ZPPA Procedure Exonerates $42 Million Fire Truck Tender

By Stephen Mulembeta The fundamental guidance here is that all public procurement are conducted in line with the provisions of the public procurement act. The stanchions and column of public procurement includes openness to all eligible bidders, transparency, reliable source, … Continued

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By Stephen Mulembeta The fundamental guidance here is that all public procurement are conducted in line with the provisions of the public procurement act. The stanchions and column of public procurement includes openness to all eligible bidders, transparency, reliable source, time, quality and specifications. If the bidders meet the foregoing after satisfying the preliminary requirements(including statutory documentation), then commercial aspects come in including Price and delivery issues. Therefore, let the public fault the Act , not the procuring agency or indeed, the participating bidders who marely responded to an invitation to bid. If the Act had a provision for Price Range or scale consideration, then the public arguments would hold. Technical Newel is primary and the price is secondary consideration as far as public procurement is concerned in Zambia. The Zambia Public Procurement Agency has for a long time been talking about firmulating a standard price index to guide suppliers of the public sector. The process is still going on. So the buck stops at them. So any complaints and condemnation should be aimed at ZPPA. As a matter of fact, after the awarding of the Contract, Some bidders felt aggrieved and took this matter to court into it reached Arbitration. The International Court of Arbitration selected a very reserved Arbitrator who sat with all the parties in Capetown and a judgement was passed. Please read the Judgment. This Matter was even presented to Parliament and the parliamentary PAC cleared it . It was during this period that Zambians and any concerned people should have stood up to scrutinize and question all relevant authorities for the much needed information and any other concerns. But the matter was later on taken to the Anti Corruption Commission and they equally cleared it. As at now,the position we can take is to discuss how well such tenders should be conducted with regard to the interest of the public while considering other important priorities. The post ZPPA Procedure Exonerates $42 Million Fire Truck Tender appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hout Bay Fisherfolk Want Their Fishing Rights Back

[News24Wire] A group of Hout Bay fishermen pleaded with residents of the town on Thursday to join them in their challenge to the government to get their fishing rights back.

[News24Wire] A group of Hout Bay fishermen pleaded with residents of the town on Thursday to join them in their challenge to the government to get their fishing rights back.

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Antonio Mwanza Eats Humble Pie

Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) spokesperson Antonio Mwanza was made to eat humble pie in parliament for having boldly revealed emoluments for members of parliament. Mwanza was found guilty of breach of parliamentary privileges and contempt after he detailed … Continued

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Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) spokesperson Antonio Mwanza was made to eat humble pie in parliament for having boldly revealed emoluments for members of parliament. Mwanza was found guilty of breach of parliamentary privileges and contempt after he detailed earnings for members of parliament. The outspoken FDD spokesperson tabulated how much MPs earned including for merely keeping quiet in the house. Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini cautioned Mwanza that his sentiments were careless and were devoid of truth. Matibini said that the offence that Mwanza committed was grave and warned members of the general public to avoid commenting on matters that could bring the house into contempt. And Mwanza apologized for his sentiments saying that he had reflected deeply on his conduct. Mwanza truthfully alleged that sitting allowance for MPs stands at K3, 000 per sitting while a salary was about K31, 000 for each MP, plus accommodation allowance which is calculated at K500 per day plus upkeep allowance, plus tax free beer and food. He said that the public was spending about K100, 000 per month on each lawmaker. The point of order was raised by Serenje MP Maxwell Kabanda in June following an article which appeared in the Daily Nation Newspaper. The post Antonio Mwanza Eats Humble Pie appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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OPINION: Kalaba’s Korea Outburst has to be Statement of the Week

What a week it has been with the US42 million of procurement of fire tenders topping the list. But there was perhaps something more baffling than anything the US$42 million expenditure on fire tenders would invoke. It was the Harry … Continued

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What a week it has been with the US42 million of procurement of fire tenders topping the list. But there was perhaps something more baffling than anything the US$42 million expenditure on fire tenders would invoke. It was the Harry Kalaba statement against North Korea. What was the genesis of that statement? It seemed to have come out of the blue and with absolutely no necessity for it. In case one missed it, here it is. PRESS RELEASE BY HON. HARRY KALABA, MP, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE NUCLEAR TEST AND FIRING OF BALLISTIC MISSILES BY THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA. The Government of the Republic of Zambia is deeply concerned over the continued firing of ballistic missiles and nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea despite international outcry to cease such activities. As a member of the United Nations and a State Party to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Zambia supports calls from the international community for nuclear disarmament and subsequently urges the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea not to engage in provocative acts but to participate in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Republic of Zambia, therefore, calls on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to abandon its nuclear programmes and comply with the respective resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. Hon. Harry Kalaba 20th September, 2017 Well whatever prompted Kalaba to issue this statement must have been very strong. Naturally Kalaba is not one that issues emotional statements but to have issued something way out of his league raises questions about what state he was in. surely even if North Korea is rubbing the global conscious, Zambia is not the one to pick up the stick and threaten Pyong Yang. What muscle does Zambia have to even talk about anything concerning a nuclear war? Like many people have suggested we better stick to fighting army worms. Whatever it is this has got to be the utterance of the week. The post OPINION: Kalaba’s Korea Outburst has to be Statement of the Week appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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‘Grumpy’ Kambwili Praises Pres. Lungu

Expelled Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has found something positive in President Edgar Lungu after months of just bashing anything about the Head of State. Kambwili has welcomed President Lungu’s call for investigation on the procurement of the US$42 … Continued

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Expelled Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has found something positive in President Edgar Lungu after months of just bashing anything about the Head of State. Kambwili has welcomed President Lungu’s call for investigation on the procurement of the US$42 million fire tenders. The Roan lawmaker said that President Lungu had done the right thing by calling for the investigation in the matter that has stirred a public outcry. Kambwili said that the Head of State should ask the people involved in the matter to step aside until investigations are concluded. “What President Lungu has done is as it should be. We also appeal to the President to ask those that were involved to be suspended until investigations are concluded,†he said. The purchase of the fire tenders has raised dust with the public demanding answers from the ministry of local government and Zambia Public Procurement Authority. The post ‘Grumpy’ Kambwili Praises Pres. Lungu appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Kebbi – 400 Almajiri Children Enroll in School

[Daily Trust] Birnin Kebbi -Over 400 almajiri children have been enrolled in a mass literacy programme initiated by the wife of Kebbi State Governor, Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, for less privileged children.

[Daily Trust] Birnin Kebbi -Over 400 almajiri children have been enrolled in a mass literacy programme initiated by the wife of Kebbi State Governor, Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, for less privileged children.

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Musician Advocates Support for Govt’s Change Campaign Through Music

[Vanguard] An up and coming musician, Idopise Emmanuel, popularly called , “Mr Jack”, has appealed to musicians to support the change agenda of the Federal Government through their choice of lyrics.

[Vanguard] An up and coming musician, Idopise Emmanuel, popularly called , "Mr Jack", has appealed to musicians to support the change agenda of the Federal Government through their choice of lyrics.

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