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Secretary to Cabinet challenged to state how much ex-ministers owe

Governance Activist David Kapoma has challenged the Secretary to Cabinet Dr. Rowland Msiska to tell the nation how much each of the Ministers who remained in office illegally following the dissolution of parliament in 2016 is supposed to pay back. The Constitutional Court on Friday last week maintained that the 64 former ministers must pay

SAFADA laments delayed activation of e-voucher cards

The Small Scale Farmers Development Agency (SAFADA) SAYS farmers are tired of government’s continued delay in activating the e-voucher cards under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP). Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya has indicated that the e-voucher cards might be activated by 30th November, 2017 once funding is received from the ministry of finance. SAFADA Executive

Lungu to attend Mnangagwa swearing-in

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has refuted media reports that former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is seeking asylum in Zambia. And the Foreign Affairs Minister says President Edgar Lungu will attend the swearing-in ceremonies of the presidents of Zimbabwe and Kenya. Mr. Kalaba has told journalists in Lusaka that President Lungu is tomorrow 24th November

Chief Justice Mambilima is well

The Judiciary has dispelled reports circulating on social media platforms suggesting that Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima has been involved in a car accident. In a statement, Judiciary Public Relations Officer Kalumba Chisambisha says the accident in question, which happened yesterday around 16:00 hours about 8 Kilometers North of Prospect Police station on the Great North

DEC,Police not in receipt of NGO embezzlement report

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and the Zambia Police Service have refuted media reports suggesting that the Department for International Development (DFID) has reported three Non-governmental Organisations for embezzling US$3.5 million. The Zambia Accountability Project (ZAP) comprising NGOs among them; Zambia National Women’s Lobby, the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD),

Chief Chitanda calls for teachers’ support towards re-entry policy

Chief Chitanda of Chibombo district has called for increased support from teachers towards the school re-entry policy. Speaking through his advisor Yuka Kaputula, Chief Chitanda says teachers especially in his chiefdom offer little support to pupils who get back in school after getting pregnancy or being withdrawn from marriages. The traditional leader has notes that

Nothing illegal about ‘Paradise papers’ link – HH

ND leader Hakainde Hichilema says there is nothing illegal about his links to AfNat Resources Limited, a Bermuda company named in the latest leak dubbed “the Paradise papers” where he served as a Director. The papers are a huge batch of leaked documents mostly from offshore law firm Appleby, along with corporate registries in 19

World Bank nods Zambia’s doing business strides

Government has pledged to continue with reforms aimed at making it easier for the private sector to conduct business, despite Zambia being one of the ten economies showing the most notable improvement in doing business. Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame said this during a joint press briefing with visiting World

COMESA calls for increased investment in the region

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya has noted the need for more and increased investment amongst member countries in the region. Mr Ngwenya notes that despite countries in the COMESA region having an annual growth rate of 5.4 percent, it is a jobless growth rate as there is lack

Dr Chilufya calls for harnessing of nuclear science

Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya says significant strides have been made in reviewing the ionizing radiation protection Act in order to protect the public from harmful radiation effects. Dr Chilufya says this has been backed by the Russian Radiation Authority and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Speaking when he officiated at the mid-term project coordination

FAZ appoints Ethics Committee

The Football Association of Zambia has appointed a Compliance and Audit Committee that will help in monitoring financial activities and ensuring compliance with FAZ regulations in the football field. Speaking during a media briefing at Football House, FAZ President Andrew Kamanga says the appointment of the committee will help in working towards the eligibility processes

UPND MPs walk out of Parliament

Opposition UPND Members of Parliament today walked out of Parliament in protest against Speaker of National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini’s ruling on President Edgar Lungu’s alleged statement on the judiciary while in Solwezi. President Lungu is quoted in the media warning of chaos in the country if judges try to emulate the Kenyan courts and

Lubinda cautions Zambians

Justice Minister Given Lubinda has cautioned Zambians against misinterpretation of the Republican Constitution saying this has a negative impact on Zambia’s co-existence. Debating the budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Justice in parliament, Mr. Lubinda has advised people to leave the interpretation of the constitution to the Constitutional Court which has a mandate to do

CSOs demand sacking of parastatal heads

A consortium of Civil Society Organizations has called demanded the sacking of Chief Executive Officers of parastatal companies named in the latest Auditor General’s report as having incurred losses. Speaking on behalf of the Civil Society Organizations during a media briefing, Operation Young Vote (OYV) Executive Director Guess Nyirenda said they are concerned by the

President Lungu accused of judicial interference

President Edgar Lungu has been accused of intimidating the judiciary following his utterances while in Solwezi forewarning Constitutional Court Judges against emulating Kenyan Supreme Court judges when determining the case of his eligibility to stand in the 2021presidential election. Gears Initiative Zambia Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi  says the President’s utterances have the potential to undermine

Sinkamba calls for review of Top Star deal

Green party President Peter Sinkamba has called on Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kampamba Mulenga to review the public signal distributor deal with Top Star. Mr Sinkamba has warned that failure to which his party will embark on countrywide peaceful protests against what he has termed as the exploitative Top Star deal. He says

Zambia committed to reduction of emissions – Kapata

Government says the National Policy on Climate Change of 2016 will strengthen the institutional framework that will facilitate effective implementation of climate change programs in Zambia. Speaking when she officiated at the climate change diplomacy day in Lusaka, Lands Minister Jean Kapata says the policy will help government contribute to the achievement of the Paris

Govt has responded to human trafficking – Mulenga

Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Dr. Chileshe Mulenga says government has taken bold steps in its response to addressing human trafficking and mixed immigration challenges. Dr. Mulenga says this include, the enactment of the Anti-trafficking Act number 11 of 2008 and the immigration and deportation Act number 18 of 2010. Speaking during the official opening of

List of FISP eligible farmers to be finalized this week – Siliya

Agriculture Minister Dora Siliya says the list of eligible smallholder farmers that will make up the one million targeted beneficiaries under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) will be finalized this week. Ms Siliya says government has saved about K1 billion after cleaning the e-voucher system under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) by putting

Over 3 million to benefit from Power Africa project

Government has launched the first funding of the four year, Power Africa: Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia implementation project targeting a total of 503,645 connections or energy service subscriptions which equates to over 3 million beneficiaries. The Power Africa, Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia is an ambitious undertaking to bring clean energy access

DEC intercepts UK bound cannabis

The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested a driver of Lusaka for trafficking in compressed cannabis. Commission deputy public relations officer Kamufisa Manchishi says Shawn Chiyonkoma, 47, of Plot no. 274 Kabwata Site and Service, has been arrested for trafficking in compressed cannabis weighing 120 Kg. Mr Manchishi says the contraband, which was destined for the

Auditor General’s Office to increase coverage in 2018

Vice President Inonge Wina says the Office of the Auditor General will in 2018 increase its audit coverage and maximize the monitoring of the usage of public resources. Speaking when she presented the Office of the Auditor General policy statement for the 2018 budget presentation in Parliament, Ms Wina says government will ensure that all

Mutati woos Italian,South African investors

Italian and South African investors are headed for Zambia following an investor cooperation programme conducted by Finance Minister Felix Mutati who was a key note speaker at the Italy-South Africa Business Summit held last week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Representatives of over ten firms from Italy will in November, 2017, be visiting Zambia to explore

ZRCS anticipates number of DRC asylum seekers to swell

The Zambia Red Cross Society says the Kenani refugee transit camp in Nchelenge district in Luapula province which is hosting Congolese asylum seekers will not be adequate to accommodate the growing number of asylum seekers which is expected to reach more than 10,000. ZRCS Secretary General Abraham Geevarghese has since appealed to the international community

Zamtel pays K93 million in tax arrears

ZAMTEL has paid a total of K93 million towards the dismantling of both historical and current liabilities. Zamtel Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Mupeta disclosed this when the company made a payment of 12 million to ZRA towards the company’s tax debt. Mr. Mupeta says the company owes ZRA K61 million in historical debt and K32

ZCSD condemns continued arrest of UPND members

Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) Executive Director Lewis Mwape has condemned the continued arrest of the opposition UPND members by the Police. Mr. Mwape says the recent arrest of 16 opposition party members in Luwingu for allegedly holding an indoor meeting without a Police permit is unfortunate and should be condemned by all Zambians.

Mwanakatwe calls for appropriate funding of COMESA budget

Commerce, trade and industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe has called for appropriate funding of the COMESA budget by member states as a way of ensuring there is full implementation of policies and instruments that will see regional integration. Speaking during the COMESA 37th intergovernmental committee meeting in Lusaka, Mrs Mwanakatwe noted that the region still continues

Govt targets improved service delivery

Government says it is re-aligning various policies, structures and systems to achieve the objectives of improved service delivery and economic development. Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Administration Patrick Kangwa says government has put in place a number of measures to actualize the vision of a public service human resource management system anchored on principles

Wada names squad for Cameroun game

  National Team coach Wedson Nyirenda has named a 28-member provisional squad for the formality November 11 Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroun in Ndola. FAZ Communications Manager Desmond Katongo says the team enters into residential camp on November 5th in Ndola ahead of the final qualifying match. is in second place in

Lungu hails military personnel for peace

President Edgar Lungu has promised to expand the Army to desired levels of operational capacity through regular recruitment to enable the defence forces have a formidable presence throughout the country. President Lungu says it is for this reason that he authorized the construction of Barracks in Choma, Solwezi, and Muchinga Province. He adds that his