Monday 21 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 07/10/17)
Zambia's main opposition party on Monday accused President Edgar Lungu of endangering the country's democracy and plotting a dictatorship after he invoked emergency powers under the constitution. Lungu last week gave police increased powers of arrest and detention, alleging that opposition parties were behind a string of arson attacks intended "to create terror and panic". The president denied he was establishing a dictatorship in Zambia -- until recently a relatively stable country -- and accused his rivals of trying to overturn last year's election results. The emergency decree "constitutes abuse of power designed to silence his critics and kill democracy...
(Lusaka Times 07/10/17)
Incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has charged that its time that the UPND and the PF had unconditional dialogue. And Mr Hichilema who has today clocked 90 days in jail has called on the PF government to prepare a recovery package for all Marketeers affected by the City Market inferno. Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema says the declaration of a state of emergency is not the way to respond to the outbreak of fires. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Mr Hichilema said time has now come to put all the differences aside and work for the common good. “If others are putting conditions, they can be left behind and let those that are willing, who are the majority anyway,...
(Lusaka Times 07/10/17)
The Zambian Government indicated that it will be meeting technocrats to discuss whether the 10% tax slapped on export of maize was necessary. Recently, the Minister of Agriculture stated that the 10% tax slapped on Maize export will remain in force. According to the Minister, this would create employment for local people and encourage exporters to add value by exporting mealie meal instead of maize grain. These statements from the government have their merits. They are indicative of a government that is ready to listen and negotiate with stakeholders and is interested in employment creation through value addition. We should however, be mindful of the consequences of economic policy u-turns on the long term growth of the economy, and the...
(Bloomberg 07/10/17)
Many cell phone companies are rethinking their headlong rush into the continent. Only Orange is staying the course. Back when African countries were auctioning off mobile licenses by the boatload to serve the region’s young, tech-savvy population, investing in the continent’s fast-growing economies seemed like a no-brainer. Some of the world’s biggest wireless carriers rushed in. Now they’re wondering if they made a mistake. Increasing government and regulatory scrutiny, as well as a lack of expansion opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, are making it harder for operators such as Vodafone Group Plc, Orange SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd. to grow. Their choice: Pull back or double down. Two companies beating at least a partial retreat are Millicom International Cellular SA, which...
(Lusaka Times 07/10/17)
The Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) has instituted a team of experts to assess the extent of the damage caused to the gutted Lusaka city market. EIZ president George Sitali said once the assessments are done EIZ will propose to government solutions that will aid in expeditiously restoring the facility to its full functionality in the most effective and efficient manner. In a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Sitali stated that a team of experts will also issue the assessments to stakeholders once the exercise is concluded. Mr Sitali bemoaned the recent fire at the Lusaka City Market which burnt down a significant portion of the market and left several marketeers without means of survival . He...
(Lusaka Times 07/10/17)
Government has reaffirmed its commitment to scale up wildlife conservation with its various stakeholders to ensure the growth of tourism industry. Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources Charles Banda says government is committed to game restocking and conservation to boost the tourism industry. Mr. Banda says it is hence cardinal for his ministry to restock and strategically reposition animals for the purpose of enhancing the boosting game tourism in the country. Government was determined to make game tourism spread across the country and generate the needed investment and revenue, the minister said. He implored on locals to embrace a culture of game conservation so as to reap the benefits of a booming tourism sector which he said would yield...
(Lusaka Times 07/07/17)
Government says Zambia has made strides towards increasing its Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (MCPR) from 33 percent to the targeted 58 percent by the year 2020. Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya has attributed the progress towards meeting the targeted modern contraceptive prevalence rate to government’s mix of policy and programmatic approaches. Dr Chilufya however said with the current MCPR of 45 percent as at 2014, the country needs further evidence based programming to help accelerate scale up to meet the contraceptive needs of women and men and also achieve its 2020 goal. The Minister of Health said this in Lusaka today in a speech read on his behalf by Permanent Secretary for...
(Lusaka Times 07/07/17)
Lafarge Zambia, awarded the Timange Ma Bondi Promotion overall prizes to the four lucky winners. The total prize value of K1 million made up of residential plots, house designs, bill of quantities and 400 bags of cement went to Andrew Milambo of Lusaka, Willard Bulaya of Solwezi, Hildah Kazela of Lusaka and, Olande Phiri of Ndola. Speaking when handing over the prizes at Lafarge Head office in Chilanga today, Lafarge Chief Executive Officer Mr. Vincent Bouckaert congratulated all the winners stating that the success of the campaign was owed to the participants, customers and the participating outlets countrywide. “I also wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the instant prize winners as well as the Grand prize winners. The success...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday justified imposing a state of emergency by alleging that opposition parties were behind a string of arson attacks intended "to create terror and panic". Lungu denied he was establishing a dictatorship in Zambia -- until recently a relatively stable country -- and said his political rivals were trying to overturn last year's election results. Several fires, including one that burnt down the main market in the capital Lusaka on Tuesday, have been at the centre of rising political tensions in Zambia. The state of emergency -- which increases police powers of detention and arrest -- is "to curb lawlessness", Lungu told a press conference at his State House residence. "The theory (by opposition parties)...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu invoked a state of emergency on Wednesday after a series of apparent arson attacks, in a move likely to trigger fresh accusations of government authoritarianism. Several fires, including one that burnt down the main market in the capital Lusaka on Tuesday, were described by Lungu as "premeditated acts which if left unchecked could have serious... consequences". "My government has decided to invoke Article 31 (leading) to a state of public emergency," Lungu said in a nationally-televised address. The state of emergency will be officially imposed after approval by parliament.
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
Zimbabwean Knox Mutizwa scored a hat-trick and Zambian Justin Shonga a brace in South Africa Wednesday as their nations reached the COSAFA Cup southern Africa championship final. Record-equalling four-time champions Zambia came from behind to defeat "guests" Tanzania 4-2 at Moruleng Stadium in the northwest platinum mining belt. Zimbabwe, who have also won the competition four times, triumphed 4-3 over Lesotho in the second match of a double-header that delivered 13 goals. The goal fest was a far cry from the group stage of the competition last week with spectators in nearby Phokeng having to endure 318 minutes without a goal. "It was an exceptional performance by my young boys," said Zambia coach and former international Wedson Nyirenda. "They exceeded...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an interview with AFP. Faki's January election as chairperson of the AU commission came days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who has proposed slashing US funding for aid projects and multilateral institutions like the UN. The former Chadian...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production, according to research published by The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. This included medication and hospital stays, and loss of labour productivity due to illness or death. About half of all treatment costs were paid for by patients themselves.
(Reuters 07/04/17)
Fire gutted part of Zambia's biggest market in the nation's capital on Tuesday in what the government suspected was an act of arson as tensions rise following the arrest of an opposition leader. United Party for National Development (UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was arrested in April and charged with treason for impeding president Edgar Lungu's motorcade. The arrest of the opposition leader has stoked political tensions in what is regarded as one of Africa's more stable and functional democracies following a bruising election last year.
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. "The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is very good from a pharmaceutical point of view. On the other hand, it is much cheaper," said Robert Matiru of Unitaid, which works to reduce the costs of medicines treating AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. He described the drug as "the...
(APA 06/27/17)
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Monday afternoon left Accra for a three-day official visit to Zambia. APA learned in Accra that he received a tumultuous welcome by the Ghanaian community in the Zambia. A statement from the presidency said President Akufo-Addo will be in Lusaka at the invitation of his counterpart, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. They will hold bilateral talks aimed at deepening bilateral ties, as well as explore areas of co-operation. Whilst in Zambia, Akufo-Addo will visit Ndola, a city in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, where he will be the special guest of honour at the 53rd Zambia...
(Lusaka Times 06/23/17)
“When the agreed required actions are implemented in the next few weeks, the Programme could be presented to the Board in August 2017,” – MUTATI. www.mof.gov.zm Mr. Speaker, I thank you most sincerely for according me this opportunity to brief the House and the nation, on the state of the economy and Government’s engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The first part of my briefing will provide an update on the state of the economy while the second will provide a brief on the IMF engagement. Sir, economic performance has rebound with inflation down to single digits, the exchange rate remaining largely stable while GDP growth has started recovering. I will now give highlights. GDP GROWTH Mr. Speaker, Growth...
(Lusaka Times 06/23/17)
Mineral Economist Professor Mathias Mpande says Zambia has the capacity to investment in nuclear energy. Professor Mpande says this is because the country has relevant skilled manpower, minerals and chemicals used in processing nuclear energy in Africa. He says Zambia has the second highest reserves of Uranium used in Nuclear production after Niger. Professor Mphande says Uranium is present in Luwamana, Kansanshi , along the Zambezi valley, Eastern province and Northern province respectively. In an interview with ZNBC News, Professor Mpande said the use of Nuclear energy is a worthwhile investment adding that it is cheaper than other sources of energy. He has called on government to ensure that its industrialisation agenda is realised by ensuring that all Uranium being...

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