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GBM promises more opportunities for local contractors, traders

By MELBOURNE MUSHITU - THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has promised to give more opportunities to local traders and contractors in the country as a way of empowering them once elected into office in August. UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba said local contractors and traders were important in helping boost the country’s economy.

WfC pledges to support female candidates

By ETAMBUYU SANGÁNDU - THE Women for Change (WfC) has pledged to support women vying for elective office in the August general elections. The organisation has pledged to provide them with necessary campaign materials. WfC executive director Lumba Siyanga said in an interview yesterday that her orgainsaton was doing everything possible to ensure women candidates

Vote for Lungu, AVEMA urges marketeers

By MUSONDA MANGILASHI - THE Association for Vendors and Marketeers in Zambia (AVEMA) has urged marketeers to support President Edgar Lungu’s re-election bid in the August 11 polls. AVEMA president Able Chikwa said President Lungu had incorporated street vendors and marketeers into the national development agenda. He said street vendors should reciprocate the gesture by

Man nabbed while attempting to write exam for fiancée

By MILDRED KATONGO  - POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a man and his fiancée after he attempted to write an examination on her behalf at Information and Communication University (ICU). Both Police deputy spokesperson Rae Hamoonga and ICU registrar Davies Chengo confirmed that George Mbewe of Kabanana Township and his fiancé  Ndingile Musumali were arrested

IG petitioned over social media video clip

By CHILA NAMAIKO - A CROSS-SECTION of society has condemned a group of men who were filmed beating and sexually molesting a woman in a video clip which has gone viral on social media. In the video, a man alleged to be the boyfriend is seen beating the unknown woman who seems unconscious and later

‘Use Trade Fair to build synergies’

AS this year’s Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) which opened on Wednesday this week continues, we want to reflect on the history and importance of this event. It is interesting to note that what is now known as Zambia International Trade Fair started in 1956 as an annual Northern Rhodesia Show. The show became a

Things have broken down

By AUSTIN KALUBA - THE English dictum ‘mother is the best cook’ is found in many African languages and describes the limited perception of a person who remains at home without travelling to other places. I feel this best describes the acceptance of the sub-standards of bodies representing our institutions in Zambia. The mediocrity pertaining

UPND has nothing to offer Zambians – Tayali

By MELBOURNE MUSHITU - ZAMBIAN Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali has said United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Mwamba have nothing tangible to offer to the Zambians. Mr Tayali said this was because the people of Zambia had more confidence in the leadership of President Edgar Lungu.

Dismiss Post application, ZRA asks Tax Appeals Tribunal

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE - THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has asked the Tax Appeals Tribunal to dismiss an application  by the Post Newspapers to summon its commissioner general to explain why the authority disobeyed an ex parte order to allow the newspaper to continue with its operations. ZRA lawyers argued that the tribunal had no

Chiefs condemn politicians fanning violence

By REBECCA MUSHOTA - in Mwense CHIEFS in Mwense District have condemned politicians perpetuating violence and those accusing the Government of not providing a conducive environment for fair campaigns. The chiefs said yesterday that it was unfortunate that some politicians are using violence as a means to campaigning, and at the same time accusing the

Lungu honours FTJ

By REBECCA MUSHOTA - in Mwense PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has renamed Luapula University FTJ University in honour of late President Frederick Chiluba, whom he described as the father of democracy in Zambia. Meanwhile, the development has been received with joy by the people of Musangu area of Mwense District, the birthplace of Dr Chiluba, Zambia’s

Chizongwe drawn with Kaoma in Copa Coca-Cola Schools competition

By GWEN CHIPASULA - COPA Coca-Cola Schools champions Chizongwe have been drawn in the same group with Kaoma in the competition that starts on Wednesday at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka. Missing from the 23rd edition of the tournament that will run from July 6 to 9 in Lusaka will be the

‘Zesco lacked killer finish’

From KALUMIANA KALUMIANA - in Rabat, Morocco Wydad 2 Zesco 0 WYDAD Casablanca coach John Toshack says Zesco United lacked the killer finish in yesterday’s CAF 2016 Champions League Group A clash at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium. Toshack, who piled praise on the Zambian champions, said while Zesco merited being in the Champions League group

Football anarchy!

ANARCHY is football’s worst enemy and unacceptable in modern day football administration. However, there is a very thin line between anarchy and providing ‘checks and balances’ in our local football administration. While ‘constructive’ criticism is acceptable in providing checks and balances, too much of it becomes worse than anarchy. I was dismayed to read about

Janza ‘fails’ to honour deal

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE  - FORMER Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza has been dragged to court over non-refund of K180,000. Janza is alleged to have sold a house to Mwansa Kapumpe, a Lusaka resident, but could not handover the house despite the latter having paid the full purchase price. Mwansa has since asked the Lusaka High Court to

UPND pledges to maintain peace

By BILKE MULENGA - THE United Party for National Development (UPND )in Kalulushi has assured the electorate that the party will maintain peace before, during and after the August 11 general elections. Kalulushi District UPND information and publicity secretary, Denis Mucele said the party had resolved to promote and maintain peace before, during and after

PF Kanyama candidate wins support

By NDUBI MVULA  - FORMER Patriotic Front (PF) aspiring parliamentary candidate for Kanyama Constituency Chrisantius Changwereza has called on members to support the party’s choice, Elizabeth Phiri. Mr Changwereza said he had resolved to fully back the party’s adopted candidate Ms Phiri. “As members of PF, our aim is to improve the livelihood of the

ECZ starts voter education training for disabled

By HOPE BWALYA - THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has commenced a voter education training programme for persons living with disabilities. ECZ public relations manager Cris Akufuna said the training was meant to enable people living with disabilities to participate in the 2016 general elections and the referendum. Mr Akufuna said the Commission was

Distribution of farming inputs begins

By HOPE BWALYA - THE Government has said truckloads of farming inputs are already in various districts countrywide to distribute farming inputs in readiness for the 2016/2017 farming season. This follows the flagging-off of the distribution of the inputs by Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda, which will cover more than one million small-scale farmers across the

Rotary club sends 4 children for specialist heart treatment

By JAJAH COULIBALY - THE Rotary Club of Nkwazi has sent four Zambian children to India for specialist heart treatment in an effort to help decongest the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) which has been treating a number of children suffering from heart complications. The total number of children to be flown to India is 90,

Govt underscores openness to new ideas in economic management

By CHATULA KANGALI - GOVERNMENT has said there is need for Zambia to change economic management by being open to new ideas that will translate into value addition, economic diversification and prosperity. Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe said if the country remained accustomed to the current economic structure of over-dependency on commodity exports,

Luo pledges more development for Munali

By HOPE BWALYA - PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Munali Parliamentary candidate Nkandu Luo has assured people in the constituency of continued development if she is given another mandate. Professor Luo said  she would tackle the problem of garbage in the area to ensure cleanliness. Prof Luo was speaking during the Lusaka Province youth rally at Kalikiliki

Annual inflation rate down to 21 p.c.

By JUDITH NAMUTOWE - ZAMBIA’S annual rate of inflation for June 2016 has gone down to 21 per cent from 21.3 per cent recorded in May. The annual rate of inflation, as measured by all items consumer price index (CPI) for June 2016, decreased to 21 per cent compared to 21.3 per cent which was

Invest tax refunds in agriculture, MUZ implores ex-miners

By KENNEDY MUPESENI - MINE Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has urged ex-miners currently receiving tax refunds from the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to invest in agriculture. Currently, hundreds of ex-miners, who lost employment, are receiving tax refunds in Kitwe. Secretary general Joseph Chewe said ex-miners have no option but to invest in farming. “We

PICZ calls for special incentives for value addition

By CHATULA KANGALI - THE Professional Insurance Corporation Zambia (PICZ) has urged Government to provide special incentives to existing businesses that will help enhance value addition in the country. PICZ managing director Geoffrey Chirwa said the existing companies were seeking to enhance value addition to their products and foster economic growth of the country. Mr

Premiercon Starch to start Kalumbila cassava processing plant project

By HELEN ZULU - PREMIERCON Starch Company Limited is scheduled to commence construction of a 3.5 million euro cassava processing plant in Kalumbila District in North-western Province once the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) approves the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). The company has so far spent about US$30,000 on preliminary works at the site which

utilise underground water for power generation, UN coordination urges mines

By KENNEDY MUPESENI - mining companies should make use of underground water to generate electricity for their own operations, United Nations (UN) country coordinator Janet Rogan has said. Most of the water the mines pump out of underground is usually channelled to main water bodies like rivers and streams un utilised. But Ms Rogan said

KCM cuts cost of production by 18 p.c.

By KENNEDY MUPESENI - KONKOLA Copper Mines (KCM) has reduced the cost of production by 18 per cent while production has increased by seven per cent despite the challenges mining companies are facing. KCM vice-president for local economic development, David Paterson said to reduce the impact of low copper prices on the international market, the

Govt sets aside K670,000 for IsokaSAPP

By HILLARY MUSONDA - GOVERNMENT has set aside K670,000 to farmer groups under the Smallholder Agri-business Promotion Programme (SAPP), in Isoka District of Muchinga Province for infrastructure development. Isoka District Marketing Development Officer (DMDO) Thomas Ngosa said Government has so far disbursed K270,000 out of the K670,000. Mr Ngosa said five of the six projects

COMACO product sales to go up

By GLORIA SIWISHA - THE Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has projected to increase its annual turnover in product sales to US$5 million this year. The company known for the ‘It’s Wild!’ brand, also expects to raise peanut butter production levels from the current 18 tonnes to 30 tonnes per week. The targets would be