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Former Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane welcomes decision to seek the support from IMF

FORMER Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane has welcomed the decision by the Government to seek the support of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that the fund’s conditions are bearable. Dr Musokotwane, who was a minister in the Rupiah Banda-Cabinet, noted that the current country’s economic situation has left government with no option but to borrow

I’ll l not respond to provocations from those who are opposed to my leadership-Lungu

President Edgar Lungu says he will not respond to provocations from those who are opposed to his leadership. President Lungu also says he has listened to what the church has said on various issues affecting the country and will take their views on board. Speaking when he met Lenje chiefs in Katuba before the official

President Lungu has commissions the Katuba, Shimabala and Mumbwa road toll plazas

President Edgar Lungu has commissioned the Katuba, Shimabala and Mumbwa road toll plazas. And President Lungu says Zambia is on the move and he will not allow anyone to distract him from delivering on his promise to deliver development. He said politics has a season and those who lose must accept so that the nation

Zambia’s Drivern Technologies to Launch On-Demand TAXI APP for Lusaka commuters

Lusaka is about to experience a change in public transport as Drivern Technologies (Drivern) announces the launch of its On-Demand transport App called Drivern. The launch of the Drivern App, from the May 1st, 2017, will enable commuters in Lusaka and the online global community to request a taxi using their mobile devices. This solution

China releases $58 million for bed space expansion at the Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital

THE Chinese government has released 400 million Yuan (about $58 million) for bed space expansion at the Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital from the current 150 to 850. Chinese Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Chen Shijie said China would also help the hospital set up an endoscopy treatment centre within the next three years which would offer

Zambia ‘s April Inflation stays at 6.7 %

ZAMBIA’ annual rate of inflation for April 2017 has remained static at 6.7 per cent as that recorded the previous month. This means that on average, prices increased by 6.7 per cent between April 2016 and April 2017. Central Statistical Office (CSO) director John Kalumbi said during the media briefing that the year-on-year inflation rate

Kelvin Bwalya Fube moves a motion to impeach Linda Kasonde’s LAZ Council

Lusaka Lawyer Kelvin Bwalya Fube has moved a motion of no confidence in the current Law Association of Zambia Council led by Linda Kasonde. And Mr Fube has accused the current association of attempting to rig the outcome of the Extraordinary General Meeting by setting the start time at 08:00 Hours. The motion to impeach

HH’s Lawyers and State agree on a preliminary inquiry into the treason charge

The Lusaka Magistrate Court has adjourned to May 4th, 2017 the treason case involving UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others. The decision was made after the State informed Lusaka Magistrate David Simusamba that it is not opposed to the defence application for the court to constitute a preliminary inquiry in the matter. The State

Government has only authorized the export of mealie meal and not maize grain-Dora SIliya

Minister of Agriculture Dora Siliya says government has only authorized the export of mealie meal and not maize grain. Ms Siliya says the export of mealie meal was allowed because it helps maintain jobs within the country. The Minister was speaking to journalists when she toured the 2017 Agri tech expo in Chisamba. She said

The State want to weaken UPND by eliminating my Husband-Mutinta Hichilema

Incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s wife Mutinta has charged that the state wants to weaken the party by eliminating her husband. And Lusaka Magistrate David Simusamba has adjourned the treason case involving Mr. Hichilema and five others to 4th and 5th May 2017. Mr. Hichilema and five others have been remanded in police custody. Speaking

IMF and the World Bank talks have produced positive results beyond government’s expectations-Mutati

Finance Minister Felix Mutati says Zambia’s engagement with the IMF and the World Bank during the just ended spring meetings in Washington, D.C, has produced positive results beyond government’s expectations. Mr. Mutati has since announced that the Vice Presidents of World Bank and the IMF are separately scheduled to visit Zambia to consolidate the outcomes

Democracy in Zambia is completely dead under President Lungu-Alfred Ndhlovu

Former Deputy Transport Minister in the Chiluba Administration Alfred Ndhlovu has said democracy in Zambia is completely dead under President Edgar Chagwa Lungu reign. Reacting to the Catholic Church’s concerns over the human right abuse incidences in Zambia, Ndhlovu said PF Led Government is determined to kill democracy in Zambia for their selfish motives. Ndlovu

US Senator writes to President Lungu over HH’s imprisonment, urges him to end to politically motivated arrests

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has written to President Edgar Lungu regarding the imprisonment of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. Amid court proceedings against Mr. Hichilema beginning Tuesday and reports that his health is deteriorating in prison, Senator Cardin also raised his case at a briefing with reporters on Capitol

PF party structures countrywide should focus on unity of purpose and party mobilization-Davies Mwila

Patriotic Front Secretary General Davies Mwila has called on the party structures countrywide to focus on unity of purpose and party mobilization. Speaking ahead of his 5 day tour of Muchinga Province which starts on 24th April 2017, Mr. Mwila says that PF structures must lead the way in terms of discipline owing to the

Zambia’s investor confidence has improved this year-Mutati

Minister of Finance Felix Mutati says Zambia’s investor confidence has improved this year following enhanced economic stability. Mr. Mutati has cited the over three hundred investors from across the globe that seek to invest in the 4 billion US dollar Batoka Hydro power project. He says there are positive economic indicators in 2017 than last

Kampyongo defends Zambia Police, after catholic Bishops criticism

Minister of Home Affairs Steven Kampyongo has defended the police service from attacks of being unprofessional. Mr Kampyongo says police are working within the confines of the law. Mr. Kampyongo says if people are not happy with the operations of the Police, they are free to use laid down channels to air their grievances. He

Dante Saunders given a 24-hour ultimatum to give police vital information regarding recent fires in Lusaka

Patriotic Front has given UPND supporter Dante Saunders a 24-hour ultimatum to give police vital information he has on the fires following Hakainde Hichilema’s arrest. The ultimatum was issued by PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya who said the ruling party believed the self-acclaimed political activist had vital information that could be of interest to the

ZRA targets to raise K8 billion in penalties amnesty

The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has targeted to raise over K8 billion in an amnesty on interest and penalties launched today. ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda has told a media briefing that the amnesZRA CG Chandaty will run from 24th April to 31st July, 2017. Mr. Chanda says during this period, taxpayers are expected to

An international team of experts to investigate Lusaka Fires

A TEAM of experts in fire accidents from the International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professional (IICFIP) to investigate the spate of fires across Zambia and ensure that culprits are brought to book) is being assembled, says country director Gibson Mwewa. Dr Mwewa said that IICFIP was deeply concerned with the spate of fires that

UPND is being primitive by boycotting this year’s Labour Day celebrations-Labour Minister

UPND is being primitive by boycotting this year’s International Labour Day celebrations, says labour minister Joyce Simukoko. Ms Simukoko said all the workers should ignore the UPND stance on the day which was celebrated the world over. She said UPND’s primitiveness was shocking and the party would regret the actions. In an exclusive interview with

Zambia must grab all land belonging to foreigners-Mbita Chitala

Veteran politician Mbita Chitala has proposed that Government must enact laws that will compel all foreigners currently owning land to surrender the land to the state. Dr Chitala has also proposed that government should also make it a criminal offence for any foreigner to own land in Zambia. He said government should also criminally prosecute

Sinazongwe villagers own shares in irrigation scheme

By Benedict Tembo GEORGE Jalata and his fellow farmers in Nzenge village in Sinazongwe district await their dividends after toiling for almost six months on the cotton crop. Mr Jalata, who is the headman in Nzenga village under Chief Sinazongwe, has contributed to the success of the irrigation scheme by mobilising his subjects. One hundred

Zambia needs to develop foundational courses that will promote educational tourism-Msiska

SECRETARY to the Cabinet Roland Msiska says Zambia needs to develop foundational courses that will promote educational tourism to broaden revenue collection. He said as the country embarks on its economic stabilisation journey, Zambia requires collective efforts in developing necessary skills that are vital in building the nation’s future. Officiating at the launch of the

Zambia Police step up efforts to protect Markets

POLICE have engaged market committees and youths in all parts of the country to beef up security in markets and other public infrastructure which are targeted by arsonists. Spokesperson Esther Katongo announced the development on Saturday when she featured on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation’s Kwacha Good Morning Live programme. Ms Katongo said Zambians need to

Vice president Inonge Wina urges young people to stop being used

Vice president Inonge Wina has urged young people in the country not to be lured by money to do evil acts for whatever motive. Mrs. Wina says it is unfortunate that the country has in the past few weeks witnessed a number of destructions of public and private property by unknown people. Speaking on arrival

Government is open to Dialogue, Catholic Bishops must engage UPND on recognizing President Lungu

Government has maintained that it remains open to dialogue on various issues affecting the country. Chief Government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said that despite remaining open to dialogue, political parties like the opposition UPND has not been forthcoming. Ms. Mulenga was reacting to a statement by the Zambia Council for Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) who have called

Zambians die in South Africa Bus Accident

FOUR people, three of whom have been identified as Zambians, have died in South Africa in a road traffic accident involving a bus owned by Jitotwe Bus Services. According to a statement issued to the media by Nicky Shabolyo, the press secretary at the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, reports indicate that the four

UPND has nothing do with fire outbreaks rocking Zambia

The opposition UPND has distanced itself from rising cases of arson where unknown people have set ablaze some government buildings and markets. Addressing a news briefing in Lusaka, UPND National Chairperson Mutale Nalumango said the party has nothing to do with such cases. “I would like to clearly and firmly state here and now that

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President Lungu laughs off those wishing him death

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has laughed off those wishing him ill or retirement that he is still very energetic and will continue to govern the country. Speaking when he addressed resident of Livingstone who came to receive him at the airport to ear Mark his state visit of the province, President Lungu who expressed Joy at