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Chavuma headman arrested in Angola

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Solwezi, March 5, 2013, ZANIS….A village headman of Chavuma district in north western province has been arrested in Angola on suspicion of being a ritual murderer.

North western province police deputy commissioner Paul Achume said Headman Kazompwe from Chinji village on the border with Angola is believed to have strayed into Angola after a drinking spree.

Mr Achume said Headman Kazompwe went to drink inside Angola at a place called Kamapande  where he was accused of being a ritual murderer by the locals and later was reported to their police command who arrested him.

The incident happened at the weekend on saturday.

Mr Achume said the Zambia police in the region are negotiating with its counterparts in Angola to secure the release of the Hheadman.

And police in Mufumbwe district have arrested 11 people for allegedly killing a 54 year old man of Kabompo district during the ritual funeral ceremony locally known as “Kikondo”

Police have named the deceased man as John Livingi of Meers in Nyangu village in senior chief Sikufele’s area.

Mr Achume said Mr. Livingi died after an instant mob descended on during a ritual funeral  Kikondo practiced locally by the Kaonde people.

He said the mob used all sorts of missiles to kill Mr. Livingi after the coffin allegedly carried by the 11 men lead to him.  

 All the 11 suspects are in detention and police have instituted investigations to verify the circumstance that led to the death of Mr Livingi.

 

ENDS/PS/CSB/ZANIS

 

 

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 Seyuba urges ‘wealthy’ women to share their success

Solwezi, March 5, 2013,ZANIS —North Western Province permanent secretary Augustine Seyuba has implored women that have excelled in business to help uplift the welfare of their fellow women who are underprivileged.

 

Addressing a North Western Chamber of Commerce and Industry breakfast meeting at Solwezi Royal Hotel today, Mr Seyuba noted the saying that when you educate a woman, you feed the whole village.

 

He said women in business must involve those women in the most rural parts of the province in order to improve their living standards while creating employment opportunities at the same time.

 

Mr Seyuba said a lot of business opportunities abound in all sectors of the economy in North Western province especially agriculture, mining, transport, education and health.

 

He urged the women entrepreneurs to take up the mantle and become the drivers of the economy in North Western province, especially through agro and food processing which is one of the subsectors that government is supporting.

 

Mr Seyuba said that government was committed to raising  the living standards of women through various empowerment programmes.

 

He cited the Citizens Economic Empowerment Fund under the ministry of commerce as one such model of empowerment.

 

He said the fund has a new strategy focusing on value chain development that will entail agriculture produce being processed and value added for export, with 30 percent of the fund meant to support rural areas with women as the target beneficiaries.

 

“It will do me proud, and indeed the government, to see our local produce being manufactured for export purposes, while at the same time enjoying a market share in our local shops,” Mr Seyuba said.

 

Meanwhile, Africa Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) has commended government for the support it is rendering to micro, small and medium enterprises in the country.

 

AWEP Zambian chapter vice chairperson, Dorothy Eriksson, made the commendation today at Solwezi Royal Hotel during a breakfast meeting orgainsed by North Western Chamber of Commerce and Industry for women entrepreneurs.

 

Ms Eriksson said AWEP is hopeful that government will revise the micro, small and medium enterprises policy to accommodate many changes in the ever changing local and global business environment.

 

She said women in business were keen to explore many opportunities that exist to start processing local organic foods for export.

 

However, Ms Erksson said the opportunities are hampered by challenges including high interest rates, bad roads and electricity outages.

 

She said export goods need to move fast to meet flight deadlines, but roads to get to rural areas where local organic vegetables, fruits and products like honey are found are in a bad state and must be improved.

 

AWEP is an initiative mooted by former USA secretary of state Hillary Clinton that aims to empower women in business through export so that they become voices of change in their communities.

 

Ms Eriksson urged government to support initiatives that will enable Zambian exporters to gain hygiene certification.

 

She said government is assured to accelerate its desire to put money in people’s pockets by supporting initiatives by the private sector to gain global hygiene certification for food and various agro products meant for export.

 

ENDS/IMD/CSB/ZANIS

 

 

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