Monthly Archives: May 2012
Justice Minister Sebastian Zulu says corruption is corruption no matter the type or size. President Michael Sata while meeting Zimbabwes’ Robert Mugabe on Tuesday made a remark that suggested that ‘a little corruption in the country was okay.’ But Zulu was quoted by QFM radio Thursday morning saying that although he does not want to comment on what president Micahel Sata said corruption is corruption whether big or small. ‘All I am saying is that corruption is corruption, whether big or small. We should aim at stamping it, eradicating it; of course it’s a mammoth task. I do not want …More
President Michael Sata arrived Wednesday afternoon in the Angolan capital Luanda to participate, from 31 May to 1 June, at the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Sata was welcomed at the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport by Angola Foreign affairs minister, Georges Chicoty, Zambia’s ambassador accredited to Angola, Chisheta Raphael, among other figures. Political issues like the crisis in Madagascar and the report of the Troika of the SADC on the campaign for the presidency of the African Union Commission will also be on the negotiating table.
The former ruling party MMD yesterday told the Lusaka High Court that it was not right for the Registrar of Societies to de-register the party because he has no power to do so. Submitting arguments before High Court Judge Jane Kabuka yesterday, MMD lawyer Hobday Kabwe stated that the effect of de-registering the MMD was aimed at nullifying its 53 Parliamentary seats and yet there was no provision indicating that the former ruling party had breached the law. This is in a matter in which the opposition MMD has sued the State over the decision to de-register the party on …More
President Michael Sata says his government is ‘living on a volcano’ following increased pressure from the opposition criticising his style of governmence. And the President has attacked the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) for politicking at the expense of addressing agriculture problems such as cattle diseases in Southern Province, where the party is heavily represented. Speaking as he swore in Luxon Kazabu as Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister at State House yesterday, President Sata said he was surrounded by critics who saw no good in what he was doing. “Our three arms of government, you know them. We …More
It is well known to many of my friends among the opposition in Zambia that international NGOs in the country have been politically compromised by the Patriotic Front. It is quite likely that the boards of these organizations are thoroughly unaware of how their good names are being tarnished in Zambia, or perhaps it is the case that they simply don’t care. Transparency International Zambia is a prime example of this syndrome, having been completely “captured” by the state. As just one example of how TIZ has abrogated its duties, just look at how the NGO has endorsed the premature …More
Zambia’s Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda has appealed to African countries not to join Western states in isolating Zimbabwe. Chikwanda, who was representing President Michael Sata at the Global African Diaspora Summit in South Africa, told the audience that instead of joining in the isolation of Zimbabwe, fellow African countries should actually encourage the land reforms in that country. He said Zimbabwe should be embraced because it was a member of the international community. “All those sanctions against Zimbabwe, what are they achieving? Those (land) reforms will never be reversed,” said Chikwanda during the Summit, which was attended by several heads …More
Following the announcement of the formation of an ‘investment committee’ within the ruling Patriotic Front party, Secretary General Wynter Kabimba has come forward to deny that the new group would be used to extort bribes from businesses. “We are not going to extort money from anybody, we shall not intimidate anybody in order for them to contribute money to the Patriotic Front because we know the consequences. The consequences are that once we get out of power, they will desert us. But if we build genuine friends, even when we get out of power, they will still remain our friends. …More
Today the Post Newspaper published an interview with British High Commissioner James Thornton, who spoke on the recent controversy surrounding the government’s confrontation with the judiciary. Asked about the Patriotic Front’s stated plans to carry out judicial reforms, Commissioner Thornton said it was always a good idea for countries to ensure institutions such as the Judiciary were working effectively and efficiently. “I think it is good Zambia is doing that. We are very encouraged by the strength of democratic institutions in Zambia, and we hope that everything possible will be done to make them even stronger, even more effective and more …More
Zambia is planning a charter flight to Sudan for Chipolopolo’s first 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier on Saturday. The announcement comes as the team enters the final stretch of preparations with all its key players arriving at their Johannesburg camp. Football Association of Zambia communications officer Erick Mwanza made the announcement in Lusaka on Monday. Mwanza said the travel arrangements were being done in consultation with the Zambian government through the Ministry of Sport and Youth. He indicated that the team was expected to be in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, either Wednesday or Thursday to allow time for acclimatisation. Captain …More
Presidents Michael Sata and Robert Mugabe are today expected to meet at the Victoria Falls Border. The two presidents will sign the Trilateral Hosting Agreement for the 2013 UNWTO General Assembly to be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe. The signing will be witnessed by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Taleb Rifai who arrived on the Zimbabwean side on Monday. Since coming into office eight months ago, President Sata has spent more time with Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe than any other foreign leader.