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2016 U.S. Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Zambia

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 3, 2017, released the 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

Rex W. Tillerson during his swearing in ceremony as Secretary of State by Vice President Mike Pence, right, and alongside Mr. Tillerson’s wife, Renda St. Clair, and President Trump in the Oval Office. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

Rex W. Tillerson during his swearing in ceremony as Secretary of State by Vice President Mike Pence, right, and alongside Mr. Tillerson’s wife, Renda St. Clair, and President Trump in the Oval Office. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

 

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March 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

It was unthinkable then but now possible thanks to Hickey

By Nalumino Nalumino

The news about the demise of Mr. Errol Hickey last Sunday came as a shock and unexpected to me.

As a former Radio Phoenix employee, I remember Hickey as a man who had a dominant personality in the Zambian media industry as well as an astute entrepreneur.

Errol Hickey watching the fire that swept clean the 13th Floor we used to call the Club House of ZIMCO House along Cairo Road in Lusaka. Picture by The Picture Monger

Errol Hickey watching the fire that swept clean the 13th Floor we used to call the Club House of ZIMCO House along Cairo Road in Lusaka. Picture by The Picture Monger

I wish to state without any reservation that this country can ill afford at a time such as this one to lose a man whose life was embedded in a strong belief in his personal will to succeed in whatever inspiration he wanted to pursue.

His motivation to establish Radio Phoenix at a time when it was unthinkable to own a private radio station in Zambia displayed courage and ambition that has given birth to a myriad of both community and commercial radio station in Zambia. Continue reading

March 1, 2017 Posted by | Self Xpression | , | Leave a comment

Significant Gold Identified in Zambia

Alecto Minerals plc (AIM: ALO), the African-focused gold and base metal exploration and development company, is pleased to announce excellent results from a confirmatory sampling programme conducted at its wholly owned Matala Gold Project in south-central Zambia (‘Matala’). Continue reading

March 3, 2016 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Over 1.2 million new voters captured in Zambia

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has captured over 1.2 million new voters registrations during the first, second, third and fourth phases of the mobile just ended voter registration exercise.

Zambians voting in a presidential election caused by the death of President Michael Sata early this year.

Zambians voting in a presidential election caused by the death of President Michael Sata early this year.

The total number of newly captured eligible voters is 1,246,626, while updates during the same period were 1,235,633 and 23,783 notifications of deceased voters. Continue reading

November 19, 2015 Posted by | News | | Leave a comment

SME’s overlooked in favour of more populist policies – HH

Lusaka, 9 November 2015, In reaction to the interest rate rise last week the

Hakainde Hichlema poses for a picture with a baby and its mother at a function

Hakainde Hichlema poses for a picture with a baby and its mother at a function

UPND called for more support of Zambian SMEs, including by cutting red tap and relieving some of the bureaucratic burden. Continue reading

November 10, 2015 Posted by | News | , , , , | 3 Comments

President Lungu rejected Sampa’ s emissaries says Chanda

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has rejected a proposal by a group of different emissaries who went to state house to suggest he should fire Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda or Minister of Information and Broadcasting Service Chishimba Kambwili and appoint Matero Member of Parliament Miles Sampa in either positions.

Miles Sampa

Miles Sampa

The President says the proposal by some emissaries that he should appoint Miles Sampa as either Minister of Finance or Information is absurd saying he will not make comments on the matter.

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November 9, 2015 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Orbis launches Vision for Zambia appeal

November 4 2015

Eye care charity Orbis UK has today (4 November) launched an appeal to help the prevention of childhood blindness in Zambia.

The three-month campaign will raise funds to allow the charity to expand its work in the southern African country, which has one of the highest rates of childhood blindness globally.

Backed by the UK government, all donations made by members of the public from now until 3 February will be doubled as part of a UK Aid Match scheme. The campaign aims to raise £500,000, which will be matched to £1m.

Since entering Zambia four years ago, Orbis has been working in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Health to establish a centre for paediatric eye care. Based in Kitwe Central Hospital, the Kitwe Eye Annexe is the first of its kind in the country, and over the last three years has carried out surgeries on around 1,000 children with cataracts and other complex eye conditions.

The money raised will enable Orbis to begin phase two of its programme, which includes the training of 750 healthcare professionals who will be able to screen children in rural areas for eye conditions and administer basic treatments; piloting the use of mobile technology to speed up the diagnosis and referral of patients in rural areas; and conducting community film screenings.

The films aim to educate people about eye health and encourage discussion within the community to help reduce the fear and stigma of seeking help for their children.

CEO of Orbis, Rebecca Cronin, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to reach thousands of children in Zambia desperately in need of sight-saving treatments. Here in the UK, eye diseases like cataract are thankfully rare in babies and children. In Zambia, however, childhood cataract is far more common and the country has one of the highest rates of childhood blindness in the world, with very limited access to eye care.”

Ms Cronin added: “With the UK government’s Aid Match scheme, this appeal really will have twice the impact, giving twice as many children the opportunity to go to school and provide them with a future full of possibilities.”

For more information, visit www.visionforzambia.org

November 5, 2015 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

HH ANNOUNCES CONSTITUTION ROADMAP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

12 January 2015

 

HH ANNOUNCES CONSTITUTION ROADMAP

We have proudly stated our commitment to deliver a new constitution before the 2016 presidential and general elections on several occasions.

In support of this commitment and in preparation for quick and efficient delivery, the UPND legal team has been working on a roadmap for the proposed constitution even as we are campaigning across the country.

We are taking our promise to the Zambian people to deliver a new constitution very seriously. In November I personally signed a Social Contract with the Grand Coalition putting our commitment in writing, with civil society as our witness.

We have not stopped there. We know there is work to do to make the new constitution a reality, and we are ready to take this on. By sharing a roadmap with the public and civil society even ahead of the election we demonstrate our seriousness in this matter.

PROPOSED ROADMAP

  1. Within 7 days of taking office the President shall immediately appoint a Constitutional Delivery Team to oversee the validation of the proposed constitution.
  2. The Constitutional Delivery Team will work with the Referendum Commission (which will be the Electoral Commission). This Commission shall be appointed immediately after taking office.
  3. The Referendum Commission shall work closely with the Central Statistical Office and the National Registration Office to compile a national sample of all eligible voters for inclusion on the voters register.
  4. The President will introduce for enactment by Parliament, a bill to protect the constitution making process. This shall be done during the Legislative Session of Parliament commencing early 2015.
  5. The process will culminate in the holding of a referendum sometime in 2016 before the General Elections. To be preceded by extensive sensitisation programs led by civil society both for the referendum and the new constitutional process.
  6. Government will continue to work closely with civil society in all aspects of operationalizing the adopted constitution after Parliament pronounces its commencement date.

Hakainde Hichilema

UPND President

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UPND Information (PI Dept)

January 13, 2015 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Edgar pledges to love Zambians

Patriotic Front president Edgar Lungu said he will love the Zambian people in the same way that the late president Michael Sata did.

PF Presidential candidate, Edger Lungu

PF Presidential candidate, Edger Lungu

Mr Lungu has also reiterated his pledge to continue with the late president’s programme of developing the nation when he takes over leadership of the country after the January 20 elections.

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January 13, 2015 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

MMD Legal Affairs Chairperson dares his party president, Dr. Mumba over MP’s supporting other presidential candidates

It appears the MMD President Nevers Mumba is about to get into another legal battle though this time around with his own Legal Affairs Committee

MMD President, Dr. Nevers Mumba

MMD President, Dr. Nevers Mumba

Chairperson, Bradfprd Machila following Dr. Mumbas’s warning that Members of Parliament supporting other presidential candidates in the upcoming January 20th Presidential By-election in Zambia may lose their Parliamentary seats.
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January 6, 2015 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment