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TEVETA deregisters 32 institutions

By HELLEN TEMBO - THE Technical Education, Vocation and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) has deregistered 32 institutions from undertaking its programmes for failure to maintain minimum training standards. TEVETA director general David Chakonta said the authority deregistered Cavendish University, Evergreen Institute of Commercial Management and Industrial Arts, Young Men’s Christian Association Youth Development Training Centre,

High Court acquits Mwale

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE FORMER Mines minister Maxwell Mwale has been acquitted of a charge of abuse of authority in connection with the issuing of a mining licence. Mr Mwale, who is former Malambo member of Parliament (MP) under the MMD regime, was sentenced to 12 months with hard labour by the Lusaka magistrates’ court but

Hold elected leaders accountable – EL

By REBECCA MUSHOTA - PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has urged citizens to hold elected officials accountable on Government pronouncements. Mr Lungu said citizens had a duty to remind their elected officials such as members of Parliament (MPs) on the various promises by the Government. The President said it was unfortunate that people allowed their MPs and

‘Randy teachers a shame’

By PASSY HAACHIZO - INCREASING cases of sexual scandals involving male teachers and their pupils are disturbing and need to be stopped, the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) has said, warning that names of perpetrators will be made public if the trend continues. As a measure to counter the immorality, the TSZ will be working with

‘Bring back HH’

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE - THE Zambia Correctional Services has asked the Lusaka magistrates’ court to vary its order, and insisted that United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others be detained at Mukobeko Maximum Security Facility for their own safety. Lusaka Central Correctional Facility officer-in-charge Patrick Ng’onga said this in an

‘Increase mining sector contribution to GDP’

By JUDITH NAMUTOWE - VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has directed the Ministry of Mines and the Zambia Chamber of Mines (ZCM) to work towards increasing the mining sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Produce (GDP) from the current 12 per cent to around 40 per cent. Zambia has a long history of mining and has a

Abomination Ooh!!!

By PASSY HAACHIZO - A FIFTY-YEAR-OLD man of Mumbwa in Central Province has been arrested for allegedly marrying his 13-year-old daughter after separating with his wife. Otisi Kabilo of Ntalasha Village in Chief Shakumbila allegedly started having sex with his own daughter in 2015 when she was 11 years old after his wife left following

Refugees should abide by rules – Lungu

By STEVEN ZANDE - PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has said refugees should be free to live in any country as long as they abide by existing laws in the host nation. The President was responding to a question from a journalist at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka shortly before departure for Kampala in Uganda,

Dirty mines in trouble

By CHILA NAMAIKO - THE Zambia Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA) has commenced criminal proceedings against mining companies, most of them on the Copperbelt for allegedly polluting the Kafue River and other water bodies. Water Development, Sanitation and Environment Minister Lloyd Kaziya informed Parliament on Wednesday evening that numerous complaints had been presented by various stakeholders

EFZ distances itself from statement made by church

By REBECCA MUSHOTA - THE EVANGELICAL Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) has said that it is not part of the statement which was issued last week by the church saying that Zambia was sliding into a dictatorship. Last week on Friday, the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president Telesphore Mpundu issued a statement on the

Cop shoots wife

By RABECCA CHIPANTA A POLICEMAN in Luanshya has shot dead his wife in full view of her mother before shooting himself as the parties attempted to resolve a marital dispute. Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga who confirmed the incident in an interview said that Kelvin Kabaso, 25, a police Constable of house number 138

‘We can all prosper’

By STEVEN ZANDE - PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called for concerted efforts in reducing rural poverty and high levels of inequality in the country. Mr Lungu said yesterday although the Government had intensified countywide infrastructure development, more still needed to be achieved to address rural poverty which, according to 2015 statistics, stood at 76.6 per

Mutati upbeat about IMF bailout

By CHILA NAMAIKO - FINANCE Minister Felix Mutati has said Zambia is making tremendous social and economic progress to engage the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and that the risk remaining is on the external side. Mr Mutati also said the Government had designed a time-specific arrears-dismantling strategy which included measures that would stop accumulation of

Entrance exams to raise graduates’ calibre

By STEVEN ZANDE - THE Higher Education Authority (HEA) has said the Government’s intention to introduce entrance examinations for college and university students will raise the calibre of graduates being produced at institutions of higher learning. Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo recently announced that the Government would be introducing entrance examinations for prospective university and

Banned UPND MPs rush to court

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE - FORTY-EIGHT United Party for National Development (UPND) Members of Parliament (MPs) have challenged the decision of the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini to suspend them from the House for 30 days without drawing any allowances. The 48 are seeking protection from the Lusaka High Court against their suspension and

Kitwe mayor urges residents to take part in council activities

By ABIGAIL CHIYENI KITWE Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe has called on residents to take part in council activities in their localities for the development of the city. Mr Kang’ombe said citizens must reflect on transforming the country but that cannot be done if they are failing to transform the communities they are living in. Speaking during

Chambishi MFEZ attracts $1.6bn investment

By HELEN ZULU THE  development of the Chambishi Multi Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) has advantage and 41 investors have been registered to operate in the zone with an accumulated investment commitments of US$1.6 billion. This is at December, 2016. Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe said in an interview that to date, over US$180

SI on transportation of bulk cargoes finalised

By JUDITH NAMUTOWE - THE Government has concluded the consultations on the proposed Statutory Instrument (SI) on the restriction of the transportation of bulk cargoes above certain weight threshold from the road to railway. The new measures are expected to take effect by September this year. Zambia has urged railway operators on the North-South Corridor

Ndola airport residents to be compensated

By KAFULA MUTALE GOVERNMNET has secured 1,000 hectares of land in Misaka forest for 186 of the 418 households affected by the construction of the new International airport on the Copperbelt. Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga said the airport will sit on 2,000 hectares of land in the Ndola west forest reserve number 54. “Government

Ndola airport residents to be compensated

By KAFULA MUTALE GOVERNMNET has secured 1,000 hectares of land in Misaka forest for 186 of the 418 households affected by the construction of the new International airport on the Copperbelt. Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Elias Kamanga said the airport will sit on 2,000 hectares of land in the Ndola west forest reserve number 54. “Government

Succeed by overcoming your let-downs

German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) once said, ‘All truth goes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident’. It has been estimated that more than 90 per cent of people that you meet are negative! This world has more discouragers than encouragers. Therefore, you

Succeed by overcoming your let-downs

German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) once said, ‘All truth goes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident’. It has been estimated that more than 90 per cent of people that you meet are negative! This world has more discouragers than encouragers. Therefore, you

Ndola bus driver convicted of defiling 12-yr-old

By KAFULA MUTALE - A THIRTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD bus driver of Ndola’s Northrise township has been convicted of defiling a 12-year-old girl he had offered a lift. Dominic Chipango is believed to have defiled the minor on a bus he was driving after offering her a lift on February 12 this year. The victim narrated before the

Ndola bus driver convicted of defiling 12-yr-old

By KAFULA MUTALE - A THIRTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD bus driver of Ndola’s Northrise township has been convicted of defiling a 12-year-old girl he had offered a lift. Dominic Chipango is believed to have defiled the minor on a bus he was driving after offering her a lift on February 12 this year. The victim narrated before the

Suspect in 3 PF officials’ assault case suffers mental illness

By RABECCA CHIPANTA - A SUSPECT in a matter in which three Patriotic Front (PF) officials are alleged to have assaulted former PF Ndola head of security Nedson Siluonde has suffered a mental illness, the court has been told. When the matter came up in the Ndola magistrates’ court before magistrate Moffat Phiri, the court

Suspect in 3 PF officials’ assault case suffers mental illness

By RABECCA CHIPANTA - A SUSPECT in a matter in which three Patriotic Front (PF) officials are alleged to have assaulted former PF Ndola head of security Nedson Siluonde has suffered a mental illness, the court has been told. When the matter came up in the Ndola magistrates’ court before magistrate Moffat Phiri, the court

ZAMRA engages CBU to train drugstore owners

By MILDRED KATONGO - THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has engaged Copperbelt University’s Robert Makasa Campus in Muchinga Province to train unqualified people engaged to dispense drugs in shops and some drug stores. ZMRA spokesperson Ludovic Mwape said ZAMRA had already given the university the curriculum and the programme to start offering the training.

ZAMRA engages CBU to train drugstore owners

By MILDRED KATONGO - THE Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) has engaged Copperbelt University’s Robert Makasa Campus in Muchinga Province to train unqualified people engaged to dispense drugs in shops and some drug stores. ZMRA spokesperson Ludovic Mwape said ZAMRA had already given the university the curriculum and the programme to start offering the training.

Banks urged to make it easy for women to borrow

By BRIAN HATYOKA - FINANCE Minister Felix Mutati has urged commercial banks to come up with deliberate interventions to encourage women to access funds for their businesses. Mr Mutati said women wanted to grow their businesses, but they had challenges to access funds such as requirements for them to have collateral and a steady cash

Banks urged to make it easy for women to borrow

By BRIAN HATYOKA - FINANCE Minister Felix Mutati has urged commercial banks to come up with deliberate interventions to encourage women to access funds for their businesses. Mr Mutati said women wanted to grow their businesses, but they had challenges to access funds such as requirements for them to have collateral and a steady cash