Monday 18 December 2017
(Xinhuanet 08/25/17)
A consortium of public health and civil society organizations on Thursday hailed the Zambia government's decision to increase tobacco and alcohol taxes to promote healthy lifestyle in the Southern African country. Price increase is the most effective way to control the consumptions of tobacco and alcohol, especially among the vulnerable groups such as youth, pregnant women and low-income smokers and drinkers, said Fastone Goma, chairman of the Zambia Tobacco Control Consortium. The organization is confident that lawmakers will approve the tax measure in the interest of both public health and social stability, he said, urging the lawmakers to resist attempts to frustrate the move. Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya announced on Monday that the government will introduce "sin tax" in...
(Zambian Watchdog 08/25/17)
German Ambassador to Zambia Achim Bukart has stated that the German government is concerned with the deteriorating democratic space in Zambia since last year’s disputed general elections. Speaking in Lusaka today when he signed a bilateral agreement with Finance Minister Felix Mutati, Ambassador Bukart said it was not a secret that the German government was very concerned with the shrinking democratic space in Zambia especially after the invocation of the threatened state of public emergence. ‘Allow me to come up with critical remarks just as good friends must be open and candid to each other,’ Ambassador Bukart stressed as Mutati looked on. He said the invocation of the threatened state of emergency has raised alarm bells back in Germany and...
(Zambia Reports 08/25/17)
UPND Secretary General Steven Katuka has disclosed that the Zambia Police Service has in the recent past rejected about 1, 010 applications by the party to hold meetings countrywide. Katuka says despite the party following the laid down procedure in accordance with the Public Order Act, police have denied the party the opportunity to interact with the people of Zambia. He says it is disheartening that the ruling Patriotic Front is allowed to hold meetings even without applying to hold such meetings. He states that the party has been longing to thank the people who voted for them in last year’s general election, but that they cannot do so because their applications are rejected by the Police. Katuka says these...
(Zambian Watchdog 08/25/17)
Zambia Railways management now says the derailment of the Livingstone bound passenger train which led to death of one person and several others injured yesterday in Southern province was caused by sabotage by people who removed bolts from the railway line. In a press statement reacting to the Zambian Watchdog expose of the train derailment due to poor workmanship and dilapidated railway line, company manager of public relations Caristo Chitamfya disclosed the ‘sabotage’ and denied any poor workmanship. He also says only two persons were injured in the whole train while admitting the death of another one person. “Zambia Railways is saddened by suspected acts of sabotage that occurred at 11:45 hrs this morning between Mazabuka and Magoye in Southern...
(AFP (eng) 08/24/17)
Zambian police on Thursday barred entry to the capital's cathedral where opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema had been due to make his first public appearance since being freed from jail. Hichilema was released last week after four months in custody on treason charges, in a case widely seen as highlighting a crackdown on dissent by Zambian authorities under President Edgar Lungu. "The organiser did not notify the police. This notification should be done in writing," Lusaka province police commissioner Nelson Phiri told AFP, declining to give further details. Heavily armed police blocked entry to the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, AFP reporters said, with roadblocks erected on many routes to the building. Hichilema, often known as "HH", had been charged...
(Bloomberg 08/24/17)
Every African nation that’s sold dollar debt now has at least one junk rating, but it would be hard to tell by looking at the bond market. The average yield on sovereign Eurobonds in Africa has hovered near the lowest level in two years this month, according to a Standard Bank Group Ltd. index, even after Moody’s Investors Service cut Namibia to below investment grade on Aug. 11. The world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds had been the continent’s only dollar-bond issuer without a junk rating. A low interest rate environment in the developed world has encouraged investors to look past the problems plaguing African economies, including low commodity prices, dollar shortages in some of them and rising political tension...
(Bloomberg 08/23/17)
Glencore Plc’s copper unit in Zambia said a dispute over electricity fees that has already led to reduced power supply may result in the dismissal of 4,700 workers. Copperbelt Energy Corp. lowered supplies to Mopani Copper Mines after the company refused to pay new power prices introduced by the government at the start of the year. Mopani said the fee increase wasn’t part of its agreement with Copperbelt. Mopani, which employs about 15,000 people including contractors, has notified the government of the planned job losses, Labor Minister Joyce Nonde-Simukoko said by phone. “It has become necessary for Mopani Copper Mines to curtail some areas of its operations due to the restriction of power,” the Glencore unit said in an emailed...
(APA 08/23/17)
Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, 56 may have been in detention for 127 days charged for treason after a row over the presidential motorcade, but several players say, the detention has instead bolstered his chances of winning the 2021 poll. Hichillema, the perennial rival in the country’s past six polls, having closely trailed and marginally behind late Rupiah Banda and Michael Sata, narrowly lost last year’s August 16 poll to incumbent, Edgar Lungu, 60 on 47 percent, against the latter’s 50.1 percent under the new constitution’s provision of 50 +1 percent-winner taking the seat. In the aftermath of the detention and subsequent release of Hichilema by The Lusaka High Court Judge, Charles Chanda, after Lilian Siyuni, Director of Public Prosecution...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50 countries. China has pledged that it would, in three years, train 200,000 technicians and provide 40,000 training opportunities in China, and will offer 30,000 government scholarships, he said. Stating that 1,100 Ethiopian candidates are invited this year to attend short-term...
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
Trial has failed to take off in a case in which Veteran Politician William Banda and 10 other United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres are charged with the offence of obstruction of police officers. This is because one of the suspects and the prosecutor handling the matter were not before the court. The suspects include William Banda, Gilbert Liswaniso, UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema’s press Secretary Brian Mwiinga and others. In this matter, it is alleged that the suspects obstructed police officers when they tried to stop them from arresting Mr. Hichilema on April 10, 2017.
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
Mopani Mines has announced that it will have to close several areas of its operations which may affect a total of 4,700 direct employees if power supply restrictions continue. In a statement, Mopani says it has become necessary to curtail some areas of its operations due to the restriction of power by Copperbelt Energy Corporation. It says the decision has been necessitated by the unilateral action by CEC to restrict power supply without notice and against the provisions of the Power Supply Agreement. “We are operating under a Power Supply Agreement dated the 31st March 2000, that was most recently amended on the 6th March 2015, and is valid until 2040. The PSA strictly sets out the agreed tariff and...
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema says he is not an angry man despite being in detention for four months on trumped up treason charges. And Hichilema says he has paid the price for agitating constitutional basic rights through his four-month detention over alleged treason charges. Meanwhile, the opposition leader has also said he wishes no one to be imprisoned because prison life is so horrible such that even prison warders are prisoners. Hichilema, Hamusonde Hamaleka, Muleya Hachinda, Laston Mulilanduba, Pretorius Haloba and Wallace Chakawa who were arrested in April, charged with treason, walked to freedom after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Lillian Siyunyi discontinued their case on August 16.
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
Seven mining companies in North western and Copperbelt Provinces have started paying the revised electricity tariffs. These are Konkola Copper mines, Barrick, Luanshya Mines, Kansanshi, Chambeshi Mines and the Non-Ferrous mining Company among others. The Chambers of Mines has confirmed the development to ZNBC News. And First Quantum Minerals Country representative General Kingsley Chinkuli says negotiations are currently under way with the Ministry of Energy over the revised tariffs. General Chinkuli says First Quantum Minerals the owners of Kalumbila and Kansanshi mines will issue a comprehensive statement on the matter today. Meanwhile, stakeholders in the mining sector have urged Mopani Copper Mines to pay for the revised electricity tariffs to foster economic development and job creation in the Country. The...
(Lusaka Times 08/22/17)
Former Chipata Mayor Jealous Phiri has committed suicide. Eastern Province Police Chief Alex Chilufya confirmed the death of Mr. Phiri 66 in a statement. Mr. Chilufya said Mr. Phiri ended his life after taking Doom pesticide. He said the Former Civic Leader was facing several cases of obtaining money by false pretences and was on police bond in one of the cases. “He was found dead in his car this morning around 05:00 hours. Mr Chilufya said he was found on the driver’s seat in his car with foam coming out of his nostrils and an empty container of doom pesticides was found besides the body. “He parked his car in Chipata primary school football ground before taking his life...
(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...

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