Headlines 29 March 2012

Police arrest three Ex-military commanders

The joint investigative wings have formally arrested and charged three former defence chiefs.

These are former Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Wisdom Lopa, former ZAF Commander Lt. General Andrew Sakala, and former Zambia  National Service (ZNS) commandant Major General Anthony Yeta.  The three have been arrested and charged with theft by public servant.  This is connection with the disappearance of the K1.5 billion meant for the operations of the three wings of the defence, namely Zambia Army, Zambia Air Force and Zambia National Service.

Source: Qfm Radio

Bill Gates arrives in Zambia

Bill Gates the American business magnate is in Zambia.He is in the country to see his foundation’s work in the country.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides funding for “Malaria No More.”

“This week I’m in Africa, a place I go a couple of times a year to see our foundation’s work in the field. The reason I go on these trips is to see for myself what’s happening and I come away with success stories, notes on things that we need to get smarter about, and a better understanding overall.

I’ll be looking at malaria intervention in Zambia, because that’s where we supported the first major efforts to distribute bed nets and get people to use them,” said Gates

Source: TheGatesNotes

Barotseland leader on BBC Interview

The Ngambela of Western province, Clement Sinyinda, says the Barotse people of Western province will press ahead with the resolutions of the just ended Barotse National Council (BNC) meeting.

Speaking in an interview with BBC network Africa this morning, the Ngambela said it was the will of the people they were following.

Asked whether it was not being bitter because he is a former losing MMD party leaders that did not respect the Barotse Agreement, Mr. Sinyinda said he was one of the few former leaders that did not contest elections but instead supported the current PF government because it had promised to honour the agreement.

“I went round the province campaigning for the PF leadership because they had promised to honour the agreement and they won elections here”, he said.

The Ngambela said there was nothing to fear because it was the people themselves that have resolved to secede from the rest of Zambia.

Source: BBC Focus on Africa

ZCCM-IH pays $55million towards government loan

ZCCM-Investments Holding Plc (ZCCM-IH) has made a part payment of US$55 million towards the pre- privatisation loans owed to Government. The group has also achieved a turnover of K891,764 million during the six-month period ended September 2011 which is 212 percent above the turnover of K265,896 million for six months recorded on September 30, 2010.

This is according to unaudited results for the six-month period ended September 30, 2011 released by company secretary Chabby Chabala.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

Government under pressure over Barotseland

Calls for the secession of Western Province will not be entertained because the proposal is treasonable, government says.

But the lozis’s say they are ready to shed blood or die for their independene from Zambia.

Government says it will not allow the creation of a state within a state and any act to divide the country on tribal lines will attract the wrath of the law. This is the reaction of the Minister of Home Affairs Kennedy Sakeni following resolutions announced on Tuesday at the end of a two day Barotse National Council meeting in Mongu. Sakeni also declared the resolutions of the two day meeting by the Barotse National Council as illegal and urged the people behind it to stop pushing the matter.

But the Ngambela Wainyae Sinyinda has vowed to die over the resolutions of the Barotse National council meeting. He said that he is ready to face arrest, torture or even get killed like the 19 people that were killed in the January 14, 2011 Mongu riots.

The Ngambela however said the people of Barotseland will not fight using arms but will fight with their brains.

Exclusively written for Zambia Reports

Sata to return this Friday

President Michael sata is expected to return to Zambia on Friday, the Watchdog has been alerted.

According to information received, Sata has decided to suspend whatever he is doing in India to come and deal with the Barotseland uprising.

It is believed that President Sata will return to Asia again in the near future to finish ‘outstanding’ business in India.

Source: The Zambianwatchdog

Barotse resolutions irresponsible & unacceptable – Scott

Government says the resolutions of the Barotse National Council for western province to secede from Zambia are irresponsible and unacceptable.

Vice President Guy Scott who presented a ministerial statement on the matter in parliament today, said Government will not abdicate its responsibility as custodian of the interest of the Zambian people.

Dr Scott says secession is a serious issue which should not be connected to the Barotseland agreement or failure to restore the agreement.

He says the resolutions of from the seven districts in western province for secession were a stage managed and orchestrated affair with no proof of adequate consultation.

He adds that government insists that the resolutions by the BNC to breakaway from the rest of Zambia would have to be considered by all the people of Zambia through a process that involves elaborate and credible consultation.

The Vice President said the resolutions of the BNC have severe consequences and ramifications if not correctly managed.

Source: Qfm Radio

The Nkoya distance themselves from secession

The Nkoya Royal Council and the Kazanga Cultural Association have disassociated themselves from secession calls by the Barotse National Council.

Council Chairman Edwin Nkomesha told ZNBC that the National Council was not a true gathering of all stakeholders of the people of WesternProvince especially the Nkoya speaking people.

And Kazanga Cultural Association National Chairman Lytone Kaushiku said his association will not support people who are bent on bringing chaos and confusion in the country.

Source: Lusaka Times

Rupiah Banda starts lecturing in USA next Monday

Former Zambian President Rupiah Banda will give his inaugural lecture Monday after being named president-in-residence at Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center, officials said.

Charles Stith, director of APARC, described the selection as “comprehensive but discreet.” Stith said Banda was selected so students will have access to a leader who will give them more insight into African democracy.

Banda will be the eighth African president-in-residence at Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center, according to a Tuesday press release.

“I would like very much to be with the student population, to exchange views with them, to learn from them,” Banda said.

Source: The Daily Free Press

Zambia Football coach may leave sooner

Zambia coach Herve Renard extended his contract to 2014 with the Chipolopolo after winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, but he said on Tuesday that he would likely relinquish his engagement if the team fails to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

“My contract with Zambia runs till 2014 but I think I’d leave at the end of 2013 if we fail to qualify for the 2014 World Cup taking place in Brazil,” the 43-year-old former Ghana assistant coach told French magazine Le Dauphine.

Renard says he is proud of the Chipolopolo’s success in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, but he would like to move on to experience the World Cup tournament to further his carrier and satisfy his new passion.

Source: French magazine Le Dauphine

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