Tuesday 17 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia said it expects a new outbreak of armyworms in the 2017/18 crop season, after the maize-munching pests ravaged southern Africa earlier this year. Countries with confirmed outbreaks can face import bans on agricultural products because the armyworm is classified as a quarantine pest. The pest can also cause extensive damage to crops and has a preference for maize, the regional staple. Communications and Transport Minister Brian Mushimba, who is in charge of the department of meteorology, said in a statement about the rain forecast for the season that Zambia expected an outbreak of armyworms nationwide during the crop season that runs from October to March. “We are working with the ministry...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/23/17)
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces have been killing civilians in an insurgency-hit region, prompting the latest influx of refugees into northern Zambia, a senior U.N. official said, citing accounts of asylum seekers. Zambia fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in the DRC entered its territory in one month. [L5N1M32S5] Pierrine Aylara, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chief representative in Zambia, told Reuters that the latest asylum seekers had said they were fleeing Congolese government forces.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Zambia fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entered its territory in one month, the presidency said on Friday. Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million forced to flee their homes in the DRC’s eastern Kasai region since the start of an insurrection nearly a year ago by the Kamuina Nsapu militia, which is demanding the withdrawal of military forces from the area. Zambia currently hosts some 59,195 refugees and other aslylum seekers, mostly from Angola, the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia
(Zambia Reports 09/22/17)
Some part of Lusaka have started receiving normal supply of water after nearly a week of dry taps. Townships in the capital are also getting a steady supply of electricity. Many parts of the City are still, however, facing water problem following maintenance works at the Kafue Lolande According to Water and Sewage Company the complete restoration of water expected back to normal over the weekend. By Charles Sakala
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday called for international support to contain the high number of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals seeking for asylum. Zambia has seen an influx of DRC nationals in recent weeks fleeing from unrest in some parts of that country. Lungu said he was concerned over the high number of the asylum seekers entering the country and needed assistance to take care of them. The Zambian leader expressed concern during a high-level side meeting on...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/11/17)
Zambia’s copper production is expected to inch lower this year mainly due to lower output from Konkola Copper Mines, a subsidiary of London-listed Vedanta Resource, the mines ministry said on Monday. Total copper production is forecast to fall to 753,992 tonnes from 774,290 in 2016, Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda told reporters. Production at Konkola Copper Mines will fall by 40 percent while output at Lumwana Mine, owned by Barrick Gold, should decline by 15 percent, Chanda added...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(Lusaka Times 08/30/17)
Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) Chief Electoral Officer Priscilla Isaac’s contract has ended. ECZ Public Relations Officer Raphael Phiri says Ms Isaac’s contract will come to an end tomorrow, Thursday 31st August, 2017, but that her official last working day was today Wednesday, 30th August, 2017. Mr Phiri says Ms Isaac opted not to renew her contract after serving the Commission for 17 years. Ms Isaac joined the Commission as a public relations officer before being elevated to Deputy Director...
(Lusaka Times 08/30/17)
Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) and the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) have reached an agreement that will lead to the resumption of power supply to the mine today. This is in a statement issued by President Lungu’s Press Aide Amos Chanda, below is the statement. According to the statement, MCM and CEC have reached an agreement that will lead to the resumption of power supply to the mine today. The agreement which has been facilitated by Government is to be amicably...
(Lusaka Times 08/30/17)
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema says he has forgiven all those that plotted his brutal arrest and incarceration for over four months. Addressing thousands of worshippers during a thanksgiving prayer service held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross to thank God for his release, Mr Hichilema said he will not seek revenge against his political enemies who took him to jail along with five of his supporters. Mr Hichilema said he did not harbour hatred against the authorities after...
(Lusaka Times 08/30/17)
A Charcoal trader has been picked up by police in Ndola in connection with the fire that ravaged Ndola’s Kapalala Market Wednesday morning. Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga told Journalists in Ndola that the Charcoal trader has been arrested for criminal negligence over the gutting of Kapalala market. Mrs. Katanga said police have withheld the suspect’s name to protect him from possible lynching from affected shop owners. She said police investigations have concluded that the fire started after a brazier...
(Xinhuanet 08/29/17)
The Zambian government has started working on the revision of the minimum wage, the country's labor commissioner said on Tuesday. Chanda Kaziya said work on the revision of the minimum wage has commenced and was expected to be completed soon. He said the changing economic situation has forced the government to embark on revising the minimum wage after the first revision which was done in 2012. "The government is concerned about the low wages and is actively working on changing...
(Lusaka Times 08/29/17)
A BUS station owned by expelled Patriotic Front (PF) central committee member Mwenya Musenge in Mansa, has been closed by the Mansa Municipal Council. Mr Musenge, who is former Copperbelt minister and Chimwemwe PF Member of Parliament, last week received a letter from the council informing him to immediately close down his bus station because individuals were not allowed to own bus stations. “Ififine balenchita akantu, kuti wachita shani? nabanguma amakofi mumbafu?” meaning “I am being victimised, what can I...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy,...
(Lusaka Times 08/29/17)
President Edgar Lungu has led hundreds of people in Lusaka to the funeral of former Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde. President Lungu arrived at Saint IGNATIUS Catholic Church around 10:15 hours for a Requiem Mass. Others in attendance are former President Kenneth Kaunda, Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima , Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini and PF Secretary General Davies Mwila. Cabinet Ministers and top government officials are also in attendance. Speaking during the Church Service, Saint Ignatius Parish Priest...
(Lusaka Times 08/28/17)
The revision of Zambia’s sovereign rating by Standards and Poors Global from negative to POSITIVE-WITH-A-STABLE-OUTLOOK is an affirmation of the soundness of the policies being implemented by the Government of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to stabilize and grow the economy, FINANCE MINISTER FELIX MUTATI has said. STANDARD AND POORS [S&P] GLOBAL RATINGS has revised Zambia’s outlook on the ‘B’ long -term foreign and local currency sovereign ratings to STABLE FROM NEGATIVE. At the same time, the ‘B’ long-term and ‘B’...

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