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This week in 10

Armyworms attack again!

Zambia’s 2016/17 maize crop is under threat from pests, this time a combination of armyworms and maize stalk borers. In 2012, armyworms ate their way through large parts of Zambia, destroying sprouting maize, grassland and even football pitches in seven provinces (Central, Copperbelt, Northern, Muchinga, Eastern, Lusaka and Southern). This time, the armyworms are joined [...]

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Government sorts out KCM?

Government claims it has sorted out the problems at one of Zambia’s largest private employers, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), after KCM promised to clear its debts: Contractors and suppliers: Protests in Chingola in December 2016 led government to get involved. The Association of Mine Suppliers and Contractors (AMSC) explained that contractors were owed 0 million [...]

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UK lawyer arrested in Zambia

A UK lawyer, Oliver Holland, and three Zambians (PF Kabungo councillor Richard Mutale, UPND Kalilo councillor Geoffrey Singu and Chilekwa Mumba) have been arrested for unlawful assembly at Hippo Pool, Chingola, where they were “addressing an unsanctioned gathering”, Copperbelt Police Chief Charity Katanga stated. Holland is involved in a UK-based pollution lawsuit against Konkola Copper [...]

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State takes over Chiluba’s houses

The Supreme Court has ordered several properties allegedly belonging to the late President Chiluba to be forfeited to the state. This puts a stop to a matter going back to 2002. The properties were owned by a Panama-registered company, Tedworth Properties Inc, with links to Chiluba (in office 1991-2001). Tedworth had bought the properties from [...]

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This week’s controversy: Lungu to contest 2021 elections?

The debate about whether or not President Lungu is eligible to contest the next general elections in 2012 really took off this week, with commentators arguing for and against. Proponents argue that Lungu is eligibile because his first term lasted one-and-a-half years only, seeing as he completed the late President Sata’s term. Article 106 (3) [...]

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Malawi to probe suspect maize deal with Zambia

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has appointed a commission of inquiry to look into the procurement of 100,000 tonnes of maize from Zambia, following intense pressure from civil society in his country. Last month it was revealed, courtesy of Saviour Chishimba, president of the Zambian opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), that the so-called government-to-government export of [...]

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David Livingstone writings discovered

Writings allegedly attributed to the famous explorer David Livingstone have been discovered in former slave caves on Kilwa Island on Lake Mweru, Nchelenge District Commissioner Derrick Mwelwa stated. The wall writings indicate that David Livingstone spent a peaceful night’s sleep in the natural caves after parting company with Henry Stanley. The caves on Kilwa Island [...]

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Lungu in Ghana

President Lungu has been in Ghana to attend the inauguration on 7 January of Nana Akufo Addo as president of Ghana. Lungu has made 8 trips abroad in the 4 months since being sworn in on 13 September 2016, visiting the US, Madagascar, Angola, Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Tanzania, South Africa and, now, Ghana.

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Fuel prices drop

The Energy Regulation Board reduced the price of fuel by an average of 8.8% (see table) with effect from midnight on 3 January 2017. The reduction was caused by the fact that “the unit cost of the imported finished petroleum products in the current importation is significantly lower than that of the previous consignment”. This [...]

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ZRA has lost 72,842 vehicles

The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) is looking for the owners of 72,842 smuggled vehicles, which have been registered with the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), but never entered the country according to ZRA’s records. ZRA recently offered owners of smuggled vehicles an amnesty on penalties and interest if they would pay their customs dues, [...]

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