Thursday 19 October 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/22/17)
African officials on Monday called for urgent infrastructural development and regional integration to boost the continent's economy. At the Infrastructure Africa 2017 in Johannesburg, Zambian Minister of Finance Felix Mutati encouraged Africans to speedily address infrastructural deficit. "We have to inject some sense of urgency in ourselves. If we remain captured by business as usual, we are headed for disaster," said Mutati at the opening ceremony of the two-day event. "Competitiveness in Africa is being constrained by infrastructure deficit. We need about 93 billion U.S. dollars every year to address the infrastructure gap in the continent. We need to urgently implement projects," he said. Mutati said Africa has to narrow focus to innovative financing and design, better use of existing...
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
Zambian Photographer Chellah Tukuta Rancen was awarded the African Photographer of the year and the Lens Awards in Nigeria. He had this to say on social media: ” This is the beginning of hard work and am happy to have represented my country Mother Zambia at Continental level. I would love to dedicate this award to the woman who has seen me work my nose out Chanda Chibs, to my lovely and beautiful daughter Malumbo Joy Grace Tukuta, My mother Blesta Mpundu Mulenga who always told me one day I will be great, Yonah my new son adopted, to our leaders both in the ruling and opposition parties and above all to our current president Edgar Chagwa Lungu and to...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The Zambian government on Monday backed down on its earlier decision to introduce mandatory HIV testing, saying testing will not be forced on citizens. Last week, President Edgar Lungu declared that his government had introduced mandatory HIV testing and that anyone who visits a health facility for any ailment will be tested for HIV as well. But the announcement caused an uproar, with some stakeholders saying it was against human rights as testing should be consented to by the individual. But Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said in all HIV testing, the health practitioners will be seeking the consent of the patients and that patients will have the option of opting out if they do not want to be tested...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/17)
The following are news highlights in Zambia's major media outlets on Monday. -- Trade between Zambia and the European Union (EU) stood at 142.26 million euros in the first quarter of this year representing a decrease from the 187.79 million euros recorded during the same period last year. The EU imported goods worth 59.6 million euros from Zambia and exported goods worth 82.66 million euros during the first quarter of the year, according to figures released by the EU office in Zambia. (Times of Zambia) -- Zambia has signed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on gender and development aimed at promoting 50-50 gender parity in political and decision-making positions. President Edgar Lungu signed the protocol during the just-ended...
(Bloomberg 08/21/17)
GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. The project could fuel economic growth by providing power for essential services. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest rates of energy access in the world and is home to about half of the world’s 1.2 billion people without reliable electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. The problem extends to businesses as well as households, cutting into productivity and growth. “We reduce the total cost of power by 30 percent,” said Charlotte Aubin-Kalaidjian, the founder and chief executive officer of GreenWish, who was formerly a managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. “Smaller towers can run...
(Lusaka Times 08/18/17)
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has given a chilling account of his 127-day stay in prison describing his experience as terrible torture. And Mr. Hichilema has refused to state whether he will now recognize President Edgar Lungu as duly elected Head of State now that he has been freed. In an interview with the BBC’s Kennedy Gondwe from his New Kasama residence, Mr. Hichilema said his stay in prison was dehumanizing. He said a lot of torture goes on in Zambian prisons describing the facilities as death chambers. Mr. Hichilema who was released on Wednesday disclosed that a lot of deaths occur in prison and go unreported. The UPND leader said his stay in prison was terrible and that he was...
(Lusaka Times 08/18/17)
President Edgar Lungu has challenged people threatening to take the newly introduced compulsory Testing, Counseling and Treatment for HIV to court to go ahead. Speaking to the media at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before departure for Rwanda, President Lungu wondered why some people are lamenting that their human rights are being violated when he is concerned about their welfare. The President said that there was no need for Zambians to worry over the newly introduced compulsory Testing, Counseling and Treatment for HIV because there will be strict confidentiality. The President said that individuals’ privacy is guaranteed because their results will remain between them and the health practitioner. The President said those found to be positive will be treated so...
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema walked free from prison Wednesday after treason charges against him were dropped, averting a trial that threatened turmoil in the southern African nation. Hichilema, whose trial was due to begin in the morning, had been in custody since April over allegedly failing to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. After his release, he described his detention as "brutal" and vowed to use his imprisonment to bolster the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) that he leads. "This is where we commence our walk to true freedom," he told cheering supporters.
(AFP (eng) 08/16/17)
Hakainde Hichilema, who was released from custody after treason charges against him were dropped, is a self-made entrepreneur who has made five unsuccessful attempts to become the Zambian president. He alleges that the 2016 election was rigged and, as leader of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND), he has refused to recognise President Edgar Lungu. Hichilema, 55, accused the authorities of election fraud, and of undermining his campaign by banning rallies and allowing violent attacks on his activists. An articulate speaker, he drew large crowds to his rallies, ran a slick social media campaign and worked hard to shed his image as an elitist lacking the common touch. But he again failed to win office by a slim...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was freed by a judge on Wednesday after the state prosecutor dropped charges against him of plotting to overthrow the government. Hichilema and five others were arrested in April and charged with treason after his convoy failed to make way for President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. His release could help defuse tensions in the southern African country, where Lungu imposed a state of emergency in July. "The DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) has decided to terminate these proceedings by virtue of her constitutional powers. Therefore, you're hereby discharged," said high court judge Charles Chanda. The case has heightened political friction in Zambia, seen as one of Africa's more stable democracies, after a bruising election last year...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Private equity house EMR Capital has purchased an 80 percent stake in a Zambian copper mine from African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and its partner for $97.10 million, ARM said on Tuesday. The 80 percent indirect interest in Lubambe Mine, held equally by ARM and Vale International includes the equity holding in Lubambe Mine as well as loans to the mine, and will be settled in cash contingent on certain conditions being met, ARM said in a statement. "We are pleased to enter into an agreement to acquire Lubambe which offers exceptional quality and growth potential and which will substantially enhance the value and depth of our copper portfolio," EMR Chief Executive Officer Jason Chang said. EMR has closed its second...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Zambia's leading opposition leader on Wednesday said he has always been innocent of the treason charges he was slapped with. Hakainde Hichilema, who was freed by a judge on Wednesday morning after the state prosecutor dropped charges against him of plotting to overthrow the government, said he remains resolute that the treason charge was a political machination meant to silence him. Hichilema and five others were arrested in April this year and have been in custody since then as treason is not bailable in Zambia. "We have been innocent and shall be," he said in a brief statement posted on his Facebook page. He however said he wanted a better Zambia. The opposition leader later told his supporters at the...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
International media in Zambia were barred from a court Monday where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was due to appear on treason charges in a case that has fuelled political tensions. The High Court in Lusaka issued press accreditation cards to foreign media outlets last week but later withdrew them. "We initially withdrew the cards to activate the barcodes in good faith (but) unfortunately your applications have now been rejected," Neto Zulu, senior assistant registrar at the court, told AFP and other media outlets. A large number of police officers were on duty at the court, where Hichilema was due to enter a plea to the treason charges. President Edgar Lungu has denied allegations of a crackdown on dissent in Zambia...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
Zambia's detained opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema is due to appear in court Monday on treason charges, four months after he was arrested and as political tensions rise in the country. Hichilema, who narrowly lost last year's presidential elections, has been in custody since April over an incident when he allegedly failed to give way to President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. A lawyer from his United Party for National Development (UPND) told AFP that the party expected the charges to be dropped and for Hichilema to walk free. "They don't have a case against him. We are certain that he will come out tomorrow," the party lawyer, who declined to be named, told AFP on Sunday. Lungu invoked emergency powers in July,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, a longtime rival of President Edgar Lungu, denied plotting to overthrow the government when he appeared in a Lusaka court on Monday in a case that has heightened political friction in the country. Government and legal sources told Reuters on Sunday the government planned to drop the treason charges against Hichilema and release him from prison under a deal brokered by the Commonwealth secretary-general. But a government source said later that the application to discontinue the case would now be made on Wednesday. Hichilema -- commonly known as HH -- and five others were arrested in April and charged with treason after Hichilema's convoy failed to make way for Lungu's motorcade. He...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital. “It’s quite clear that they won’t make those drastic cuts,” Gates said. “I’m hopeful they won’t make any cuts at all, but that’s still subject to...
(Bloomberg 08/11/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu and jailed opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to hold talks to resolve their political differences, a Commonwealth official said. The discussions will be facilitated by the office of the Commonwealth, the intergovernmental organization’s secretary-general, Patricia Scotland, told reporters Wednesday in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. The country’s main opposition leader has been in prison for more than 100 days awaiting trial on treason charges and refuses to accept Lungu as the winner of last year’s presidential elections. Lungu invoked emergency measures last month in response to a fire at a market the government has blamed on opposition supporters.
(Reuters (Eng) 08/11/17)
British company Tullow Oil on Friday started exploring for oil and gas in Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, as the country pushes to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on the industrial metal. Copper mining earns Zambia more than 70 percent of its foreign exchange but the southern African state has been trying to move into other commodities to insulate itself from price shocks. Zambia does not produce oil, but the government says soil samples sent to European laboratories have shown good traces of crude. Tullow Executive Vice President Ian Cloke said in a speech during the launch in northern Zambia that exploration would take between two and 10 years, development three to 10 years and production 20-50 years...
(Lusaka Times 08/11/17)
President Edgar Lungu and UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema have finally agreed to dialogue on the current political situation in the country arising from last year’s disputed general election. Visiting Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland who has brokered the truce has told a media briefing in Lusaka that the two leaders have willingly decided to forget about last year’s elections and engage in meaningful dialogue. Ms Scotland said that both President Lungu and Mr. Hichilema are committed to the values and aspirations set out in the Commonwealth Charter, of peace and harmony particularly in this peace building year of the Commonwealth. Ms Scotland said that the two leaders have agreed to a process of dialogue, facilitated through the office of the...
(Lusaka Times 08/11/17)
‘IT IS DIALOGUE AND NOT RECOGNITION’ The United Party for National Development distances itself from the Times of Zambia headline “HH recognises EL” The headline in the Times of Zambia is misleading and inaccurate, with an intent to create an impression to the people of Zambia that President Hakainde Hichilema has recognised Patriotic Front President Edgar Lungu as Republican President when actually not. The statement made by Secretary General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland was very clear and it outlined the process of dialogue pursuant to Commonwealth principles of good practice, governance and rule of law. There was no mention that President Hakainde Hichilema recognised President Lungu as Republican President. I would like to put it on record that the...

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