conditions...
( 03/01/13)
Prominent Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has been freed on bail after pleading not guilty to a charge of inciting violence. He was arrested on Tuesday following the killing of governing party member Harrison Chanda a day earlier. A crowd allegedly killed Mr Chanda in Livingstone town, ahead of a by-election that has now been postponed. Zambia is a largely stable democracy, though some violence flares up during elections, correspondents say. A court in Livingstone freed Mr Hichilema, the leader of the United Party for National Development (UPND), on $400 (£263) bail, reports the BBC's Mutuna Chanda from the capital, Lusaka. 'Axe attack' He pleaded not guilty to a charge of inciting violence. Another seven people have been charged with...
( 03/01/13)
Following the murder of a political party official and the postponement of parliamentary elections, Zambia’s Catholic bishops have joined Protestant leaders in condemning election-related violence. “We are extremely disturbed and greatly saddened by the violence and the loss of precious life in the heat of the recent campaigns,” according to a joint statement of the Council of Churches in Zambia, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, and Zambia Episcopal Conference. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the deceased and all victims of violence,” the statement continued. “At the same time, we condemn in the strongest terms possible, any form of political and electoral violence … Is this the level our politics has come to? Is this the path...
(BBC News Africa 03/01/13)
FROM BEHIND THE wheel of an air-conditioned car on the Great North Road bisecting northern Zambia it is easy to argue that Africa can be wealthy and well-governed. The country’s road system is so good that many visitors hire a car and drive themselves. The police are benign and rest stops are plentiful. The same goes for much of southern Africa. Lines of tarmac unspool in all directions across fertile savannahs and open deserts. Most roads have been financed with what is found below them: a wealth of minerals and metals. Ever since the arrival of Cecil Rhodes more than a century ago, local miners have generated immense wealth and inspired successive eras of Afro-optimism. From colonial railways to modern...
(VOA News 02/26/13)
Zambian Vice President Guy Scott has rejected criticism that President Michael Sata and leading members of the ruling Patriot Front (PF) entered politics to enrich themselves. Scott says members of the administration are working hard to better the lives of all Zambians irrespective of their political affiliation. In an interview with VOA, Vice President Scott says senior officials of the government are not interested in amassing wealth – a charge being made by members of the opposition. “I can tell you that the party was founded on the premise to serve the people of Zambia, which sounds a bit corny. But we haven’t gone into this business to make money,” Scott said. “In fact, we would have been much better...
( 02/26/13)
The Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has denied it transferred and registered players while they were banned for match-fixing in Finland. Fifa has opened an investigation into the matter, which involves eight players who were allegedly transferred without an international transfer certificate and outside of the registration period. Football's world governing body has said that "at least four of the eight players apparently played in official matches in Zambia despite being suspended on a worldwide basis." The Zambian players were banned from all football-related activity by the Finnish federation for two years from April 2011 for match-fixing and unsporting behaviour. Fifa subsequently extended the ban worldwide. Eric Mwanza, Faz's communications manager and spokesman, told BBC Sport that the body did...
(Afreeknews 02/26/13)
When last did news depicting prevailing living standards grab a front page headline? Or a headline where politicians debated alternative policies on how to best alleviate poverty in this country? The previous most extensive debate on people's wellbeing could have been concerning the 2013 budget (or was it Zambia's USD 750m?). Nowadays such discussions are in short supply among politicians - almost non-existent. Of late, intra and inter-party politics have taken the centre stage in Zambia. This is not to suggest that political activity at that level is itself undesirable. Rather, there is a certain extent to which politicking approaches detrimental levels. Indicators on current political landscape seem to be pointing out that our politics may be headed in that...
( 02/26/13)
Feb 19 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's state utility ZESA said it had started paying a $70 million debt to Zambia, a necessary step before the two nations can embark on a joint 1,600 megawatt hydroelectric plant, which could help relieve a power shortage. The two southern African countries have started preliminary work on the Batoka power project, estimated to cost $2.5 billion, and expected to be built and operated by a private company for a period of years before transferring ownership to the two states. Zimbabwe, which currently generates just over 1,000 MW of power or about half of peak demand, has struggled to get funding for new projects to expand capacity, largely due to concerns about President Robert Mugabe's handling...
( 02/26/13)
Zambia has increased the cost of its mining licences in order to bring them in line with other countries, its mines minister said on Friday. The fees for large-scale mining and change of control licences have been increased to 28,800 kwacha ($5,400) from 1,800 kwacha ($340) from this month, Yamfwa Mukanga said in a statement. The increase is also expected to deter speculators from buying land in Africa's top copper producer. "We want to ensure that only serious investors get these licences," Mukanga said. Foreign mining companies operating in Zambia include Canada's First Quantum Minerals, London-listed Vedanta Resources and Glencore of Switzerland.

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