Monday 18 December 2017
(Lusaka Times 08/09/17)
State house has reported that following the conclusion of the Zambian leg of her four-nation tour, Patricia Scotland, QC, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth will today hold a news conference at 17:00 hours Zambian time at Lusaka’s Intercontinental Hotel. The Commonwealth Secretary General will then proceed to Tanzania as a third country of her visit and conclude her regional tour with a visit to Mozambique. Her first point of call was Uganda before proceeding to Zambia. During her visit to Zambia, the Secretary General held a series of meetings with various State and non State actors. According to the statement , she met with His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, Her Honour Mrs...
(Lusaka Times 08/09/17)
Roan PF Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili and expelled PF former Chimwemwe MP Mwenya Musenge arrived in Monze today to hold talks with some Tonga Chiefs. They are in Monze to formally apologise to the Tonga speaking people over Mr Kambwili’s anti-Tonga remarks last year. Then as Chief Government Spokesman, Mr Kambwili said Tongas are so tribal such that they would rather vote for Hakainde Hichilema and not for Jesus Christ if Jesus contested elections. His statement enraged many Zambians who condemned Mr Kambwili describing the remarks as tribal. Mr Kambwili has since issued an apology following his expulsion from the PF and promised to travel to Southern Province to formally apologise. Today, Mr. Kambwili in the company of Mr...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Authorities in Zambia have arrested 30 Tanzanians for working without permits, the immigration department said on Wednesday. The Tanzanians were arrested last Thursday in eastern Zambia's Petauke district where they were conducting illegal mining activities, according to Immigration Department spokesperson Namati Nshinka. The Tanzanians, who are currently in police custody, will appear in court soon, he added. In June, authorities arrested 19 other Tanzanians in the same district over illegal gold mining. The eastern part of Zambia has recorded an increase in foreigners, especially Tanzanians, conducting illegal mining activities. Recently, authorities in the province revealed that about 5,000 people were involved in illegal mining activities in the province.
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. "By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish", he said, underscoring that "much more work needs to be...
(Lusaka Times 08/08/17)
Former Kafue PF Member of Parliament Obvious Mwaliteta and all his co-accused has been acquitted by the Lusaka High Court on charges of aggravated robbery. Mwaliteta, 47, of Kafue, Evans Mukobela, 45, of Matero, MacMillan Shimukonka, 34, of Twin Palm, Laswell Phiri, 43, of Lilanda, and Emanuel Mumbi of unknown age and address were arrested and charged for intercepting records of election results, a day before President Edgar Lungu was declared winner of August, 2016 elections. The court heard that Mr Mwaliteta was at the ECZ premise though there is no evidence from the state linking him to the crime. The court ruled that it cannot assume that the other co-accused Fred hamaamba was at the scene and found nothing...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be at his best in the 800m, where a clutch of athletes are suddenly dreaming of glory in the absence of Kenya's injured champion David Rudisha. Kenya is expected to continue its dominance of the men's 3,000m steeplechase - though American...
(AFP (eng) 08/04/17)
Zambian police on Thursday detained the leader of a small opposition party who is a fierce critic of President Edgar Lungu, in the latest sign of a crackdown on dissent. Savior Chishimba, leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), was held by plain-clothed police shortly after he appeared in a live interview at a private television channel's studios in Lusaka. Lungu invoked emergency powers last month, increasing police powers of arrest and detention, and blaming opposition parties for a string of arson attacks. Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the main opposition party the United Party for National Development (UPND), has been in jail since April. He was arrested after his convoy allegedly refused to give way to the presidential motorcade. Hichilema...
(Xinhuanet 08/04/17)
The head of the Commonwealth is expected to visit Zambia next week as part of peace building visits to African countries, the government said on Friday. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will be in Zambia from August 7 to 10 when she is expected to meet President Edgar Lungu as part of her African tour, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services. The secretary-general's visit offers opportunities to build on longstanding engagement with Zambia as a member state of the Commonwealth, the statement added. According to the statement, her visit is in line with the 2017 Commonwealth theme "A peace-building Commonwealth" which aims at building peace at all levels. The visit will also focus on...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/04/17)
Police arrested a Zambian opposition leader on Thursday and said he would be charged with defaming President Edgar Lungu, an offense that carries a maximum five-year prison term. Officers did not say how Saviour Chishimba, the head of the United Progressive People (UPP) party, had defamed the president. Chishimba made headlines in July, criticizing Lungu's decision to impose emergency powers and suggesting the president should go to hospital for mental tests. Political tensions in Zambia, once seen as one of Africa's more stable and functional democracies, have been rising since main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was arrested on treason charges in April. Lungu said on July 6 that he had invoked emergency powers to deal with "acts of sabotage" by...
(Lusaka Times 08/04/17)
Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo says Government is ready to process applications for dual citizenship in line with the provisions of the amended Constitution. Mr Kapyongo said at a press briefing yesterday that citizens who wish to acquire dual citizenship must notify the chief passport and citizenship officer or the nearest Zambian mission after successfully acquiring the other citizenship. Mr Kampyongo said it is imperative for all citizens to thoroughly read the guidelines and understand the requirements of the acquisition of dual citizenship. “Now that the regulations are in place, citizens of Zambia who wish to acquire citizenship of another country must notify the chief passport and citizenship officer or the nearest Zambian mission after successfully acquiring the other...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/04/17)
China will lend Zambia $282 million to improve the nation's telecommunications infrastructure and increase mobile phone usage over three years, the Chinese ambassador said on Friday. Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, has over 12 million mobile phone service subscribers, equivalent to about 70 percent of the population, according to latest government statistics. China's Huawei will erect 808 telecommunication towers and build support infrastructure, Chinese ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming said at a signing ceremony for the project. After completion of the project, Zambia's voice service penetration will increase to nearly 100 percent from 70 percent while data service penetration will rise to 40 percent from 5 percent, Yang said. "The project is funded by the Chinese government through a concessional...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year, while exports gained 3 percent to 47 billion U.S. dollars. Transport equipment has become a bright spot in China's exports to African countries, with that of ships, trains and aerospace equipment up 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys his beans from Monmouth Coffee Company in Borough Market. "I love it because of the relatively higher acidity level. It keeps me active in the afternoons." Customers willing to pay a premium for African brews, known for their floral, fruity...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands in 2015. The British broadcaster said the bribery was revealed by a former employee, Paul Hopkins. At the time, BAT said “we do not tolerate corruption in our business, no matter where it takes place.” The SFO investigation adds to...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Zambian authorities on Sunday said they had arrested three Chinese nationals and two locals found carrying pieces of rhino horn at the border with Mozambique. Parks and wildlife ministry spokesman Sakabilo Kalembwe said the five were arrested at the Chanida border post. They were held for "illegal possession of 25 rhino pieces weighing 32.2 kilograms (71 pounds)," Kalembwe said in a statement. The origins of the horns could not be immediately confirmed. On Wednesday a 24-year-old Chinese woman flying from Zambia with 20 kilograms of rhino horn was arrested at South Africa's main airport on her way to Hong Kong. But Kalembwe said no rhino has been reported poached in Zambia nor were any horns missing from its stockpiles in...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Economist Lubinda Haabazoka has charged that China is buying off all strategic positions in Zambia’s economy whilst Zambians are busy fighting ourselves on tribal and political lines. Dr Haabazoka who is also a Lecturer in the School of Business at the Copperbelt University warned that by the time Zambians finish fighting and reconcile, there will be nothing to share. He said the blame is not on government only but that most of it is on greedy citizens. “When you are selling property, you just look to sell at high prices to the Chinese forgetting the implications! Your children and grant children will be relegated to shanty compounds,” Dr Haabazoka said. “Look at Zambians seriously cutting down the Mukula and other...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
On 28th July 2017, we released the preliminary findings of our research into what the true debt position of Zambia is. We have received lots of useful feedback after many Zambians interrogated the figures we presented. As we stated in our original writeup, we did not claim perfection and we acknowledged that there could be gaps in our findings, factors we overlooked or information we left out. This second article aims to address these points. We have uncovered more loans than we listed previously. However, rather than list all the loans as we did before, we decided to take a different approach. We have taken the total of all new loans by year from the Annual Reports on the Ministry...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Dear Friends and Colleagues, Agriculture provides the main support for Zambia’s rural economy, and because of this, growth in the agricultural sector is the clearest avenue through which poverty reduction can be achieved in Zambia. Sixty seven percent of the Zambian population depend on agriculture, primarily through smallholder production for their livelihoods and employment. Zambia recognizes agriculture as one of the key priority sectors in achieving sustainable economic growth and diversification away from copper mining. The Food Reserve Agency -FRA- recently made a decision to set the floor price of a 50 Kilogram bag of white maize at 60 Kwacha under the 2017 crop marketing exercise. The FRA further announced that it will restrict its grain purchase to 500,000 metric...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Former Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa has defended President Edgar Lungu against accusations that he is sliding into a dictator. And Mr Sampa has advised expelled PF senior members Chishimba Kambwili and Mwenya Musenge to pause, take time and reflect. Mr Sampa who founded the defunct United Democratic Front said he still believes that President Lungu is a democratic. He also stated that he is still a member of the PF but serving a three-year suspension. “This means I am collectively supportive of all decisions made by the Party and by the President. At the moment I am busy with personal errands and school as I seek my PHD (opted for non-honorary).” He added, “My first central committee meeting...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba has maintained that the city council will go ahead and introduce a Garbage Fee to be collected through phone air time recharge. Mr Kalumba said the Fee will go towards effective management of solid waste in the capital city. He said his office has just completed consultations with phone companies over the introduction of Garbage Fee for Lusaka residents. “When you have a post-paid land line or mobile phone the phone companies earn the money when you make a call. However, I have found a different practice regarding prepaid accounts,” Mr Kalumba said. He continued, “They consider to earn the money immediately when you purchase air time even if you have not made a call. This...

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