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Zambia begins COSAFA chase

By SAMUEL LUKHANDA - ZAMBIA today kick-start the chase for the record fifth COSAFA Castle Cup title with an intriguing quarterfinal tie against neighbours Botswana with coach Wedson Nyirenda eager to avoid the jinx that has seen the Chipolopolo tumble at this stage in the past two editions. This 15:00 hours kickoff clash gets underway

Muwowo poised to grab ABU title

ZMART Mall in Ndola is the epicentre of tomorrow’s nine-fight card laid on by three boxing promotions namely Oriental, Exodus and Mitanda with top of the bill featuring Alfred Muwowo versus Haji Juma for the vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) flyweight title. This will be Muwowo’s first attempt at a continental title. He boasts an

Uganda ends Zambia’s Africa Netball Championship dream

By GODFREY DUBE - ZAMBIA’S campaign at the Africa Netball Championship ended in defeat as the cash strapped team lost 67-50 to Uganda, who made history by becoming the first host nation to win the continental event unbeaten. The biennial event that ended at the indoor arena, Lugogo saw Uganda top the standing with 10

Zlatko upbeat …as Smouha frustrate Zesco

By NDINAWE SIMPELEWE  in Alexandria, Egypt - Smouha 1 Zesco 1 ZESCO United coach Zlatko Krmpotic believes his side can reach the final of the CAF 2017 Confederation Cup after playing to draw against Smouha in the Group C match at the Borg el Arab Stadium in Alexandria. The Zambian side missed the chance to

Kazembe storms finals

By SANDRA MWILA - ZAMBIA’S tennis ace Edgar Kazembe stormed the finals of the men’s doubles at the ongoing Kenya Open. Kazembe, who teamed up with Duncan Mugabe of Uganda, beat the duo of Ethiopian Netcom Mohammed and Rwandan Habiyambere in straight sets winning 6-4,6-2 to reach the semi finals where they faced a tougher

Govt looks to add 80,000 ‘Luapulans’ to Social Cash Transfer register

By HOPE BWALYA - GOVERNMENT has said it intends by the end of this year to capture about 80,000 people in Luapula Province on its Social Cash Transfer scheme (SCT). Community Development and Social Services Minister Emerine Kabanshi said Government was targeting this number because of the high levels of poverty that were observed in

Zambia, DRC sign Kasumbalesa trade deal

By CHATULA KANGALI - ZAMBIA and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a bilateral trade agreement to begin operations on the one-stop border post at Kasumbalesa in Chilabombwe District on the Copperbelt Province. The agreement was signed by Zambia’s Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe and DRC’s External Trade Minister Jean

$54m for farmers to go fishing

By CHILA NAMAIKO - THE Government says it has sourced US$54 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to help farmers across the country invest in the aquaculture projects. The project is to be launched by Finance Minister Felix Mutati next week. Vice-President Inonge Wina told Parliament yesterday that Government was determined to ensure the

Ultra-modern State House on cards

By CHILA NAMAIKO - Construction for an ultra-modern State House is due to begin next year after a Parliamentary committee expressed concern over the deteriorating condition of the current home and office the head of state -built some eight decades ago – and MPs supported the idea. The project results from the recommendations of the

‘We stay in ICC’

By CHILA NAMAIKO - Zambia will continue to uphold its membership on the International Criminal Court (ICC), Parliament heard yesterday. Justice Minister Given Lubinda told the House that from the submissions received from a country-wide consultative process, 91.43 per cent of the petitioners were against the idea of Zambia withdrawal from the ICC while only

‘I heard GBM threaten Lungu’

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE - TRIAL took off yesterday in the case in which United Party for National Development (UPND) vice-president for administration, Geoffrey Mwamba is charged with proposing violence against President Edgar Lungu with one witness testifying against the opposition leader. Celestine Mukandila, a law student and business executive told Lusaka magistrate, Nthandose Chabala that

Significance of the poultry industry

ONE of the fastest growing businesses which involve a wider range of small businesses in the country today is the poultry industry. This is according to Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) chief executive officer, Dominic Chanda. The poultry industry has created over 83,000 jobs most of them at small-scale farming level. These are employed at

Are professional bodies relevant in the economy?

LAST Tuesday, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Zambia held its new and fellow members’ reception at Lusaka Hotel Intercontinental. The new members who had met the requirements for admission to associate membership were being welcome, while a number of associates were upgraded to fellow membership. During the same event, I was honoured to

Trade Fair commences

By CHATULA KANGALI - ALL is set for the commencement of this year’s Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) which opens its gates this morning in Ndola. More exhibitors taking part in the event prepared the stands in good time as compared to the past years. A check by a TIMES OF ZAMBIA crew yesterday showed

30 German firms interested to invest in Zambia — Mutati

By HELEN ZULU - FINANCE Minister Felix Mutati has said over 30 German companies have expressed interest in investing in various sectors of the economy. Mr Mutati said the companies had shown interest in investing in various sectors of the economy like Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and energy. He said this demonstrated that Zambia

‘Take advantage of increased soya production’

By KENNEDY MUPESENI - INVESTORS should take advantage of increased soya beans production to invest in value addition activities in the country, Kitwe-based farmers’ cooperative official has said. Border Farmers Cooperative (BFC) chairperson William Osborn said 2016/2017 farming season has seen increased production of soya beans resulting in prices of the   commodity dropping by more

Govt pays K4.8bn for pensioners, fuel, costs

By STEVEN ZANDE - THE Government has this week paid K4.8 billion from the K17 billion owed to pensioners, infrastructure, fuel and electricity payments. Finance Minister Felix Mutati said the Government had so far paid the K4.8 billion and would give other payment details in Parliament soon. Mr Mutati also said the Government would strengthen

KCM to raise copper production

By JAMES MUYANWA - KONKOLA Copper Mine (KCM), a leading Zambian integrated copper producer, targets to raise copper production by as much as three to four folds from the current levels of around 100,000 tonne per year. Buoyed by the planned additional injection of $1 billion by the major shareholders, London Stock Exchange-listed, Vedanta Resources,

Veep meets 15 Church mother bodies

By HOPE BWALYA - VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina yesterday met 15 Church mother bodies and cautioned against taking steps that could risk the country’s peace for personal ambitions. Ms Wina reminded the Church representatives of their role to ensure continued peace in the country. President Edgar Lungu at the weekend expressed concern over the disunity existing

Nchelenge man smashes 3 months old daughter against tree

By ESTHER NG’ANDU and JAMES KUNDA AN enraged father has been arrested for allegedly smashing his three-months-old daughter against a tree during a suspected heated brawl with his wife in Nchelenge of Luapula Province. The wife bolted during the fight leaving the daughter at the mercy of the enraged man, aged 44. The toddler died

Don’t abandon patriotism, KK reminds Africa

By STEVEN ZANDE - FIRST Republican president Kenneth Kaunda has reminded Africa not to abandon the patriotism that its founding fathers exhibited when they stood by each other to liberate the continent from colonial bondage despite geographic locations. Dr Kaunda said good neighbourliness was the cornerstone that the founding fathers built on Africa and liberated

EL spurs Ghana ties

By JAMES KUNDA - PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called for the revival of the moribund Zambia-Ghana Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPC) to spur social and economic interaction between the two countries. Mr Lungu said the policy required a new lease of life for the two countries to share best practices on eliminating poverty and

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,