Saturday 24 February 2018
(Zambia Reports 05/17/13)
Police have fired teargas at University of Zambia (UNZA) students to disperse thousands that have converged on Great East Road to protest the removal of subsidies on mealie meal and fuel by President Michael Sata and his Patriotic Front government. A similar protest is imminent in Kitwe where Copperbelt University (CBU) students are gathering to join their government in mounting pressure on President Sata to reverse the removal of subsidies whose immediate effect has seen a rise in commodities. The angry UNZA students are unshaken by the heavy police presence and use of teargas as they chant slogans calling President Sata a dictator and a liar who duped the youths into voting for him in the 2011 elections. Eyewitnesses are...
(New Zimbabwe 05/17/13)
ZAMBIA has told Zimbabwe that it is in no hurry to be paid for 150,000 tonnes of maize it is sending to its southern neighbour, President Robert Mugabe said on Thursday. Zambia’s Vice President Guy Scott was in Harare last week to finalise the maize deal, but Mugabe says the two neighbours are as yet to put a value on the rescue cargo. Mugabe said following his meeting with Scott, he spoke to Zambian President Michael Sata on the phone who took pity on his neighbour’s poor bank balance. “When I was talking to him about what we had in mind about paying, he said ‘no, no, no’. He is a humorous man as you know,” Mugabe told a conference...
(Zambia Reports 05/17/13)
Government has upped the price from fertilizer under the Farmer Support Input Programme by 100 percent from K50 to K100. And former agriculture minister Eustackio Kazonga said the increase would affect the small scale farmers that were already struggling even to cope with the K50. With the Patriotic Front government having already reduced the number of fertilizer bags from eight to four since taking over power, the small scale farmers are bound to resist the change. “The hike from K50 rebased to K100 in the price of the Fertilizer under the Input Support Programme will affect the most vulnerable farmers because already government reduced the number of bags from eight to four which was very killing for the vulnerable farmers,”...
(Zambia Reports 05/17/13)
UNZA-students-protesting-at-ZNBC-this-morning-1Eleven leading Civil Society Organizations have vowed to stage countrywide protests if the Patriotic Front government does not withdraw the removal of the fuel and mealie meal subsidies joining University of Zambia students who today start a class boycott in what is dubbed as Black Friday. And opposition United Party for National Development says it will hold countrywide demonstrations over the removal of subsidies on fuel and mealie meal. The CSOs who include the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD), Operation Young Vote (OYV), Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP), and Young People’s Leadership Association (YALI) said they had given the government a seven day ultimatum to act on their demands...
(Lusaka Times 05/16/13)
Government says increased air transport can contribute to the growth of the aviation industry in the country. Local Government and Housing Deputy minister Nicholas Banda says that government was excited with the initiative by the private sector to invest in air transport. ZANIS reports that the deputy minister said this after the 105 passenger Proflight plane successful landed at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport yesterday. Mr. Banda said the move by Proflight to offer an alternative to road transport was quite welcome. He stated that government would always support investment in the air transport sector as one way of decongesting roads whose lifespan has been shortened due to over use. “As government we are really excited by this development by...
(Lusaka Times 05/16/13)
The State and Council police in Livingstone have continued harassing newspapers and talk-time vendors selling in the main street of Livingstone despite the Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti cautioning them over the matter. A newspaper and talk-vendor Fredrick Kubiwa alleged that he was beaten yesterday by a police officer for displaying copies of newspapers in the corridors of Mosi-oa-tunya road where newspaper and talk-time vendors had been allowed to sell their products. Narrating his ordeal to the Times of Zambia in Livingstone yesterday, Mr Kubiwa said he was beaten by a police officer who was in the company of constable Mweemba and Council Police. “I was beaten around 10: 45 hours yesterday because I was found displaying the papers. The police...
(Business Day 05/16/13)
GRAHAM Soko, a shopkeeper whose business straddles the railway line south of Lusaka Station in Zambia’s capital, says he is hoping to reap profits from the government’s plans to rejuvenate the dilapidated railway system. "We need a well-developed, modern one," he said as a radio played in his shop, named All Types of Groceries. "People will be using the facility so I expect our business to improve as we start seeing more people coming to buy items." Railway operators in landlocked Zambia, the southern African nation that is the continent’s biggest copper producer, plan to invest as much as $1.5bn over the next five years to upgrade the 1,200km system that President Michael Sata in November said had "deteriorated beyond...
(Zambia Daily mail 05/16/13)
FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba has held a private meeting with UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake and discussed, among other issues, improving health care in Zambia. This was during a meeting held at UNICEF headquarters in New York on Monday. According to a press release issued by first secretary for press at the Zambian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Chibaula Silwamba, the First Lady sought UNICEF’s help to improve neo-natal care in Zambia. Dr Kaseba further asked UNICEF to help improve sanitation and provision of clean water at health institutions, just like at schools, to combat diarrhoea diseases. Dr Kaseba said there is need for standardised implementation and monitoring of health care to ensure uniformity. She hoped UNICEF could help...
(Times of Zambia 05/16/13)
ZAMTEL yesterday unveiled the fourth generation Samsung Galaxy (GALAXY S4) series of mobile phones, which are expected to meet the business and personal communication needs of Zambian customers. The latest phone on the market, which was launched in partnership with Samsung Electronics, has a large screen size and battery housed in a light and slim shape. It is a slimmer yet stronger phone which Zambian customers would be purchasing from all Zamtel flagship outlets in Lusaka, Kitwe, Livingstone and Chipata. Speaking at a signing ceremony of the partnership in Lusaka yesterday, Zamtel chief executive officer Mupanga Mwanakatwe said the arrangement would present an opportunity for Zambians to access the latest and most innovative technology. “Our strategic partnership with Samsung has...
(Zambia Reports 05/16/13)
Over 1,300 miners have lost their jobs in Chingola and Chililabombwe over the last five months. The Mining Contractors and Allied Workers of Zambia (MCAWZ) have since expressed concern at the rate the people are losing jobs in the mining firms. Most of the jobs lost were those with the contracted companies by Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) whose contracts have not been renewed. MCAWZ secretary Bernard Chibwa said the situation is alarming especially considering the huge numbers of people involved. The PF was voted into office on the promise of providing jobs for the unemployed Zambians and Copperbelt gave them significant votes that ushered them into office. However, the government seems to be failing to meet their promises. By George Mwenya
(Zambia Reports 05/16/13)
The National Council for Construction (NCC) says the increase in the price of cement is unfortunate especially coming after rises in fuel in other critical sectors. NCC Executive Director Dr Sylvester Mashamba said there is need to probe the widespread increase in the general price of commodities. He said the increase in the price of cement would increase the cost of construction. “On one hand they want to remove subsidies to have money to build hospitals, school and roads but then the same measure seems to push up the prices of other commodities including cement,” he said. “We need to probe what has pushed the price of cement up.” Dr Mashamba also pleaded with people that were increasing prices to...
(Times of Zambia 05/16/13)
ZAMBIA and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) should sustain a good working relationship and ensure various health challenges are tackled, First Lady Christine Kaseba has said. Dr Kaseba said there was need for standardised implementation and monitoring of health care to ensure uniformity. She said this when she held private talks with the UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake on Monday this week in New York. The meeting focused mainly on improvement of health care delivery in Zambia. Dr Kaseba is in New York as one of the key speakers at the GBC Health 2013 Conference, which started yesterday and will end tomorrow. First secretary for Press and public relations at the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the UN, Chibaula...
(Zambia Reports 05/16/13)
Patriotic Front youths on the Copperbelt have promised to unleash terror on the opposition party leaders for constantly criticizing President Michael Sata. Copperbelt PF youth Chairperson Chanda Kabwe said the opposition leaders should brace themselves for a vicious reaction from the youth as they were fed up with hearing negative things about President Sata. “We want to warn our friends in the opposition that we are fed up of their everyday criticizing our President and now we are going to deal with them,” Kabwe said. “They should know that we are not happy and will defend our President because they have been insulting him which is hurting our image.” He said the opposition needed to open their eyes to see...
(Times of Zambia 05/15/13)
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Effron Lungu has called for increased trade between Zambia and Cuba. Dr Lungu, who is in Cuba on an official visit, said the Zambian Government wanted to see more trade between the two countries. The minister has since called on the Zambian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to ensure that more trade took place between the two countries. Dr Lungu also called for the transfer of knowledge from the Cuban government in the form of value addition in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors and the transfer of knowledge in architecture to help in infrastructure development. Cuban First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Orlando Hernandez said the country would continue paying special attention to food industries...
(Zambia Reports 05/15/13)
Consumer Unit Trust has condemned the removal of the mealie meal subsidy by the Patriotic Front government. And University of Zambia students plan to stage protests over government’s continued scrapping off of any form of relief from Zambians like subsidies. CUTS national coordinator Simon Ng’ona said it was sad that the move came barely a week after fuel subsidies that has triggered a chain of price increases. “It is unacceptable for government to remove the mealie meal subsidy after having removed the fuel subsidy a few weeks ago which has provoked fuel increases in almost all aspects of life making it hard for ordinary citizens,” Ng’ona said. “We will fight the removal with everything we have got and we really...
(The Herald Online 05/15/13)
Zimbabwe has been blaming the high incidence of malaria along its border districts on a lack of collaboration from neighbouring countries in containing mosquitoes. This came after the realisation that malaria cases were too high along the country's border districts despite putting the same effort in eradicating mosquitoes in all parts of the country. Malaria cases in border districts range between 68 and 195 cases per 1 000 people, compared to the central parts of the country where they range between zero and three for every 1 000 people. Speaking at the official launch of the Zambia-Zimbabwe Cross Border Malaria Initiative in Livingstone, Zambia recently, Health and Child Welfare Minister Douglas Mombeshora said partnerships with the neighbouring countries would help...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/15/13)
Chipata District Farmers Association (CDFA) Coordinator, Virgil Malambo has challenged government to allow farmers to export their maize in order to fetch a fair price as the maize floor price that was announced yesterday is a mockery. Mr Malambo observed that there was a maize shortage in the Southern region and that farmers could take advantage of the shortage to export their maize at a good price. Speaking to ZANIS in Chipata this morning, Mr Malambo said it would be better to allow the farmers to export their maize in order for them to realize profits from their sweat. Mr Malambo said the maize floor price that was announced by Agriculture Minister Robert Sichinga yesterday would disadvantage the farmers whose...
(Zambia Reports 05/15/13)
The Patriotic Front (PF) government has announced that it will remove the country’s long-standing maize subsidy in a move that will further push up the price of the staple food for most citizens. Agriculture Minister Bob Sichinga announced that the cabinet had approved the removal of the subsidy that follows after the striking off the fuel subsidy a few weeks ago, which has led to an rapid increase in the cost of living in Zambia. Sichinga said the subsidy had proved unsustainable and admitted that government was aware that the price of mealie meal would go up. During its 2011 presidential campaign, the PF made numerous promises to lower the prices of basic commodities, but since coming into power the...
(Zambian Watchdog 05/15/13)
The Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) has observed that people’s levels of confidence in the Patriotic Front government are waning at a very rapid pace. CCZ General Secretary Suzanne Matale in a statement issued to QFM News has since encouraged government, to reflect seriously on their style of governance, their pronouncements, their priorities and provide the nation with a clear roadmap on where they are taking Zambia. Reverend Matale says at the moment CCZ is concerned with the way government is handling the affairs of the nation and does not see how the citizens will be enabled to live dignified lives in their own country. She says CCZ urges the government to come up with policies that will offer...
(UKzambians 05/15/13)
The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has charged that it Is morally wrong for Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General Wynter Kabimba to donate money to a church in Luangwa when the area is expected to have a by-election June this year. FODEP Executive Director, MacDonald Chipenzi says even though Mr. Kabimba did not violet any electoral code of conduct by donating the money to a named church in Luangwa, such a donation may to some extent entice people in the area to vote for the PF in the June 20th Feira polls. Mr. Chipenzi notes that Mr. Kabimba, who is also Justice Minister, should have waited until the polls had taken place in the area before making the donation. Mr...

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