Tasila Gifts Nkoloma Ward with Top Grade Sports Facility

Nkoloma Ward One councillor Tasila Lungu has left a lasting impression one her constituents by transforming Kuku Ground from a mere dust beaten surface to a top grade sports facility. Tasila who is President Edgar Lungu’s daughter has facilitated the … Continued

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Nkoloma Ward One councillor Tasila Lungu has left a lasting impression one her constituents by transforming Kuku Ground from a mere dust beaten surface to a top grade sports facility. Tasila who is President Edgar Lungu’s daughter has facilitated the upgrade that has an all-weather artificial grass football pitch, lavatories, running track, netball, volleyball and basketball courts, parking facilities in a securely fenced and lit facility that can provide 24 hour services to our people. Below is her posting: Tasila LUNGU writes. “A few months ago I promised to update you on one of our many key community projects that is to completely overhaul Kuku Ground in Nkoloma Ward 1. The initial plan was to transform the current facility from a bare football ground surface to an all-weather artificial grass football pitch, with lavatories, running track, netball, volleyball and basketball courts, parking facilities in a securely fenced and lit facility that can provide 24 hour services to our people. I reiterate, this is only the beginning as more developments are in the pipeline for the facility to provide additional services and amenities. I would like to give special praise and congratulations to the ordinary men, women and the youth of Nkoloma Ward 1 for all their support and encouragement for this project”. Tasila Lungu The post Tasila Gifts Nkoloma Ward with Top Grade Sports Facility appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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US Bans ‘Corrupt’ Kabila Officials; DRC Loses Over $15 Billion In Graft

The US State Department has imposed visa bans on a number of Congolese officials accused of corruption or electoral malpractice. The BBC reports that the US State Department declined to name those targeted, but said the move was intended to … Continued

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The US State Department has imposed visa bans on a number of Congolese officials accused of corruption or electoral malpractice. The BBC reports that the US State Department declined to name those targeted, but said the move was intended to send a strong signal that Washington was committed to fighting corruption and to supporting credible elections. The Democratic Republic of Congo is to hold a much-delayed presidential election in December to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila. His second and final term in office ended in 2016 but many suspect he is trying to stay in power. According to reports, corruption costs the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at least $15 billion each year, or around three times its annual budget. “It’s an open secret that corruption exists and it is seriously eating away at institutions,” Emmanuel Luzolo Bambi, a government official, told the UN’s news website Okapi. “I have always said loud and clear that each year we lose at least 15 billion” from corruption and misappropriation of public funds, he said. The DRC, of which Kabila has been president since 2001, has the reputation of being one of the world’s poorest, most volatile and graft-riddled countries. In Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index, the DRC ranked 161 out of 180 countries. However, estimates of the financial loss from corruption are hard to quantify — a former Congolese prime minister, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the figure of $15 billion was “plucked out of the air”. The DRC’s 2018 budget is around $5 billion. The country has a gross domestic product (GDP) of about $40 billion, or nearly a 10th of that of Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economy. The World Bank estimates per capita annual income at $450, or 225th out of 237 economies surveyed. BBC AFRICA/NEW INDIA EXPRESS The post US Bans ‘Corrupt’ Kabila Officials; DRC Loses Over $15 Billion In Graft appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Chief Nyakaseya’s PF Symbol Raises Dust

Chief Nyakaseya of the Lunda people of North Western Province has caused a stir among his subjects after he was spotted flashing the Patriotic Front symbol among his subjects. The traditional leader was in the company of the Patriotic Front … Continued

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Chief Nyakaseya of the Lunda people of North Western Province has caused a stir among his subjects after he was spotted flashing the Patriotic Front symbol among his subjects. The traditional leader was in the company of the Patriotic Front Party Provincial Chairman Jackson Kungo. Chief Nyakaseya has been identified as one of the key drivers of the Patriotic Front penetration in North Western Province. The opposition UPND has been losing membership with six councillors so far crossing over to the ruling Patriotic Front. Traditional leaders often take a bashing from the public politically aligned positions. Chief Nyakaseya was in the company of Chief Nyakaseya, PF North Western province chairman and secretary Folobisha Fulayi The post Chief Nyakaseya’s PF Symbol Raises Dust appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Black Mountain Deaths Reach 11

The number of Black Mountain accident victims has reached 11 after another person died at the Kitwe Central Hospital. The latest victim is John Ponda who was admitted in the Kitwe Teaching Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) died on Friday … Continued

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The number of Black Mountain accident victims has reached 11 after another person died at the Kitwe Central Hospital. The latest victim is John Ponda who was admitted in the Kitwe Teaching Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) died on Friday due to head injuries. Hospital Public Relations Manager Phoebe Chileya has confirmed the death of Ponda who died around 15:00 on Friday. On Wednesday, 10 small scale miners commonly known as Jerabos died after being buried alive at the Black Mountain while 7 others among them the deceased sustained injuries. The post Black Mountain Deaths Reach 11 appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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MMD Canes Musukwa for Black Mountain ‘Childish’ Statement

Movement for Multiparty Democracy-MMD National Secretary Raphael Nakacinda has described as childish Mines Minister Richard Musukwa’s statement on the youths who perished at the black mountain as criminals. Musukwa told parliament on Thursday that the 10 Kitwe youths who died … Continued

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Movement for Multiparty Democracy-MMD National Secretary Raphael Nakacinda has described as childish Mines Minister Richard Musukwa’s statement on the youths who perished at the black mountain as criminals. Musukwa told parliament on Thursday that the 10 Kitwe youths who died at the Black Mountain were scavengers and illegal people who invaded the slag dump. Musukwa was responding to questions in parliament from members who wanted an explanation on the deaths that occurred at the Black Mountain on Wednesday. But featuring on Friday’s edition of radio Phoenix’s Let the People Talk Program Nakacinda said Musukwa should reflect on his statement as it is insensitive and lacks the calibre of a cabinet minister. He noted that the situation needs to be dealt with in a sober manner as no one deserves to die prematurely regardless of their status in society. “He is my friend, but am saying this painfully that his response was childish and petty for a cabinet minister. He should have thought about it and dealt with it in a sober manner. Whether scavenger or whatever, there is no body that deserves to die. Any life of a Zambian is precious and therefore all those in government need to be civil. He still had recourse and more time to give a statement,†he said. “There is still need to investigate the whole process. In fact I can suggest that they structure the mining activities of the youth. We had a structured plan under the MMD and these accidents where avoided. There was some kind of order. There must be some input on expert analysts to look at the risks. Get the mining engineers to give expert advice.” He called on government to holistically look into the plight of the youths involved in mining at Black Mountains by ensuring that safety measures are put in place adding that the Black Mountain activities should be considered as a starting point for the youths to becoming mine owners. He said there is need to put structures that would help youths move from mining with pick and shovel to using new technologies as the youths were just not only looking The post MMD Canes Musukwa for Black Mountain ‘Childish’ Statement appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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TAZARA Boss Wants More Capital Injection

The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) on Thursday appealed to member states to inject more funds to improve the railway line’s operations and performance. TAZARA deputy managing director Bentram Kiswaga said in a statement that additional investments will go a … Continued

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The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) on Thursday appealed to member states to inject more funds to improve the railway line’s operations and performance. TAZARA deputy managing director Bentram Kiswaga said in a statement that additional investments will go a long way in ensuring the performance of the railway is improved. Kiswaga said the bi-national railway needs to procure 20 reliable locomotives to increase carriage capacity. Currently, the Chinese-funded and -built railway has only seven reliable locomotives used for passengers and wagons with each one carrying 30,000 tonnes annually. Citing achievements scored for three years (2014/2015 up to May 2018), the official noted that TAZARA freight volumes had increased from 88,000 tonnes to 208,000 tonnes. Other scores were the improvement of transit time from 20-30 days to 5-7 days consistently and almost zero theft in the last three years. Kiswaga said despite the achievements, it was unable to pay salaries as it is not making profits. TAZARA needs to transport 600,000 tonnes annually to be profitable. The post TAZARA Boss Wants More Capital Injection appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kang’ombe Transformative Agenda Gets International Recognition

Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe’s transformative agenda seems to have attracted international admiration with the civic leader beinvited to speak at an international conference in Dare-salaam which is being co-sponsored by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). The aim of the … Continued

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Kitwe Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe’s transformative agenda seems to have attracted international admiration with the civic leader beinvited to speak at an international conference in Dare-salaam which is being co-sponsored by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). The aim of the conference is to enable political leaders in emerging economies like Zambia, to create sustainable urban mobility through shift in policy making and investment decisions. Kang’ombe who has led a transformative agenda with his ambitious programmes “Natukuse Ifisoso†(lets clean) and Pave Kitwe Walkways project, has attracted the attention of The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy ITDP who have recognised his efforts of transforming Kitwe. The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) is a non-governmental non-profit organization that focuses on developing bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, promoting biking, walking, and non-motorized transport, and improving private bus operators’ margins based in the United States. Kitwe Town Clerk Bornwell Luanga said In recognition of the effort being made by Kitwe City Council in providing paved walkways for the residents, the ITDP based in the United States of America has invited the Kitwe Mayor to speak at this year’s annual mobilize conference to take place in Dar es salaam, Tanzania from 25th June to 29th June 2018. He said “The Pave Kitwe Walkways project has been recognised owing to the shared vision and buy-in by residents and companies who have collectively contributed a total of around $ 50,000 in both materials and money†The post Kang’ombe Transformative Agenda Gets International Recognition appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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British Envoy Takes Back Toxic Tweets

British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrrane-Dyet has blamed his blamed his social media troubles on media manipulation. A subdued Dyet fell back on his hard hitting anti-government tweets that have landed him in trouble with government. Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Malanji … Continued

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British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrrane-Dyet has blamed his blamed his social media troubles on media manipulation. A subdued Dyet fell back on his hard hitting anti-government tweets that have landed him in trouble with government. Foreign Affairs Minister Joe Malanji summoned Dyet for a talk over with the British envoy softening his stance. “The relationship between the British government and government of Zambia is a good one and a very good, his office and mine are nearby, if there is an issue he can call and we discuss†said Dyet. “The way it originates (online publication) is to distort information very much in order to cause a roar, my tweets have been manipulated by punctuation to suggest that I was associated the Minister of information Dora Siliya, which was not correct†he said. The British envoy however, maintained that corruption levels in Zambia are alarming and have a potential to reduce investor confidence to international firms intending to invest in Zambia. “There is corruption in this country and quite serious and the government is tackling that and that information that the minister has shared with me is re-assuring and very welcome, high corruption levels are eroding investor confidence†said Dyet. “Freedom of the media and you know the UK and the rest of the European Union, we believe very passionate about the freedom of the media, freedom expression. However, there are responsibilities on Journalists and I think it is important for media personnel to act responsibly in order to avoid tarnishing the image of the media in Zambia†he said. And Mr. Malanji has assured the High commissioner that systems are in place to ensure that corrupt activities are addressed because no responsible government takes pride in the misuse of its national resources. “There is no president who can say corruption must come on board when he knows that is a cancer, whichever country you go to corruption is a cancer. It goes the opposite direction of development. It is only prudent that Freedom of expression must not be abused, because very soon the Law will catch up with you,†said MalanjiI. The post British Envoy Takes Back Toxic Tweets appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Wina Takes a Dig at FIC

Vice president Inonge Wina has said that the management of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) overstepped its mandate when it released the trends report for 2017 to the general public before availing such intelligence information to law enforcement agencies. Wina … Continued

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Vice president Inonge Wina has said that the management of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) overstepped its mandate when it released the trends report for 2017 to the general public before availing such intelligence information to law enforcement agencies. Wina was speaking in parliament this morning during the Vice President’s Question Time where she said that the conduct of the Financial Intelligence Centre seems to indicate that the centre has a different agenda away from the original role. “Mr. Speaker, Government agencies such the FIC should not dance to the gallery, it handles very national matters, and this country has to deal with matters of anti-terrorism financing, money laundering, tax evasion and all these are very secretive matters†she said. She said that the authorities will not encourage institutions created by the government to begin to operate outside prescribed terms of reference. “And for the investigative wings to report to the public before reporting to the investigative wings show that something is amiss, it clearly indicates that FIC has crossed its boundaries†added Wina .   The post Wina Takes a Dig at FIC appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Two Die in Kitwe Accident

Two people have died while four others have sustained multiple injuries after a motor vehicle lost control and hit into an MTN Booth along Ndola Kitwe Road near Moba Hotel in Kitwe. Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katango has confirmed … Continued

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Two people have died while four others have sustained multiple injuries after a motor vehicle lost control and hit into an MTN Booth along Ndola Kitwe Road near Moba Hotel in Kitwe. Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katango has confirmed the sad development identifying the deceased as Clara Hakanseke and Rose Kapembwa while the injured four are yet to be identified. She said the accident happened when driver of a Toyota Hilux lost control of the motor vehicle and hit into pedestrians as well as an MTN booth where two persons died on the spot. Katanga said the injured four are battling for their lives at Kitwe Teaching Hospital while bodies of the deceased are lying in the hospital mortuary. She said the driver Francis Muma, 32, who has since been discharged from hospital after he sustained injuries will be charged for causing death by dangerous driving. The post Two Die in Kitwe Accident appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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