Monthly Archives: October 2012

Corruption at RTSA Makes It Hard for Zambians to Get Drivers’ Licenses

Drivers seeking to obtain drivers’ licences in Lusaka and Choma have passed a vote of no confidence in the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) with regard to the issuance of driving certificates. Speaking with Zambia Reports, a number of drivers have said the RTSA is in desperate need of a more efficient system of issuing drivers licences because the current order of things encouraged corruption and inefficiency. “The RTSA must not just concentrate on mounting road blocks and impounding motor vehicles from drivers who do not have drivers’ licences because it is their system that encourages people to go  …More

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Traditional Ceremony in Chongwe Spoiled by PF Campaigning

This past weekend, scores of Chongwe residents refused to attend the annual Chakwela Makumbi traditional ceremony of the Soli people in the area because of political infiltration being perpetrated by Senior Chief Nkomeshya Mukamambo and Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo. The traditional ceremony, which is hosted at Nkomeshya’s palace, was graced by Vice President Guy Scott. Scott, ministers and a swarm of journalists from the state-owned media and the Post newspaper who went to the ceremony received a lukewarm reception upon arrival. Usually, the Chakwela Makumbi is a colourful event that is attended by millions of people from different places  …More

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Sata Tells Police He Is ‘Untouchable’ before Anti-Corruption Investigations

Today during a swearing in ceremony for several public functionaries, President Michael Sata gave a directive to the police to investigate more corruption among his cabinet members, but that the presidency is off limits for anti-corruption investigations. Sata’s comments made during the ceremony, which appointed former Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Kasanga as Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, Dr. Muyenga Atanga as Permenant Secretary for Works and Supply, and former Lusaka Province Police Commissioner Solomon Jere as the new Deputy Inspector-General of Police, raised confusion over the government’s anti-corruption efforts, fueling rumors that the president’s rhetoric is not matched by action. “You,  …More

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President Sata and PF have Become Arrogant – says Dr Nevers Mumba

Zambia’s opposition leader Nevers Mumba says the Patriotic Front government has become too arrogant with only a year in power. Dr Mumba says it is unfortunate that government does not want to listen to the concerns of Zambians on how the country should be managed. He has reiterated that the manner in which President Michael Sata is running the affairs of the country should be a source of worry for many Zambians. Dr Mumba says he will not be intimidated by government adding that he will continue speaking out on behalf of the poor Zambians. He says the u-turn by  …More

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PF Cadres from Copperbelt Survive Car Crash in Mufumbwe

Seven Patriotic Front (PF) members on Tuesday afternoon escaped death after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned three times following a tyre burst in Mufumbwe district in Northwestern Province. The incident happened when a Toyota Hilux registration number ABJ 944 driven by PF Copperbelt Youth Secretary Kabwe Chanda had a front right tyre burst on the bush tracks after coming from a furthest rural ward which is located about Six hundred Kilometers away from Mufumbwe. Fulalita area, the place where the accident occurred is 15 kilometers before Kaoma district in the Western Province. Kabwe told Copperbelt journalists that despite  …More

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Hichilema Goes to Beef Up Opposition Campaign in Mufumbwe

Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is this afternoon expected to address a series of meetings in Kasempa, North-Western Province on his way to beef-up campaigns for MMD candidate Stanford Mulusa in the Mufumbwe by-election. Hichilema, who was recently in Petauke, Eastern Province, travelled overnight with his entourage to North-Western province to also strengthen the UPND structures in the area. The UPND leader, who stood his ground against pressure from party members that wanted his party to also participate in the November 8 by-election will join MMD and UPND campaign teams in drumming up support for the MMD candidate in the  …More

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Renard Calls Mbesuma in 24-Member Team for South Africa Friendly

African champions coach Herve Renard has named a 24 man strong squad to face 2013 Nations Cup hosts South Africa in the November 14 Nelson Mandela Challenge match at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Notable in the team is striker Collins Mbesuma who missed all of Zambia’s matches this year despite being at the 2012 Nations Cup. Mbesuma has been in good form for Orlando Pirates in South Africa prompting Renard to recall him. Unveiling the list to fazfootball.com, FAZ spokesperson Erick Mwanza said the match was important in setting the tone for the African champions before the provisional squad for  …More

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Hunt for Successor 27: King Cobra has gone East

The room itself, the venue of world leaders, was full of expectation. The voice of the female interpreter sounded: “On behalf of the General Council, I have the honor to welcome His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, president of the Republic of Zambia, and invite him to address the assembly.” The audience applauded, some nervously as the 75-year-old Sata, dressed in a gray suit, walked to the podium. He was among the more than 120 presidents, prime ministers and monarchs gathered at the United Nations Headquarters for the annual General Assembly. It was the sixth day before the official opening.  …More

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Kalaki’s Korner: Ukwa and the Road Gang

The Queen was already at breakfast by the time King Ukwa came downstairs. ‘Are you feeling alright dear?’ she asked. ‘Your face looks a bit puffy. Better take your pills before you forget.’ ‘Yes dear,’ he said grumpily. ‘Doctor knows best.’ ‘I see from this morning’s paper that you’ve been enjoying yourself inspecting the new road to Nowhere. But what’s the point of a new road to Nowhere?’ ‘I’ve explained it all before,’ he said wearily. ‘If I build a road to Nowhere then it will become Somewhere. Nobody wants to go Nowhere but everybody likes to go Somewhere. They’ll  …More

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UK and US Question Zambia’s Human Rights over PF Abuse of Police Force

Zambia major donors, the UK and USA, have raised concern over the country’s continued use of police force to muzzle opposition leaders as recently experienced under the Patriotic Front government. The Zambian delegation was put on the spot at the Human Rights Convention on Tuesday. Both the UK and US expressed reservation at the continued abuse of the Public Order Act which President Michael Sata had pledged to abolish during campaigns. The UN meeting was held in Geneva- Switzerland, during the Human rights Council’s second cycle Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review. Norway and the Netherlands pushed Zambia to  …More

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