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How Covid-19 funds were misappropriated in Zambia

– Advertisement – A damning report about the misappropriation of COVID 19 funds by Zambian government officials has been released by the Auditor- General’s office. Unexplained transactions About $71 million is reported to have been mismanaged on a number of unexplained transactions between 1 February and 31 July, 2020, which include dubious transfers from the Zambian government’s accounts, in cash withdrawals. The interim report highlighted an over-commitment of over 31 million U S dollars as being the highest financial irregularity in the utilisation of COVID-19 resources, according to a statement…

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Zambia fights breast and cervical cancers as mortality rate surges

– Advertisement – Thandiwe Banda, the youngest first lady Zambia has ever had, was only in her 30s when her husband, Rupiah Bwezani Banda became the country’s fourth president in 2008 and ruled until 2011. Despite having had a relatively short stint in office, the couple and family might have still enjoyed the perks of being at the helm of the country’s leadership, even beyond their tenure, as can be expected, but a few years after leaving office, things turned sour, as the former First Lady was diagnosed with breast…

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Leaders Zambia 

Zambia: We Can Have Violence-Free Elections!

By Henry Kyambalesa* “[Muchinga Province] … is a bedroom for President Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Muchinga remains so. And we as his sons are always ready to take care of the bedroom, to even kill the cockroaches as well as the rats that enter our father’s bedroom. That is our responsibility.”—PF official warning UPND supporters and their president and, by extension, other political parties and their leaders and supporters. Accessed at the following Web link: Well, there you have it, fellow Zambians! As I have maintained before in one of…

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Zambian activists seek clarity on prison vote ahead of 2021 elections

– Advertisement – The month of October in Zambia, has been characterized by a host of electoral issues, pertaining to the 2021 General elections. The first ever prison vote is one that has been a source of serious concern, with some opposition parties and members of the Civil Society  having expressed frustration at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ)’s lack of clarity regarding conducting  campaigns in prison, ahead of the said elections. The worry has been that the ruling party would have undue advantage because opposition parties may not be…

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Zambia: The Privatisation Saga

By Henry Kyambalesa* 1.  Introduction In this article, I wish to tender my views concerning recent calls by some segments of Zambian society for a “Commission of Inquiry on Privatisation,” an idea which our brother President Edgar C. Lungu is apparently eager to pursue. A bird’s-eye view of Zambia’s changing economic scenarios since independence in October 1964 follows. Thereafter, I have briefly discussed matters relating to Zambia’s Privatisation Act No. 21, reasons why Zambia should consider privatising its current State enterprises, and the need to ditch the idea of constituting…

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Zambia: Young people drop out of school due to Covid-19

– Advertisement – Some young people in some underprivileged communities in Zambia may not return to school this year, despite all education institutions having re-opened, because a number have either been married off or/and fallen pregnant during the months that the schools were closed. Others are just staying home, because their parents are more comfortable with them being away from school, for fear that it may still not be safe for them to be in a school environment, while the country is still recording COVID-19 infections on a daily basis.…

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UN sponsored sex education program in Zambia faces rejection

– Advertisement – A sex education program being sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Zambia has been rejected by top government officials. UNFPA on its website said the comprehensive sexual education project includes scientifically accurate information about human development, anatomy and reproductive health. It added that the project also covers information about contraception, childbirth and sexually transmitted infections. But Zambia’s minister for religious affairs Godfridah Sumaili is reported by local media as saying the program promotes gender identities, sexual orientation and reproductive health rights alien to Zambia.…

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Leaders Zambia 

Zambia: Reduce the Number of Foreign Missions!

Written by Henry Kyambalesa The current problem facing the Zambian government in paying the salaries and/or allowances of employees in foreign missions on time, apparently due the lack of funds, can be addressed partly by reducing the number of the country’s foreign missions. In this regard, the idea of having diplomatic missions in countries which meet the following suggested criteria would be a noble one: (a) the foreign country is a major trading partner; (b) there are, on average, a lot of Zambians living in the foreign country; (c) the…

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Zambia’s Lusaka city is losing its natural beauty

Kombe Kapema has lived in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, for over three decades. Over the years, he has witnessed how the face of the city has gradually changed from one that was characterized by greenery to what he now describes as a concrete grey jungle. This is because of the amount of construction activities that have been going on in recent years, resulting into a lot of trees having been cut. Construction Across The City Whereas past construction projects have mainly involved the building of such infrastructure as shopping malls, office…

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Zambians’ indifference to constitution amendment bill petition

The Zambian parliament’s decision to table a contentious bill, towards amendment of the country’s constitution, recently resulted in a lawsuit by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), civil society and other stakeholders, who want the bill withdrawn, saying it would make Zambia, a constitutional dictatorship with an already powerful President made even more powerful. Problematic Clauses If passed, petitioners observe, the Constitution Amendment Bill No. 10, popularly known as ‘Bill 10’, would among other provisions, enable parliament to increase the numbers of Members by simple vote, parliament would not be…

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