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Zambia on the move

HONE SIAME & CHAMBO NG’UNI, Chibombo PRESIDENT Lungu says Zambia is on the move to remarkable economic development and no amount of distraction will stop the country’s smooth journey to becoming a middle-income nation by 2030. The head of State said time for politicking is over and that it is now time to deliver development

Mahogany Air staff training attracts funding

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka OVER US$200,000 will be invested in the training of staff by Mahogany Air in readiness for resumption of operations that were suspended two years ago, Airline chief executive officer Jim Belemu has said. Last month, a consortium of investors from Zambia and Dubai invested US$23 million for the recapitalisation of Mahogany Air

April inflation rate remains stable

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka THE stability in the price movement of various consumer products has led to Zambia’s annual inflation rate for April to remain the same as recorded in March at 6.7 percent, Central Statistical Office (CSO) says. CSO director of census and statistics John Kalumbi, however, said prices are increasing but at a slow

Czech Republic ready to equip Zambia

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka VISITING Czech Republic Minister of Agriculture Marian Jurecka says his country is ready to equip Zambians with modern agricultural knowledge to enable them boost their production and contribute effectively to the growth of the agriculture sector. Mr Jurecka says his country does not only want to invest in Zambia but also wants

LAZ meeting in court

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka THE Law Association of Zambia has moved to stop the High Court from ordering its executive to call for an extraordinary general meeting. This is in a case in which four Lusaka lawyers have petitioned the LAZ council to call for an extraordinary general meeting that will discuss a vote of no

Mansa in 1,500 insecticide treated mosquito nets

CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Mansa GOVERNMENT has disbursed over 1,500 insecticide treated mosquito nets to Mansa for distribution to households in an effort to combat malaria. Mansa district commissioner Royd Chakaba is worried that the district has continued to record an increase in malaria cases. Mr Chakaba also said orientation of community volunteers who will be involved

Portuguese takes lead at Zambia Sugar Open

ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka Golf Club PORTUGUESE Steven Ferreira yesterday fired an incredible 11 under par 62 to take an early lead at the ongoing Zambia Sugar Open Golf Championship. Ferreira posted an incredible four birdies in front and five at the back to go top on the first day. And Patrick Mwendapole was the best

State House defuses ‘poisonous’ story

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka STATE House has described as false a story published by online publication Zambia Reports purporting that President Lungu has threatened the Catholic Church in Zambia. And President Lungu says he will in due course engage church mother bodies to discuss matters raised in a statement by Conference of Catholic Bishops president Telesphore

Let’s invest in water transport – Bwalya

MELODY MUPETA, Chilubi CHILUBI Island district commissioner Earnest Bwalya says there is need for investment in water transport to ease transportation of building materials for the ongoing developmental projects on the Island. Mr Bwalya said in an interview that works on most projects on the island are being done at a slow pace because the

Met warns of biting winter

KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka ZAMBIA Meteorological Department acting director Joseph Kanyanga says Zambians should brace themselves for severe winter in this year’s cold season which will be characterised by heavy rains. Professor Kanyanga said heavy rains will characterise the transition from the rainy season to winter and has advised farmers to delay harvesting their produce. He

Entrepreneur adopts over 30 schools

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka PHILANTHROPIST and entrepreneur Teddy Kalimanshi has adopted over 30 community schools countrywide where he will be providing education materials for orphans and vulnerable children. Mr Kalimanshi, who is founder of A Cry of an Orphan Home (ACAH), a charity organisation, and also supports over 1,500 vulnerable children in different schools countrywide, plans

Global investment firm gives Zambia 5th position

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka ZAMBIA’s Ambassador to Sweden Anthony Mukwita says the country’s top five placement as a preferred destination of investment will increase interest from international investors seeking to develop investment opportunities. Last week, Zambia was ranked the fifth most attractive investment destination in Africa due to significant domestic investment and access to money supply,

All North-West chiefs in love with Lungu

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi ALL the 33 chiefs in North-Western Province have resolved to work with President Lungu’s government and support its programmes aimed at developing the region. And the chiefs have proposed that the provincial headquarters for North-Western Province be relocated from Solwezi to Mufumbwe district. The chiefs made the resolutions after a two-day provincial

‘Zambia Mining Investment Forum successful’

KALONDE NYATI, London GOVERNMENT has described the just ended Zambia Mining Investment Forum held in the UK which attracted over 100 mining firms, financiers and other stakeholders as a success. Minister of Mines Christopher Yaluma said the country prepared adequately to host the forum by addressing a number of issues that had affected the mining

Zanaco draw Al Ahly, Wydad

VICTOR KUMWENDA, Lusaka ZANACO yesterday got the worst possible draw when they were pooled with North African giants Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League group stage. And Zesco United have been paired with Smouha SC of Egypt, Angola’s Recreativo do Libolo and El Hilal Elobeid of Sudan in Group C of

Agro-sector vital to stakeholder performance

KELLY NJOMBO & ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka THE Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) says continued growth in the country’s agriculture sector has facilitated the need for an enabling environment for stakeholders in the industry to interact at a professional platform. And AgriProFocus Zambia says there is need to develop linkages between the Dutch and Zambians in

Govt considering creating trade zone at Kasumbalesa

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka GOVERNMENT is looking at the possibility of creating a trade zone at Kasumbalesa border post to enable various traders conduct business in a dignified manner. Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry permanent secretary Kayula Siame said Government has since signed bilateral agreements with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola to

Treason charge stays – court

PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has thrown out an application by United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema to have the treason charge against him quashed. This follows an application by Hichilema’s lawyers asking the court to quash the charge stating that the indictment was barred at law and did not

Economic boom shaming doomsayers – Lungu

KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka PRESIDENT Lungu says the commissioning of the initial US$12 million pharmaceutical plant in Lusaka is one clear story of the economic recovery programme that has continued to shame doomsayers misleading investors that Zambia is unstable. And President Lungu has urged Senior Chieftainess Nkomeshya and other traditional leaders to continue providing counsel to

Millions of lives are in our hands

MALARIA is a major public health and development challenge in Zambia. The disease accounts for nearly four million clinically diagnosed cases per year, 36 percent of hospitalisations and outpatient department visits. Malaria therefore has an adverse impact, not just on the health of its citizens but also on the country’s socio-economic development as a lot

‘Address challenges in manufacturing industry’

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka A RESEARCH institute says there is need to address challenges facing the manufacturing sector, which is dominated by agro-processing since it continues to hold unexploited potential for increased industrialisation and a wider export base. According to the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR)’s latest report dubbed  ‘The expansion of regional

Housing initiative impresses KK

CATHERINE MUMBA, Chilanga FIRST republican President Kenneth Kaunda is pleased that Government has intensified provision of housing to citizens under the Sixth National Development Plan, through public-private partnerships (PPPs). Dr Kaunda said the statement and commitment made by Government at “Habitat III” in Quito on slum upgrading strategy development, review of water and sanitation policy,

Chinese investors create 700 jobs in Kalulushi

MELODY MUPETA, Kitwe CHINESE investors have set up five copper processing companies in Kalulushi district creating 700 job opportunities for the local people. Kalulushi district commissioner Kenny Siachisumo explained in an interview that the Chinese firms buy raw grade copper which they process into finished copper. “The new mining firms have been of great help

LMC hands over 5 water kiosks

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Kalumbila LUMWANA Mining Company (LMC) has handed over five water kiosks constructed at a cost of K1.4 million to various communities in Lumwana East area in Kalumbila district. LMC senior corporate affairs manager Nathan Chishimba said the mine is committed to collaborate with host communities and Government, to promote social and economic development.

Used vehicles stifle local industry

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka THE Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) says there is need to strengthen regulation on the importation of second-hand vehicles as it threatens the development of the local motor vehicle industry. ZIPAR research fellow for transport and infrastructure development Zali Chikuba said importation of second-hand motor vehicles into the country

Patriotic Front general conference set for 2020

HONE SIAME, Lusaka PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Mwila has announced that the ruling party will go for its general conference in 2020. Mr Mwila said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday by PF media director Sunday Chanda that the general conference will be preceded by party elections that will start on July 1, 2018.

Court warns witness in Mushipe case

PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on a witness for absconding court in a matter in which United Party for National Development (UPND) lawyer Martha Mushipe is charged with seditious practice. Emmanuel Chilekwa, 54, absconded Tuesday’s court hearing where he was expected to be cross-examined by

State to help address skills gap among youths

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi THE Ministry of Youth and Sport says Government is doing everything possible to help address the skills gap among the youth in North-Western Province. Provincial youth coordinator Damiano Chishimba said currently, the ministry is running youth skills training centres in Mufumbwe, Manyinga and Zambezi districts, to equip young people with survival skills

President cautions against falsehoods

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka PRESIDENT Lungu has urged diplomats accredited to Zambia to portray the correct picture of tranquillity in the country, contrary to falsehoods of insecurity being peddled by some media.   The President says it is important that foreign diplomats take time to visit other parts of the country and sample the tourist attractions

CB MPs committee dissolved

CHISHALA MUSONDA, Ndola THE Patriotic Front (PF) on the Copperbelt has disbanded a committee for members of Parliament (MP) in the province for allegedly undermining the authority of the party structure. Party provincial secretary Mike Manda confirmed in an interview the dissolution of the United Copperbelt MPs committee. “We have decided to disband the committee