Wednesday 23 August 2017
(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...
(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...
(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...
(NPR 08/11/17)
You don't have to convince Likezo Nasilele that giving people a small but steady stream of cash with no strings attached may be the smartest way to fix poverty. Just a few years ago Nasilele and her husband, Chipopa Lyoni, couldn't even afford to feed their four children properly. Then Nasilele, who lives in a rural village in Western Zambia, lucked into an experimental government program that has provided her with up to $18 every other month. In the 2...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
Zambia is among 36 countries with more than 20% stunting.Stunting affects health, physical and cognitive development capacity as well as productivity in adulthood.It has been estimated that current levels of child stunting of 45% if unchanged in Zambia, will cost the country S$775m in productivity over a ten year period. There are various interventions that have been initiated to scale up nutrition levels in order to avoid stuntedness by targeting in both pregnant and breastfeeding women. One such programme is...
(Lusaka Times 07/31/17)
A delegation from the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) paid a visit Zambeef’s Ten-Miles Macro Outlet and Lusaka processing outlet on Friday (July 28) as part of the organisation’s wider tour of development projects and investments in the country. Expansion of Zambeef’s Novatek stockfeed division with the addition of a new processing plant in Mpongwe have been undertaken with support from IFC. The investment will generate additional capacity that will facilitate the continued growth of sales of Novatek...
(Lusaka Times 07/28/17)
President Lungu has called on all well meaning Zambians and all Stakeholders to support the PF Governments development agenda . Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the Kawambwa- Mporokoso road project this morning, The President stated that he expected all the infrastructure projects that government was embarking on to be of the highest standard. “We are all aware of the huge expenditure that Government is making on the construction of roads and related infrastructure such as bridges.” “We expect...
(Lusaka Times 07/28/17)
The Human Rights Commission (HRC ) wishes to appeal to Law Enforcement Officers not to abuse human rights of suspects during the declared threatened state of emergency period but adhere to the provisions of the Preservation of the Public Security Act and the regulations made thereunder. The Commission calls upon Law Enforcement Officers to refrain from over-detention of suspects in their efforts to maintain law and order but ensure that detained suspects are taken to court within seven days as...
(Financial Times 07/25/17)
President accused of opposition crackdown invoked emergency powers after suspect fires. The mysterious blaze that destroyed Zambia’s biggest market this month was still smouldering when President Edgar Lungu invoked emergency powers to prevent further “sabotage” he blamed on the opposition. But standing beside the burnt-out shell of the market in the capital Lusaka, those who lost livelihoods in the fire say that Mr Lungu, far from helping them, is presiding over the rapid decay of what was until recently one...
(Zambia Daily mail 07/21/17)
Former freedom fighters have commended President Lungu for invoking Article 31 of the Constitution to give more powers to the police to curb acts of economic sabotage and sustain peace in the country. Zambia United National Freedom Fighters Association (ZUNFFA) national secretary Christine Mulundika said in a statement yesterday that the association is happy that the proclamation has proved to be well meant and does not derogate the rights and freedoms of citizens. Ms Mulundika said the proclamation is in...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(Lusaka Times 07/12/17)
The world is aware that South Africa’s apartheid mercenaries and beneficiaries of apartheid regime are agitating for regime change in African States through hired mercenaries and political stooges. The objective is for them to come back through the backdoor using stooge Opposition political parties and regain ownership of mineral rights in countries such as Zambia. So, when one embarks on, or is paid to roll out propaganda as South African Greg Mills, in his political mercenary style, has gotten in...
(Cnbc Africa 07/12/17)
"Africa is an awakening giant," according to the former South African President Frederik Willem de Klerk speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul. The leader who oversaw the transition of his country's power to Nelson Mandela said Tuesday that the future looks bright for a continent previously blighted by war, famine and a lack of infrastructure. "I believe Africa is an awakening giant and, yes, it is not performing according to what we expected soon enough, but it will...

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