KLM to Start Operations in Sierra Leone, Liberia

[Concord] The Netherlands flag carrier airline, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) has confirmed that they would start operating their flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia at the start of the new 2017 summer schedule.

[Concord] The Netherlands flag carrier airline, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) has confirmed that they would start operating their flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia at the start of the new 2017 summer schedule.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

UBA Anglophone CEO Interacts With Customers

[Concord] The Anglophone Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Oliver Alawuba, yesterday interacted with UBA customers in Sierra Leone to discuss issues affecting customers and recommend solutions for more satisfaction of customers.

[Concord] The Anglophone Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Oliver Alawuba, yesterday interacted with UBA customers in Sierra Leone to discuss issues affecting customers and recommend solutions for more satisfaction of customers.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

Nacsa Tours Project Sites in Eastern Region

[Concord] The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has completed a six-day tour to their various projects sites in the Eastern Region to evaluate the schemes and make recommendations to development partners.

[Concord] The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has completed a six-day tour to their various projects sites in the Eastern Region to evaluate the schemes and make recommendations to development partners.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

CAF Makes Clarification On Issuance of Club Licenses and Participation

[Concord] CAF has seen some media reports, notably in Cameroon in relation to UMS Loum, claiming that CAF has refused a License to the club UMS de Loum and that CAF has therefore refused their participation at the upcoming CAF Interclub Competitions fo…

[Concord] CAF has seen some media reports, notably in Cameroon in relation to UMS Loum, claiming that CAF has refused a License to the club UMS de Loum and that CAF has therefore refused their participation at the upcoming CAF Interclub Competitions for the 2017 Season.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

PDP Writes President Koroma, Complains PPRC

[Concord] The People Democratic Party (PDP) has written a letter to President Koroma, ECOWAS and other stakeholder institutions, complaining that the Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC) was giving preferential treatment to members, who alleg…

[Concord] The People Democratic Party (PDP) has written a letter to President Koroma, ECOWAS and other stakeholder institutions, complaining that the Political Party Registration Commission (PPRC) was giving preferential treatment to members, who allegedly embezzled the party's funds.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

SLPP Calls On President Koroma to Resign

[Concord] The Acting Publicity Secretary of the main Opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party,( SLPP) has called on President Ernest Bai Koroma to resign, stating that the current economic situation in the country was allegedly a complete manipulation by …

[Concord] The Acting Publicity Secretary of the main Opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party,( SLPP) has called on President Ernest Bai Koroma to resign, stating that the current economic situation in the country was allegedly a complete manipulation by his government to undermine the tenant of democracy.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

Le6 Billion Needed to Fence Ebola Cemetery

[Concord] Officials of the Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC) have disclosed to Concord Times that they have written a letter to President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, soliciting support of over six billion Leones for the construction of a perimeter…

[Concord] Officials of the Western Area Rural District Council (WARDC) have disclosed to Concord Times that they have written a letter to President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, soliciting support of over six billion Leones for the construction of a perimeter fence around the Ebola cemetery at Waterloo.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

JCTR Punch Holes In Mutati’s Budget

The Zambian Centre for Theological Reflection has dug into the recently released budget by Finance Minister Felix Mutati and picked out the non-taxable income threshold of K3, 300 and below as being below the cost of living. JCTR reckons while … Continued

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The Zambian Centre for Theological Reflection has dug into the recently released budget by Finance Minister Felix Mutati and picked out the non-taxable income threshold of K3, 300 and below as being below the cost of living. JCTR reckons while the exemption is welcome it still leaves a larger portion of the citizens at the mercy of the taxman. Mutati announced a K64.5 million budget last Friday. JCTR Press Release Wednesday16th November 2016 New Non-taxable Income Threshold falls below Cost of Living The month of October saw pump prices of fuel increased (Petrol from ZMW9.87 to ZMW 13.70, Diesel from ZMW 8.59 to ZMW 11.40 and Paraffin from ZMW 6.12 to ZMW 8.03). However, also acknowledging that life will not be easy for the majority poor Zambians when government finally concludes a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Minister of Finance outlined a five pillar economic recovery plan aimed to stabilise the economy but also to increase the ability of citizens to afford the cost of living. The focus areas included strengthening social protection and creating an enabling environment that will allow citizens to actively participate in the economy. The 2017 National Budget announced on Friday 11th November 2016 by the Minister of Finance aims to actualise the recovery plan. The measures proposed include: an upward adjustment to the non –taxable income threshold (from the current ZMW 3,000 to ZMW 3,300), the creation of an Agricultural and Industrial Credit Guarantee Fund aimed at enhancing access to affordable credit by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), irrigation development (allocated ZMW 428.5 million) to support all year round crop production, widening exports by investing in production of non- traditional exports (such as cotton, rice and soya beans, etc.), attaining a year – end inflation of no more than nine percent and increased support to the Farmer Input Support Programme (ZMW 2.8 billion from ZMW 1.3 billion in 2016). The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) notes that the cost of living is every day becoming expensive and beyond the capacity of most poor households. And therefore welcomes all such progressive actions meant to improve the living conditions of citizens in 2017 and beyond. The cost of living for Lusaka as measured by the JCTR Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for an average Zambian family of five hit a first time high ZMW 5,036.28 in the month of October 2016. Some items recording increases in price included mealie meal, beans, dark green vegetables, cooking oil, bread, sugar, tea and charcoal. Other BNBs recording increases included: those for Kabwe from ZMW 3,475.24 in September to ZMW 3,498.15 in October, Mongu from ZMW 2,998.85 in September to ZMW 3,087.65 in October, Monze from ZMW 3,069.80 to ZMW 3,133.30, Kasama from ZMW 2,869.32 to ZMW 3,078.76 and Livingstone from ZMW 3,699.66 in September to ZMW 3,849.27. Those recording minor reductions but still remaining high include Mansa – ZMW 2,738.14 in September while ZMW 2,715.96 in October and Ndola, ZMW 4,416.26 in September and ZMW 4,375.83. The JCTR notes that measures such as an adjusted upward non –taxable income threshold (from the current ZMW 3,000 to ZMW 3,300 in 2017), in as much as will cushion hardship for some employees, are not responsive to the reality on the ground for most employees. The national average cost of living for an average family of five as surveyed by the JCTR Basic Needs Basket is ZMW 3,478.31, reflecting a shortfall of ZMW 178.31 in the announced income tax –exempt threshold to enable an average Zambian family to afford cost of living. This shortfall however is worse for the urban poor in towns like Ndola, Solwezi and Lusaka whose shortfall ranges between K1, 000 to K1, 700. There is therefore need for more effort to improve the living conditions of the majority poor Zambians. Efforts such as enhancing access to affordable credit by SMEs, irrigation development, widening exports by investing in production of non- traditional exports and increased support to the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) will also need to be accompanied by skills development and well researched market opportunities. Other measures such as fair wage policy will also be necessary. “These have potential to increase productivity in the country, spar industrialisation, increase job opportunities and increase capacity of households to afford cost of livingâ€, observes the JCTR. The JCTR urges strict adherence in implementing national plans especially those with potential to have immediate, medium term and long –term benefits on citizens. The post JCTR Punch Holes In Mutati’s Budget appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Guy Scott Is Not Dead, says Charlotte

Former Vice President Guy Scott’s wife Charlotte has come out to clarify rumours that her husband had died that have made rounds on social media. A report on some online publication has spread the alarming news that Dr Scott had … Continued

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Former Vice President Guy Scott’s wife Charlotte has come out to clarify rumours that her husband had died that have made rounds on social media. A report on some online publication has spread the alarming news that Dr Scott had died but his wife has put the matter to rest in s short assuring message via her social network facebook platform. Below is her full posting: Charlotte Scott writes Our phones are ringing non-stop with people asking whether the on-line rumours that my husband has passed away (in New York!) are true! They are not – he is safe and well, and in good health! The important fact is that human beings need news, and we all much prefer true and well-informed news. But if we cannot get the truth – because of censorship and State-sponsored propaganda – then people will be forced to consume fiction, with little alternative way of checking the truth. This is what is happening in Zambia, as we are subjected to ever-tightening state control of the press. The post Guy Scott Is Not Dead, says Charlotte appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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