Archive | April, 2014

Lift wage, employment freeze, Hikaumba appeals to govt

The government should not go ahead and implement the proposed wage and employment moratorium because the policy would worsen the economic welfare of Zambians, the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has said. ZCTU president Leonard Hikaumba has urged the Patriotic Front (PF) government to reconsider its position in the wage and employment freeze stating […]

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Grand Coalition reject constitution Indaba

The Grand Coalition on the Constitution has announced that it will not be part of the constitution summit which is being organised by Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) to discuss the release of the final draft constitution. Grand Coalition Chairperson Fr Leonard Chiti confirmed the development stating that the grand […]

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Sata angers Judges

President Michael Sata has been accused of compromising the Judiciary by allowing Justice Lombe Chibesakunda to act as Chief Justice for two years even after Parliament rejected her ratification. A group of judges said the contract of acting Chief Justice was coming to an end next month and have wondered whether the President would extend […]

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Judicial independence

The standoff between the President and the legal fraternity over the Acting Chief Justice on one hand and National Assembly on the other is unhealthy for our country. It jeopardizes and compromises the most important pillar of governance. The whole concept of judicial independence is premised on the notion that the Judiciary as a mutual […]

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Sikota attacks Zambia’s sovereign bonds

Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba has been told to stop misleading Zambians over the current debt situation because it is only the lenders of Eurobonds who benefit from the arrangement. Prominent Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota said Mr Yamba had misled the nation when he suggested that the international community was pleased with Zambia’s issuance […]

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Zambian women hardest beer drinkers-WHO

Zambian women are the hardest drinkers in the world, says the World Health Organisation. According to a report in the Washington Post, no nation has harder-drinking women in the world than Zambia. “For instance, according to data compiled by the World Health Organization, no nation has harder-drinking women than Zambia, where 41 percent binge drink […]

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LAZ asked to appeal its case

Senior lawyers are astounded that the Kitwe high court dismissed the Law Association of Zambia application challenging the appointment of acting chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda by President Michael Sata on a technicality. They said LAZ was a professional body and had consulted widely before instituting court proceedings on the matter and that the reasons and […]

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Govt should not engage in maize exports-ZNFU

Government must not directly deal in the export of maize by signing contracts with the other countries because such moves have never benefited the country, says  the Zambia National Farmers Union. Commenting on the government’s decision to sign the Statutory Instrument to allow the export of maize, ZNFU executive director Ndambo Ndambo said the move […]

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MMD to expel its truant top officials?

A full quorum of the MMD national executive committee which included provincial chairpersons from nine provinces yesterday resolved to take disciplinary action against its senior party members after electing Muhabi Lungu as its new national secretary. The provincial chairpersons claimed that five out of the six petitions for a convention were fraudulent. And MMD president […]

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Caring for farmers

Just as we feared, tobacco farmers camping outside the Tobacco Association of Zambia floors have suffered a devastating setback. Their tobacco has been drenched in the heavy downpour that surprised Lusaka in the last two day.  It is not clear if they will be able to salvage the produce due to the damp weather that […]

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