Over 1,000 Kalulushi Marketeers To Receive Presidential Fund

About 1,000 Marketeers in Kalulushi and Chambishi are set to benefit from the Presidential Initiative Empowerment Fund (PIEF), National Coordinator Clement Tembo has disclosed. Tembo who was on the Copperbelt to lunch the PIEF in Kalulushi District said the funds … Continued

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About 1,000 Marketeers in Kalulushi and Chambishi are set to benefit from the Presidential Initiative Empowerment Fund (PIEF), National Coordinator Clement Tembo has disclosed. Tembo who was on the Copperbelt to lunch the PIEF in Kalulushi District said the funds are meant to boost business activities to many vulnerable marketeers. He said K 400,000 has been set aside for the marketeers in Kalulushi and Chambishi to help reduce the burden most marketeers were going through in growing their business activities. “We have recognised Marketeers as an important player in the country’s economic growth and it is the reason we have come here so that we empower them so that they contribute more to the economy, for today as demonstration we have given out funds to over 50 marketeers and we will be giving more every Monday so that everyone is catered for†Tembo said. He added that a system has been put in place to ensure that marketeers don’t default and pay back the funds. “we have created a system that will help them pay back on time, every Friday will be asking them to pay something, for example if a marketeer gets K 500 we will be expecting them to pay atleast K 20 every Friday but the payment period is within five months†He stated. Tembo has further disclosed that the rate of paying back has improved adding that the defaulting rate has gone to about 10% which he said would be addressed very soon. The post Over 1,000 Kalulushi Marketeers To Receive Presidential Fund appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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PF Has Collapsed – Cadre

Some Patriotic Front Officials on the Copperbelt are incensed with the turn of events which has split the ruling party. Some members are backing calls by Kelvin Bwalya Fube (KBF) that the party goes for an indaba for introspection to … Continued

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Some Patriotic Front Officials on the Copperbelt are incensed with the turn of events which has split the ruling party. Some members are backing calls by Kelvin Bwalya Fube (KBF) that the party goes for an indaba for introspection to save it from further collapse. They have expressed worry that the Party secretariat and those in senior positions have forgotten those that elected them in office and have focused on enriching themselves at the expense of majority voters. “I think in politics we have to listen to our voters because they put us in these offices and the more we ignore their concerns the higher the risk of us being voted out of power. This is exactly what happened to the MMD. They stopped listening to the people that voted and all of us saw the result. I think it’s time we paid attention to the people’s concerns,†an official said. He said it was time for President Edgar Lungu to make decisions that will inspire confidence in the ruling party adding that the language on the street was slowly changing and PF is becoming unpopular. “When you go on the streets you will discover that there is nothing good people are talking about our party (PF) so for me this is an opportunity for the president to make a call and put things in order otherwise we will destroy this party by claiming all is well,” the source stated. He added that “for a few weeks there have been talks about corruption and nothing is being done to address the problem. We just saw the President dismissing Lucky Mulusa I think that is not a solution, since Kambwili left look at how much he has exposed and surely someone needs to act†The post PF Has Collapsed – Cadre appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Fuel Scarcity to Linger Much Longer Nationwide

[Vanguard] There are indications that the persistent fuel scarcity in the country may take a long time to end as a meeting involving the Federal Government, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Department of Petroleum Resources, Major Marketers Ass…

[Vanguard] There are indications that the persistent fuel scarcity in the country may take a long time to end as a meeting involving the Federal Government, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Department of Petroleum Resources, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, ended with no clear road-map.

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Kambwili Celebrates Kalaba Resignation

Defacto National Democratic Focus (NDC) president Chishimba Kambwili has gone to town celebrating the resignation of Harry Kalaba as Foreign Affairs minister. Kambwili took to social media saying that Kalaba’s resignation was the beginning of more resignations of top government … Continued

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Defacto National Democratic Focus (NDC) president Chishimba Kambwili has gone to town celebrating the resignation of Harry Kalaba as Foreign Affairs minister. Kambwili took to social media saying that Kalaba’s resignation was the beginning of more resignations of top government officials in the ruling Patriotic Front. Kalaba’s resignation comes on the back of the dismissal of another cool head in the PF government in Lucky Mulusa who served in the portfolio on National Planning. Below is Kambwili’s posting: You kept you word my brother. It’s better to leave the den of thieves and fight for your country. Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba resigns from the kangaroo government with immediate effect. Citing the rampant corruption that is robbing the ordinary Zambian citizen of their wealth. This is the beginning of something huge as some more big names will be following suit because a revolution is coming. The post Kambwili Celebrates Kalaba Resignation appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opinion: City Clean Up, What Happens When the Soldiers Return to the Barracks?

The defence forces driven clean-up exercise of Lusaka city has opened newer possibilities for the citizens of the country’s garbage ridden city. Before this exercise citizens have lived with the illusion that nothing can be done to clean up the … Continued

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The defence forces driven clean-up exercise of Lusaka city has opened newer possibilities for the citizens of the country’s garbage ridden city. Before this exercise citizens have lived with the illusion that nothing can be done to clean up the city and given it the garden city touch. It had become customary for citizens to throw litter about, with cholera almost becoming an annually acceptable occurrence. Just 48 hours of the defence forces taking over the streets, Lusaka has apart from the poor drainage system, looked almost as clean a city as any well-meaning citizen would love to see. The streets have been ridded of the irksome presence of vendors that have previously resisted being confined to the markets. The little effort by the council to sweep the streets has shown bits of its beauty with a wash of fresh air. Government has shown its seriousness by sending cabinet ministers on the streets to re-enforce its message and intentions to the public directly. Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda and ministers Vincent Mwale and Dr Chitalu Chilufya went about the garbage infested areas to explain the market shutdown to the public. While it is everyone’s hope that the clean remains as it is, there are some niggling areas that may require attention before the honeymoon graduates to a state of permanency. What happens to the hundreds of displaced vendors from the streets? What about penalties for a public so easily given throwing litter anyhow? Once the military personnel returns to the barracks who is going to forcefully enforce the measures put up by the soldiers? Maybe the citizenry should just enjoy the spectacle while it lasts. The post Opinion: City Clean Up, What Happens When the Soldiers Return to the Barracks? appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Nigerians Tell of Being Used As Slaves in Libya

[This Day] The European Union (EU) is working with Libyan coastguards to reduce the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. But many of those intercepted end up in detention centres in Libya, where some migrants say they are used as slaves, …

[This Day] The European Union (EU) is working with Libyan coastguards to reduce the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. But many of those intercepted end up in detention centres in Libya, where some migrants say they are used as slaves, as the BBC found when it spoke to some Nigerians who have just returned home

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