Thursday 27 July 2017
(Zambia Reports 05/23/13)
President Michael Sata’s government has backed down on its move to withdraw hardship and double class allowances for teachers after the union leaders threatened industrial action. Zambia National Union of Teachers Secretary General Newman Bubala said the decision to retain the allowances, which were withdrawn as part of President Sata’s sweeping economic changes that has resulted in scrapping off of subsidies across sectors, was arrived at after the four teacher unions met with government. The four unions are ZNUT, Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia, Secondary Schools Teachers Union and Professional Teachers Union of Zambia (PTUZ). Bubala said government had committed to clear out all outstanding allowances by next month end. Government had announced the withdrawal of rural hardship and...
(Times of Zambia 05/23/13)
THE Zambia Small-Scale Farmers Network (ZSSFN) says the removal of the subsidy on maize is based on reality and that the Government has to be firm in the implementation process. ZSSFN national coordinator Boyd Liambai said millers had been making huge profits at the expense of the masses. “We are pleased to note that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government wants to run affairs based on facts and truthfulness regardless of consequences that might arise from these actions. People should learn to face facts and stop pretending,” Mr Liambai said. Meanwhile, Global Partnership for Africa Development regional coordinator Edward Nsama said the fuel subsidy was not benefitting poor Zambians but only enriching those in the transport sector and other well-to-do people...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/23/13)
Government says it has only received about 108,000 bottles and still expects some more of the Anti-retroviral (ARV) drug Nevirapine which has been in short supply the past one month. After a Zambian watchdog exposure of the drug shortage, ministry of health (M.O.H) officials refuted the claim saying there were enough drugs but the rationing was due to the rehabilitation works at the Medical stores. But today national Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coordinator Dr. Albert Mwango told ZNBC that the drug had been in short supply. Dr. Mwango however said that 108,000 bottles have arrived in the country and delivered to medical stores for onward distribution to public health centres. He also said about 200,000 more bottles are expected in the...
(Times of Zambia 05/22/13)
ZAMBIA and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should come up with a solution to smuggling and trans-border crime that are undermining peace and security of the two neighbouring countries, Defence Permanent Secretary Rose Saukatula has said. Ms Saukatula said this during the opening of the eighth session of the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) here yesterday. The three-day meeting being attended by security wings from the two countries would deliberate on issues bordering on defence, public and state security between Zambia and the DRC. Ms Saukatula, who is the head of delegation for the Zambian team, urged the delegates to come up with solutions to the smuggling of goods and drugs and other trans-border crimes along the border post. “I...
(Times of Zambia 05/22/13)
FINLAND has given Zambia about KR100 million for two bilateral grants on implementation of the social cash transfer programme and poverty reduction budget support in the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP). The amended bilateral agreements for the poverty reduction budget support grant is 12 million euros (KR82.7 million) to run from 2013 to 2014. The social cash transfer programme is worth 2.1 million euros (KR14.5 million). Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda signed on behalf of the Zambian Government in Lusaka yesterday while visiting Finnish Development Cooperation Minister Heidi Hautala signed on behalf of her country. Ms Hautala said Finland was impressed with the remarkable strides the Zambian Government was making to foster economic growth “Zambia’s economic growth has been rapid, but...
(Zambia Reports 05/22/13)
Teacher ZambiaThe Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) has called on government to reinstate the rural hardship and double class allowances or face industrial action. ZNUT Lusaka District chairperson Richard Katongo said the arbitrary suspension of the allowances without notice amounted to discrimination on the hard working teachers. He said government should note that the allowances were a toughly negotiated entitlement that could not be withdrawn without consultation. But acting Education Minister Emelyn Kabanshi said government will only negotiate after it had concluded its investigations on the matter. She said there was no need for government to consult unions before suspending the allowances because the matter was straightforward. Kabanshi said government did not engage the unions to avoid cover ups...
(Zambia Reports 05/22/13)
The Patriotic Front government is struggling to disentangle itself from the revelation by deputy commerce minister Miles Sampa that there 90 days development promise were just campaign rhetoric. Sampa’s admission has been roundly condemned by a cross section of society and deputy home affairs Minister Nixon Chilangwa attempted to publicly wash it away by dismissing it as a slip of a tongue. Chilangwa told Chongwe District council officials that Sampa had erred in ‘revealing’ that the 90 days promise was just a campaign gimmick. “You see what Miles Sampa said on television was just a slip of a tongue,” claimed Chilangwa. Featuring on Muvi Television’s The Assignment Programme Sampa, who was pulverized by MMD director of communications in the president’s...
(Lusaka Times 05/22/13)
THE United States ambassadors to Zambia and Zimbabwe today began a three-day cross-border bike ride between the two countries to promote tourism. Ambassadors Mark Storella and Bruce Wharton, the US envoy to Zimbabwe were joined by diplomatic staff and celebrities from both countries including comedian Carl Joshua Ncube, ZiFM DJ Lorraine Bgoya and the reigning Miss USA Nana Meriwether, who is currently visiting Zambia. Ahead of the expedition, Ambassador Wharton said: “Zimbabwe and Zambia share one of the great natural wonders of the world: Victoria Falls. “With spectacular landscapes and wildlife, this area is truly a world treasure and should be protected and nurtured for future generations from every country to cherish. It is also the foundation for a growing...
(Times of Zambia 05/22/13)
FORMER Republican President Rupiah Banda’s son, Andrew says the US$25,000 and other money paid to AB Logistics was for his company for the services rendered to Fratelli Locci SRI Limited. Opening his defence before Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda yesterday, Andrew, who refused soliciting and receiving a two per cent gratification from Fratelli Locci, an Italian company contracted by the Road Development Agency (RDA), said among the services rendered were those of transportation. He told the court that he came to know the Locci family in 2006, way before his father became President, and that the issue of giving him two per cent for any services rendered to the company started some time back. Andrew also told the court...
(Zambia Reports 05/22/13)
Opposition Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba has condemned the behaviour by Patriotic Front cadres to manhandle two of his party’s members who were waiting for him at City Market. Patriotic Fronts youths manhandled MMD die hard youth chairperson Bowman Lusambo and his colleague Scorpion Kadobi who they whisked to an unknown place before handing them to the police after the situation deteriorated an hour later grinding business in the central business centre to a standstill. The MMD youths were waiting for their party president who was due to take a bus ride into Kanyama Constituency for a tour but the PF youths popped up and got physical beating up anybody suspected to be MMD. Police who...
(Zambia Reports 05/21/13)
Supporters of President Michael Sata’s ruling Patriotic Front government this morning attacked two journalists, one of whom is a female newscaster, after the two went to cover a story around illegal invasion of a piece of land in the capital Lusaka. The two assaulted journalists have been identified as senior newsroom staffer Kennedy Phiri and his counterpart Francesca Phiri-Banda. Banda is also one of the private television station’s newscasters. Muvi TV confirmed the attack but is yet to give more details regarding the condition of the journalists who were assaulted as well as the incident. “MUVI TV journalist: Kennedy Phiri and Francesca Phiri-Banda were physically assaulted after they had interviewed the owner of the ten hectares piece of land which...
(Times of Zambia 05/21/13)
PIGG’S PEAK –The Ministry of Health through the EPI has targeted immunising 146 483 children aged 0 to five years old. EPI is the Expanded Programme on Immunisation. All children from 0 to five years old are encouraged to come for vaccination regardless of their immunisation status. The campaign will run from June 11 to 15. EPI acting Programme Manager Nomsa Dube said children would be administered with the measles vaccine, oral polio vaccine, a capsule supplementation and de-worming tablets. She said the objective of the follow-up campaign was to reduce the build-up of vulnerable children and interrupt measles virus transmission. Around 25 per cent of children under one-year remain susceptible as the efficacy of measles coverage has been less...
(Zambia Reports 05/21/13)
Opposition People’s Party (PP) president Mike Mulongoti says spending beyond the budgeted K4 billion the for by-elections is illegal without parliament approval of the supplementary budget by parliament. And Mulongoti says it was strange for a president who was trying to save money to send over 80 ministers across the country to explain a flawed policy like the removal of subsidies. Featuring on Radio Phoenix’s Let The People Talk this morning, Mulongoti said the PF that had vigorously supported the 50 plus one vote whilst in opposition had now backtracked on its hardline stance. Mulongoti said the PF government was comfortable spending money from the treasury without any legal instrument backing their action. “Now the PF is saying they will...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/21/13)
Former deputy speaker of National Assembly Mutale Nalumango has described the ruling PF government as a product of deceit that promised people things they were not going to implement just because they wanted elected into office. And UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said the people of Zambia should brace for more suffering because the people in leadership have no plans to move the country forward. Speaking at the UPND Secretariat when she joined the UPND, Ms. Nalumango, who is also former Kaputa MP and first woman to occupy the highest office in parliament, said she was joining the UPND with a view to help the country out of the mess when the opposition party forms government. “As you can see,...
(Times of Zambia 05/21/13)
PRESIDENT Michael Sata has directed Cabinet and deputy ministers to explain Government’s resolve to remove subsidies on maize and fuel. Mr Sata, who issued the directive during a caucus meeting held at State House yesterday, urged the ministers to work with greater urgency and ensure that they engage people on Government’s decision to scrap the subsidies. He said ministers should assure the citizens that the bold steps were meant to facilitate practical and equitable allocation of national wealth among the people. “Let’s tell the people that these reforms are designed to produce a better financial system that breeds sufficient jobs; a fair distribution of income and opportunities in favour of the poor, who are the majority of our population,” the...
(Lusaka Times 05/21/13)
The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) says it is confident of scooping all the five forth-coming parliamentary by-elections . UPND Secretary General Winston Chibwe said the party is geared for the polls in five constituencies in Chipata Central, Feira, Kafulafuta,Mkushi Central and Solwezi East.Mr. Chibwe said UPND has an upper hand over the MMD and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in the forth-coming by-elections. Mr. Chibwe predicted that the UPND his will amass more votes compared to the PF because the people in these areas have now decided to support the Hakainde Hichilema and the entire UPND because of good policies enshrined in the party manifesto. “This time around the ruling PF will tumble in rural areas because...
(International Business Times 05/21/13)
A troubling ruling by Zambia's highest court provides yet more evidence of creeping autocracy in Zambia, where, as Chuck Parnell finds out, attacks on judicial independence are part of a larger push for total control of state power. Zambia's current political climate is shaped by 22 years of multi-party contestation for power and most recently the election of President Michael Sata's Patriotic Front (PF) party into power following largely free and fair elections in September 2011. Positive sentiment towards the new government provided an extended honeymoon for the PF as they embarked upon a program of government intended to fulfil many ambitious campaign promises aimed at creating jobs, reducing corruption and putting more money into the hands of poor Zambians...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/21/13)
Justice minister Wynter Kabimba has refused to address the protesting Mulungushi university students, for fear of being lynched by the irate students who have accused the PF of irresponsibility in running the country. And management at the institution amid heavy police presence, have tried but in vain to persuade fourth year students to sit for their exams with only 8 out of the over 150 students bowing to pressure. The students at the country’s third public university who ran amok last Friday have since written to Kabimba to come and address them on the PF’s policies that are likely to subject the nation to misery, thereby making it difficult for their sponsors to pay for their fees since they dont...
( 05/18/13)
PRESIDENT Michael Sata has ordered the immediate arrest of University of Zambia (UNZA) students who protested over the removal of fuel and maize subsidies in Lusaka yesterday. Mr Sata also directed that the unruly students should be expelled from UNZA with immediate effect. He said this in Chongwe yesterday during the commissioning of the construction of Palabana University. The President said he had information that opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema had sponsored the students to engage in unruly behaviour. “Today some opposition leaders like HH (Hakainde Hichilema) are taking money to buy students from UNZA to cause trouble at Arcades and on the Copperbelt. “To this end, I ask you Minister of Education (John Phiri),...
(Times of Zambia 05/18/13)
CHIPOLOPOLO coach Herve Renard has omitted regular assistant national team goalkeeper Joshua Titima from his 24-member squad of local players to face Namibia in an international friendly set for May 24. The match is a preparatory training ahead of the June 8, 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Lesotho and Sudan a week later at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

 Renard is expected to name the final squad to play Lesotho and Sudan after the Namibia friendly in Windhoek.

 Titima, who came in as a replacement for Kennedy Mweene during the match against Lesotho on March 24 is not in the squad that has seen three goalkeepers namely Rabson Mucheleng’anga from Nchanga Rangers, Davey Kaumbwa from Green Buffaloes and...

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