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.

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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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Police Persecute Mazoka’s Daughter Over Mast Ownership

Police in Lusaka have recorded a warn and caution statement from the wife of liquidation threatened Post Newspapers Limited Editor Fred M’membe over alleged copyright infringement. Mutinta Mazoka M’membe appeared before the police yesterday in the company of her husband … Continued

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Police in Lusaka have recorded a warn and caution statement from the wife of liquidation threatened Post Newspapers Limited Editor Fred M’membe over alleged copyright infringement. Mutinta Mazoka M’membe appeared before the police yesterday in the company of her husband after being summoned for questioning over her continued publishing of The Mast Newspaper under Oracle Media. Provisional Liquidator of the Post Newspaper Lewis Mosho is going for the kill and has reported Mutinta to the police on grounds that The Mast is a copycat of The Post Newspapers that is currently under his custody. M’mebe’s Post Newspaper has crumbled under the weight of an approximated K188 million debt owed to various creditors among them the Zambia Revenue Authority and a litany of former employers that have come forward making claims. The Mast Newspaper hit the shelves shortly after The Post was taken over by liquidators and has been running on the same template as its predecessor. The post Police Persecute Mazoka’s Daughter Over Mast Ownership appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kambwili Makes Quiet Return To Parliament

Chishimba Kambwili quietly returned to parliament after an eventful week that saw him lose his ministerial position but had something to smile about after his election as Member of Parliament was upheld. And Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo says government … Continued

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Chishimba Kambwili quietly returned to parliament after an eventful week that saw him lose his ministerial position but had something to smile about after his election as Member of Parliament was upheld. And Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo says government will not condone mounting of security checks beyond the points that will be advertised in the media. Police have taken to the habit of mounting random security checks that do not have the sanction of the authorities. Kampyongo light-heartedly smoked out Kambwili who had quietly sneaked into parliament after his dismissal. “I would like to welcome back to the house my elder brother Chishimba Kambwili and congratulations for winning the petition,†he said. Kampyongo said the country had only 41 permanent security checks across the country with the rest expected to be mounted sparingly on a needy basis. He said that the public should use the prerogative to report to the relevant offices whenever a suspicious road block was mounted. Kampyongo was making a statement in light of increased traffic and security checks by the police. He said that the public was heavily inconvenienced by some of the security checks the police mounted across the country. The minister said that the security checks should be managed reasonably to avoid giving the impression that the country was not stable. Kampyongo says motorized patrols will instead be used to supplement the reduction of security check points. The post Kambwili Makes Quiet Return To Parliament appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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UPND Plans Demo To Protest Attempt To Amend The Amended Constitution

The opposition United Party for National Development is back to the battlefront this time planning to host a demonstration in Lusaka over the proposed amendments to the constitution. According to a letter by the to the Lusaka Province party chairman … Continued

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The opposition United Party for National Development is back to the battlefront this time planning to host a demonstration in Lusaka over the proposed amendments to the constitution. According to a letter by the to the Lusaka Province party chairman Bob Sakahilu to the commanding officer of Lusaka Division, the party plans to hold a demonstration on Friday. The UPND has had frosty experiences with the police with their penchant to carry on with demonstrations even when permission is not granted. Police have acknowledged receipt of the letter but are yet to respond. Last Thursday, Mwansabombwe Member of Parliament Rogers Mwewa moved a motion proposing wide ranging amendments to the constitution. Among the proposed amendments is that MPs should be allowed to sit in council meetings, the re-introduction of Deputy Ministers and the swearing in of the declared winner of the presidential election within 24 hours of being announced victor. The post UPND Plans Demo To Protest Attempt To Amend The Amended Constitution appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President Sirleaf Arrives in Marrakech Ahead of Cop22

[FrontPageAfrica] Marrakech, Morocco -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the head of a high-level Liberian delegation has arrived in Marrakech, Morocco to participate in the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the 12th Session o…

[FrontPageAfrica] Marrakech, Morocco -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the head of a high-level Liberian delegation has arrived in Marrakech, Morocco to participate in the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the 12th Session of the Conference of Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP12) in Bab Ighli.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia

Segal Donates Biometric Equipment to Ministry of Foreign Affairs

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), Momo Cyrus, has donated an assortment of vital security equipment including several pieces of closed-circuit television …

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -The Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), Momo Cyrus, has donated an assortment of vital security equipment including several pieces of closed-circuit television (CCTV) to the Bureau of Passport and Visas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs worth US$16,000.

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Yes Conducts Swedish Embassy Breakfast Meetings in Bopolu

[FrontPageAfrica] Bopolu City -The Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), an accredited non-for-profit and passionate grassroots youth-led development organization has conducted two Swedish Embassy modeled breakfast meetings in Gbarpolu and Lofa counties.

[FrontPageAfrica] Bopolu City -The Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), an accredited non-for-profit and passionate grassroots youth-led development organization has conducted two Swedish Embassy modeled breakfast meetings in Gbarpolu and Lofa counties.

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Shark’s Ice Cream CEO Calls for Support for Local Businesses

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -She started as a local business woman selling cold water, ice, dry rice with fired fish and cool aid but with determination, she has grown as a local successful business woman owing the famous ice cream shop – Shark’s Ice Cr…

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -She started as a local business woman selling cold water, ice, dry rice with fired fish and cool aid but with determination, she has grown as a local successful business woman owing the famous ice cream shop - Shark's Ice Cream.

source: AllAfrica News: Liberia