U.S. Envoy Leaves Country a Sad Man

[New Zimbabwe] Outgoing US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Harry Thomas Jr, says former president Robert Mugabe should have done more for the country and he leaves the country with a sense of sadness.

[New Zimbabwe] Outgoing US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Harry Thomas Jr, says former president Robert Mugabe should have done more for the country and he leaves the country with a sense of sadness.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Country’s Cash Crisis a ‘Blessing in Disguise’ – Finance Minister

[New Zimbabwe] Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has conceded the country’s recurrent cash crisis would not go away anytime soon adding that locals still did not trust the formal banking channels.

[New Zimbabwe] Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has conceded the country's recurrent cash crisis would not go away anytime soon adding that locals still did not trust the formal banking channels.

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Harry Kalaba Urged To Quickly Form Political Party

Harry Kalaba, the former Foreign Affairs Minister, is moving at a very slow pace and will take a bit of some time to make a political land mark in Zambia, one of his followers has observed. Kalaba, who has been … Continued

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Harry Kalaba, the former Foreign Affairs Minister, is moving at a very slow pace and will take a bit of some time to make a political land mark in Zambia, one of his followers has observed. Kalaba, who has been on the Copperbelt on two occasions targeting church members, is said to be taking his time to form a political party. The official believes Kalaba will do well to start forming structures as he awaits the final details of registration of his political party. “So far we have good numbers but not much, we are a bit slow in our mobilisation activities. Some members are coming from the Patriotic Front and Wynter Kabimba natured us, so all we need is direction.; “Obviously delays to register the party are also contributing but you must also be aware that he is still a PF MP but has hinted forming a political party,” an official who declined to be named said. The official said the political field was slowly becoming competitive and those with intentions to contest the next elections at presidential level should not hide their plans. “I know elections are quiet a distant but that doesn’t mean you can wait longer. People should start knowing the names otherwise we will be caught napping. There are too many options out there, party registration process should be done quickly,” the official added. He further cautioned against practicing smart politics as that would send him into oblivion like NAREP leader Elias Chipimo who has brilliant ideas but has failed to convince Zambians. The Bahati Member of Parliament has continued discussing issues of corruption among the reasons he resigned from President Edgar Lungu’s Cabinet. The post Harry Kalaba Urged To Quickly Form Political Party appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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SA Firm, Heriot Property, Named In Controversial Wusakile Land Auction

A South African firm Heriot Property Limited, developers of Mukuba Mall in Kitwe, has been named as the private investors behind the controversial Wusakaile Secondary School football pitch deal that has sparked debate in the community. And Kitwe District Education … Continued

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A South African firm Heriot Property Limited, developers of Mukuba Mall in Kitwe, has been named as the private investors behind the controversial Wusakaile Secondary School football pitch deal that has sparked debate in the community. And Kitwe District Education Board Secretary Allan Kaoma has alleged that the private developer is now targeting to buy off part of the land at Malela Secondary School as a trade off with Wusakile Secondary School. The developer, who is alleged to have named some high ranking government officials in the deal, has declined to be refunded but instead demands that alternative land of his choice be given as a trade off for the failure to secure Wusakile Secondary School. Kaoma, who has confirmed having met the private developer, wondered how he commanded so much authority even after being advised that his plans will not go ahead because the land in question belongs to the school. “He visited my office and told me he was going ahead to put up a mall but I told him it wasn’t possible. He went on to speak with so much authority that there were more senior people than me who have benefited from the deal and there was nothing I could do about it. “He is speaking with a lot of authority and that tell me something, my office has received information that the same investor is targeting Malela Secondary school,” Kaoma said. He warned that the Ministry of Education will not allow investors to invade its land with plans of putting up a mall. “What is surprising is that this man is even aware that Wusakile Secondary school has no land title like any other school, which he thinks will give him an upper hand over the controversial piece of land,” Kaoma added. He advised to reject any maneuvers to auction the school football pitch by alleged higher authorities. “As parents you have a duty to stop this nonsense. As DEBS I will not support it and you must as well not support such developments that are not sustainable,” he added. One of the residents of Wusakile threatened that the community will deal with whoever will move on the school land with intentions of putting up a shopping mall. The post SA Firm, Heriot Property, Named In Controversial Wusakile Land Auction appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kampyongo Unhappy With Operations At Luanshya Copper Mines

Home Affairs Minister has expressed concern with the increased number of shutdowns at CNMC Luanshya Copper Mines that led to number of people losing jobs. Speaking on behalf of other ministers that toured Mines on the Copperbelt, Kampyongo cautioned the … Continued

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Home Affairs Minister has expressed concern with the increased number of shutdowns at CNMC Luanshya Copper Mines that led to number of people losing jobs. Speaking on behalf of other ministers that toured Mines on the Copperbelt, Kampyongo cautioned the mining firm against unpredictable shutdowns. He told management at CNMC to run predicable operations that will lead to less shutdowns. “We are concerned with your unpredictable operations here and this has seen people losing jobs, our people are in trauma, we must be able to run predicable operations so that our people are assured of job security,” Kampyongo said. He advised the mining company to put in place measures that would help reduce on factors that lead to shutdowns. Kampyongo said local people are looking forward to employment opportunities once Baluba Mine is reopened. And CNMC Deputy CEO Robert Kamanga said the Mining firm only has a life span of three years and will create 100 direct jobs with 500 indirect jobs once fully operational. He said over 55 millions tonnes of Ore has so far been extracted at the mine since 1975 and it was becoming expensive to run operations. Kamanga said consistent high copper prices will help boost production at Baluba under ground mines which was placed under care and maintenance. He said the mine was closed in 2015 as a result high electricity tariffs and low copper prices on the international market. Kampyongo was accompanied by Mines Minister Richard Musukwa, National Development & Planning Minister Alexander Chiteme, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe and Copperbelt Minister Japhen Mwakalombe. Others in the entourage included Wusakile MP Pavyuma Kalobo and Ndola Central MP Emmanuel Mulenga among others. The post Kampyongo Unhappy With Operations At Luanshya Copper Mines appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Jerabos Granted Legal Access to Black Mountain

Kitwe was this afternoon brought to a standstill when hundreds of small scale miners otherwise known as Jerabos celebrated the news that they will now have a stake in the running of the Black Mountain. Mines Minister Richard Musukwa made … Continued

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Kitwe was this afternoon brought to a standstill when hundreds of small scale miners otherwise known as Jerabos celebrated the news that they will now have a stake in the running of the Black Mountain. Mines Minister Richard Musukwa made the proclamation on his visit to Kitwe alongside Home Affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo and his Copperbelt counterpart saying the legal owners of the Black Mountain Alloys Smelting Limited will have to work with Jerabos. The declaration is in direct response to the promise by President Edgar Lungu to find a way to empower Copperbelt youths through the Black Mountain which is a slug dump for copper. Musukwa warned the youths against creating confusion. The youths took over the Kitwe Central Business District chanting slogans in praise of President Edgar Lungu. President Lungu on February 19 hosted Jerabos at State House and ordered that the court process between rival parties regarding the running of the Black Mountain in Kitwe be discontinued. The Head of State brokered a truce that seems to have paved way for the new agreement announced by Musukwa. President Lungu directed the various youth groups to form a unified cooperative company which Government will grant a large scale mining license under which the commercial interests of the groups will be executed. The post Jerabos Granted Legal Access to Black Mountain appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Big Spending Buildcon Sign Chisamba Lungu

Zambian international Chisamba Lungu has joined big spending Super Division side Buildcon adding to the growing number of high profile players on the club’s books. The 2012 Africa Cup winner has ditched Turkish side Alanyespor to link up with 2009 … Continued

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Zambian international Chisamba Lungu has joined big spending Super Division side Buildcon adding to the growing number of high profile players on the club’s books. The 2012 Africa Cup winner has ditched Turkish side Alanyespor to link up with 2009 CHAN golden boot winner Given Singuluma and Brian Mwila. Below is the full statement from Buildcon: ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL CHISAMBA LUNGU JOINS BUILDCON FC 27th February 2018 PRESS RELEASE BUILDCON Football Club has signed on one of Zambia’s best international players – Chisamba Lungu, effective this season. Lungu, a renowned Zambian international player has joined Buildcon Football Club on a two-year contract. All the signing arrangements have been completed and the player has already relocated to Ndola. Lungu joins Buildcon FC following the recent acquisition of another Zambia international player, Brian Mwila. “We continue to realign our team and as we pursue our intentions, we shall continue to look at avenues of delivering good results. We can only deliver good results with a focussed vision by the best team.†“Our good intentions as Buildcon FC are that, we are determined to scoop the 2018 Zambia league championship and we are focussed in achieving that feat.†Buildcon FC has also officially acquired Zambia under-20 international – Ngosa Sunzu – on a three-year contract. As Buildcon FC, we are also concerned about the future of the club and the acquisition of young players is a key ingredient in our player development programme. We shall continue to acquire and nurture young talent as we establish our player development programme, which is key to the sustainability of Buildcon Football Club. MARTIN MUSUNKA HEAD – MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS The post Big Spending Buildcon Sign Chisamba Lungu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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A Divided Kenya Should Alarm Its Friends

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -Kenya is sliding towards political chaos and possible inter-communal violence – or towards an authoritarian crackdown that could cripple its young democracy. The urgent need to change this frightening trajectory is palpable …

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -Kenya is sliding towards political chaos and possible inter-communal violence - or towards an authoritarian crackdown that could cripple its young democracy. The urgent need to change this frightening trajectory is palpable in Kenya.

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Text of Address by Ghana’s President to U.S. Governors Meeting

[Ghana Govt.] Washington, DC -Address by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo–Addo, at the National Governors 2018 Winter Meeting, on Sunday, 25th February, 2018, In Washington D.C.

[Ghana Govt.] Washington, DC -Address by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo--Addo, at the National Governors 2018 Winter Meeting, on Sunday, 25th February, 2018, In Washington D.C.

source: AllAfrica News: Ghana