Monthly Archives: February 2013

February A Deadly Month on Zambia’s Roads

There has been another road traffic accident along the Great East Road in which three Tanzanian nationals died on the spot after a Marcopolo bus collided head on with a truck. Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Lemmy Kajoba confirmed in an interview that three perished on the Nakonde bound bus. He said the road horror happened a few kilometres south of Chinsali district. “One of the injured passengers is admitted to Chinsali District Hospital and this person is in a critical condition but stable condition,” he said. Kajoba said the road accident happened when the driver of the Marcopolo bus registration  …More

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Zambia’s Former Foreign Minister Speaks Out

Given Lubinda, the embattled Kabwata Member of Parliament who was relieved of his duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Michael Sata has broken his silence on controversies surrounding him saying he does not feel betrayed by the Head of State. In a letter dated February 26, 2013 to President Sata, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini and the media, Lubinda said he was not disappointed by Sata. He said he had an impression that President Sata had assured him that all was well regarding disciplinary cases against the Patrotic Front (PF). Mr Lubinda is facing disciplinary charges  …More

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Swine Flu in Serenje Reaches 328 Cases

More than 300 people in Serenje district of Zambia have been affected by influenza H1N1 Swine Flu which has broken out in Central Province. Health minister Joseph Kasonde said all the 328 cases had been reported in the past one week. He said the ministry had put measures in place to ensure that no feather spread of the fatal influenza. But said it was likely that more people would be affected. “This particular form of influenza is more severe than the usual flu that we are used to and in some countries, fatalities have been recorded. He said the ministry  …More

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Police Arrest Livingstone City Mayor

Police in Livingstone have arrest opposition UPND Livingstone mayor Aggrey Njekwa. Police say Njekwa and two others were arrested for being found in position of a “deadly weapon”. “We picked up The Mayor Mr. Njekwa and two other last night and these are facing charges of being found with offensive and deadly weapons. The charges are in relation to the murder of Henry Chanda, the PF official,” said a police officer who did not want to be named. The officer said police were still investigating the matter and the culprits could be transferred to Lusaka to appear in the Lusaka  …More

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Damage Control: Sata Praises ECZ on Livingstone By-election

President Michael Chilufya Sata has issued a statement to commend the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) for stopping the Livingstone by-election in what observers consider is a damage control ploy following the reaction by ruling Patriotic Front campaign manager Obvious Mwaliteta who condemned the development yesterday. Mwaliteta had condemned the postponement of the election alleging the Electoral Commission of Zambia had played in the hands of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) who he accused of being unprepared for the polls. However, ECZ announced it was postponing the Livingstone by-election due to the violence that had erupted in  …More

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Lozis Rise Up for Lubinda

Lozis have demanded for an explanation for the expulsion of former Foreign Minister Given Lubinda. Prince Silumelume said the move taken by the PF to expel Mr Lubinda was a ploy to get rid of other tribes in the government. In an interview with the Daily Nation, the Prince in Senanga district challenged President Sata to clearly explain for national ‘education’ the reason behind the treatment and subsequent firing of Lubinda. He wondered if Lubinda was the only person who had a case to answer on the particular allegations levelled against him, or were there others, facing similar and more  …More

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Kabimba Warns of Genocide

Careless talk about Bemba domination in government can lead to genocide Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba has warned. He warned that Members of Parliament should be careful with their comments on tribal issues especially in respect of Bemba domination.”I have heard this aired around the country” he said He said the MPs should know that whatever they said did not end up in the House but went far and was heard by every Zambian. He was responding to a point of order raised by Monze Central MP Jack Mwiimbu who wanted to know why the entire 11- member Energy Regulation Board  …More

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TIZ Demand Findings in Kabimba, GBM Corruption

Transparency International Zambia President Lee Habasoonda has written the Anti-Corruption Commission to make public the findings into investigations of ruling Patriotic Front senior ministers Wynter Kabimba and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba. “We recognise that the ACC made a public statement when these investigations were launched and the allegations were laid bare to the public. It will be important that in the same vein the ACC informs the nation if at all the two ministers have been cleared and the justification for such a clearance. As you may appreciate, these cases are matters of public concern and the current silence from the  …More

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PF is Now Stronger in Lusaka – Chuumbwe

Patriotic Front Lusaka Province chairman Geoffrey Chuumbwe says the party has gained ground in the province owing to the sound development agenda of the government. Speaking in an interview with Qfm News, Chuumbwe says people in the province are appreciating the achievements of the PF government since assuming power in 2011. Chuumbwe says Lusaka has now become a no go area for the opposition political parties. He says the PF will always aspire to deliver its promises to Zambians and will not engage in cheap politicking at the expense of development. Chuumbwe adds that PF will soon shame its critics  …More

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Opinion: Is Edgar Lungu Ever Sober?

Its a pity that our country has a man of Edgar Lungu’s kind for a Ministerial of home affairs. We have no doubt that Edgar Lungu is the worst minister of home affairs we have ever had. Edgar Lungu together with the former register of societies Clement Andeleki concocted a lie that Nevers Mumba was still the president of the National Revolution Party (NRP) according to records at the Registrar of Societies. They repeated this lie like a broken record until the former national secretary of NRP produced a letter which he wrote to the Registrar way back in 2009  …More

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