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Dismiss Kambwili appeal against expulsion – PF

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Davis Mwila (below) has asked the High Court to dismiss a case in which Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili is challenging his expulsion from the ruling party. Mr Kambwili is challenging his expulsion from the PF, saying it was wrongful, illegal, null and void, and that

Zambia’s journey to prison reforms

VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka LIVING in a confined place, stripped of a number of human rights is the most dreaded thing by any person. The poor living conditions in prison facilities, characterised by congestion, is one of the most common narratives of ex-prisoners often told with a glum expression. However, with the transformation of prison facilities

Wedson leaves out Kalaba, Mbesuma

ROBINSON KUNDA, Lusaka NATIONAL team coach Wedson Nyirenda has dropped skipper Rainford Kalaba and striker Collins Mbesuma and has drafted seven under-20 players for next Saturday’s 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier against Algeria. The under-20 stars are defenders Boston Muchindu and Moses Nyondo, both of Nkana, midfielder Edward Chilufya of Mphande Youth Academy, the Austria-based

Retirees get more funding

HONE SIAME, Lusaka GOVERNMENT has doubled funding for pensioners from K805 million to K1.66 billion to alleviate the plight of retirees. And Government has set aside K11.5 billion for external and domestic debt servicing. Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba said the significant increase demonstrates Government’s commitment to honouring its financial obligations. He said the

FAZ executive member ‘Shenko’ in hot soup

ROBINSON KUNDA and ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) executive committee member Elijah Chileshe might be suspended for allegedly working with Damiano Academy proprietor Damiano Mutale and Zanama secretary Kelvin Chipili to destabilise the running of football. But Chileshe denied working with the Division Two outfits’ officials to cause anarchy. Football House sources

Zesco face Power

VICTOR KUMWENDA, Lusaka ZESCO United will today open a four-point lead if they beat Power Dynamos in a Super Division rescheduled Week 13 match at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe. Leaders Zesco have 44 points, one better than Green Buffaloes and three clear of fourth-placed Power. Champions Zanaco have a seemingly easy rescheduled Week 13

Digital migration on course

NKWETO MFULA, Chingola GOVERNMENT says all parts of the country will eventually receive television signal following the migration of the system from analogue to digital. Chief government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said signals will significantly improve when the switchover is done. “This is the first time this is happening in Zambia. We expect to have signal

HIV testing, treatment: Sensible government decision

NICKY SHABOLYO SOCIAL media has been buzzing in unprecedented fashion since August 15 when republican President, His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu announced that Zambia would now follow a routine HIV Testing, Counselling and Treatment policy. It has so far been a week of lots of laughter evoked by jokes coined out of this policy

HIV testing, treatment: Sensible government decision

NICKY SHABOLYO SOCIAL media has been buzzing in unprecedented fashion since August 15 when republican President, His Excellency, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu announced that Zambia would now follow a routine HIV Testing, Counselling and Treatment policy. It has so far been a week of lots of laughter evoked by jokes coined out of this policy

Drinking contest ends in death

BUTTYSON KANDIMBA, Solwezi and ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Lusaka A MAN has died after drinking six bottles of highly potent spirit popularly known as Tujilijili in a contest with a friend on who would consume 20 bottles. Oscar Kavungu, aged between 25 and 30 years of Kambelembele village in Kalombo area in Chavuma district, died around 16:00

Article 31 restores sanity

CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka INSPECTOR General of police Kakoma Kanganja has urged Zambians to maintain the same level of peace and sanity the country is enjoying, after the period of the threatened state of emergency elapses. Parliament in July approved the invocation of Article 31 of the republican Constitution and the subsequent proclamation of a threatened

All is well that ends well

Soccer Review with STEPHEN PHIRI HATS off to the national team for qualifying for the 2018 Kenya African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals, the second tier competition on the continent. That cop, inspector Justin Shonga, accounted for a brace in the second half that saw Zambia destroy and effectively eliminate our boisterous distant neighbours South Africa

Suspected double killer understands charge

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka PETER Siwale, a clearing agent of Nakonde who allegedly shot dead his wife and her alleged lover, has appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for explanation of the charge. Siwale, 33, a managing director at Acumen Logistics Limited, a clearing and forwarding company, of Meanwood in Lusaka, on July 27 allegedly murdered

Former MP sued over mortgaged property

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka FORMER Mansa Member of Parliament Chrispine Musosha has been dragged to court for allegedly mortgaging an orphans’ farm for K2.8 million. According to a statement of claim filed by Chisala Kapota and Mirriam Kapota, the executor of their late father Philimon Kapota’s estate was Chapa Chikamba. The duo state that their father

Mansa nurse jailed 15 years for rape

CHRISTINE CHIHAME, Mansa THE Mansa High Court has slapped a 15-year jail term on a 35-year-old male nurse of St Paul’s Hospital in Nchelenge district in Luapula Province for raping a 17-year-old girl while she was seeking medical treatment at the health facility. Justice Davis Mumba sent to jail Joseph Kabaso of Daison village in

PF’s Mpakateni dies

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Lusaka Province is saddened by the death of former national mobilisation vice-chairperson Nigel Mpakateni who died on Monday. PF Lusaka Province chairperson Horace Longwe said Mr Mpakateni was a loyal and dedicated member of the ruling party whose contribution will be missed. Mr Longwe said the former

Boxers off to Germany

SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka WELTERWEIGHT Mbachi Kaonga and lightweight Nkumbu Silungwe yesterday left for the World Boxing Championship slated for Germany after Fairly Bottling donated air tickets worth K50,000. The tournament gets underway on Friday. Fairy Bottling chief executive officer Mohamed El Sahili said in Lusaka that his organisation was motivated to help the boxers following

‘HH release: Zambia can solve own problems’

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka ZAMBIA’S charge d’affaires to Sweden, Anthony Mukwita, says the release of United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema from prison is clear demonstration of Zambia’s ability to solve its own political challenges in its quest to continue being a progressive democracy. Mr Mukwita said the release of Mr Hichilema through

Diaspora Zambians get priority

CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka MINISTER of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo says Government will prioritise applications of Zambians who want to restore their lost Zambian citizenship but are in the diaspora. Mr Kampyongo said priority will be given to Zambians who renounced their citizenship in preference for other countries because of various reasons. He said the Dual

Chimese guides on conflict resolution

MWAPE MWENYA, Lusaka ZAMBIA Air Force (ZAF) commander Eric Chimese has urged newly-wed couples to resolve conflicts amicably without engaging in arguments which may lead to violence and death. Lieutenant-General Chimese, however, advised couples to argue in the presence of their children and resolve matters so as to teach children conflict resolution at a tender

Kachinga drops 11 players

SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka NATIONAL women’s team coach Albert Kachinga has dropped 11 players ahead of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Championship slated for Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Goalkeepers’ coach Yona Phiri said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that 27 players have remained in camp. Phiri named those dropped as Memory Chansa (Chingola), Astridah

Trade Kings boosts safety measures

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka TRADE Kings Group has acquired six handling truck equipment at a cost of US$400,000 to promote safety and enhance operations at some of its factories and industries. Company managing director Mohamed Khalid-Mohamed said the firm is committed to attaining its production business targets and providing a favourable working environment for its workers.

Congratulations to senior Chipolopolo Boys

Dear editor, I WISH to congratulate the senior Chipolopolo Boys on qualifying for the 2018 Kenya African Nations Championship (CHAN) football tournament. This was after Zambia thumped South Africa 2-0 last Saturday during the second round return leg of the qualifier. The teams went into the second round return leg encounter of the qualifier on

Corruption in relation to sporting events

Analysis: KELVIN SIWALE IF YOU are a sports lover, you might have heard sentiments like “the referee or adjudicator has been bought, we couldn’t have lost this contest”. Technically, this means the referee has been bribed to determine the outcome of the contest. In other cases, especially in the past, if a player on the

State pays school fees for vulnerable pupils

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone GOVERNMENT has released K47,000 to pay for 100 vulnerable pupils in Kazungula district this year. Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare Emerine Kabanshi said Government paid for 37 pupils last year but that this was not enough to cater for most of the vulnerable children in the district. “The 37 pupils

Napsa executive backs coach Chilumba

MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe NAPSA Stars have backed the Tenant Chilumba-led technical bench to find a winning for the struggling side. Napsa started the campaign with a bang and were on top of the summit for some time but have since dropped to seventh position with 37 points, seven behind leaders Zesco United. The Lusaka side

Chinese firm to invest $500 million in cement plant

ARTHUR MWANSA, Chongwe A CHINESE investor, Sinoma Mpande Limestone Limited, will spend a total of US$500 million towards construction of a cement production plant in Chongwe. Lusaka Province Minister Japhen Mwakalombe, during a tour of the plant yesterday with Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Lloyd Kaziya, said he is overjoyed that close

MMD leadership to blame for defections, comatose state

Dear editor, I DO NOT understand why Raphael Nakachinda and Mutolo Phiri are blaming Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) members for defecting to Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) according to an article published in one of the daily newspapers recently. Do they expect the members to be dormant as they

3 traditional canals to be rehabilitated

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mongu GOVERNMENT has sourced over K300 million from the World Bank for the rehabilitation of three traditional canals in the Barotse sub-basin in Western Province under phase two of the Climate Resilience Project. The canals that are earmarked for rehabilitation are Fisheries, Nebubela and Ngombala. Speaking when he handed over the project to

Lets celebrate CHAN qualification

Bola Biz ALGERIA, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Democratic Repbublic of Congo, Ghana and South Africa are not going to the African Nations Championships (CHAN) next year. All these nations, except South Africa graced the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon this year. Zambia were not at the Africa Cup but have qualified to the CHAN. Imagine the