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Afex eyes to inject $600m in agro

KALONDE NYATI, Lusaka BELARUS firm Afex Group of Companies is considering to invest US$600 million in agriculture and municipal equipment as part of the company’s goal to transfer technology into Zambia. Afex Group of Companies’ director general Oleg Vodchits said the company intends to invest in Zambia. “Depending on interests of the parties, the total

K10 million disbursed for school-leavers’ training

CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka THE Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) has disbursed K10.8 million to all provinces for informal sector and out of school training under the TEVET Fund. TEVETA director general David Chakonta said during a media breakfast yesterday that part of the funding came from the African Development Bank’s Support for

HH must be in Mukobeko

PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka THE Lusaka Central Correctional Facility has asked the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court to order that United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema be taken back to Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility in Kabwe for security reasons. In an affidavit filed yesterday by Lusaka Central Correctional Facility officer-in-charge Patrick Ng’onga in support of the

Akufo-Addo in for State visit

CHOMBA MUSIKA, ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka GHANAIAN President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo arrived in Zambia yesterday for a four-day State packed visit during which he will officially open the Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Ndola. Mr Akufo-Addo, who was in the company of his wife Rebecca Akufo-Addo, arrived at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport about 18:15

‘Lake Petroleum ban excludes filling stations’

CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka THE Energy Regulation Board (ERB) says the fuel import ban imposed on Lake Petroleum relates to the distribution, importation and exportation of petroleum products only, and does not include operations of filling stations. ERB consumer and public affairs director Agnes Phiri said in a statement yesterday that filling stations are licensed separately

Daka, master seed dealer finds market niche

NANCY SIAME, PRISCILA MWILA, Lusaka FARMING in Mkushi has always been associated with expats but this norm seems to be slowly changing as local farmers begin to penetrate the farm block. Mkushi is known for its large-scale commercial farming and boasts of a substantial population of expatriate farmers who apart from producing crops, are doing

Livestock sector poised to improve in Muchinga

NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Nakonde GOVERNMENT has invested K126 million in improving infrastructure in the livestock sector in five districts in Muchinga province to enhance livestock production. Government is building milk collection centres, livestock training institutes; livestock market centres, dip tanks and slaughter houses in Nakonde, Mafinga, Mpika, Isoka and Chinsali districts. Muchinga Province livestock production officer

How shall we get to the promised land?

DAVIES MWILA, Lusaka ON June21, 2017, His Excellency President Edgar Lungu launched the Seventh National Development Plan running from 2017 to 2021, with a pledge to build a resilient and diversified economy. President Lungu said that the plan indicates Government’s commitment to planning, as the gateway to the Vision 2030 target, which is a long-term

Mbombo Saudi Arabia-bound

MULWANDA LUPIYA, ROBINSON KUNDA, Ndola, Lusaka ZESCO United striker Idris Mbombo will miss Friday’s Confederation Cup Group C clash against Egyptian side Smouha as he is reportedly heading to Saudi Arabia. But striker Jesse Were, midfielders Kondwani Mtonga and Anthony Akumu, who missed last Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Angolan side Recreativo do Libolo, have made

Role of the opposition

ANALYSIS: PATSON PHIRI IN MODERN African contemporary politics, the difficulty is growing to find a spot suitable for drawing a line where the role of the opposition should end as they engage the governing parties. This is what I want to unpack today and help dissect it as a contribution to the distort that appears

Zambia nominated for excellency in safety

NANCY MWAPE, Lusaka ZAMBIA has been nominated for recognition of excellence in safety and security performance in the civil aviation industry by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will receive the award on behalf of the country this September in Montreal, Canada. In an interview, CAA director Gabriel Lesa said

Kwacha could appreciate

KALONDE NYATI, Lusaka THE Kwacha, which has throughout this month remained generally stable against the United States dollar, is this week expected to remain range-bound although month-end obligations could push its appreciation. First National Bank says as the month comes to a close, dollar flows could increase, causing the Kwacha, which has this month generally

Regulate small-scale gold miners

NOMSA NKANA, Lusaka THE EXTRACTIVE Industry Alliance (EITA) in Eastern Province has called on Government to regulate small-scale gold miners to curb environmental and health hazards to communities. EITA representative in Petauke Ledger Tembo urged Government to enforce stringent laws on small-scale gold miners in Eastern Province. Speaking at the sixth Zambia Alternative Mining Indaba

KCM set to increase production

KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka KONKOLA Copper Mines (KCM) has continued to invest in its mines to increase copper production despite being owed US$100 million in value added tax (VAT) refunds. Since 2014, some mining companies decided to put projects on hold due to a dispute over VAT rule number 18, that required companies to show documentation

‘Govt’s decision to implement electricity tarrifs good’

ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka THE committee on Estimates says Government’s bold decision to implement cost reflect electricity tariffs will have immense economic benefits on the business community and members of the public. Committee chairperson Mwalimu Simfukwe told Parliament last week that Government should also expedite the review of the operations of Zesco Limited to address its

Kapa clinches Mozambique deal

NANCY MWAPE, Lusaka IN A quest to stimulate regional investment and economic growth, Kapa Investments Limited, a local company, has clinched a deal in Mozambique to construct a 500 kilometre road valued at US$700 million. The road project, known as the Limpopo Corridor (N222), will be undertaken through a tripartite partnership with N222 Capital Projects

Chipolopolo call-up excites Banda

MATHEWS KABAMBA, ALEX NJOVU, Kitwe, Lusaka PORTUGAL-based midfielder Emmanuel Banda says featuring at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup will give him more international exposure. And Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda is eyeing winning the COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup but will not put his players under pressure to rise to the

UPND cadres in dock on offensive weapons charges

PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka FOUR United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres charged with two counts of being in possession of offensive weapons have pleaded not guilty to the offence. And magistrate Sylvia Munyinya said she received instructions from the director of public prosecution Shawa Siyuni to prosecute the matter. Remmy Mukoba, Kelvin Mupulisa, Fabian Lubona

CEC Liquid to change Chipata agro sector – Zulu

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata EASTERN Province Minister Makebi Zulu says the launch of CEC Liquid Telecom Chipata branch will revolutionaries the agriculture sector with electronic (e) commerce and high-speed wireless internet service. Mr Zulu said the coming of high-speed wireless internet service provider to Chipata is timely. He said this in a speech read for him

UPND intellectuals save the party

ANALYSIS: ROBBIE MUSAKUZI LOOKING at the events that have befallen the UPND since the August 11, 2016 general elections, it is now evident and incumbent upon the intellectuals in the party to quickly come together and save the political party from the self-destructive path that some members have taken, which is causing the majority of

Zambia will be major timber exporter – Mulusa

HONE SIAME, Lusaka GOVERNMENT through the Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO) will secure 50,000 hectares of land in each of the 10 provinces for the establishment of plantantions to transform Zambia into a major timber exporter. Minister of National Development Planning Lucky Mulusa says the forestry industry can significantly contribute to employment and

Nkwazi win morale booster – Zesco coach

MULWANDA LUPIYA, MATHEWS KABAMBA, Ndola, Kitwe ZESCO United coach Zlatko Krmpotic is delighted with Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Nkwazi, saying it is a morale booster ahead of Friday’s CAF Confederation Cup clash against Egyptian side Smouha. And Krmpotic said the Smouha clash is a must-win for the Ndola side. Krmpotic said in a post-match interview

Zanaco warm up for Al Ahly with victory

MULWANDA LUPIYA, Shinde Stadium, Mufulira WANDERERS 1 NAPSA 2 NAPSA Stars yesterday edged Mufulira Wanderers in a Super Division Week 14 match to close the gap with leaders Lusaka Dynamos to one point. Napsa have 25 points, one behind Dynamos, who thumped City of Lusaka 3 – 2 on Saturday. Dynamos, however, have a game

Lungu condemns graveyard clash

CATHERINE MUMBA, ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka PRESIDENT Lungu has condemned the fracas that left several people injured when alleged United Party for National Development (UPND) and Patriotic Front (PF) cadres clashed at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka. And police in Lusaka have warned of stern action against the mastermind of a brawl where cadres clashed

Wina puts widows in focus

CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has directed the Ministry of Gender to spearhead the commemoration of the Widows Day, whose objective resonates with the goals of the International Women’s Day. Mrs Wina said widows remain vital contributors to their families and societies despite suffering a great loss and facing many challenges as they journey

Turning point

NANCY SIAME, NKOLE MULAMBIA, Ndola NKOMBO KACHEMBA, MWILA NTAMBI, Chingola PRESIDENT Lungu yesterday launched construction works of the US$397 million new Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola, which is expected to create 8,000 jobs for the local people. And President Lungu yesterday launched the works on the US$461 million Zambia Township Road Project on

Local airline given green light into aviation market

NANCY MWAPE, Lusaka GOVERNMENT has introduced policies that are creating an enabling environment for domestic airline operators’ entry into the local aviation market to retain over US$1 billion being externalised annually. Transport and Communication Minister Brian Mushimba said foreign airline carriers control majority of traffic in Zambia and collect revenue in excess of US$ 1

Venture into agriculture to boost income, civil servants told

CHAMBO NG’UNI, Kabwe CENTRAL Province permanent secretary Chanda Kabwe has urged civil servants in the region to venture into agriculture to boost their incomes and contribute to national food security. And Southern Province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba says district commissioners need to ensure district disaster management committees operate effectively in mitigating and responding to disasters.

Copperbelt PF buries past

NANCY SIAME, Ndola PATRIOTIC Front (PF) deputy secretary-general Mumbi Phiri says the party leadership has resolved internal wrangles on the Copperbelt Province after a meeting attended by President Lungu. Mrs Phiri said in an interview with journalists after a three-hour meeting with the Copperbelt PF leadership on Saturday evening that all differences have been ironed

Germany assigns €31m for renewable energy

KALONDE NYATI, Lusaka THE German government has allocated €31 million to its development bank, KfW, to help Zambia implement the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFiT) Strategy, which will accelerate the development of renewable energy. The funding to be provided to the GET FiT programme, a project that is designed to assist the Zambian government promote