Monday 11 December 2017
(News Day 05/28/13)
ZAMBIA — The government has said it will start importing ethanol from Zimbabwe with a view to lowering the high fuel prices in Zambia. And the government will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zimbabwe-based firm Green Fuel in its continued efforts to find cheaper sources of fuel for Zambia. Mines, Energy and Water Development deputy minister Charles Zulu said shortly after a conducted tour of the Chisumbanje Energy plant operated by Green Fuel in Harare that the government was happy to find a cheaper source of ethanol in Zimbabwe. He said the government would, in the short-term, import ethanol from Zimbabwe while it was working out plans to come up with its own ethanol plant at Nakambala...
(Lusaka Times 05/28/13)
Former President Rupiah Banda has reaffirmed his confidence in the Zambian judicial system and is hopeful that his innocence will eventually be established. The former Zambian head of State said that the fact that he has availed himself to the courts is a pointer to his confidence in their ability to dispense justice fairly. Speaking this morning in a live BBC News Day programme, President Banda said that as a law-abiding citizen, he had a duty to submit himself to the justice system when required to do so. “Like I said from the very beginning, I am confident in our courts and, like everything, I have agreed to submit myself to the hearings in the courts as a good citizen,”...
(Zambia Reports 05/28/13)
Muetmbo Nchito during parliamentary committee sittingDirector of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito is planning to block fourth Republican president Rupiah Banda’s trip to South Africa where he has been invited by the Boston University (BU) African Presidential Centre to make a presentation. Rupiah is scheduled to make a presentation at the 2013 African Presidential Roundtable to be held in Johannesburg during the conference running from June 5 to 8 under the theme “The Cost of Democracy.” Sources within government has disclosed that there are attempts by Mutembo and his friend Fred M’membe – Post Newspaper owner and PF chief propagandist – to block Rupiah from travelling like they have done on two previous occasions. “It seem every time Rupiah is in...
(Times of Zambia 05/28/13)
THE South African Government has pledged to work closely with Zambia in creating a trade balance that will open up opportunities for Zambians to set up companies in that country's mining and agro processing sectors. South Africa's deputy minister in the Department of Trade and Industry Elizabeth Thabethe said when she paid a courtesy call on Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge yesterday that a harnessed balance in trade between the two countries would steady the flow of imports and exports, thereby alleviating poverty through job creation. Ms Thabethe is leading a delegation of 21 South African mining and agro processing exhibitors who are in Zambia to showcase their products at this year's Copperbelt Mining, Agriculture and Commercial Show to be held...
(Lusaka Times 05/28/13)
Acting President Edgar Lungu has issued a statement stating that from today going forward, student would be held responsible for any property that is damaged during the riots. According the the statement, Government will either deduct the cost from students bursaries or use other means to recover the costs. In view of the students’ riotous behavior which has recently characterized and rocked our institutions of learning concerning the removal of subsidies on maize and fuel, I wish to state that government is not in support this behavior as a way of airing their grievances. As government, we have always advised students to find amicable ways of resolving issues on which they feel aggrieved such as designing a forum and inviting...
(Times of Zambia 05/28/13)
IRELAND has pledged more than KR8,900,000 towards the joint programme between the Zambian Government and the United Nations (UN) on gender-based violence (GBV) which will be provided over a four-year period. Irish Ambassador to Zambia Finbar O'Brien said ending GBV was a central part of Ireland's development cooperation work as the social, human and economic costs of GBV were a huge obstacle to reducing poverty. Mr O'Brien said GBV affected millions of people around the world and prevented many, especially women, from reaching their full potential. He said in a statement released in Lusaka, that GVB was not just a Zambian phenomenon but that it occurred in every country, adding that it was one of the most socially tolerated abuses...
(Zambia Reports 05/27/13)
Over 500 police officers have sealed off Chawama Grounds, the venue for the planned United Party for National Development (UPND) rally to air their views on the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s removal of subsidies. The government’s move to deny the UPND a permit and forcibly block the rally represents the latest incident in a series of confrontations between the PF and opposition parties, which some observers say is a violation of their rights to freedom of assembly. The Zambian police had originally stated that the UPND could not hold their Chawama rally because they did not have enough security personnel available to provide for public safety – however, this morning more than 500 officers were deployed to ensure that the...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(Times of Zambia 05/27/13)
PRESIDENT Michael Sata has opposed a new tax proposal by the African Union (AU) which seeks member States to contribute more from tourism earnings in form of ticket and hotel charges. Zimbabwe, Algeria, Chad and Egypt have backed President Sata's stance stating that this will stifle efforts to boost tourism and provide taxation relief on economies. The proposal aims to deduct US$10 from ticket earnings gained from air travel by anyone travelling in and out of the country and $2 on hotel bookings by tourists. The earnings are supposed to be channelled to the AU. Mr Sata said the move would trigger price hikes and maintained that the proposal was not a good idea. "Zambia has overpaid for the maintenance...
(Times of Zambia 05/27/13)
INFORMATION and Broadcasting Services Minister Kennedy Sakeni has advised civil society organisations and members of the opposition not to demonise Government over its decision to remove subsidies on maize and fuel. Mr Sakeni, who is the chief Government spokesperson, said the subsidies were scrapped in the best interest of the nation. He said arising from the bold decision, Government would save more than KR2.3 billion (K2.3 trillion) annually and that the money would be invested in major sectors to trigger development. He said organisations and individuals condemning the move were not being sincere. Mr Sakeni said this in Kitwe yesterday when he featured on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Kwacha Goodmorning television programme. He said Zambia had for a...
(Times of Zambia 05/27/13)
TRADE between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has increased in the last six years from less than US$50 million to over $1 billion, Katanga Province Governor Moses Katumbi has said. The increase in trade to that country by Zambia follows the favourable conditions created between the two countries. Mr Katumbi, who called for enhanced trade between the two countries, said there was more to be done to increase trade between Zambia and DRC. He invited more Zambian companies to consider exploring business opportunities in DRC. "More businesses are welcome in Congo and more Congolese are free to do business in Zambia," he said. He said progress to connect the two countries from Lubumbashi through Luapula Province with...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/27/13)
One of Zambia’s vocal women rights activists, Sarah Longwe, has called on Malawi President Joyce Banda to withdraw Supreme Court Judge Lovemore Chikopa from overseeing a tribunal of three suspended Zambian judges. Her call comes barely two weeks after the Judicial and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (JAWUZ) also asked the Zambian Government to send him to Malawi observing that with the non-functioning of the tribunal to which he was hired, his continued stay is demeaning that country’s judicial system. Zambian President Michael Sata appointed Judge Chikopa in May last year and three other former Zambian High Court judges as members of a tribunal to investigate the alleged professional misconduct of three Zambian judges he (Sata) claimed acted unprofessionally in...
(Zambia Reports 05/27/13)
There is growing anxiety among miners on the Copperbelt following an announcement that there will job losses from the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). The miners have said that President Michael Sata, the man of action must travel to the Copperbelt to address the miners and address the workers’ concerns. During separate interviews from the Copperbelt, the miners have said that the upcoming job losses was negating the Patrotic Front (PF) promise to provide job security. The reaction from the miners comes after the KCM announced its intentions to terminate employment of 2,000 miners from the current workforce 8,263. The mining firm said the price of copper on the world market had declined by 22 per cent the last year and...
(Zambia Reports 05/27/13)
Veteran politician Vernon Johnson Mwaanga says he does not support the wholesale removal of subsidies on critical commodities like mealie meal and fuel as has been done by President Michael Sata’s government. And Mwaanga says the wholesale recall of diplomats linked to the former regime has the potential to disrupt international relations between Zambia and other countries. Featuring on ZNBC’s Sunday Interview programme, Mwaanga, commonly known as VJ, said he was still an MMD member although he had taken a laid back position. “First of all let me say that we (MMD) are not the ones who introduced the removal of subsidies, the subsidies were introduced in the days of UNIP, we took over these subsidies,” he said. “I was...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(Zambia Reports 05/24/13)
Wynter Kabimba, who also serves as secretary general of the ruling Patriotic Front party, has been accused of spreading misinformation to the media in response to the annual Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2012 on Zambia published by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. State Department. The report in question lists a number of human rights violations committed by the the PF government, including but not limited to arrests of opposition leaders, unlawful banning of rallies, incitement of political violence, and mistreatment of sexual minorities. The State Department’s report also addresses the question of academic freedom, citing the case of the dismissal on August 12, 2012 of a professor of journalism, Clayson Hamasaka, from...
(Bloomberg 05/24/13)
ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (MLZAM) is under pressure from minority shareholders to boost transparency in the management of Zambia’s state-controlled mining-investment company and list on a regulated stock market. Private investors, who hold 12.4 percent of Lusaka-based ZCCM-IH, are trying to install a representative on the board to improve corporate governance, Philippe Taussac, a France-based private investor, said in an interview in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Some minority shareholders want ZCCM-IH to trade on London’s Alternative Investment Market to boost liquidity, increase the share price and force the company to meet specific disclosure procedures, Taussac said on May 22. The government of Zambia, Africa’s biggest copper producer, owns the rest of the company that has stakes in the local units of...
(Zambia Reports 05/24/13)
Vice President Guy Scott has accused the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) of being the actual master minder of the first stage of removing subsidies on essential commodities of fuel and maize. Dr. Scott, whose government has implemented road project initiated by Rupiah Banda as their own, claims that the Patriotic Front government has only implementing what the previous MMD government started. According to Qfm, Dr. Scott has also urged the MMD to support PF government’s decision to lift subsidies on fuel and maize as a fulfillment of the course the former ruling party earlier initiated. The removal of subsidies has caused serious discontent in Zambia with university students and civil society launching Black Friday as a way to communicate...
(Zambia Daily mail 05/24/13)
JAPAN says it is optimistic that the removal of fuel and maize subsidies will create inclusive and equitable development. Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Akio Egawa says the Zambian government made a tough and critical decision to scrap subsidies, which should result in development for all. Mr Egawa said in an interview at the Japanese Embassy on Wednesday that Government should ensure that the removal of subsidies in the long-term results in improved living standards, especially in rural areas. “The decision to remove subsidies has caused pain to some sections of society because they feel they will face difficulties. But we believe Government’s plan in the long-term is to improve living standards and enhance access to national resources,” Mr Egawa said...
(Zambia Online News 05/24/13)
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...

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