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ZICTA cautions girls against cyber crime

By PASSY HAACHIZO - THE Zambia Information Communication and Technology Authority (ZICTA) has warned girls in schools against an upswing of abuse through cyber crimes. ZICTA corporate and communications manager Ngabo Nankonde said in an interview at Kapiri-Mposhi National Technical Secondary School in Kapiri-Mposhi District on the sidelines of the commemoration of Girls in ICT

U-20 to boycott World Cup?

By SANDRA MWILA CONFUSION is brewing in the Zambia Under-20 camp as players have threatened to boycott playing at the World Cup if their Africa Cup winning bonuses are not paid. As if that was not enough, Zambia Under-20 team manager Daniel Jere has been fired and replaced by Hastings Ndovi while Goodson Mboozi has

China releases $58m for Levy Hospital

By KASONDE KASONDE - 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

Inflation remains at 6.7 p.c.

By JUDITH  NAMUTOWE - 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

‘IMF conditions are bearable’

By SYLVESTER MWALE - 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

Diamond Platnumz courts L/stone music lovers

By CHRSITINE MWAABA Diamond Platnumz will headline tomorrow’s Mosi Day of Thunder in Livingstone. The Tanzanian Bongo Flava recording artist and dancer Naseeb Abdul Juma, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, is among the highest paid artists in the region. He is known for his hit song Number One, which featured Nigerian artiste,

PF to hold general conference in 2020

By CHILA NAMAIKO - PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Mwila has announced that the ruling party will hold its general conference in 2020. Mr Mwila said in Mafinga District yesterday that the conference would be preceded by the party elections slated for July 1, 2018. He directed that between now and July 1 next

170 inmates on death row

By CHUSA SICHONE - THE Zambia Correctional Services says it has 170 inmates on death row. The 170 comprises 168 males at Mukobeko Maximum Security Facility in Kabwe. The two women are confined to the female section. Zambia Correctional Services Commissioner General Percy Chato said before the courts of law convicted and sentenced the 170

You are on your own – Mawere

By GODFREY DUBE  - SPORTS Minister Moses Mawere has advised sports associations to learn to fundraise on their own rather than relying on Government grants and handouts. Mawere said the duty of Government through the Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) was to help associations meet their budget adding the Government does not have enough funds.

Tough draw awaits Zanaco

By RONALD CHAWE - ZAMBIAN CAF envoys Zanaco and Zesco United will know their foes in the group phase of the Total CAF Champions League 2017 and Confederation Cup when the draws are conducted in Cairo, Egypt today. Zanaco expect a tough draw after landing in pot four in the champions League while Zesco will

Lungu’s zeal to transform Zambia elates LGAZ

By BRIAN HATYOKA - THE Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ) has saluted President Edgar Lungu’s efforts aimed at transforming Zambia into an information and knowledge-based society supported by increased access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). LGAZ president Christopher Kang’ombe said his Association totally agrees with President Lungu that e-government and ICT were powerful

Judiciary struggling with back log of cases

By KELVIN MUDENDA- GOVERNMENT has observed that the Judiciary in the country is still struggling with the unbearable high levels of case backlog that requires a number of immediate and long term interventions and innovations. Justice Minister Given Lubinda said it was heartbreaking to see the large numbers of remandees overcrowded in Zambia’s correctional facilities

Respect Presidency – BIGOCA

By SYLVESTER MWALE and KASONDE KASONDE - THE Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA) has called on every Zambian to respect the Presidency regardless of who is in the office in order to promote peace and unity in the country. BIGOCA overseer Bishop Peter Ndhlovu noted that the Presidency was an institution which deserved respect

Presidential petition: Chitabo sticks to his gowns

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE LUSAKA High Court Judge, Mwila Chitabo has declined to recuse himself from handling a matter in which United Party for National Development (UPND), leader Hakainde Hichilema wants the court to determine whether his rights to be heard in the Presidential petition were violated. Mr Justice Chitabo said he will be in charge

‘Stop extraordinary claims’

By REBECCA MUSHOTA - PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said that he is disappointed that veteran politician and diplomat Vernon Mwaanga has been reported spreading falsehoods to Southern African leaders that Zambia’s democracy is declining under the current administration. Mr Lungu said he was disappointed to hear that Dr Mwaanga had allegedly visited parts of Southern

‘Suspected wife killer commits suicide’

By MUSONDA MANGILASHI and SYLVIA MWEETWA - A CHINSALI man, fearing the wife he had axed during a domestic dispute was dying, decided to commit suicide by hanging himself. Muchinga Commissioner of Police Godwin Phiri named the man as Danny Sinyangwe, who was in his mid 30s, of Mbwanji Village of Chief Mubanga’s chiefdom. Mr

Joy at tax Easter

By JUDITH NAMUTOWE and MAYA NTANDA - ­Business was united yesterday in applauding the decision of the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to give a two-month amnesty to delinquent taxpayers, giving them an opportunity to clear back taxes without punitive interest and other penalties. “Exciting” and “Long overdue” were some of responses from representatives of business

Witness exposes UPND’s ‘evil’ activities

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE - A WITNESS has told the court that that he slowly disengaged himself from the central activities of the United Party for National Development (UPND) after realising that it was engaging in criminal activities against the country. Lusaka business executive, Emmanuel Chilekwa told the court that UPND had allegedly tasked its vice-president

Mazhandu rolls back

By CHUSA SICHONE - THE Road Service Appeal Tribunal has ruled that the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) reinstates Mazhandu Family Bus Services Limited’s Road Service License on condition that the company meets conditions set by the agency. The decision was arrived at after RTSA and Mazhandu reached an agreement during the Road Service

Arsonist stopped

By REBECCA MUSHOTA ALERT members of the public may have averted a catastrophe when they apprehended one of two persons they said attempted to set a bus ablaze at the busy Inter-city Bus Terminus in Lusaka. The incident happened on Thursday night between 20:00 hours and 21:00 hours. The suspect and a companion whom Police

Zambia’s economy on recovery path – Mutati

By REBECCA MUSHOTA - ZAMBIA is on a constructive path to full economic recovery, social economic stability and creation of jobs, Minister of Finance Felix Mutati has said. Mr Mutati said Zambia was on her way to achieving full economic recovery, as well as socio-economic stability and reach greater heights of job-creation, prosperity, and countrywide

‘Don’t try me!’

By BRIAN HATYOKA and STEVEN ZANDE - Government will consider taking further measures within the law to protect life and property if current steps being employed by security wings prove inadequate, President Edgar Lungu has warned. Mr Lungu said the Government was studying the efficiency of existing public security measures to determine if there was

Mongu court gutted

By HELLEN TEMBO MONGU residents in the early hours of yesterday fought hard to quench a fire at a local court, that was started by unknown people. The store room of the Sulu local court in Mongu situated off Limulunga Road caught fire around 04:00 hours. Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said the affected storeroom was

‘Bring back our girls’

By MILDRED KATONGO - Government has begun an aggressive project dubbed ‘Keeping the girls in school’ to retrieve girls from early marriages, starting with the district of Lufwanyama on the Copperbelt. Community Development Permanent Secretary Howard Sikwela said Lufwanyama district has been picked because of the high prevalence of early marriages and this was being

Court has no power to reply to HH allegations, State

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE - THE State has argued that the Lusaka magistrates’ court has no jurisdiction to respond to allegations by United Party for National Development (UPND) president, Hakainde Hichilema that an unknown pastor visited him while he was detained at Lilayi Police Training College. Marian Matandala, the Deputy Chief State Advocate who had been

Imperialism, stooges in political leaders

THE Zambian copper mining industry as we know it today had its genesis in the 1920s. Following the return of Zambian politics to pluralism and liberalised economic policies, the government decided to privatise the mining industry. The process started in 1996 and by the year 2000 all the mining assets had been privatised. The new

Stranded Zambian students in India irk Kapijimpanga

By SARAH MWANZA - ZAMBIAN High Commissioner  to India Judith Kapijimpanga has bemoaned the high number of Zambian students who are stranded in India due to lack of return tickets. Ms Kapijimpanga noted that there were a number of students on self sponsored scholarships who were stranded in India for failure by their parents or

C/belt to record high level of traffic non-compliance

By DAVID KANDUZA THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has announced that Copperbelt is likely to record another high levels of traffic accidents due to non-compliance by motorists. RTSA national road safety coordinator Eddie Chella made the observation yesterday during a combined operation with the Zambia Police Service at the Luanshya turn-off aimed at

‘Stop portraying women as victims of circumstances’

By THANDIWE MOYO - PANOS Institute of Southern Africa (PSAf) has urged the media to refrain from portraying  women as victims of circumstances. PSAf executive director Lilian Kiefer said the media had a duty to help depict women in a positive light because many of them had achieved a lot and had contributed to the

Govt wages war against questionable spiritual practices

By SAM PHIRI - GOVERNMENT says it is waging a serious war against spiritual practices that compromise the county’s standing as a Christian Nation. Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili said her Ministry was working closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs to ensure fake prophets who perform  magic but announce it