Headlines 27 March 2012

Ruling Party Accuses Opposition of “Celebrating” President’s Illness, Promises Punishment

PF Chinsali Central Member of Parliament Christopher Mulenga has castigated political parties allegedly rejoicing over reports that President Michael Sata is in India because he is unwell.

Mr. Mulenga has questioned the morality of such politicians who said should be ashamed that they are always looking out for someone to die before they can inherit the leadership positions.

The parliamentarian notes that the PF is not surprised that some political parties having been celebrating following reports that President Sata is in India for medical attention.

Source: Qfm

MMD wins back Lunfwanyama parliamentary seat

KITWE High Court Judge-in-charge Rhoyda Kaoma has dismissed with costs, the election petition in which losing Patriotic Front (PF) Lufwanyama candidate Christopher Kalenga challenged the election of incumbent Anne Munshya of the MMD in last year’s elections.  This is in a matter in which Mr Kalenga sued Ms Munshya, the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the Attorney General as first, second and third respondents, respectively.

Delivering a two-hour judgement in Kitwe yesterday, Mrs Justice Kaoma said Mr Kalenga has failed to prove allegations that the corrupt practices that the MMD engaged in on September 20 last year, were committed by or with the knowledge of Ms Munshya.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

Western province happy with PF governance – Seyuba

WESTERN Province permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba has expressed happiness with the development projects currently being undertaken in the area by the Patriotic Front (PF) government.

Mr Seyuba says the people of Western Province are happy with the development projects currently being implemented by Government in the province.
He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the provincial administration has started working out modalities to ensure that resources allocated for the implementation of development projects are used for the intended purpose.Mr Seyuba said Government has started implementing development projects such as the construction of schools, health centres and rehabilitation of roads, to improve living standards in the province.

“We are getting on very well with the development programmes and I am happy that we have continued from where the previous government left off,” he said.

Source: Zambian Watchdog

Lozis refuse to sing Zambia National Anthem during Barotse council

The people of Western province Monday morning refused to sing the Zambia National Anthem when they opened their much talked about meeting in Mongu.  The delegates led by their Prime Minister Clement Sinyinda instead sang the Barotse National anthem- in Lozi.

No reason was given for not singing the official national anthem although the PF government minster for Western province was in attendance.  Meanwhile, the resolutions of the Barotse National Council will be sent to the United Nations, African Union and other countries with the PF government getting a courtesy copy.  And the Barotseland Prime minister Clement Sinyinda has said that enough is enough.

When he officially opened the meeting, Sinyinda said:  “The people of Western province this morning refused to sing the Zambia National Anthem when they opened their much talked about meeting in Mongu.”

Source: Zambian Watchdog

‘New banknotes printing starts in May’

THE Bank of Zambia (BoZ) has disclosed that printing, minting and delivery of banknotes and coins resulting from the rebasing of the Kwacha, is expected to commence in mid-May 2012 onwards.

BoZ deputy governor Bwalya Ng’andu says the central bank will introduce the new notes and coins around the same period.

Dr Ng’andu was speaking at a sensitisation workshop for members of Parliament in Lusaka yesterday, on the rebasing of the Kwacha.  Government announced the decision to rebase the Kwacha on January 23 this year and indicated that the exercise would be conducted within six months.  The BoZ Act number 43 of 1996 empowers the bank to, among other things, manage the national currency.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

New system to boost oil supply to Zambia

TANZANIA Ports Authority (TPA) has pumped US$66.4 million in the expansion of the Single Point Mooring (SPM) facility in Dar-es-Salaam, a development that will enable Zambia to import both refined and crude oil.

“This will mean that when Indeni refinery is undergoing maintenance, Zambia can still receive petrol and diesel from the same facility at a reasonable handling fee. The advantage of the new facility is that it will service both crude oil and refined oil products at a low price,” says TPA port manager Cassian Ng’amilo.

The Dar-es-Salaam port hosts two oil terminals namely Kurusini oil Jetty and the SPM facility.  The SPM is an on-shore tanker berth for handling exclusively crude oil and is currently being used by Zambia alone for receiving crude oil that is refined at Indeni Petroleum Refinery in Ndola.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail 

Zambia, China signs a USD 15.8 bn economic and technical corporation grant

Zambia has signed a 15.8 million dollars economic and technical corporation grant agreement with China.

The two countries have also signed five bilateral exchanges of notes which will cover the implementation of the technical corporation for the Agriculture Technology demonstration center, provision of solar mobile system and support to the Confucius institute at the University of Zambia.

The bilateral exchange notes will also cover the construction of the Chinese Doctors’ residence at the Levy Mwanawasa general hospital and the hosting of hosting of two seminars for Zambian government officials in china.

Acting Republican President and finance and National planning minister Alexander Chikwanda signed on behalf of the Zambian government while vice minister of commerce Li Jinzao signed on behalf on behalf of the government of the people’s republic of china.

Speaking after signing the agreements in Lusaka yesterday, Mr. Chikwanda said the economic and technical corporation grant will go a long way in improving skills for the country’s manpower in various sectors.

The acting President said the grant will also lead to increased productivity coupled with greater efficiency and ultimately a reduction in poverty levels.

Source: Qfm

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