Wednesday 23 August 2017
(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...
(Lusaka Times 06/23/17)
International Trade Expert Trevor Simumba has advised President Edgar Lungu to facilitate a National Economic Summit for the Zambia Economic Recovery Programme. Mr Simumba said patriotic citizens will help President Lungu organise and facilitate the summit without charge. “You have launched the 7th National Development Plan which is good. But that plan now needs to be broken down into practical strategies and action plans that will catalyse and enable private sector trade and investment and generate jobs and economic growth for Zambia,” Mr Simumba said. He warned that without, the 7th NDP will just be another nice plan and document gathering dust in offices all across Zambia.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by...
(Voice of America 06/21/17)
WASHINGTON DC — On June 5, Saudi Arabia and its allies, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of funding extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic State. In response, Qatar said it was the victim of a policy of “domination and control” by its larger neighbor and that Saudi Arabia was, in fact, the one responsible for backing extremism. So what is the truth? Fundamentalist strains of Islam, including Saudi-born Salafism and Wahhabism, form the ideological bedrock for most terror groups. According to a study by Leif Wenar of King’s College London based on the Global Terrorism Database, three out of four terror attacks in the last 10 years...
(RFI(EN) 06/20/17)
Church leaders in Zambia are worried that the country is turning into a dictatorship with challenges relating to governance, restrictions on people’s freedoms and human rights violations. The strongly-worded statement by three church bodies published on Friday calls for the release of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who is currently in jail facing treason charges. “We find it hard to find other ways of describing rather than to say, here are signs of a kind of regime which has the tendency of dictatorship,” Cleophas Lungu, Secretary General, Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops, told RFI. Read more at: http://en.rfi.fr/africa/20170616-zambia-becoming-dictatorship-say-church...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
oundation of mutual respect, shared values and an unshakable commitment to democracy and development. President Lungu said the two countries have shown strong commitment to working together to achieve progress in regional economic integration, peace security and stability. The President was speaking during a state banquet hosted in honour of the visiting Rwandan President Paul Kagame who arrived yesterday for a two day State visit. There is need for African countries to work closely to reform the African union to make it more responsive to challenges of the time and the future, Mr. Lungu said. He said Zambia will cooperate fully in the important discussions which will yield vital recommendations to reform the African union (AU ). He added that...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
The Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia board says it has distanced itself from the recent joint statement issued by the three Church mother bodies because its Secretariat was sidelined in the process of coming up with the statement. The statement has however not been signed by EFZ Chairman Paul Mususu who attended the briefing at Kapingila House and his Vice Bishop Fortune Mwiza. Leaders of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Council of Churches of Zambia and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia last week held a joint media briefing at Kapingila House where a strong statement was issued condemning the PF government for the worsening governance climate in the country. But in a statement issued this morning, EFZ Board said...
(Lusaka Times 06/20/17)
A police officer of Luanshya Central Police this morning shot dead his wife and later shot himself following a marital dispute. The incident happened around 09:45 hours today at his residence, House No. 138 Levi Chito police camp. The officer identified as Constable Kelvin Kabaso who was on patrol in the second class trading area left his point of duty and went home were he shot his wife dead, a fellow police officer only identifies as Constable Chabamba. Constable Kabaso shot his wife Chabamba in the left chest who was pronounced dead on arrival at Thomson hospital. He later shot himself in the mouth and sustained head injuries near the ear and has since been rushed to Ndola Teaching Hospital...

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