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The fuel matrix

  UNVEILING the 2017 national Budget in Parliament on Friday, Finance minister Felix Mutati made it clear that Government was ‘‘not in the business of business’’ and announced that with effect from March 1, 2017, the Government will no longer be involved in the procurement of finished petroleum products. The private sector will from then […]

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Councillors’ aberration

    THE demands by some Patriotic Front (PF) councillors to be salaried are not only ill-timed but also misplaced. The position of councillors has always been elective just like that of the Member of Parliament. Be that as it may, the duties and responsibilities of either office are not the same to warrant the […]

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Constitution amendment

THERE is certainly need to amend the ambiguous and conflicting provisions in the Republican Constitution in order to ensure consistency and clarity. Amending the Constitution is a matter of necessity not only so that its provisions are well understood but also to avoid a repeat of what transpired before and after the August polls. Take […]

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Is US poll rigged?

  THE world is still reeling from the shocking news that the maverick Republican billionaire businessman Donald John Trump is the next President of the United States of America. Fate can be cruel sometimes. How many Africans ever dreamt of that possibility?  Today the continent is in mourning to imagine what prospects it has with […]

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Dollarisation

  THE insistence by China Henan, the company that built Lubama market on a 65-year lease agreement with Government, to demand settlement of rentals in United States dollars by marketeers is unacceptable. This is particularly appalling bearing in mind that China Henan is defying a High Court ruling in favour of the marketeers ordering that […]

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Shame of Ndola

  WHAT a shame and disgrace that it had to take the republican Vice President to go to Ndola to calm tempers among ruling party officials and prove that Copperbelt provincial minister Bowman Lusambo was indeed right that Ndola City Council is reeking with corruption. Where are the State organs mandated by the Constitution and […]

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Zambia means business

IT IS gratifying to note that the launch of the Zambia Chapter of the Zambia-South Africa Business Council (ZSABC) in Lusaka on 27th May, 2016, is promising to foster healthy investment partnerships. At the time of the launch, 27 leading South African commercial farmers were in the country to hold high- level investment discussions with […]

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FISP must go

THE Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) was crafted by Government to revolutionise farming in Zambia and lift peasant farmers from perpetual low yields, household food scarcity and poverty and transform them into a highly productive, organised and well-funded force to push the country’s much vaunted economic diversification. FISP was designed to increase agricultural productivity, ensure […]

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Diet of thieves

  THE Auditor General’s report for the year ended 31st December 2015 is out in the public domain. And as usual it makes the hearts of many Zambians bleed with sorrow. Others are simply very angry. After reading the latest Auditor General’s report, this is how Finance Minister Felix Mutati put it yesterday: ‘‘It does […]

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Land scams

  IT IS certainly not in doubt that land administration in this country has been a thorny issue for years. The problems surrounding land alienation are deep rooted, the main problem being the lack of coordination between the Ministry of Lands and the local authorities on how to administer land. In many instances, the Ministry […]

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