Headlines 9 March 2012

ZR Comment:  The issue of partisan bias in the Zambian media appears to be deepening, as newspapers such as The Post are opening up an attack the former ruling party’s complaints to the UN over the lack of due process concerning the growing numbers of arrests of party officials on specious grounds.  These developments will be monitored closely.

Sata teases critics who ‘wish him dead’

President Michael Sata says his opponents are not happy with his governance because they expected him to die shortly after being elected into office.

Speaking when he swore in newly appointed Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Emerine Kabanshi and Evans Chibiliti as Secretary to the Cabinet on Friday morning, Sata said he had information suggesting that some people in Southern province were funding youths to stage demonstrations to frustrate his government.

“Our friends are not happy, they expected that I would die two months after the elections, they thought there would be a Presidential by-election by they are surprised, they will do anything to frustrate us,” he said.

And President Sata also warned Trade Unions against blackmailing government by threatening to strike whenever they intended to bargain for better conditions.

He said it was wrong for trade unions to use threats whenever they are pushing for improved condition of service.

He says his government will meet Civil Servants, Teachers and Judicial service unions who are threatening to go on strike.

Exclusively written for Zambia Reports with additional notes from ZNBC

Police arrest MMD chairman for elections

Former Works and Supply Minister in the MMD government Gabriel Namulambe has been arrested and charged with theft by public servant.

Mr Namulambe who is also MMD chairman for election was charged on Friday morning by the joint government investigative team in Lusaka.

The arrest is in connection with the alleged theft of 20 bicycles valued at 11 million kwacha meant for small scale miners in Kitwe.

Mr Namulambe is alleged to have diverted the bicycles and used them during his campaign in Lufwanyama constituency.

Source: ZNBC

Queen Elizabeth II tips PF government

QUEEN Elizabeth II has advised Zambia to continue on the socio-economic development path that the country has embarked on.

The Queen is impressed that the country had continued to pursue socio-economic development aimed at improving the livelihood of its citizens.She was speaking when Zambia’s High Commissioner to Britain, Bizwayo Nkunika presented his credentials at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth said she was content that the copper mines were doing well in Zambia and hoped for further development. Britain, she said, wanted Zambia to attain more economic growth.

She said apart from the South African and Tanzanian routes, there was need for Zambia to develop an alternative route for the transportation of copper to seaports for onward export to other parts of the world.

She was happy that Zambia and Angola were working together to clear land mines along their common border so that an alternative route for the transportation of copper could be built.

This is contained in a statement released by Press Secretary at the Zambian High Commission in London, Rejoice Lukumba

Source: Times of Zambia

MMD petition to UN is embarrassing – Luonde

Anglican priest Father Richard Luonde says the MMD’s decision to petition the United Nations over the perceived “harassment” from the Patriotic Front government shows that the former leaders are afraid of their corrupt practices.

And Fr Luonde says the MMD leadership has dented the image of the country on the international scene over corruption.

Commenting on the MMD’s decision to petition the United Nations over what they have termed “selective prosecution” of its leaders and non-adherence to rule of law by the Patriotic Front government, Fr Luonde, a Kitwe-based clergyman said if MMD leaders were sincere in their dealings, they would not have rushed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for protection.

“To me those are the last kicks of a corrupt dying horse. If they are honest in their dealings, if they know that they didn’t do anything wrong they should await upon the results of the investigative wings.

Now, when you know that you are guilty you always want to cry so that you are protected,” he said.

Fr Luonde said the MMD leaders should be ashamed of their corrupt activities.

Source The Post Newspaper

Zambia tipped for real estate boost in 2012

Zambia’s real estate sector will register significant growth in 2012 with residential property expected to see increased demand while other provinces will also see growth on the back of increased investment especially North-Western and the Copperbelt provinces.

According to Pam Golding Properties Zambia Managing Director Inutu Zaloumis, North-Western Province alone will see approximately 3, 500 new residential units developed as investors such as First Quantum Minerals invest further into their mining operations in the province.

This investment will spill into the development of retail, commercial and industrial real estate as the province looks to provide a self-sustained economy for its population.

Zaloumis says there is likely to be increased interest in the commercial sector on the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces due to the existing absence of structural retail property and as a result of increased economic activity in the provinces in line with the growth registered in other parts of the country.

She strongly believes that the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces are two key growth areas for the local real estate sector in 2012 going into 2013 especially that the areas still haven’t been heavily invested into when it comes to retail and commercial property.

Source: Flava fm 

Movement of goods and services along three borders improve

THE movement of goods and services along the three Southern African border points of the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (WBNLDC) has considerably improved, according to Namibian government.

Namibian High Commissioner to Zambia Solomon Witbooi said visible improvement and increased movement of goods and services at the Wenela and Katima Mulilo border points between Namibia and Zambia as well as the Kasumbalesa boarder with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Mr Witbooi said the transit periods along the corridor route have minimised significantly to a maximum of three days.

Speaking in Chingola during the Walvis Bay Corridor Group ‘Beyond Borders’ information session on Wednesday, Mr Witbooi said the WBNLDC is providing seamless logistics along the route for the three countries.

“Our aim is to see that this corridor will not only remain a transport corridor but a transport in development that would provide a seamless logistical chain and opportunities for the private sector and individuals to move their goods with ease,” he said.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

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