Pres. Lungu Intervenes in Mopani/CEC Standoff

President Edgar Lungu has helped put on ice the dispute between Mopani Copper Mines and the Copperbelt Energy Corporation by brokering a short term deal that will see power restored to the mining firm. Mopani had threatened to lay off … Continued

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President Edgar Lungu has helped put on ice the dispute between Mopani Copper Mines and the Copperbelt Energy Corporation by brokering a short term deal that will see power restored to the mining firm. Mopani had threatened to lay off 4, 700 employees if the CEC refused to budge on new electricity tariffs. The mining firm even made the first step to lay off workers but will hold on after CEC agreed to supply power conditionally. BELOW IS A STATEMENT FROM STATE HOUSE. MOPANI, CEC AGREE POWER DEAL ON PRESIDENT’S INTERVENTION LUSAKA, (Wednesday, 30TH August, 2017) Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) and the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) have reached an agreement that will lead to the resumption of power supply to the mine today. The agreement which has been facilitated by Government is to be amicably concluded between MCM and CEC over an agreed period of six (6) weeks. During the same period, Mopani and Government will also conclude other outstanding matters on Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds and transfer pricing disputes. The Minister of Finance Hon. Felix Mutati, the Minister of Energy Hon. David Mabumba and the Minister of Mines, Hon. Christopher Yaluma facilitated the Mopani-CEC talks that went on late into the night in Lusaka on 29th August 2017. Mopani will today inform Labour Unions that negotiations are taking place in good faith and therefore there was no cause for panic. All other matters incidental to the power impasse will be addressed by Mopani management. Glencore Limited directors, the owners of Mopani were represented by Mr. Telis Mistakidis who flew in from Geneva, whilst CEC was led by Chief Executive Officer Mr. Owen Silavwe. His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia earlier in the day met Glencore Directors to discuss the situation at Mopani. Issued by: AMOS CHANDA SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT (PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS) STATE HOUSE The post Pres. Lungu Intervenes in Mopani/CEC Standoff appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPP Urges Relief Plan for Kapalala Market Victims

The United Progressive Party has condemned the burning down of Kapalala Market in Ndola’s Masala Township. UPP president Saviour Chishimba has also urged law enforcement agencies to conduct independent investigations on the matter and bring the perpetrators to book. Below … Continued

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The United Progressive Party has condemned the burning down of Kapalala Market in Ndola’s Masala Township. UPP president Saviour Chishimba has also urged law enforcement agencies to conduct independent investigations on the matter and bring the perpetrators to book. Below is the full statement: THE TORCHING OF KAPALALA MARKET IN MASALA TOWNSHIP OF NDOLA IS EGREGIOUS AND INJURIOUS TO THE SUFFERING MARKETEERS We, in the United Progressive People (UPP), are bewildered by the gutting of Kapalala Market in Masala Township of Ndola. Media reports on this development have left us unruffled. It is unacceptable that destruction of private and public property through unexplained fires continues to ravage the livelihoods of poor marketeers who are already bearing the brunt of caring for their children and orphans at a time that the cost of living has sharply increased. We stand with all the affected marketeers and share in their grief. Our love, prayers and thoughts are with them. UPP appeals to central government to allocate supplementary funding to the Copperbelt Provincial Administration for emergency aid to affected families. Support for the rebuilding of the livelihoods of marketeers must also be rendered speedily. As we have stated before on other similar fires, we urge the fire department and all the security wings of the state to put Zambia first and carry out independent investigations with a view to prosecuting perpetrators of these egregious acts. Should the cause of the inferno be found to be accidental, we urge all local authorities to invest in early fire detection technologies. The peace, unity and stability that our nation has enjoyed since independence must be cherished and jealously preserved by all Zambians across the spectrum. God bless our nation! Saviour Chishimba UPP PRESIDENT #UPP: #Dignity & #Justice for #All! The post UPP Urges Relief Plan for Kapalala Market Victims appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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‘I Would Initiate Reconciliatory Drive Within the Party’

[Concord] SLPP aspirant for the position of national Secretary-General, Mohamed Massaquoi aka Ngo Mass, has noted that if voted into the said office, his immediate moves would be to initiate reconciliatory drive with those who may want to think differe…

[Concord] SLPP aspirant for the position of national Secretary-General, Mohamed Massaquoi aka Ngo Mass, has noted that if voted into the said office, his immediate moves would be to initiate reconciliatory drive with those who may want to think differently of the outcome of the National Delegates' Conference.

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PPASL Donates, Gives Free Reproductive Health Treatment

[Concord] The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL), has on Friday, August 18, 2017, provided relief items to displaced family members at the worst affected Regent community disaster site in the outskirt of Freetown.

[Concord] The Planned Parenthood Association of Sierra Leone (PPASL), has on Friday, August 18, 2017, provided relief items to displaced family members at the worst affected Regent community disaster site in the outskirt of Freetown.

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Bank of Sierra Leone Forex Gateaccused’s Fate to Be Determined Today

[Concord] Magistrate Albert J. Moody of court No.1 is set to determine whether to discharge or grant bail to eleven accused persons that are in court on allegation of conspiracy to defraud contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

[Concord] Magistrate Albert J. Moody of court No.1 is set to determine whether to discharge or grant bail to eleven accused persons that are in court on allegation of conspiracy to defraud contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

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U.S.$13 Million World Bank Emergency Support to Flood & Mudslide Victims

[Concord] The World Bank Group Country manager, Parminder Brar has yesterday told a presser that the Bank has provided 13 million United States dollar as part of its immediate response to the flood and mudslide disaster that killed hundreds of people i…

[Concord] The World Bank Group Country manager, Parminder Brar has yesterday told a presser that the Bank has provided 13 million United States dollar as part of its immediate response to the flood and mudslide disaster that killed hundreds of people in Freetown and left thousands homeless.

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VP Foh Calls for More Support to Aid Construction of Homes

[Concord] Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh has called for more support from partners, organizations and individuals to assist the government in its quest to build thousands of affordable homes for victims of the August 14, 2017 mudslide and flooding …

[Concord] Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh has called for more support from partners, organizations and individuals to assist the government in its quest to build thousands of affordable homes for victims of the August 14, 2017 mudslide and flooding disaster.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone