Monthly Archives: June 2012

President Sata Bargains with Cotton Farmers Demanding Higher Prices

President Michael Sata has pleaded with cotton farmers in Zambia not to burn their crop because ginners have refused to buy the commodity at what they are demanding as market price. Mr Sata has promised farmers that his government will make sure that ginners buy the crop at a reasonable price.  He was speaking at a political rally in Chama north during campaigns for the forthcoming parliamentary by-election in the area. Cotton from Eastern and Southern provinces had threatened to burn their harvest because ginners were offering a low price despite government assurances that they will sell their crop at  …More

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DEC to Arrest Lawyer over Shoprite Checkers Share Sale

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) plans to arrest Lusaka lawyer Lewis Mosho regarding the controversial sale of Shoprite Checkers shares in Zambia. Lewis Mosho is a senior partner in Lewis Nathan Advocates, which was the transfer secretary for Shoprite Checkers. The DEC plant to arrest Mosho because they suspect that he was involved in money laundering activities regarding the transfer of Shoprite Checkers shares. DEC deputy commissioner Lottie Mpundu could neither confirm or deny the story when contacted. Representatives of Shoprite Checkers in South Africa could not respond to press queries sent to them by press time. According to inside  …More

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MISA Concerned over Zambia’s State Owned Media

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has challenged the government to guarantee freedom for state-owned media through legislation. MISA-Zambia chapter Chairperson Daniel Sikazwe says MISA understands government intentions to implement the Independent Broadcasting Act (IBA), but this will not entirely free the public media if the appointed committee is not reinstated in the law. Sikazwe was speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka added that the rationale to operationalise the IBA Act was an absolute need for government to distance itself from controlling and influencing public media. Sikazwe said that it was important to leave such control to an independent  …More

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Sata’s ‘Boy’ Andeleki Sues Daily Nation for K1 billion

Chief Registrar of Societies Clement Andeleki has sued has sued Richard Sakala in his capacity as proprietor,editor,publisher and distributor of the Daily Nation newspapers for defamation and is claiming K1 billion in damages. This is contained in a statement of claim filed in the High court registry by his lawyers Chola Chama Legal Practitioners obtained by QFM News today. This is in relations to articles published in the Daily Nation editions of June 25th and 26th headlined “Andeleki exposed” and “Fire, probe Andeleki” respectively. In the articles it the Daily Nation alleged that Mr Andeleki while serving as a Police  …More

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Guy Scott give State Police Directives in Livingstone Election

Zambian Vice President Guy Scott has instructed the police command to sternly deal with any perpetrators of violence ahead of the forthcoming July 5 parliamentary by-elections in Livingstone, Chama North and Muchinga constituencies. Dr. Scott says government regrets that there are pockets of violence that have rocked Livingstone parliamentary campaigns. Dr. Scott accused the opposition of ferrying political cadres to fuel violence in the area. The Vice President was responding to a question by Kabwe Central Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament James Kapyanga who wanted to know what Government is doing about the political violence in Livingstone. This was  …More

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Zambian President Sata under scrutiny

Zambia’s populist president portrays himself as a corruption-buster, but critics are raising questions about the appointments he’s made, his conduct and the lucrative contracts he has awarded for government work in the year since taking office. President Michael Sata made his uncle his finance minister, appointed other relatives to other high government posts, and has picked a fight with the judiciary. Despite his promises to be different, it looks like politics as usual in this copper-rich southern African country. In Zambia and across Africa, multi-party contests and relatively peaceful elections are increasingly the norm. But governance often fails to meet  …More

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Angolan Refugees Repatriated Before Deadline

The repatriation of hundreds of Angolan refugees has kicked off ahead of the June 30 deadline. All Angolan refugees in Zambia must to go back home or lose their status by June 30. The first batch of refugees left aboard a Zambia Airforce plane at around 06:00 hours on Thursday morning. Those being repatriated to Angola have agreed to do so, under the voluntary repatriation exercise. The Zambia Air Force has scheduled flights between today and Saturday to repatriate the Angolans. Meanwhile, buses have continued to transport Angolan refugees from Mayukwayukwa refugee camp in Kaoma to Mongu in readiness for  …More

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Zambian Govt Considers Tax Reforms

The Zambian secretary to the treasury Fredson Yamba has announced a process of reform to the tax regime in Zambia. Yamba said yesterday that one of the important components for the government’s growth strategy was to maintain a positive investment climate for potential investors. Yamba said the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia Revenue Authority and Zambia Development Agency had started to review the tax incentives being offered. This was during the official opening of a workshop on review of the tax incentives regime in Zambia at Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka. Yamba said the key  …More

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PF Minister Sichinga Asks Court to Dismiss Defamation Case Against MMD

Zambia’s commerce minister Bob Sichinga has asked the Lusaka High Court to dismiss a case where the MMD has sued for defamation over allegations that the former ruling party printed fake money amounting to K3 trillion. The former ruling party has sued both Sichinga and the Attorney General as first and second defendants over a statement that MMD printed fake money. Sichinga’s arguments in support of an application filed by his lawyer Kelvin Bwalya in the Lusaka High Court raises preliminary points that Maj Kachingwe was not the correct person to sue over the alleged defamatory words uttered by his  …More

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‘Clueless’ Sata Makes Another Clown of Himself in UK

A clueless President Michael Sata yet again made another clown of himself during a dinner with Zambians based in the United Kingdom. A Youtube video posted online shows the deplorable levels of President Sata’s both intellect and diplomacy in addressing issues affecting the country. Most disappointing President Sata failed to answer questions from Zambians residents in the UK and threw them to his ministers with his commerce representative Bob Sichinga and his tourism counterpart Given Lubinda attempting to save the disgraceful head of state some face. To display his appalling levels of ignorance when he attempted to come out intelligent  …More

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