Monthly Archives: December 2012

Minister Launches Rebased Currency

Finance Minister Alexander Chikwenda has launched the rebased kwacha currency. Speaking at the launch, Chikwanda advised business the community not to hike price as this has the potential of distorting the economy. He said the rebasing of the kwacha will simplify bookkeeping and reduce cost of doing business in Zambia contrary to popular beliefs that the exercise was aimed at nabbing suspected individual who are keeping huge amounts of money. Chikwanda said the rebasing of the currency will also address inflation spirals at intolerable levels. Meanwhile Bank of Zambia Governor Dr Michael Gondwe said the general public should not be  …More

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HRC Welcomes Release of 59 Prisoners

The Human Rights Commission ((HRC) have called for the proper integration of inmates that are being released from prison. HRC spokesperson Samuel Kasanka said it was important to make follow-up to ensure that the released inmates can utilise the skills that they have learnt in prison to act as a deterrent from repeating similar crimes. President Michael Sata has released 59 female prisoners countrywide as part of this year’s New Year celebrations. This is according to an Order of Release signed by the Head of State dated December 28, 2012. President Sata signed the order in exercise of the powers  …More

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ZAWA Officials Sacked over Corruption Allegations

Several senior officials at the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) have been fired by Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo, who accused them of being involved in the illegal granting of hunting licenses. ZAWA Director General Edwin Matokwani as well as Acting Director for Conservation Melody Zeko, Acting Commercial Director Rose Chivumba, Acting Director of Finance Andrew Sampa, and Head of Procurement Taulino Banda were all dismissed with immediate effect while the tenders they issued have been revoked. Although as indicated by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), government officials have no right to “order” or “instruct” the ACC to open  …More

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Former Justice Minister to Defend Accused Teen

One of the two juvenile boys behind the brutal killing and defacing of a Taxi Driver named Matthews Chipili have today appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate court as one of them presented form Justice minister Sebastian Zulu from Zulu and Company. The two boys who confessed during police investigations having stolen Chipilis’ vehicle are 16 and 14 years old pupils at Great North Road Academy and Lusaka High School respectively. The two juveniles appeared before Lusaka Magistrate Boniface Mwiinga for explanation of the charge. In the first count the duo are charged with aggravated robbery contrary to section 294 (1)  …More

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Sata’s New Year’s Message

President Michael Sata says the PF government has fulfilled the development targets for 2012. In his New Year’s message which is scheduled to be broadcast on ZNBC tonight, Persident Sata highlighted the road rehabilitation and construction of health facilities among the achievements. He further praised donors for their financial support and pledged to make Zambia a better place for all citizens in the years to come.   Bellow is President Sata’s national address in full:   FELLOW COUNTRY MEN, WOMEN AND THE YOUTH,   AS I ADDRESS YOU ON THIS MOMENTOUS NEW YEAR’S EVE, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE  …More

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Opinion: Brace for Tough Times in 2013

In a few hours, Zambians, like the rest of the world, will be celebrating a brand New Year never to see another 2012. There are many expectations in the political spectrum. But what helps predict the future is the past and present experiences.In 2011, Zambians made a decision to elect President Michaeal Sata as their leader for the next five years. Predictions before President Sata assumed office were made. These predictions were based on President Sata’s past political experience. Sometimes, these predictions were harsh on President Sata’s character but they did not take away anything of what he is, the  …More

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New Kwacha Notes Hit the Market

For the first time in two decades, Zambia will have a new currency. Three zeros have been knocked off the currency to give it some semblance of value but in real sense its value remains the same. The last time the kwacha attracted a major change was when the MMD took over power from UNIP in 1991. The currency had collapsed after hyper-inflation crushed the economy only second to the present Zimbabwe. Although the Zambian currency was not performing as bad in 2011, President Michael Sata decided to re-base the currency in what many believe was a hurried decision that  …More

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Bandits Kill Poor Female Trader in Lusaka

Curiosity killed a cat, so goes the ancient adage. That old saying could be applicable in the death of a thirty-four-year-old woman in Lusaka who was shot dead when she unknowingly raised alarm at the time bandits were robbing a trader. The sad incident happened on Saturday around 22:45 hours in Kalingalinga Township when Jane Chiona who was conducting business at a makeshift stall went to see what was happening in a shop next to her stall out of curiosity. Oblivious to her, the owner of the shop a Mr Castro Chibala was at the time on the receiving end  …More

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Ethiopia to Drop 3 more Players

Ethiopia coach Sewnet Bishaw will drop another three players after defeating Niger 1-0 in a friendly match as part of the preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. Before beating Niger 1-0, the coach dropped five of his players from his 31-man provisional team that pitched camp for a training camp in Addis Ababa. There are now 26 players in the team who will have to be further trimmed to the final 23 which according to the Ethiopia Football Federation will be done after friendlies against Guinea and Tunisia. The team’s other friendly against Togo has  …More

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Sata Gives 59 Female Prisoners a New Year Gift

President Michael Sata has presented New Year presents to 59 female prisoners ordering their release as part of the celebrations. The announcement is contained in a press statement by his spokesperson George Chellah on the eve of New Year. According to Chellah, the 59 were selected from prisons across the country with 12 of them above 60 years old while another four are expectant mothers. Below is a statement from State House PRESIDENT SATA ORDERS RELEASE OF 59 FEMALE PRISONERS LUSAKA, Monday, December 31, 2012 – His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, has released  …More

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