Thursday 25 May 2017
(UKzambians 03/07/13)
LAFARGE Cement Plc has forecast market growth for cement this year after posting an increase in 2012 profits. And Standard Chartered bank managed to increase its profits for a 10th consecutive time last year despite being hit by a huge fine for breaking sanctions on Iran. The country’s largest cement manufacturer confirmed that its profits after tax increased to K296 billion in 2012 from K226 billion the previous year. Company secretary Harriet Kapekele explained that domestic demand – which pushed profits up – was strong especially in second half of the year. “Export markets remained robust with good sales volumes into the DRC and Burundi as well,” she added. The cement maker, which adjusted cement prices in line with input...
(UKzambians 03/07/13)
ZAMBIA should urgently re-negotiate its bilateral tax treaty with Ireland to halt multinationals flying the money out of this economy, says ActionAid. The charity, which recently documented alleged tax avoidance practices by Zambia Sugar – findings that have been disputed by the company – said Zambia could do well to learn from countries that have renegotiated or even cancelled bilateral tax treaties in a bid to stop such ‘treaty shopping’ behaviour by multinationals. Indonesia cancelled its tax treaty with Mauritius in 2004 to stop such ‘treaty shopping’ by Indonesian companies while Mongolia also took the same route on the tax treaty with the Netherlands in December 2012. Pamela Chisanga, ActionAid Zambia country director, said countries like Indonesia have thus been...
(Zambian Watchdog 03/07/13)
The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested PF music director Dandy crazy who resides Kitwe for trafficking in cannabis. Drug Enforcement Commission,Public Relations Officer, Samuel Silomba said in a statement that: “Moses Wesley Chibamba, 36, popularly known as ‘Dandy Crazy’ a musician residing at house No. 4817 Ndeke village, Kitwe, had been arrested for trafficking in 14g of cannabis concealed in the pocket of his trousers and also in the compartment of his unregistered Toyota Progress which had since been seized by the Commission. The suspect was apprehended in Luanshya, on the Copperbelt Province.” Silomba is the musician who composed the pro-corruption song ‘Donchi Kubeba’ which is the officiaL song for the PF.
(Zambian Watchdog 03/07/13)
Even before a report is done and formally presented to the Commonwealth Secretariat, The Post newspaper today cleared the Zambian government of wrong in the area of human rights abuses in Zambia. Quoting sources close to the Commonwealth team that is currently on a fact finding mission on the petition raised against the PF government, the Post says the Commonwealth team has assured the (PF) government that the petition presented by opposition political parties did not contain serious issues to worry about. The newspaper which is an accomplice in the on-going human rights abuses in the Zambia, quotes government sources as having put their case, one of them being the bitterness the opposition have shown ever since they lost elections...
(Lusaka Times 03/07/13)
United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema says Zambians must rise to the occasion and restore integrity in the country’s politics. Speaking in an interview with Qfm News, Mr. Hichilema said Zambians have an important role to play in cleaning up the political system, which he said has been dented by greedy and irrelevant leaders. Mr. Hichilema said the ongoing developments on Zambian political scene have clearly exposed the PF’s lack of understanding of the ideals of a politically plural society. He said it is unfortunate that the PF government is preoccupied with a self propensity of political dominance in the country at the expense of development. The UPND leader said politics demands dedication and leadership and should...
(Lusaka Times 03/07/13)
Zambezi West UPND Member of Parliament Charles Kakoma says the writings on the wall are clear that the country will experience severe food shortage this year.Mr. Kakoma said what the PF government should be looking at now, is for the importation of maize because it is too late to set records straight this farming season. Speaking to QFM News, Mr. Kakoma said the looming hunger in the country can mainly be attributed to the poor management of the agriculture sector by government.He stated that the other factor that will contribute to poor maize yields is the heavy rain that hit most parts of the country, including his constituency.Mr. Kakoma said the only solution to addressing the situation is by putting...
(Zambia Reports 03/06/13)
Police in Kabwe have shamed government’s denial of the death of Mukobeko Maximum Prison’s by officers by initiating investigations to identify the possible murderers. Vice-President Guy Scott recently denied the death of eight in-mates at Mukobeko Maximum Prison but Kabwe Central Hospital has confirmed receiving ‘Brought In Dead’ bodies (BIDs) from the prison recently. Some relatives of the deceased have since identified the prisoners who were subjected to torture that led to excruciating death of the in-mates following a prison break which led to the escape of three convicts. Kabwe criminal investigations officers have since visited Kabwe General Hospital and Mukobeko Maximum Prison tp identify the culprits that are likely to be charged with murder and establish a credible case...
(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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