Monthly Archives: January 2013

Zambia Blocks Copper Exports to Boost Local Processing

Zambia’s Minister of Mines and Energy Yamfya Mukanga has stopped First Quantum Minerals Limited (FQM) from exporting the 60,000 tonnes of copper concentrates for processing. He said the mining firm has to first exhaust all available means in Zambia before taking it to neighbouring countries. Mukanga said the PF government was examining all smelters in the country to ascertain their processing capacity before considering whether FQM or any other mining company could be allowed to take the copper concentrates outside the country. “Government is not very keen on letting the copper concentrates leave the country for processing. We are working  …More

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Vanquished Chipolopolo in Low Key Return

A batch of vanquished members of Chipolopolo have returned to Zambia 48 hours after being eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa to a low key welcome contrasting the euphoria that characterised their presence last year. Some members of the team have connected directly to the base in Europe and South Africa while another four players landed in the country quietly on Wednesday night. Zambia were winless at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations drawing all three matches in Group C against Ethiopia, Nigeria (1-all apiece) and Burkina Faso (0-0). The 2012 champions were darlings of Zambia  …More

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Lusambo Demands Ban on Kachingwe’s Group

MMD die hard youth wing co-ordinator Bowman Lusambo has asked Home Affairs minister Edgar Lungu to ban a group led by expelled former national secretary Major Richard Kachingwe or risk encouraging lawlessness in the country. Lusambo said Lungu, the Chawama parliamentarian, had 48 hours in which to stop Maj Kachingwe and expelled women’s national chairperson Catherine Namugala to stop posturing as MMD members. He said the PF’s behaviour was worrying and a danger to the peace of the country. Lusambo has warned that the party will not sit back and watch some sponsored elements bring its name into ridicule. Lusambo  …More

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President Sata Allegedly Seeks Treatment in UK

According to an anonymous source quoted by the news website Zambian Watchdog, President Michael Sata is currently in the United Kingdom seeking medical treatment. A source within State House has told the Watchdog that President Sata will be visiting a heart specialist in London at a Hospital owned by relatives to a prominent Zambian businessman. The source said depending on the condition, the president might also proceed to India for two days. The source said Sata was due for review about two weeks ago but had to wait for an opportunity to sneak out of the country which presented itself  …More

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Police Failing to Observe Court Orders – Mulongoti

Former Minister of Works and Supply Mike Mulongoti has aggressively criticised the Zambian police for failing to uphold court rulings in the case of the Antonio and Manuela Ventriglia vs. Finsbury Investments, which had issued a Writ of Possession to the Vetriglias to take back control of Zambezi Portland Cement. “Zambians stand ready to fight anyone who is going to bring anarchy in the nation by not respecting and following court orders,” Mulongoti said. “I have no particular intention at a personal level to discuss this matter but what is paramount is the respect of the rule of law. No matter  …More

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Presidential Powers Must Be Curbed – FDA

According to Ludwig Sondashi, president of the Forum for Democratic Alternatives, the powers of the presidency in Zambia are too expansive and must be curbed under the current constitution-making process. “The President in Zambia enjoys excessive powers. He controls the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary, through appointment and through his important positions as Head of State, head of government and head of the ruling party,” Sondashi said. Dr Sondashi called for a clear distinction and separation between the head of state and head of government by introducing a prime-ministerial system. He said under the arrangement, the status of parliament  …More

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Scott Sneaks In and Out of Nelspruit

Vice-President Guy Scott sneaked in and out of Nelspruit, South Africa to avoid international media attention following Zambia’s poor performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa where the 2012 champions were eliminated in the first round. Dr Scott witnessed the match between Zambia and Burkina Faso which ended goalless leading to Zambia’s exit on Tuesday night. The country’s ceremonial Vice-President arrived on a charter unannounced and proceeded to watch the match but the fact that the Chipolopolo settled for a third match meant the PF could no longer take undue credit for Zambia’s soccer performance. Last year,  …More

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PF not Ready for Popular Constitution – Saunders

Political activist Dante Saunders says the Patriotic Front government is not prepared to give Zambians a constitution that will stand the test of time. Saunders says the Constitution plays a critical role in the country’s governance system. He says the lack of coordination emanating from statements by senior government officials on the constitution have clearly indicated that the government is not heeding to the calls of Zambians. Saunders has since urged Civil Society organisations in the country to take a leading role to ensure that Zambia has a good constitution. He says it is unfortunate that the PF government have  …More

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Maj Kachingwe’s Court Defeat Vindicates MMD – Chituwo

The opposition MMD says it has been vindicated by the court judgment that nullified the invalidation of Dr. Nevers Mumba’s election. On monday, the High Court ruled against Major Richard Kachingwe’s decision to invalidate the election of MMD president Dr Mumba. MMD vice president for administration, Brian Chituwo, says he is now hopeful that the court judgment will put to rest all desires by some politicians to ruin the party. Dr. Chituwo says it should now be realized that the country only has one genuine MMD under the leadership of Dr Mumba. Dr. Chituwo was speaking at a media saying  …More

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MMD Exposes Underhanded PF Scheme

The MMD has exposed a PF strategy in which they have hidden formal documents that changed names of office bearers at the Registrar of Societies to create an impression that the former ruling party is disorganised. This was after home affairs minister Edgar Lungu claimed that records at the Registrar of Societies office indicate that the president of MMD is former president Rupiah Banda while the national chairman is Michael Mabenga. But Mbulakulima said the MMD has in possession valid receipts that indicate the payments and the list that was submitted for change of officer bearers. He said the photocopied  …More

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