Lundi 20 Novembre 2017
(Zambia Daily mail 13/06/13)
CIVIL society coalitions representing over 260 civil society organisations have backed Government rejection of a request by the technical committee on drafting the constitution to extend the deadline for the handover of the final draft constitution. The committee, headed by former Chief Justice Annel Silungwe, recently applied for a six-month extension from June but Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba on Tuesday described the request as unreasonable and outrageous. Mr Kabimba demanded the draft team sticks to its June 30, 2013 deadline. Some of the organisations include the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council, Oasis Forum, Operation Young Vote, Panos Institute Southern Africa, Women and Law in Southern Africa and Young African Leaders Initiative. Others are the Zambia Community...
(Lusaka Times 13/06/13)
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia has condemned in the strongest sense the harassment by suspected Patriotic Front (PF) supporters of staff at Flava FM Radio based on the Copperbelt which was scheduled to feature Fr. Frank Bwalya on their good governance programme called Community View Point. In a statement released to the media, MISA said that they were saddened that the incident came barely a week after the BIGOCA incident at which other journalists were also physically attacked. They also said that this was preceded by another one committed by other suspected PF cadres on Muvi TV reporters in Lusaka recently. “This state of affairs is very worrying least to say because the country’s democracy is at...
(Lusaka Times 12/06/13)
Suspected PF cadres this morning stormed the Flava FM studios radio station and demanded that the program where outspoken Catholic priest Father Frank Bwalya was supposed to feature be stopped. The suspected cadres stormed the station demanding that Fr. Bwalya does not go ahead with the program. According to reports Father Frank Bwalya has been harassed in the process as well. The cadres also poured opaque beer on the catholic priest now turned politician. Zambia Police have been informed informed of the developing situation at the radio station. Father Frank Bwalya formed a political party after he resigned his position on the ZESCO board as Chairperson in a move he said was meant to reclaim his voice, claiming that President...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(Lusaka Times 04/06/13)
MMD President Nevers Mumba has demanded that the PF immediately disbands the youth militia that it has reportedly set up to cause violence. Addressing a news briefing at his residence in Kabulonga, Dr. Mumba condemned the PF youths for invading BIGOCA Church in Matero during Black Friday prayers. He said the act of desecrating the House of God by PF youths is the highest form of disrespect that any government can show to God. Dr. Mumba warned hat the MMD and other like-minded organisations will from tomorrow launch a collective and sustained response to the PF violence. He said other political parties and citizens will start arming themselves if the PF militia continues to pounce on innocent citizens. “The PF...
(Zambia Reports 23/05/13)
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has condemned PF thugs that harassed and stole personal items from Movement for Multi-party Democracy president and young wing coordinator Bowman Lusambo yesterday. And NAREP has also called for the arrested of the PF cadres that were involved. HRC spokesperson Samuel Kasanka said Zambia enjoy fundamental freedoms that need to be safeguarded and allow citizens to enjoy them. He said it is important to allow the free expression of ideas even if others do not like them. He said Zambia is a democratic country and that no one should be intimidated through undue inference from anyone. He appealed to PF leaders to discipline their members and urged police to ensure culprits are brought to book...
(News24 18/05/13)
Lusaka - A decision by Zambia's president to slash a key food subsidy threatens to hit the poor, stoke inflation and spark a popular revolt against his government. Earlier this week Michael Sata tore up his own populist political playbook, stamped on it and set it on fire by announcing weighty maize subsidies will be scrapped. Reversing a policy he introduced on coming to power in 2011, Sata said stopping government subsidies for the staple food would lead to "real economic and well distributed growth". It would also save the government much-needed cash. But in reaching for fiscal probity, Sata has effectively grabbed the third rail of developing world politics with both hands. Famously, a 1977 decision to scale back...
(Capitalfm Business 17/05/13)
LUSAKA, Zambia, May 17 – A decision by Zambia’s president to slash a key food subsidy threatens to hit the poor, stoke inflation and spark a popular revolt against his government. Earlier this week Michael Sata tore up his own populist political playbook, stamped on it and set it on fire by announcing weighty maize subsidies will be scrapped. Reversing a policy he introduced on coming to power in 2011, Sata said stopping government subsidies for the staple food would lead to “real economic and well distributed growth.” It would also save the government much-needed cash. But in reaching for fiscal probity, Sata has effectively grabbed the third rail of developing world politics with both hands. Famously, a 1977 decision...
(News24 17/05/13)
Lusaka - A decision by Zambia's president to slash a key food subsidy threatens to hit the poor, stoke inflation and spark a popular revolt against his government. Earlier this week Michael Sata tore up his own populist political playbook, stamped on it and set it on fire by announcing weighty maize subsidies will be scrapped. Reversing a policy he introduced on coming to power in 2011, Sata said stopping government subsidies for the staple food would lead to "real economic and well distributed growth". It would also save the government much-needed cash. But in reaching for fiscal probity, Sata has effectively grabbed the third rail of developing world politics with both hands. Famously, a 1977 decision to scale back...
(Voice of America 17/05/13)
A Roman Catholic priest has accused Zambia’s government of preventing him from registering his political party to challenge the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Party in the next general election. “The government is doing everything to frustrate our efforts to form a political party,” said Father Frank Bwalya. “But, we are very confident that very soon, our party will be born.” Bwalya says many share his view that President Michael Sata’s government has disappointed Zambians. “The Patriotic Front has gone back on their election promises and we have decided to distance ourselves from them because some of the mistakes that they have made are just too fundamental for us to turn a blind eye,” said Bwalya. “They have, for instance, violated...
(Times of Zambia 17/05/13)
CONGOLESE soldiers are holding 16 Zambian fishermen captive for allegedly straying into that country while on a fishing expedition. The Congolese authorities have demanded a KR135, 000 penalty fee for the release of the fishermen from Nsama District, that strayed onto the Congolese side of Lake Tanganyika. The initial number of the captive fishermen was 18 but two escaped from the marine soldiers that rounded them up and charged them with illegal fishing. Nsama District Commissioner Panji Chilingala, who confirmed the incident said the fishermen were rounded up on May 12, 2013, while on a fishing expedition. The duo that escaped from detention on the Congolese side had since returned to Zambia. Families of the captured fishermen have appealed for...
(Zambia Reports 14/05/13)
The standoff between government and Bemba chiefs in Northern Province has heightened and the latest development is that the traditional rulers have declared not to recognise Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkandu Luo of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party because he had been fanning confusion in the Bemba land. The agitated traditionalists met On Monday in Kasama district where they overwhelmingly declared Nkandu Luo as a persona non grata. The traditional rulers have also dared the government to continue the freezing of its allowances to the acting paramount Chief and Senior Chief Mwamba. The standoff between the Bemba chiefs and the government started when President Michael Sata last week de-gazetted Senior Chief Mwamba of Kasama alleging that the traditional...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...

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