Wednesday 20 September 2017
(The Associated Press 07/20/17)
Zambian media say 93-year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the country’s independence leader and former longtime president, is hospitalized. State broadcaster ZNBC reported Wednesday that Kaunda was admitted Tuesday evening to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, the capital. ZNBC quotes Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya as saying Kaunda is in stable condition after “minor complaints” and could leave the hospital by Thursday. Kaunda led Zambia from independence from British rule in 1964 until 1991. Zambia was a one-party state for much of that time, though Kaunda eventually yielded to pressure to hold a multi-party vote and peacefully left office when he lost. Zambia’s democratic record after Kaunda was widely praised as an African model. However, the recent jailing of the main opposition leader...
(Zambian Eye 07/20/17)
Progress towards an IMF programme for Zambia remains slow and may be further delayed by domestic political events, Fitch Ratings says. Our expectation of an IMF programme is a key support to Zambia’s ‘B’/Negative sovereign rating. The IMF’s most recent mission to Zambia, which concluded last month, resulted in the Zambian authorities agreeing with the IMF on the “remaining actions needed to reach staff-level agreement”. A request to the IMF Executive Board could be made in August if the two sides can “reach understandings in the coming weeks”. But the IMF’s end-of-mission statement suggests that recent progress has been slower than expected, and that there are still obstacles to reaching a deal. It noted continuing revenue shortfalls and the possible...
(Xinhuanet 07/20/17)
Globalization will leaves the poor behind unless the United Nations (UN) implements its development goals in a way that benefits landlocked countries, a Zambian official said Wednesday. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is aimed at eradicating poverty. The goals can be achieved only if the fundamental principle of "not leaving everyone behind" is translated into action at the global, regional and national level, said Zambia's Minister of National Development and Planning Lucky Mulusa. The Zambian minister, a representative for LandLocked Developing Countries
(Zambia Reports 07/20/17)
UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has marked his 100th day behind bars with a statement reassuring his supporters things will one day be well. Hichilema says although enduring what he terms as “atrocious conditions”, he still held no ill feeling against his alleged persecutors. The leading opposition figure is awaiting trial for treason. The charge is non bailable. READ HICHILEMA’S STATEMENT Good morning fellow citizens, Yesterday marked 100 days from the day we were arrested. But we habour no hate for anyone as we believe that everything that happens in life is for a purpose. Our love for Zambia and what we aspire for the country to be has not changed. We are very clear on what our country needs to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related drought wilted crops last year. Poor business confidence in South Africa and foreign exchange restrictions in Nigeria have also hampered growth. "We expect that African monetary policy is entering a widespread and protracted period of policy easing. This will provide a boost to growth," said John Ashbourne, Africa analyst at Capital Economics. Ghana, which agreed a three-year fiscal discipline deal with the International Monetary Fund in exchange for aid in 2015,...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30 million mobile-banking customers, giving them “a very sizeable platform on the continent,” he said. Vodacom’s purchase of the Safaricom stake from U.K. parent company Vodafone Group Plc gives the South African company access to the fast-growing M-Pesa platform, which processed...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as he packed up leftovers at a training event for people who work with refugees, where he had served a menu which included traditional African dishes. "I talk to my family frequently, ask them their needs, and help...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Africa is making progress towards the establishment of a trade zone by Oct. 30 that will cover approximately half of the continent's member states. The Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Trade and Customs, Francis Mangeni, said in a commentary published in the Star Newspaper on Monday that so far 19 of the 26 countries involved have signed the agreement. "Three outstanding annexes had meant the tripartite agreement was not complete and this was advanced by some countries as the reason they could not sign or ratify the agreement. However their adoption represented a milestone in the negotiation, as it removed the last obstacle to signing and ratifying the agreement," Mangeni said. The tripartite free...
(Financial Mail 07/14/17)
If the Zambian president’s expressed intention to declare a state of emergency is carried out, it will consolidate his power, critics warn, as fears mount that he will target members of the opposition A day after Zambia’s biggest market, Lusaka City, was destroyed by fire, President Edgar Lungu signalled his intention to declare a state of emergency in the landlocked country. "I didn’t say the country is no longer safe. I said it is sliding into a worrisome state that might lead me to declare a state of emergency," Lungu said at a State House press conference last week.
(Lusaka Times 07/14/17)
Action Aid Acting Country Director Kijala Shako has expressed worry over tax evasion by some companies in Zambia’s financial sector. Speaking during a public discussion at Southern Sun Hotel today, Ms. Shako said once irregularities in taxation are controlled in the financial sector, the economy in Zambia will be stable, thus reduce cost of living. And Ms. Kijala commended Bank of Zambia (BOZ), Bankers Association of Zambia (BAZ) and Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) for their commitment to regulate fund flow in Zambia and that which is taken outside the country. “We Are worried over tax evasion by some companies in Zambia’s financial sector” Shako said And Action Aid Economic Justice Officer Musonda Kabinga said the organization’s 2016 report indicates that...
(Lusaka Times 07/14/17)
Botswana’s leading supermarket, Choppies, plans to expand its operations in Zambia by opening nine more outlets with Chipata branch to be unveiled this month-end. Group chief executive officer Ramachandran Ottapathu said Zambia’s favourable investment climate has allowed the retail chain store to rapidly broaden its business prospects to other potential markets outside Lusaka. Mr Ottapathu said, when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to Botswana Brigadier General Patrick Tembo, that Chipata will be the latest investment destination with a store to be opened this month. This is contained in a statement issued by Zambia’s first secretary to Botswana Kasabo Kalussa. In 2014, Choppies started its operation in Zambia with one store in Lusaka’s Kanyama Township and to-date...
(Lusaka Times 07/14/17)
Visiting Zimbabwean Minister for Mashonaland, Martin Dihna says he has not seen any sign of breakdown in the governance of Zambia. Dr. Dihna says measures put in place by the Zambian government to enhance peace in the country should be upheld. The Zimbabwean Minister said this in Lusaka today when he met with Lusaka Province Minister, Japhen Mwakalombe at his office. The two Ministers met for bilateral discussions on the twinning of Lusaka and Mashonaland Central Provinces. And Mr. Mwakalombe said Zambia remains stable and that its citizens are going on with their normal businesses. He also said the visit by the Zimbabwean delegation is an indication that there is peace in Zambia. The establishment of a twinning relationship between...
(Lusaka Times 07/14/17)
Zambia has been commended for her determination to end and eliminate child marriage and forced marriages through formulation of comprehensive legislative and policy frameworks meant to protect the rights of children from all forms of violence. Zonta International, a global orgainisation whose motto is to empower women through service and advocacy, with about 30 000 members in 66 countries has applauded Zambia for engaging the traditional leadership in fighting the scourge of child marriage and forced marriages. It was founded in 1919. The organization is equally happy that there has been political will from Zambia’s political leadership in the fight against child marriage and forced marriages which has seen President Edgar Lungu, being recognized as a champion for the He...
(Voice of America 07/13/17)
Zambia's parliament has imposed a 90-day state of emergency, after the president last week declared the need for one. The situation is likely to deepen the political crisis in the country, and analysts say it also could scare away much needed investors to the copper-dependent, landlocked nation. The president called for the state of emergency after a fire destroyed the capital’s main market earlier this month. He described the fire as an arson attack by "a few unpatriotic citizens" and said, in a speech to the nation, that this and other fires were "premeditated acts, which if left unchecked could have serious socio-economic consequences
(Lusaka Times 07/13/17)
Incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has complained to the Luanshya Magistrate Court over the manner he was moved from Mukobeko Maximum Prison to Luanshya. Mr. Hichilema, through his lawyer Chimuka Magubbwi of Magubbwi and Associates of Ndola said the prison authorities lured him that he needed to see his lawyers when infact not. This is in a matter in which Mr. Hichilema and his Vice Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba are jointly charged with unlawful assembly. The matter has since been adjourned to August 28, 2017 for continued trial. Police sources have indicated that Mr Hichilema has now been taken to...
(Lusaka Times 07/13/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu is not a dictator, and nor does he want to be. That’s his version, at least, and he’s sticking to it. ‘Zambia is the most accomplished democracy in this region or the whole of Africa. If this is dictatorship, there is no democracy in Africa,’ he told a press conference in Lusaka last week. ‘I know that people think I am targeting political players. I am not targeting any political player. I am only trying to bring sanity.’ Lungu’s actions, however, tell a different story. This year has seen him accrue more and more power at the expense of local media, civil society and opposition parties. Three incidents in particular stand out. The first came on...
(Lusaka Times 07/13/17)
Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) National Coordinator Lawrence Mwelwa has welcomed United Party for National Development (UPND) Leader Hakainde Hichilema’s statement suggesting that His party is ready to dialogue with the Ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and its leader Edgar Lungu. Speaking in an interview with Pan African Radio, Dr Mwelwa said Mr. Hichilema’s statement was welcome as it concerns the restoration of peace in Zambia. Dr. Mwelwa observed that going by the recent spate of vandalism to private and public property in Zambia, it is clear that the country’s peace and stability is slowly deteriorating. Dr. Mwelwa said lawlessness leading to a state of emergence is as a result of lack of interest in dialogue exhibited by both the...
(Lusaka Times 07/13/17)
OPPOSITION United Party for National Development (UPND) has challenged Parliament for endorsing Government’s decision to invoke Article 31 of the republican Constitution, saying the decision was ill-conceived. In an affidavit filed in the Constitutional Court yesterday, UPND secretary-general Stephen Katuta has alleged that the decision is a scheme calculated to disenfranchise the 46 suspended members of Parliament and their respective constituencies from participating in matters of national importance. He submitted that on Tuesday, Speaker of the National Assembly called to the session a motion to approve by resolution and the proclamation in the absence of the 46 members of Parliament. Mr Katuka says he is reliably advised and believes that it is unconstitutional for Parliament to convene for purposes of...
(Lusaka Times 07/13/17)
Vice President Inonge Wina has announced that the 4 000 marketeers that were operating at the gutted Lusaka City Market will be relocated to alternative trading places to pave way for the reconstruction of a new modern market. Mrs. Wina said that the two alternative pieces of land that have been identified are Simon Mwewa Lane and Soweto market. The Vice President said that a combined team of defense force and engineers have already started working on the alternative trading sites and is expected to be complete in six weeks. Mrs. Wina was speaking at a breakfast meeting in Lusaka to launch the fund for rehabilitation of markets in Zambia. She called on the corporate entities and individuals to assist...
(Lusaka Times 07/13/17)
Political Activist Dante Saunders has urged the Zambia Police Service (ZPS) to thoroughly investigate the case of sabotage of Public property and ensure that all the culprits are brought to book. Speaking in an interview with Pan African Radio, Saunders revealed that Zambians are now living in anxiety and not happy with the current happenings in the country which have led to the declaration of a threat that may lead to a State of Emergence. Saunders believes that the people behind the attacks could be acting innocent and has urged Zambia Police to be more professional as they carry out their investigations for peace to prevail in Zambia. And Saunders has advised Government to prioritize uplifting the living standards of...

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