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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

Women involvement in agro sector key to growth

By MARTIN NYIRENDA WOMEN are possessed with the passion of change in the astute lives of communities and the world, something that cultivates a sharp-witted life where society has to determine itself. In Zambia and elsewhere, agriculture is one of the chief engines of sustainable national development, an ingredient of poverty reduction at household level.

Women involvement in agro sector key to growth

By MARTIN NYIRENDA WOMEN are possessed with the passion of change in the astute lives of communities and the world, something that cultivates a sharp-witted life where society has to determine itself. In Zambia and elsewhere, agriculture is one of the chief engines of sustainable national development, an ingredient of poverty reduction at household level.

Invest in Zambian music, says Jerahyo Inc

By DOROTHY CHISI - KITWE based musician Robinson Muteba Kasao, alias Jerahyo Inc, has called for investment and support for Zambian music. He said the country should not depend on foreign material. Kasao, who is a renowned music promoter, manager and talent coach said there is need for people to put more investments in local

B1 finally release ‘Show Me Your Money’ video

By CHIPEMA SAKAIMBO - SHORTLY after the release of ‘Show Me Your Money,’ a single track which has been well received by music lovers, B1 has finally released the video of the song. The video was directed by DJLo. It was shot in the heart of Lusaka under the wings of Reel Studios. B1, whose

Mumba Manda: Quantity surveyor entrepreneur

By JIMMY KANZOBYA “ENTREPRENEURSHIP is not something you do, it is something that you have to become…” This is something Lusaka Quantity Surveyor Mumba Joshua Manda has come to learn by experience. Mumba believes that entrepreneurship should not be a type of economic activity people do, but the way people look at life, the way

‘Parley in business unusual’

By JAMES KUNDA - PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is optimistic that parliamentary business will continue normally despite the suspension of 48 United Party for National Development (UPND) members of Parliament (MPs) this week. Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said the Head of State was unfazed by the development, and

Luanshya blast injures Chat Breweries workers

By RABECCA CHIPANTA A BLAST at a brewery in Luanshya has injured scores of workers and caused extensive damage to property. The blast injured eight workers at Chat Breweries, leaving them with burns and fractured bones. A similar incident happened last year after a pressure cooker exploded, killing one worker and injuring nine. The damage

ACC arrests Chituwo

By CHILA NAMAIKO - THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested former Mumbwa Central member of Parliament (MP) Brian Chituwo for corrupt practices involving failure to  declare interest. ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono confirmed the arrest of Dr Chituwo, 70, of House number 1/88 of F/401a, Lilayi in Lusaka in a statement yesterday. Mr Moono