We Won’t Allow Mugabe to Make Zanu-PF His Own Property, War Veterans Vow

[News24Wire] The faction riddled war veterans head Chris Mutsvangwa has called on the diaspora to help restore legitimacy and democracy in Zimbabwe following the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa from his post on Monday.

[News24Wire] The faction riddled war veterans head Chris Mutsvangwa has called on the diaspora to help restore legitimacy and democracy in Zimbabwe following the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa from his post on Monday.

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Security Agency Makes Second Attempt to Gag Controversial Book

[News24Wire] The State Security Agency has sent yet another cease and desist letter to get The Presidents Keepers withdrawn from bookshelves, but this time the letter was sent to its title editor Russel Martin.

[News24Wire] The State Security Agency has sent yet another cease and desist letter to get The Presidents Keepers withdrawn from bookshelves, but this time the letter was sent to its title editor Russel Martin.

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Opinion: Austerity Measures Without Fiscal Discipline Will Cause Unnecessary Suffering On Zambians

The irregularities that have been highlighted in the Auditor General’s report for 2017 are a clear indication of lack of fiscal discipline in Public institutions. This is despite the several pronouncements by honourable minister of finance, Felix Mutati, on government’s … Continued

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The irregularities that have been highlighted in the Auditor General’s report for 2017 are a clear indication of lack of fiscal discipline in Public institutions. This is despite the several pronouncements by honourable minister of finance, Felix Mutati, on government’s intention of promoting a solid public finance management system to support fiscal prudence and address structural challenges to stimulate economic growth. One of the pillars of the “Zambia Plus Economic Recovery Programmeâ€, which government launched in 2016, focused on improving economic and fiscal governance by raising the levels of accountability and transparency in the allocation and use of public finances. It aimed at ensuring that financial misappropriation, irregularities, fraud and corruption are curbed. However, after the successful launch and implementation of this programme, the amount of misapplication of funds has increased by about 500%, Unaccounted for funds have increased by 100%, unretired imprest has increased by about 40% as evidenced by the 2017 Auditor general’s report. The raft of austerity measures that have been put in place by government are necessary to resolve most of the economic challenges that Zambia is currently facing such as the high unemployment levels, more than 50% of the population living below the poverty line, the weak kwacha against other major tradeable currencies, high interest rates, high cost of living, persistent budget deficits and a high and unsustainable sovereign debt position of $12.5 billion representing more than 50% of our GDP. Austerity measures such as the removal of subsidies on maize, electricity and fuel should lead to a reduction in government expenditure. This should increase the availability of funds to be channeled to other more productive sectors. The marginal increase in domestic taxes such as PAYE, turnover tax, excise duty etc are supposed to help increase the amount of revenue being generated locally and address these challenges. These measures if properly implemented are also supposed to help in reducing the government appetite to borrow funds both domestically and externally and put as on trajectory towards attaining fiscal consolidation. However, this is almost impossible to achieve because of the lack of fiscal discipline in government ministries and State owned enterprises. The cost of living has increased in the last 24 months as a result of the implementation of the Zambia Plus Economic Recovery Plan. However, the revenue gains and savings that have been realized from this programme are clearly not being prudently utilized. Unless the irregularities that have been highlighted in the Auditor General’s report are resolved, these austerity measures will not help in the attainment the targets set out in the Economic Stabilization and Growth Programme. The target set out in the 2018 National Budget of “accelerating fiscal fitness for sustained inclusive growth, without leaving anyone behind†will be difficult to achieve. Instead, these measures will just cause unnecessary suffering on Zambians. Written by Blessings Kafwanka The post Opinion: Austerity Measures Without Fiscal Discipline Will Cause Unnecessary Suffering On Zambians appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Lusaka Residents Meet Mayor Over City Activities

A task force of Lusaka residents formed to contribute to the management of the city yesterday met Lusaka mayor Wilson Kalumba. According to a member of the Lusaka task force team Ephraim Shakafuswa, the meeting with the mayor was successful. … Continued

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A task force of Lusaka residents formed to contribute to the management of the city yesterday met Lusaka mayor Wilson Kalumba. According to a member of the Lusaka task force team Ephraim Shakafuswa, the meeting with the mayor was successful. “We would like to thank His Worship The Mayor of the Great City of Lusaka, Councillors and Management for giving us an audience to airout our grievances and taking our views as citizens in development of the City,” he states. Shakafuswa lists the following as the agenda items tackled; 1. Quarterly advisory meetings 2. Waste Management 3. Drainage systems 4. CBD and community cleanliness 5. Street vending and trading 6. Plastic use reduction 7. Revenue and diversification 8. Emergency preparedness 9. Bylaws and Enforcement 10. City congestion and street lighting. 11. Systems strengthening and reforms. “As a way forward, we shall create an action plan and follow through with the council and ensure we advise and participate in implementation. “We emphasised proactiveness and community engagement in arriving at solutions for the problems the city was facing. We looked forward for continued engagement,” said Shakafuswa. Lusaka residents are pushing their civic leader to be a lot more active in the management of the country’s biggest city. The post Lusaka Residents Meet Mayor Over City Activities appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Siaya County First to Endorse Opposition’s People’s Assembly Motion

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Siaya County Assembly on Wednesday became the first Assembly in the Country to debate and pass the National Super Alliance (NASA) People’s Assembly motion.

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Siaya County Assembly on Wednesday became the first Assembly in the Country to debate and pass the National Super Alliance (NASA) People's Assembly motion.

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Kitwe Court Adjourns Case Involving Stolen Copper Cathodes

The Kitwe Magistrate Court has adjourned to November 30, 2017 the case in which five police officers are charged with one count of stealing copper cathodes worth K 102,000. Levinus Mukana, 42, Swift Mumba, 31, Richard Sailoni, 27, Prince Kabwe, … Continued

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The Kitwe Magistrate Court has adjourned to November 30, 2017 the case in which five police officers are charged with one count of stealing copper cathodes worth K 102,000. Levinus Mukana, 42, Swift Mumba, 31, Richard Sailoni, 27, Prince Kabwe, 29, and Gideon Longwe, 30 are jointly charged with theft by public servant. Particulars before Court are that on October 25 this year, the five allegedly stole 1,527.30 kg of copper cathodes worth K 102, 487.97, the property of the Zambia Police Service which came into their possession by virtue of their employment. When the matter came up for trial before Kitwe Magistrate Chongo Musonda, the state informed the court that matter could not go on as the witnesses had not yet arrived as they were coming from Lusaka. Magistrate however, adjourned the matter to November 30, 2017 for commencement of trial. The five accused pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft by public servant. The post Kitwe Court Adjourns Case Involving Stolen Copper Cathodes appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kambwili Acquitted on Traffic Offences

Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has had the last laugh on the three traffic offences slapped on him by the Road Traffic and Safety Agency. Lusaka Magistrate Brian Simachela acquitted Kamwbili saying that the prosecution failed to prove its case. … Continued

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Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has had the last laugh on the three traffic offences slapped on him by the Road Traffic and Safety Agency. Lusaka Magistrate Brian Simachela acquitted Kamwbili saying that the prosecution failed to prove its case. Kamwbili was brought to court after being charged with being in possession of a jaguar with a false registration mark CK 900. The car was impounded by RTSA on August 13, 2017 whilst being driven by Chileshe Chileshe along Dedani Kimathi Road. In the second count Kamwbili was charged for allowing Chileshe to drive the car without a licence while on the third charge the out of favour lawmaker was accused of failing to display a certificate of insurance. But Kamwbili has been cleared of all charges with the prosecution witnesses found wanting for having “concocted liesâ€. The use of politically laced number plates is a hangover from the election period with the better connected citizens allowed to use preferred acronyms on their number plates. The post Kambwili Acquitted on Traffic Offences appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Taxi Strike – Gauteng Learners Make It to Exam Venues

[SAnews.gov.za] Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is pleased that the majority of Grade 12 learners arrived on time for their final examination today, irrespective of a National Taxi Alliance Strike that has been staged since morning.

[SAnews.gov.za] Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is pleased that the majority of Grade 12 learners arrived on time for their final examination today, irrespective of a National Taxi Alliance Strike that has been staged since morning.

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