Saturday 24 February 2018
(Zambia Reports 06/03/13)
Nine opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters are feared dead in Luangwa's Feira constituency. The nine are said to have died in a road traffic accident in an area called Kavalamanja around 20:00 hours this evening after attending a rally to drum up support for their candidate Eularia Zulu in the June 20 by-election.Reports obtained by Zambia Reports indicate that the nine supporters were in a truck when the driver lost control leading to the fatal accident. Feira constituency will hold polls on June 20 after former MMD lawmaker Patrick Ngoma was enticed to join the ruling party. Ngoma is one of the MMD MPs that was serving as a deputy minister before he officially resigned. Former permanent...
(Daily Nation 06/03/13)
An intensified campaign to have Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda removed from the PF government and replace him with his counterpart in the former MMD administration Ng’andu Magande has been exposed. But when contacted Mr Magande expressed ignorance on the matter saying he had not heard anything with regards to such an appointment. He said “these offers have to be considered. One needs to take a lot of serious consideration before making any decision. I can’t say whether I will accept the position because it has not been mentioned to me”. Highly placed officials at Cabinet Office told the Daily Nation that Mr Chikwanda was being implicated in fabricated road contracts in which he was supposed to have been involved. Mr...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Bloomberg 06/01/13)
Zambia’s central bank increased its benchmark interest rate for the first time in seven months to curb accelerating inflation. The policy rate was raised by 25 basis points to 9.5 percent, the Lusaka-based Bank of Zambia said in an e-mailed statement today. “The committee anticipates upward risks to inflation during the month of June 2013, mainly arising from the recent increase in the pump price of fuel, coupled with the lagged effects of the recent exchange-rate depreciation,” the bank said in an e-mailed statement. Consumer prices in Africa’s biggest copper producer accelerated for the first time this year to 7 percent in May from a year earlier compared with 6.5 percent the previous month, the country’s Central Statistics Office said...
(Lusaka Times 06/01/13)
Minister of Heath Joseph Kasonde has disclosed that Zambia was among many countries in the world that have embraced the World Health Organization (WHO) framework convention on tobacco control. Dr. Kasonde said Zambia has since enacted and continue to enforce national and local smoke free measures to protect its people against exposure to conditions that were harmful to human health. The Minister said he will submit the proposal to ban tobacco sponsorship, promotion and advertising in Zambia to cabinet. He said this today during the commemoration of world no tobacco day celebrations in Lusaka. He also revealed that the global statistic show that six million tobacco related deaths occur every year in the world. Dr. Kasonde stated that out of...
(Zambia Reports 06/01/13)
The Zambian government has moved to coerce mining giant Konkola Copper Mines not to lay off 2000 workers or face closure so that the Patriotic Front takes over like the case with Zambia Railways Limited and Zamtel. Mines minister Yamfwa Mukanga said government would take over the mine if KCM insisted on retrenching the workers. Mukanga told journalists in Kitwe that government would not be held to ransom. "We do not expect any surprises because in this business there are no surprises if they insist, I am telling them that we have the capacity to run business and the mines," he said. But Zambia Chamber of Mines has cautioned government against taking a confrontational stance. "If you are running any...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Africa has called for China's deeper involvement in its environmental and security affairs, saying that Beijing has become more than just Africa's "political ally", a senior official of Zambia's ruling party said on Thursday. Wynter Kabimba, secretary-general of the Zambia Patriotic Front, said China is a country to learn from in terms of development and is giving hope to the African continent. "We can learn how China developed so rapidly and lifted people out of poverty within a short period of time," and meanwhile put environmental protection at the center of the country's development strategy, said Kabimba. His remarks come days after the conclusion of the 21st African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Reports said that the AU highlighted...
(Times of Zambia 05/31/13)
ACTING President Edgar Lungu has charged that by-elections are inevitable as most of them are perpetuated by opposition political parties that intimidate their Members of Parliament (MPs), compelling them to resign from their political parties. Mr Lungu said it was unfair for some sections of society to continue blaming the Patriotic Front (PF) Government over the by-elections when they are caused by opposition parties. He said this in Lusaka yesterday following the expulsion of Sinazongwe United Party for National Development MP Richwell Siamunene from his party. Mr Lungu, who is Home Affairs minister, said by-elections were inevitable going by the constitutional provision that they should be held whenever there was an expulsion, resignation and death of an MP. "Section 67...
(Bloomberg 05/31/13)
Inflation in Zambia will remain below 10 percent even as the removal of fuel and corn subsidies cause “initial shocks,” Deputy Finance Minister Keith Mukata said. Consumer prices accelerated to 7 percent in May from a year ago, compared with 6.5 percent a month earlier, the first increase in five months, after the government boosted fuel prices by more than 20 percent. “Of course you’re going to have the initial shocks, but the long term benefits far outweigh this,” Mukata said in an interview yesterday in Lusaka, the capital. The government still sees the inflation rate remaining within “single” digits, he said. Mukata replaced Miles Sampa in the post, the Lusaka-based Zambia Daily Mail newspaper said May 9. Africa’s largest...
(Lusaka Times 05/31/13)
THE Road Development Agency (RDA) has signed a KR 13 million contract with Satra Zambia that will culminate into the construction of a 210 kilometre dual carriage way between Lusaka and Kapiri Mposhi. And the RDA has also signed two contracts for KR 27 million and KR 6.1million respectively for the periodic maintenance of the Kabwe -Kapiri road and some selected gravel roads in Petauke District. The contract with Satra Zambia is for the provision of techno-economic and environmental studies and engineering design in preparation for the upgrading and creation of the dual carriageway. RDA Chief Executive Officer Bernard Chiwala said the objective of the services was to perform the necessary studies to rehabilitate and construct the Lusaka-Kapiri dual carriageway...
(Times of Zambia 05/31/13)
A JAPANESE firm Tokyo Japan, has indicated its readiness to invest in a mega fertiliser production plant in Zambia. The company which has embarked on a diversification programme from its traditional car manufacturing, is ready to invest in the agro input production in Zambia. Zambia's Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Japan Mwelwa Chibesakunda said here that, Toyota wanted to invest in the fertiliser production in Zambia. "I am sure you are aware that Toyota wants to diversify from the motor vehicle manufacturing to other sectors. And it wants to invest in the fertiliser production in our country," Mr Chibesakunda said. About three weeks ago, officials from Toyota Japan met Mr Chibesakunda and told him that they were interested in investing...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Zambia Reports 05/31/13)
The Oasis Forum has announced plans to come up with a private members bill to present to Parliament with the intention of protecting the current constitution making process and the contents of the new constitution. This follows a multi-stakeholder consultative meeting to review the legislative framework of the current constitution-making process in anticipation of the forthcoming final draft Constitution. The multi-stakeholder consultative meeting that was held this morning drew participants from the Law Association of Zambia, the Council of Churches in Zambia, the Zambia Episcopal Conference and the Non-Governmental Organization Coordinating Council among others. Oasis Forum Spokesperson Cleophas Lungu has also disclosed during a media briefing in Lusaka this afternoon that the OASIS Forum has also resolved to explore all...
(Lusaka Times 05/31/13)
Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) unionized workers have ended their two week-long work protest and have agreed to resume work with immediate effect. Management had taken over the movement of the trains during this period the workers have been protesting. The unionized workers from new Kapiri Mposhi to Nakonde TAZARA Railway Station have been protesting since last week to press for the immediate payment of their April and May salaries. The decision to end the work protest was arrived at yesterday during a consultative meeting between government, management and the union leaders held at TAZARA regional headquarters in Mpika. The meeting that was attended by Workers Union of Tanzania and Zambia (WUTAZ) leaders and senior managers was chaired by Muchinga...
(Zambia Reports 05/30/13)
Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata is sworn in as President at the supreme court in the capital LusakaPresident Michael Sata’s constitutional making process will again suffer further delay after the Technical Committee indicated that the draft document will only be ready in more than two months 30 days before one of the many deadlines the Patriotic Front government had set. During the 2011 election campaign period, President Sata promised to deliver a people driven constitution within 90 days of assuming power. It was one of the many promises President Sata anchored his numerous campaign promises. According to Ernest Mwansa, the spokesperson for the committee responsible for drafting the constitution, says the final document will need a minimum of not less...
(Lusaka Times 05/30/13)
The University of Zambia students Union have rejected government’s pronouncement to pay for all the damage that was caused during the 17 May black Friday demonstration. UNZASU Secretary General Mwauluka Sishekanu indicates that Zambia Police should bear the cost of paying for the damage caused because the students were on the receiving end of the violence. Sishekanu defends the students’ 17 May actions noting that the demonstration was peaceful but was turned aggressive by the Police. On Monday Acting Republican President Edgar Lungu stated that costs will be recovered through student’s bursaries or any other means available, in addition to prosecution Mr Lungu, who is Home Affairs Minister said if students involved were not singularly identifiable, the whole bodymass of...
(Times of Zambia 05/30/13)
ZAMBIA will continue to contribute troops to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions to help revive social and economic development in war-torn countries, Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has said. Mr Mwamba also commended the serving members in various missions and fallen heroes for their contribution to peacekeeping in war-torn countries. He said this yesterday during the commemoration of the International Day of the UN peacekeeping held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, under the theme ‘adapting to new challenges’. The minister said Zambia was a member of the UN and had an obligation to contribute troops to peacekeeping missions as war tended to have spillover effects. He said the huge number of refugees being hosted in Zambia...
(Zambia Reports 05/30/13)
Operation Young Vote has condemned the increase of the retirement from 55 to 65 years by the Patriotic Front government as proposed by its leader President Michael Sata. Organization chairperson Guess Nyirenda said the move was an infringement on the rights of young people. “We are worried by the increase of the retirement age from 55 to 65 years because it is an infringement on the right of young people who in their numbers are struggling to get jobs and now the few jobs available are being held by elderly people,” Nyirenda said. “The young people ushered the government in power on the promise of jobs and now the government is alienating young people further.” He said it was strange...

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