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Posts published in February 2024

‘Zanaco stronger at 55!’

By JAMES KUNDA – ZANACO Bank has launched a campaign to mark 55 years of existence with Chief Executive Officer Mukwandi Chibesakunda pledging to give back to clients and the public.Launching the occasion in Lusaka on Wednesday, Ms Chibesakunda announced the start of a campaign where 55 winners would walk away with cash prizes worth […]

‘65 athletes for African Games, it’s final’

By RONALD CHAWE – GOVERNMENT has said that 65 athletes will represent Zambia at the forthcoming African Games in Ghana next month.Sports minister Elvis Nkandu announced this yesterday at a media briefing saying this number was reached at after wide consultations with sports federations.“The African Games are the highest level of sports competitions in Africa, […]

Embrace a One-Government approach, Veep prods Minister

By JAMES KUNDA – VICE-PRESIDENT W.K Mutale-Nalumango has implored Cabinet Ministers to embrace a One-Government approach to enhance public service delivery to the citizens.Ms Mutale-Nalumango said ministries were not in competition and should work in unison to ensure national development was achieved.She was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when she graced a graduation ceremony for the […]

Police to have aircraft for crime prevention – Govt

By JAMES KUNDA – THE Government is in the process of procuring aircraft for the Zambia Police Service to support crime prevention activities.Acting Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Frank Tayali said the procurement would begin with one helicopter and two officers had since been trained as pilots and attached to the Zambia Air Force […]

ZAMMSA acts to stabilise supply of drugs

By SHARON KALIMBULA – THE Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency (ZAMMSA) has awarded contracts to 24 local suppliers, worth over K600 million for the immediate supply of essential medicines and medical supplies under the Mop-Up strategy.Senior Manager – Corporate Communications Bradley Chingobe said this was in line with the agency’s three pronged strategy of […]

Ignore ‘empty tins’ – HH

By CHUSA SICHONE – PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has urged the business community and experts not to be swayed by the ‘noise’ coming from his opponents criticising his performance since assuming power in 2021.President Hichilema said the business community and experts needed to stick to the facts and parameters instead of paying attention to falsehoods.The President […]

15 PF councillors suspended for gross misconduct

By ESTHER NG’ANDU – THE Miles Sampa led Patriotic Front (PF) has suspended 15 councillors among them, the deputy Mayor of Mufulira on the Copperbelt for alleged gross misconduct.PF Mufulira District Chairperson Daniel Chibale said the 15 councillors had been suspended for campaigning for an independent candidate Edward Zulu ahead of the Butungwa Ward by-election […]

ECL dragged to court over K300,000 debt

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE – A BUSINESS Executive has dragged former Republican President Edgar Lungu to court demanding payment of more than K300, 000 for printing campaign materials during the 2016 general election campaigns.Happy Mwaba Mwangata wanted the Lusaka Magistrate Court to order Mr Lungu to pay him the money which had been outstanding since 2016.Mr […]

Copper Queens’ striker Betani dies

By SANDRA MWILA – FIRST Lady Mutinta Hichilema says a bright shining light has left this world following the death of Copper Queens and Indeni Roses striker Norin Betani.And the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has expressed sadness at the death of Betani while her club manager at Indeni Roses Elestina Phiri says her death […]

Mwango lauds FIDE initiative for moms

By RONALD CHAWE – WOMEN International Master (WIM) Lorita Mwango (below) is happy with the World Chess Federation (FIDE) support to players who will travel with their infants to the 45th Chess Olympiads.The FIDE commission for women’s chess announced this new initiative focused on supporting professional players going through motherhood as they compete at the […]

Paris 2024 dream: Mwape’s lasses jet into Ghana for crucial tie

By SANDRA MWILA – ZAMBIA women’s team coach Bruce Mwape says the team will live up to the expectations of the country when they face Ghana in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games third round first leg qualifiers tomorrow.Speaking on arrival in Accra yesterday, Mwape noted that the team had been consistent with good performances and […]

Kawambwa tea outgrowers seek long-term financing

By CHATULA KANGALI – THE Kawambwa Tea Outgrower Association is seeking long-term financing for the expansion of tea production in Kawambwa.Association president Wiza Sindazi says tea is an expensive venture and that farmers need long-term financing.Mr Sindazi said in an interview that tea farmers are unable to borrow money from financial institutions because they offer […]

Millers granted wheat import permit

By CHATULA KANGALIMILLERS have been granted a permit to import wheat and are asking for 200,000 tonnes of the commodity to be brought in to help offset the commodity’s 100,000-tonne deficit and stabilise prices for products.Miller Association of Zambia (MAZ) president Andrew Chintala said in an interview that the local wheat stock on the market […]

Delimitation of constituencies only by constitution amendment – Veep

By JAMES KUNDA – VICE-PRESIDENT W.K Mutale-Nalumango has informed Parliament that the delimitation of constituencies can onlybe undertaken through an amendment to the Republican Constitution.Ms Mutale-Nalumango said Article 68(2) of the Constitution provided that there be 156 elected Members of Parliament (MP), through the first past the post simple majority.Article 58 (2) of the Constitution […]

IMF hails Govt’s prudent economic management

By JAMES KUNDA – THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has hailed the Government for prudently managing Zambia’s economyas the country had continued exhibiting macroeconomic and fiscal stability amidst a challenging global economicphase.And Bank of Zambia (BoZ) Governor Denny Kalyalya has attributed the appreciation of the Kwacha to the emergenceof foreign currency inflows into the mining […]

Be proactive, ministers told…as he hails resilient farmers

By CHUSA SICHONE – PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has directed Cabinet ministers to take advantage of their presence in Parliament to push for amendments of laws that inhibit Zambia’s economic expansion.The President also ordered ministers to ensure that they were proactive in fi nding out what was delaying the unlocking of rigidities in their respective ministries.He […]

DPP wants Katanga’s 10 Higer buses forfeited

By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE – DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gilbert Phiri has applied to the court that the 10 Higer buses belonging to former Deputy Inspector General of Police Charity Katanga be forfeited to the State because they are taintedproperties.Katanga was on Monday convicted and sentenced to three years by Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Davies […]

World Bank releases $270m to improve Zambia-Tanzania trade connectivity

By CHUSA SICHONE – THE World Bank has pumped US$270 million into supporting improvements in transport and trade connectivity along the Dar es Salaam corridor between Zambia and Tanzania.This is through a six-year Transport Corridors for Economic Resilience (TRACE) project, backed by the US$270 millionInternational Development Association (IDA) grant aimed to improve effi ciency, connectivity […]