Amos Chanda, Zindaba Soko in Court over bribes

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Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) chief executive officer Zindaba Soko - Photo Credit Zambia Daily Mail

Former special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda and Road and Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA)  CEO Zindaba Soko today appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court before appeared before Chief Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale, on charges of corrupt practices and possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

In the charge read out in Court, it is alleged that Mr. Chanda jointly charged with former RTSA Director and CEO, Zindaba Soko received a sum of $11,000.00 and  $10,000.00 respectively from the promoter of speed cameras project, Mr. Walid El Nahas, from Intelligent Mobility Solutions (IMS), the firm he owns.

On the first charge,  it is alleged that Walid El Nahas on dates unknown but between August 1, 2017 and May 31, 2019 corruptly gave US $10,000 to Soko, a public officer, as an inducement in order to facilitate the award of a contract to Intelligent Mobility Solutions Limited by RTSA.

In the second charge, it is alleged that Walid El Nahas on dates unknown but between August 1, 2017 and May 31, 2019 corruptly gave US $11,000 to Chanda, a public officer as an inducement in order to facilitate the award of a contract to Intelligent Mobility Solutions Limited by RTSA.

Both Mr. Soko and Mr. Chanda denied the allegations that they possessed money suspected to be proceeds of crime, and will be back in court on January 28th

Lusaka Times

STEVEN NYIRENDA, IS NEW NAREP PRESIDENT

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MUVI Television Owner Steven Nyirenda is the new opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP) Leader after the other candidate Maybin Kabwe withdrew his candidature for the role of Presidency at the NAREP extra ordinary convention.

Mr. Nyirenda takes over from Founder and first NAREP Leader Elias Chipimo Jnr, who stepped down a few months ago.

Funding for KK international airport Construction withdrawn

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Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

China’s EXIM Bank has halted funding towards the US$360 million expansion and modernization of the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport for fear that the Zambian government may not be able to pay back the loan.

This has forced government to move the completion date of the project to 20th April, 2021 from the initial date of 20th October, 2019.

Zambia’s external debt is currently about US$10.23 billion.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Vincent Mwale has told Parliament the completion date has been rescheduled due to lack of funding after Exim Bank stopped sending money for fear that the Zambian government was not capable of paying back the loan.

In a Ministerial Statement to give an update on the expansion and modernization of the KK international airport and the Construction of the Copperbelt International Airport, Mr. Mwale says the total loan amount of US$360 million; US$265 million has so far been paid to the contractor.                     

Meanwhile Mr. Mwale says the Construction of the Copperbelt International Airports costing about 397 Million United States Dollars will be completed by October 2020.

He has explained that a total of 191 million United States Dollars has been certified and 182 million United States Dollars has been paid to the contractor.

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ZESCO to increase load-shedding beyond eight hours per day

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LOAD shedding
LOAD shedding

Zesco Limited has announced that it will not commence power imports tomorrow as earlier announced.

Acting Company Managing Director Webster Musonda said some proposals that have been made to the Energy Regulation Board will need to be finished before imports can commence.

Speaking when the Parliamentary committee on Energy, Water Development and Tourism, Mr Musonda said the nation will be informed when the imports will commence.

Mr Musonda said the Power Utility company was scheduled to commence power imports from South Africa at a cost of about 21 million dollars monthly for about six months.

And Mr Musonda announced that the company is in the process of revising upwards the current eight hours load shedding schedule.

He said the current eight hours of load shedding has not helped as it has not worked according to the company’s expectations as consumers are not observing the switch and save.

Meanwhile, Kariba North Bank Station Manager Edward Simbaya has disclosed that ZESCO is currently producing 290 megawatts of electricity per day instead of the normal 500 megawatts.

Speaking when Energy Minister Mathew Nkhuwa paid a courtesy call on Siavonga District Commissioner Lovemore Kanyama, Mr Simbaya said reduced electricity production is aimed at sustaining power generation.

He said the company is likely to produce at the same capacity for the next four months to avoid depleting the water.

Lusaka Times

ZICTA cancels Vodafone Zambia’s license

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The Zambia Information & Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has cancelled the network and service licence for Mobile Broadband Limited which trades as Vodafone Zambia.

This follows a resolution of the ZICTA board made at its special meeting held on the 12th of September 2019.

ZICTA board chairperson Emmanuel Musonda says the cancellation of the license is on the ground that Mobile Broadband has ceased to fulfill the requirements under section 12 of the ICT Act No. 15 of 2009.

Mr. Musonda notes that this is by not being technically and financially capable of meeting obligations and terms and conditions of its license.

In a statement to Q-News Mr. Musonda has disclosed that the cancellation of the license issued to Mobile Broadband will take effect 30 days after the 20th of September 2019.

Mr. Musonda explains that the cancellation of the license entails that Mobile Broadband will cease to operate as an Electronic Communication Service and Network provider under the ICT Act.

He states that given that the cancellation has come at great inconvenience to customers, ZICTA expects Mobile Broadband will address all consumer issues arising from the cancellation of its license.

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EDGAR LUNGU keynote speech to the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly -Video

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President Edgar Chagwa Lungu addresses delegates at the 74th General Assembly at the United Nations Building in New York United States of America on Wednesday,September 25,2019

Statement by
His excellency dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, president of the republic of Zambia
At the plenary of the high-level segment of the 74th session of the un general assembly,
25th September, 2019

• your excellency prof. Tijjani Muhammad-bande, president of the 74th session of the united nations general assembly;
• the secretary-general of the united nations, António Guterres;
• distinguished heads of states and governments;
• honourable ministers;
• heads of intergovernmental and other organisations;
• excellencies;
• distinguished ladies and gentlemen:
Let me join the previous speakers in congratulating your excellency Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-bande on your assumption of the presidency of the 74th regular session of the united nations general assembly, and to assure you of our fullest cooperation in the discharge of your responsibilities.
I am confident that your wealth of experience and wisdom will prove invaluable in guiding us successfully through the present session.

I also wish to extend Zambia’s sincere gratitude to her excellency ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces for the exemplary work exhibited during the 73rd session.
The theme for this session, ‘galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion” presents an opportunity to re-examine our priorities, redefine our mission, sharpen our vision, as we approach the 75th anniversary of this organisation.
It is a call for us to harness the atmosphere in which the united nations family can implement its priority programmes especially in key areas, such as alleviating poverty in order to enhance the human condition throughout the world.
The eradication of poverty is feasible; we have seen remarkable progress across every dimension of poverty.
Malnutrition and youth illiteracy have both substantially decreased.
This progress is gratifying, but it is still inadequate. One billion people continue to live in extreme poverty. If anything, the recent gains should spur us to do even more to finish the job, and to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry anymore.

We must ensure that nobody is forced to choose between sending her daughter to school, and sending her to work. Everybody has the opportunity to fully participate in their country’s economic and civic life.
Mr. President:
Zambia applauds the leadership that the united nations provides in tackling climate change, as was illustrated only a few days ago by the hosting of the climate action summit.

Climate change is frustrating efforts to raise the standards of living for the world’s poor. Scientists have spoken, and we have seen with our own eyes, the devastating impact that climate change has had on our environment.
Early this year, three of Zambia’s neighbouring countries: Malawi, Mozambique and zimbabwe, were affected by cyclones.
Not far away, half of zambia experienced a severe drought which has since resulted in low crop productivity, and low water levels for hydro-electricity generation. Thus, opposite climatic extremes are occurring within the same neighbourhood.

As a consequence, zambia is now scaling up its efforts to diversify energy production. Other priorities include the increasing of the adaptive capacity to reduce vulnerability, and building resilience against extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding.
The impact of climate change requires global collaborative efforts, and support for the mitigation and adaptation strategies.
As a developing country, zambia needs assistance to enhance her capacity in key areas such as scientific research, early warning, rapid response, and transfer of appropriate technologies to help cope with the negative impact climate change.
Mr. President:
Furthermore, scaling up global efforts in addressing climate change should invariably include the increased accessibility to financial support, particularly for countries with limited resources, to enable them make their fair contribution to this global effort, and also bear the general climate-change-induced cost burdens.
The need to secure and promote the wildlife flora and fauna as an environmental good for ecological and socio-economic benefit can not be overemphasised.

In this regard, Zambia appreciates the hosting of the elephant summit initiative held in Kasane, Botswana in April this year and the “Africa’s wildlife economy summit” held the following month in victoria falls town, zimbabwe, and was hosted in conjunction with the African union, and the united nations environmental programme (unep).
These summits, among other things, recognised the need for partnerships with communities, and the private sector as key in securing wildlife, and enhancing economic benefits from wildlife.
Mr. President:
In our continued effort to support this cause, Zambia is scheduled to host a follow-on summit in May, 2020, in the tourist capital, Livingstone. I call upon our international collaborators, to work with the regional countries to achieve a successful outcome for our wildlife.
Over the past year, Zambia has made important developmental efforts, and we are determined to foster an all-inclusive development paradigm based on the Africa union agenda 2063, and the un 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Barely a month ago, on 7th August, 2019, Zambia had the honour to host a launching ceremony in Lusaka, for the sustainable development goals sub-regional centre for southern Africa.
The establishment of the centre underscored our collective resolve as southern African countries that we can win the war against poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy, through the exchange of best practices and other joint action.
However, we must also keep in mind that most African countries could not attain the forerunner millennium development goals (mdgs), mainly because of various challenges including inadequate financial resources.
In our pursuit to achieve the sustainable development goals, the mdgs trend is, unfortunately, likely to continue, unless Africa devises more innovative ways of addressing its development challenges.
The centre in Lusaka will bring the initiative closer to home for our southern African region. It will be a vehicle for facilitating engagement between governments, and other stakeholders, to accelerate the attainment of the sustainable development goals, and for deepening regional integration.

Mr. President:
My government attaches great importance to the needs and welfare of all with specific focus on women, children and the youth.
To this end, Zambia’s 7th national development plan has targeted the most vulnerable members of society to enhance the capacity of their involvement in the country’s economic and social life in an effort to raising their standards of living.
In this regard, my government has taken steps to ensure that there is equitable access to quality education by all Zambians by providing universal basic education within the shortest realistic timeframe.
A comprehensive programme of health reforms is also underway, and this should also result in the improvement of the well-being of our people.
The measures and programmes that the government has undertaken are, however, not enough to fully attain the objectives of these programmes of action, mainly due to limited financial resources. We call on all partners to join efforts and together, let us help to improve the lives of our peoples.

The horrifying shadows of poverty are darkened even further for Africa’s refugee children.
Zambia is a plateau of peace and a home to many refugees. We appeal to the united nations and other humanitarian organisations of the world to help us share this burden.
Together we can restore dignity, and help in looking after the refugees.
Mr. President:
Zambia continues to make tremendous strides in the campaign to end child marriage. In this regard, we have also continued to engage traditional leaders to reform traditions and customs which promote child marriage.
Currently, we are in the process of harmonising statutory and customary law on marriage to prohibit early marriages.
We are also repealing several discriminatory and outdated statutes related to children in order to come up with a children’s code to domesticate the provisions of the convention on the rights of the child.

As a designated African union champion on ending child marriage, I am encouraged that the campaign is growing from strength to strength; however, much more needs to be done. We call on all partners to join efforts and together, let us raise our voices to protect our children and the youth.
Mr. President:
Peace, security and the rule of law continue to be the basis for meaningful development of any society. In keeping with this understanding, zambia was for a year, until last month, chair of the southern african development community (sadc) organ on politics, defence and security cooperation. In this role, zambia contributed to the regional mechanism on conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts.
As a state party to several international instruments aimed at countering the threat of proliferation, zambia hosted a sadc regional awareness meeting on the implementation of un resolution 1540 of 2004. The resolution is a vital element in the global architecture to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons to non-state actors, including terrorists.

Properly implemented world-wide, it stands as a major contributor towards preventing possible humanitarian, political, economic and environmental catastrophes should any of these weapons be used to cause large-scale casualties and suffering. It is clear that such a possibility is not just theoretical.
Mr. President:
The spectre of international terrorism has in recent times assumed a dangerous momentum of its own. Terrorism does not discriminate between combatants and non-combatants. Innocent bystanders have to bear the brunt of this scourge.

To protect human life, the international community should continue to seriously address this vice. This assembly must expedite its conclusion of the long-overdue comprehensive international convention on combating terrorism.
In our pursuit to combat terrorism, the Zambian government has recently established an anti-terrorism centre, a national body comprising all national stakeholders, to coordinate counter terrorism efforts of individual security agencies. This is in keeping with the united nations global counter-terrorism strategy.

Mr. President,
There is no doubt that the united nations continues to remain the only multilateral institution capable of addressing the challenges of our “one world”.
The world looks up to this body to encourage dialogue among civilisations on all global challenges in an inclusive manner offering the only practical way to ensure meaningful and effective international cooperation.
To be effective and efficient there is need to reform the united nations, particularly as we will, over the coming year, commemorate its 75 years of existence, and reflect on its future.
Zambia believes that within, the united nations evolution, time has come for meaningful reform, including of the security council.
Time has come for the security council to be representative, democratic and accountable to all member states, irrespective of status. This is essential for its integrity as the custodian of international peace.
Given that Africa constitutes the second largest bloc of the un membership, proposals to reform the security council should heed africa’s call as espoused in the ezulwini consensus.

Mr. President:

In conclusion, I wish to reaffirm, Zambia’s commitment to cooperate with the international community in addressing the numerous problems affecting our people including ending poverty.

To this end mr. President, we should not remain indecisive and indifferent to this serious issue neither should we forego this opportunity to make the world a better place for all humanity.
I thank you.

ZMERIP targets Kabwe schools in Lead hotpots for environmental remediation

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Ministry of Mines Geologists working at Mine Primary School during the pilot remediation exercise-1

The Zambia Mining and Environmental Remediation and Improvement Project (ZMERIP) under the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development has started environmental remediation work at Mine Primary School in Kabwe’s Mutwe Wa Nsofu township in a bid to combat Lead exposure among school-going children.

The school, which is in the vicinity of Black Mountain, is among the schools earmarked for environmental remediation where the project will pave part of the yards, drill boreholes and overturn the soil so as to reduce Lead exposure in schools.

Speaking during the pilot exercise at Mine Primary School yesterday, ZMERIP National Coordinator Mr Gideon Ndalama says the project decided to remediate the schools first because children spend a lot of their time there and are most vulnerable as most of the school yards are not paved.

“Inhaling of Lead contaminated dust is one of the main sources of Lead exposure in children and so by suppressing the dust is one of the many ways we can protect children from Lead poisoning”

Mr Ndalama also said the project decided to sink boreholes in the schools because erratic water supply made it difficult to water the ground or even water the grass to suppress Lead dust.

“We know that water is a very big challenge in most schools and by sinking these boreholes we want to make sure that the schools have a constant supply of water to keep the school yards green and reduce Lead exposure.”

Mine Primary School Head Teacher says he was grateful that ZMERIP had picked his school for the pilot remediation exercise.

“I am grateful to the project that they picked Mine Primary School because as you can see we are close the Black Mountain and we have high levels of Lead here and we well know the effects of Lead on our learners. I know that by the time this exercise is complete, our learners will be less exposed to Lead.”

Asked how else the school is fighting Lead contamination, Mr John Chinyenge said the school has awareness programs to teach children about the dangers of Lead.

“We have a program called Health Talk, where the Lead issues are number one on our agenda. We teach the children how to avoid Lead exposure by washing their hands and dusting themselves off after playing.”

The ZMERIP is running a pilot remediation exercise called deep tilling where the Lead contaminated soil is overturned and the soil that is not contaminated comes on top.

The project recently conducted a soil sampling exercise in schools and public places to determine the Lead levels in the soil before embarking on remediation activities.

Story and picture by Hope Mkunte

Findley Sues Kambwili

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Lusaka Businessman Valden Findley

Lusaka Businessman Valden Findley has sued de-registered National Democratic Congress Leader Chishimba Kambwili for defamation of character.

Mr. Findley says the statements issued by Mr. Kambwili were malicious because the defendant knew that they were not true.

He says the defendant has failed to apologise or retract his statement.

The plaintiff says as a result of this his family has been humiliated by social media and other publications.

Mr. Findley further says his name and reputation have been subjected to contempt and ridicule because of Mr Kambwili’s statements.

This is according to the statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court.

Meanwhile, Mr Findley has asked the court to stop Mr Kambwili and his servants from issuing defamatory statements against him.

He also asked the Court to award him damages and other reliefs for slander and libel.

ZNBC & LT

National Democratic Congress(NDC) is disbanded

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Mwenya Musenge
Mwenya Musenge

The opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) has officially disbanded.

NDC legally recognized National Secretary, Mwenya Musenge has disbanded the NDC and indicated that he will form a new party.

He has advised those members in contention with him to join him or form their own party too.

This follows the dismissal of the appeal to the Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kampyongo.

Last month, the NDC was disbanded following the Lusaka High Court ruling on the matter.

Meanwhile, The National Democratic Congress party (NDC) President Mr. Chishimba Kambwili has announced that he will hold a Press briefing on Sunday 22/09/2019 where he will discuss the status of the political party NDC as well as other matters.

The Press briefing will start at 10:00hrs at Mr Kambwili’s Woodlands Residence and all media houses are invited and requested to be seated by 09:30hrs.

Lusaka Times