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UNZA should invest in research

THE modern world today is moving at a supersonic speed from its native era. Our world has continued to transform into different characteristics, either shaped by man’s own making or outside forces that man has little or no control over. From unintended consequences and natural misfortunes such as climate change to occurrences like unstable economic

voters’ register audit to commence soon

By JAMES KUNDA - AUDITING of the provisional voters’ register is expected to commence this month ahead of certification next month, the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has said. ECZ chairperson Esau Chulu said the register would be audited by an independent entity beginning June 13 prior to certification on July 31 and in time

Zambians in SA set up welfare fund

By MELBOURNE MUSHITU - THE Zambia Association in South Africa (ZASA) has established a welfare fund aimed at benefitting Zambians living in South Africa. Press secretary at the Zambia High Commission in South Africa Nicky Shabolyo said the fund had been established following a unanimous resolution at a ZASA national executive and branch committees meeting

Tasila Lungu files in nomination papers

By FLAVIOR CHISHALA - PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Nkoloma Ward aspiring councillor Tasila Lungu yesterday filed in her nomination at Dili Primary School in Lusaka’s Chawama Constituency. Ms Lungu, who was flanked by scores of party members, said she was motivated to join politics as a way of contributing to uplifting the living standards of the

PF/MMD relations cordial—Nakachinda

By HELLEN TEMBO - THE MMD has described the relationship with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) as cordial and has dismissed some media reports suggesting that the two parties have differed over adoptions. MMD spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda said some statements circulating that the two parties had differed over the on-going parliamentary adoption process were malicious.

Panic button!

By SANDRA MWILA - CHIPOLOPOLO assistant coach Aggrey Chiyangi has expressed concern with the striking force as the team jetted into battle zone in readiness for Saturday’s Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) must-win qualifier against Guinea-Bissau. Chiyangi said the technical bench is under pressure to ensure that Zambia does not miss out on

Tigers shun camp

By SANDRA MWILA and ADRIAN MWANZA - LUSAKA Tigers players boycotted training demanding to be paid their outstanding dues ahead of today’s MTN-FAZ rescheduled Week 11 match against Red Arrows. Meanwhile, Green Eagles coach Justin Chinama has been given a four-match ultimatum to turn around misfortunes at the club or face the sack. The players

Three head coaches axed

By RONALD CHAWE - THREE FAZ Division One Zone Two sides, Indeni, Kalulushi Modern Stars and Kansanshi Dynamos have fired their head coaches. Indeni coach Fred Siame, Kalulushi trainer William Nkonde and Kansanshi coach George Kapembwa have been shown exit doors due to the respective club poor performances. In Indeni’s case, the club sacked Siame

Punza makes Rio team

By SAMUEL LUKHANDA - ZAMBIAN judoka Mathews Punza landed himself ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games thanks to a boardroom decision much to the delight of his national team coach Limpimile Moola and the National Olympic Committee (NOC). Punza qualified after the International Judo Federation (IJF) updated its data base and the Zambian sneaked

Kamte wins KCM ProAms

By NDINAWE SIMPELWE - SOUTH African James Kamte yesterday led his team to the top position of the first of the two Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Zambia Open ProAms at Nchanga Golf Club in Chingola. Meanwhile, Zambia’s Dayne Moore with his team of amateurs posted an impressive score to finish second. Kamte, who had an

Atlas Mara targets Barclays stake

By JUDITH NAMUTOWE - ATLAS Mara is exploring a bid for Barclays Bank’s stake in its Africa operation, the latest African magazine has revealed. Atlas Mara, an investment vehicle founded by former Barclays director Bob Diamond, is the parent company of retail bank BancABC and was in the process of acquiring Finance Bank Zambia (FBZ).

Adapt to improved agro technology, farmers told

By HELEN ZULU - SOUTH Africa’s Greenwich Institute of Technology has urged farmers to adapt to improved farming technologies to achieve high production. Greenwich Institute of Technology Group chief executive officer Michelo Moonga said farmers need to adapt to improved farming technologies to achieve high production, productivity, and improve the agriculture base. According to AgriProfocus

ZAABC against SA farmers invite

By CHATULA KANGALI - THE Zambia Alliance for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity Conservation (ZAABC) has opposed the invitation of South African farmers to invest in Zambia, saying the development will negatively impact on small-scale farmers and land ownership. However, Government has allayed these fears and assured small-scale farmers of protection from the large scale farmers. ZAABC

HIPC states urged to avoid debt trap

By MAIMBOLWA MULIKELELA - POST Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) like Zambia should contract sustainable economic debt to avoid falling back in the debt trap, Finance Deputy Minister Christopher Mvunga has said. With the volatile exchange rates, falling commodity prices, climate induced adverse changes and declining capital flows, post HIPC countries need to be cautious

CMACS opens doors

By KENNEDY MUPESENI - THE Copperbelt Mining, Agriculture and Commercial Show (CMACS) has today opened its doors to the general public. Companies ready to take part in this year’s event were found bust making final touches on their various stands. A check on some stands indicated readiness by companies to participate in the show looking

Book World’s inspiring story

Last year we featured an article that looked at one of the leading book and stationery stores in the country called Book World, a limited company by shares. We traced its humble beginnings as a single small book store in the early 1990s along Cairo Road in Lusaka with a liquid capital of K100 by

African States unite against illicit cash flows

THE 51st edition of the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s annual meetings came to a close in Zambia’s capital Lusaka last week with the bank making several pronouncements aimed at developing the continent. One major and candid pronouncement made was the commitment towards combating of illicit financial flows in most developing African states. Africa has for

Embrace adopted candidates

POLITICAL parties taking part in the August general elections have by now adopted their candidates to contest various positions that are up for grabs. In the past week, members of different political parties aired either their disapproval or approval over certain candidates. A research paper prepared by the European Commission indicates that the nomination of

‘Mutati is lawful MMD leader’

By KASONDE KASONDE - THE Registrar of Societies has maintained that Felix Mutati is the legitimate president of the MMD. This is despite a challenge by Nevers Mumba who stormed the registrar’s office demanding that such a decision be reversed to favour him. Home Affairs spokesperson Moses Suwali said the Registrar of Societies had recognised

200 UPND Katuba members defect to PF

By REBECCA MUSHOTA and HOPE BWALYA - ABOUT 200 members of the United Party for National Development (UPND) in Katuba Constituency have defected to the Patriotic Front (PF). The 200 included the entire UPND Katuba Ward officials led by their chairperson Frederick Kapikisha. They defected at Musaka Lodge in Katuba and were received by PF

UPND leader nabbed over political violence

By FLAVIOR CHISHALA - A UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) leader at the Intercity Bus Terminus in Lusaka has been detained for his alleged involvement in political violence. Innocent Kalimanshi was by press time yesterday in police custody for questioning over the burning of the Patriotic Front (PF) offices in Matero Constituency. Lusaka Province

‘Don’t impose unpopular candidate on us’

By MILDRED KATONGO SOME members of the Patriotic Front (PF) in Bwana Mkubwa Constituency in Ndola have appealed to the Central Committee not to impose on them a candidate who is unpopular. The members said if the Central Committee decides to field a candidate who is not known by the people, the party risked losing

Zesco gets $60m Stanchart, USAID loan

By MAIMBOLWA MULIKELELA - STANDARD Chartered Bank has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide a loan worth US$60 million to support Zambia’s electricity company, Zesco. This makes it one of the largest facilities USAID has delivered within President Barack Obama’s Power Africa partnership since the campaign was launched in

ZITF to discuss tobacco exhibition at show

By CHATULA KANGALI - THE Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) says it will discuss with the Zambia Association of Manufacturers (ZAM) the possibility of exhibiting tobacco products at this year’s fair. General manager Alex Mayeya said ZIFT would soon approach ZAM to discuss the requirements and other terms of condition for exhibiting tobacco products at

CBU to embark on aluminium sulphate production

By KENNEDY MUPESENI - THE Copperbelt University (CBU) will soon start commercial production of aluminium sulphate that is going to significantly reduce imports of the commodity by water utilities in the country. In 2013, the School of Mines embarked on research to look at the possibility of producing aluminium sulphate, a chemical used in water

India to provide $40m agro finance

By MAIMBOLWA MULIKELELA - INDIA will provide US$40 million to Zambia for implementation of the agriculture mechanisation programme. Recently, the Government announced that it was going to launch the programme within the next two months aimed at increasing productivity. Agriculture mechanisation is a production technology that encourages the use of mechanised agriculture equipment. Indian High

Harmful tomato pests invade Kafue

By HELEN ZULU - A DEVASTATING pest that mainly attacks tomato crops has broken out on farms in Kafue District and surrounding areas, affecting production. Kafue District Farmers’ Association chairperson Chuma Sianga confirmed the outbreak of the pest dubbed Tuta absoluta and said the matter had been reported to authorities at the ministry of Agriculture.

Freedom of being healthy

LAST week we celebrated Africa Freedom day. It was a leisurely Wednesday and a tempting time to get into long-winded arguments. I found myself in one of those philosophical discussions on whether Africa was in fact free. The argument rose in its tempo and tempers flared. Finally the ‘warring’ parties squared off on a truce,

Govt, stakeholders partner to improve C/belt maternal health

By FELIX MALUNGA - IT is shocking that only 47 per cent of births in Zambia are attended to by skilled health workers at health institutions while home delivery has an incredible 53 per cent. Zambians in rural areas have limited access to healthcare, with about 50 per cent of rural communities being within five

Hand hoe cannot end poverty

By STEPHEN KAPAMBWE - FOR many generations, small-scale farmers have produced an estimated 90 per cent of Zambia’s food requirements using the hoe, and for generations, the country has failed to fully exploit its agriculture potential. But as population grows and with rising climate change challenges putting pressure on yields, it has become inevitable to