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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

Zimba-Livingstone Rd – A death trap

By Nalumino Nalumino

 

During the festive season, I took my family out for holiday to the tourist capital city of Zambia, Livingstone the home town of the Victoria Falls.

 

I must admit my family comprising my wife, Miranda and our two children namely Thabo and Limpho had a nice memorable time having been to all most all the major tourist attractions. 

 

However, one disappointing thing is that the road leading into Livingstone is pathetic and portrays a serious misrepresentation of Zambia’s tourist capital.
Death Sentence

Lack of repairing this road is sentencing motorists and pedestrians alike to death each time they drive or walk on it. 

 

I was informed that tourists traveling to Livingstone by road often make a u-turn when they arrive in Zimba where the worst nightmare of both local and foreign tourists begins.

 

“Sorry we are tourists heading towards Livingstone and were given this road map but we’ve hit a dead end unfortunately. It appears there is no road so we’re going back to Lusaka,” one of the narratives a friend of mine who works in a government department told me after I inquired why the road had deteriorated to such a horrifying extent.

 

Another colleague of mine in the media in Livingstone told me that the local provincial leadership had done everything possible to prevent the Zimba-Livingstone Road from reaching such an extent.

 

However, he alleged that the Zambia National Tender Board were sorely responsible for the state of the Zimba – Livingstone because for whatever reason they delayed to award prospecting contractors a contract to rehabilitate the road.

 

Government should explain WHY


As a citizen who pays taxes as well as the fuel levy as a result of each litter of diesel and petrol I buy, I demand that officers responsible should be made answerable to the Zambian people as to why they allowed this important stretch of the road to reach such a deplorable level.

 

As a matter of fact government should be ashamed that right under its nose and all available resources the road leading to the tourist capital can be left to deteriorate to such unimaginable levels.

 

To make matters worse the contractor on site, China GEO does not inspire confidence in their workmanship according to my assessment because even the diversion they have made to me appears to have been made for earth moving and not ordinary vehicles.      

 

Can the Road Development Agency and Zambia National Tender Board as well as Ministry of Works and Supply either singularly or collectively explain to the nation what they were doing while they watched the road depreciate day by day.

 

People holding public office should know that their first duty and obligation is to ensure they serve the citizens through un-challenged service provision not that nonsense of a road destroying vehicles which government can not even rapier.

 

 

Woke up somebody and get down to serious business and serve the people! 

Unfortunately, due to proper third world internet connectivity the author is unable to publish the spine chilling pictures of the Zimba-Livingstone Road. However, I promised my family, God allowing; next time we are on a trip to the tourist capital, we shall be flying unless otherwise.

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Political stakeholders resolve suspicious extra 600,000 ballot paper saga

By Nalumino Nalumino 

With only ten days remaining before presidential elections in Zambia, accusations and counter accusations are hitting the headlines about who indents to rig elections and who is lying about the electoral process.

 

Today the countrys’ electoral body, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), stakeholders and the representatives of the four political parties contesting the October 30th presidential elections have resolved that the 600,000 extra ballot papers should not be taken to the polling stations in all the Districts .

Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General Edward Mumbi said the ECZ did not consult the stakeholders for the printing of extra ballot papers hence the they resolved to meet and resolve the how the issue should be handled.

He said this after a length meeting with representatives of the four political parties to resolve the issue of the extract ballot papers with the ECZ Chairperson Justice Florence Mumba at ECZ in Lusaka.

Opposition insecure

Mr Mumbi noted that the  stakeholders are  insecure with procurement  of extra ballot papers  hence they have resorted to not  move the extra ballot papers from Lusaka to the Districts.

He further noted that the four political parties have resorted that extra ballot papers be kept at ECZ and that when need arises that’s the only time the can send a required number of ballot papers the affected polling station.

Mr Mumbi noted that the ECZ has charted a Zambia Air Force plane that will be on standby to load the ballot papers to the affected polling station if such un event occurs during the  further coming elections and to ensure that the elections be handled in a free and fair manner.

Ruling party happy

Meanwhile, the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Chairperson for Media, Chibeza Mufuni said he was impressed with the manner in which the issue was resolved among all the parties present and ECZ has come forward to ensure that the elections are free.

And United Party for National Development (UPND) Secretary General, Tiens Kahenya noted his party had lot of confidence with the ECZ. He said that was why they requested for a meeting with the commission following the incident that happen at the Lusaka International Airport were the representatives of political and elections monitors were when a driver packed the ballot box in a car.

Mr Kahenya noted the political parties and ECZ have also resolved that this should be legalized and made as a statutory instrument in future as there was no law in place for printing extra ballot papers.

However, the Heritage Party (HP) National Management Committee member Pastor Michael Kanguya noted that his party fore so that the extra printed ballot boxes was gong to bring problems.

 

October 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment