PRESIDENT Sata has with immediate effect created a new district in Luapula Province to be called Chembe near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The President has since asked Luapula Province minister Rodgers Mwewa to liaise with all interest groups on the matter.
“Would you please liaise with all, political parties and their Royal Highnesses, to establish the centre where the district headquarters will be located,” reads an excerpt from President Sata’s letter to Luapula Province minister Mr Mwewa.
This is according to a statement released by Mr Sata’s special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah.
Since taking over office, President Sata has created Lunga in Luapula Province and Vubwi in Eastern Province.
The President has also established Chikankata and Chirundu in Southern Province and Mulobezi in Western Province.
Nsama and Chilanga are the other districts created since the Patriotic Front came into office last September.
This is in line with his campaign promise to decentralise government operations for the effective and efficient delivery of services.
The creation of Chembe brings to 79 the number of districts in the country.
PRESIDENT Sata was yesterday greeted by a deafening 21-gun salute when he landed at Harare International Airport aboard the challenger for a three-day state visit to Zimbabwe.
The President’s plane touched down at 15:15 hours amid singing and ululation from Zimbabwean dance troupes and Zambians resident here.
Zambia and Zimbabwe share long-standing historical ties, having been part of the pre-independence Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland when Zimbabwe was known as Southern Rhodesia, Zambia as Northern Rhodesia and Malawi as Nyasaland.
President Sata, accompanied by First Lady Christine Kaseba, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Given Lubinda and other senior Government officials, was welcomed by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace.
Others who were at the airport to receive President Sata and his delegation were Zimbabwean Vice-President Joyce Mujuru, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and Zambian High Commissioner to Zimbabwe Ndiyoyi Mutiti.
President Sata also inspected a guard of honour mounted by the Zimbabwean army before he left the airport in the company of President Mugabe.
And according to a programme released by the Zambian High Commission here, Mr Mugabe was last evening expected to host a state dinner in honour of Mr Sata after a private meeting between the two heads of State.
Zambia and Zimbabwe were also scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding on science and technology and tourism.
And President Sata is today expected to visit Zimbabwe’s Heroes Acre where he will lay wreaths on the tomb of a soldier.
President Sata will later visit the Zimbabwean Dairy Board and Tyrone Farm in Goromonzi, about 30 kilometres south-east of Harare./Daily Mail
SUPREME Court judge Gregory Phiri has sentenced six men of Lusaka to death by hanging for killing an Anderson Security Limited driver and stealing K1.5 billion belonging to Zanaco six years ago.
The judge has also sentenced two men of Lusaka’s Kanyama township to death by hanging for killing a police officer and stealing two AK47 rifles five years ago.
Mr Justice Phiri, sitting as High Court judge, sentenced Dick Tembo, Field Banda, Mabvuto Banda, Peter Tembo, Christopher Njovu and Charles Phiri after finding them guilty of shooting Blaston Zimba dead and stealing the money along Great North Road in 2007.
The six were charged with murder and aggravated robbery contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
They were jointly charged with Moses Mwenya who died in prison and Harrison Chungu who was acquitted yesterday due to lack of evidence linking him to the offences.
Delivering judgement in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Justice Phiri said the six connived to ambush the Anderson Security cash-in-transit van between Landless Corner and Liteta and murdered Mr Zimba on the spot.
He said the ambush was a well-planned act by the bandits in conjunction with Tembo, who was a senior security guard stationed at Zanaco, and Njovu, who was the Anderson Security cash-in-transit manager.
“I find the accused persons guilty of murder by common desire and aggravated robbery and I convict each one of them accordingly.
“None of the convicts is allowed by law to escape the penalty of death by hanging and I therefore make the sad pronouncement that each one of you will in future, be hanged by the neck until pronounced dead by a medical doctor,” Mr Justice Phiri said.
He said the prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt that there is circumstantial evidence linking the six to the murder of Mr Zimba and stealing the K1.5 billion during the robbery.
Mr Justice Phiri said Tembo, who was a senior security officer, was supposed to ensure that the van was accompanied by a Zambia Police officer.
He said Njovu was the supervisor of the cash-in-transit department but he deliberately failed to ensure that the van was secure to transfer money from Lusaka to Kabwe.
And Mr Justice Phiri sentenced Fireman Lungu and Zunzo Phiri to death by hanging for killing Eugene Chitankwa, a police officer, and stealing two AK47 rifles, government property worth US$200.
Lungu and Phiri were charged with murder and aggravated robbery contrary to the laws of Zambia. The two while armed with an Uzi machine gun, opened fire at Mr Chitankwa and two other police officers who were on police patrol in Chipata overspill area in 2008.
The Uzi is a family of Israeli open bolt, blowback-operated submachine guns.
The judge said what was aggravating is that the two used a machine gun to attack police officers on duty, killing one of them and stealing firearms.
He said the punishment for murder and aggravated robbery is death by hanging and the two shall be hanged to death, according to the law.
“I find the accused guilty as charged and convict them accordingly. The law is very clear that people who commit such felonies shall be punished by death. I accordingly condemn the two of you to death by hanging until pronounced dead. May God have mercy on you,” Mr Justice Phiri said.
“It is not the first time this court is trying and sentencing Mr Fireman Lungu for aggravated robbery. He first appeared in this court in 2000 when he was jointly charged with his brother on four counts of attacking farmers and retirees in Lusaka,” he said.
Mr Justice Phiri said as soon as Lungu was pardoned from prison, he ‘graduated’ from attacking farmers and retirees and immediately embarked on his ‘criminal enterprise’ of attacking police officers on duty.
Zambia’s death penalty was last enforced 15 years ago when the then sitting President Frederick Chiluba signed some death warrants./Daily Mail
BARCLAYS Bank Zambia is this year expected to disburse over K500 billion in loans to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Barclays Bank managing director Saviour Chibiya says apart from lending to SMEs, the bank has plans to improve their capacity through skills development.
Mr Chibiya says SMEs are an important part of the bank’s business hence the need to provide a platform for them to grow.
“SMEs are an important part of our business and lending is not the only way of supporting them, ”he said.
He said in an interview with Daily Mail in Lusaka that most SMEs do not have a proper market for their products adding that the bank will help find a market for them to sell their commodities.
On the issues of defaulting, Mr Chibiya said there is need to provide more quality information about the economy to avoid defaulters.
He said the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB), which screens bad debtors, has now improved. More data has been provided this year compared to last year.
He said there is need to provide information on macro economic indicators to help those who are willing to pay back loans.
Mr Chibiya said there should also be a cultural change of those who have not been willing to pay back.
MINISTER of Sport and Youth Chishimba Kambwili has appealed to mining companies to assist in paying US$100,000 salaries and allowances for national soccer team coach Herve Renard and his assistant Patrice Beameule.
And Kambwili has said Government has revived sports festivals that were held by the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) but will now be called Allied Workers Industries festivals.
Speaking during a press briefing yesterday in Kitwe after he held a private meeting with Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) chief executive officer Danny Callow, Kambwili said it is important that the Zambia national soccer team maintains its status as Africa champions.
He called on mining companies to assist in paying salaries and allowances for the two coaches.
“We are African champions and we want to maintain the standards. We are appealing to mining houses to help in paying the US$100,000 to the two coaches. Previously Kansanshi Mine was helping but we don’t want to put the burden on one mine,” Kambwili said.
He said he is on a tour of mining houses to meet the respective managements on how they could help revive sports in Zambia.
Kambwili said if all goes according to plan, the proposed sports festivals will be held later this year.
He regretted that sports on the Copperbelt has declined since the privatisation of ZCCM but assured that the Patriotic Front (PF) government is determined to revive sports.
Kambwili said it is unfortunate that Nkana, Mufulira Wanderers, Kalulushi Modern Stars and Chambishi football clubs are not performing well and called on the mining houses to ensure the teams are assisted in being rejuvenated.
“So far the response from the mining houses is overwhelming on various issues and we will continue talking to them,” Kambwili said.
He noted that the four mines in Kalulushi – Chambishi Metals, Chambishi Copper Smelter (CCS), Africa Non-Ferrous Mining Company (NFCA) and Chibuluma Mines could help in sponsoring the two clubs in Kalulushi.
Kambwili also called on the mining houses to help government in raising K113 billion needed to host the Zone Six Under-20 games in December this year.
DEPUTY Minister of Local Government and Housing Steven Masumba has denied ever having lied about his qualifications in order to obtain a job under what in law is known as false pretences.
Masumba, 31, of house number 9 National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) housing units Ibex Hill in Lusaka pleaded not guilty when the matter came up for plea before principal resident magistrate Wilfred Muma in Lusaka yesterday.
Masumba, who is Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Mufumbwe legislator, is charged with using fake documents to obtain a job.
The facts before the courts are that Masumba obtained employment for himself as an accounting clerk at Lusaka Business and Technical Colleges by falsely pretending that he held a qualification of accounting technician when in fact he did not.
The offence is alleged to have been committed between December 1, 2005 and August 25, 2008 in Lusaka.
“A plea of not guilty has been recorded. The matter is adjourned to May 24, 2012 for commencement of trial and police bond is extended to that day,” Mr Muma said.
Masumba is being represented by Munalula Lisimba of M. Lisimba and Company.
He was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday.
According to ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono, who confirmed the arrest of the deputy minister, Masumba is claiming to hold an Accounting Technician Diploma from the National Institute for Public Administration.
Masumba has maintained that he legally graduated from NIPA and is in possession of all legal documents required to qualify for graduation and he is ready to prove this in court through his lawyer Mr. Lisimba./DAILY MAIL
A GROUP of renowned economic research analysts say Zambia’s economy has grown by 6.8 percent this year and is expected to grow by 7 percent by 2013.
ABSA Capital Principal Ridle Markus of South Africa says the growth was underpinned largely by agriculture, manufacturing, construction and the transport sectors.
Mr Markus said the other major driver of Zambia’s economic growth lies in the mining sector adding that copper production increased by 2 percent last year and is expected to expand in the years to come as Governments’ targets to attain a million tonnes.
He said this in a presentation on 2012 Local Macro Perspective during the Barclays Bank Zambia research road show held in Lusaka yesterday.
The Barclays Bank Zambia research road show was designed to give insight on global, regional and local economic trends.
Mr Markus said along with the mining sector, investments in infrastructure and low inflation environment will boost economic growth.
“Although economic growth softened somewhat from 2010(7.6percent),it remained efficient at 66 percent year in year out in 2011 as growth was underpinned largely by agriculture, manufacturing ,construction ,and transport sector,” he said.
He said Zambia will positively benefit from the $700 million Eurobond which will be used for infrastructure development.
Meanwhile, foreign exchange and rates strategist Mike Keenan said the Kwacha has become more competitive with the currency expected to strengthen in the fourth quarter compared to the United States Dollar (US$).
“The Kwacha is expected to remain strong over the fourth quarter due to high copper prices, Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and other positive macroeconomic fundamentals,”he said.
Mr Keenan said with the current Policy Rate set by Bank of Zambia (BoZ), the inflation is likely to remain within the target of 7 percent this year.
“We expect inflation to average 6.6 percent in 2012 and expect the policy rate to remain unchanged,” he said.
At the same function, Barclays Bank Zambia managing director Saviour Chibiya said economic research is vital for the undertaking of sound economic policies and business investments that boost sustainable economic growth.
Mr Chibiya said prospects for Zambian’s economy are good but faced with challenges and risks which need to be addressed.
NATIONAL Savings and Credit Bank (NCSB) says it is in the process of reviewing interest rates to facilitate borrowing among its customers.
The bank also is calling for the need to strengthen the credit reference bureau to avoid defaulters.
NSCB managing director Cephas Chabu says the bank has to consider looking at risks of its applicants in the process of assessment to ascertain whether interest rates can be altered.
“We are reviewing our interest rates to match with the bank’s fundamentals as risks are the ones which contribute to high interest rates. If expectations of people putting in is stable, then we can consider changing our interest rates,”he said.
Mr Chabu said in an interview that interest rates are still considered to be high because of many defaulters adding that good borrowers suffer at the expense of bad ones.
He said though Government has done a lot to improve the culture through the credit reference bureau (CRB), there is need to strengthen the system so that more defaulters are screened.
He said the paying culture in Zambia has not been reliable adding that there is room for improvement by identifying bad borrowers through a strong credit reference.
“In other countries the credit reference is strong, that is why customers can borrow with interest rates as low as 4 percent,” he said.
Meanwhile, Private Sector Development Association (PSDA) chairperson Yusuf Dodia says the value of the (CRB) is still at its infant stage, adding that it is not the basis for banks to lend out money.
Mr Dodia said in an interview that there is not enough data provided for lenders to know about people who intend to borrow money for their investments.
He said the private sector always has intentions to pay back the money after borrowing but finds it difficult to do so due to complex conditions offered by most banks.
He said banks issue loans to clients who do not deserve borrowing, hence the increase in the number of defaulters.
“The credit reference bureau needs to strive to develop more data to banks and other lending institutions for appropriate people to borrow,” he said.
[/wide]INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Stella Libongani yesterday said the noose around the neck of fugitive son of former President Rupiah Banda is tightening following Police’s latest engagement with Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) in addition to already existing co-operation with Interpol.
Ms Libongani revealed this at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday but she declined to disclose the specific nature of discussions that the Zambia Police Service have had with the regional police.
She dismissed assertions that Interpol have failed to capture Henry.
Ms Libongani said Zambia Police have now engaged SARPCCO to ensure “no stone is left unturned in efforts to bring Henry back home to come and answer fraud allegations levelled against him.
“We have decided to engage South Africa on a bilateral level through SARPCCO to enforce investigations into the matter. It is not that we have let go of Interpol. We are still working with them.
“This root to engage SARPCCO is meant to intensify our search so that we don’t leave a stone unturned,” she said.
Ms Libongani also said Henry’s photograph has not yet been displayed on the Interpol website because the Zambia Police have not been requested to submit it.
The Attorney-General and Police have issued a red alert for Henry who is wanted for questioning on fraud-related charges, which Minister of Home Affairs Kennedy Sakeni describes as ‘white-collar’ related allegations.
Henry is linked to the Cayman Island-registered company, RP Capital, which according to the Sebastian Zulu-led commission of inquiry put together an ‘unnecessarily complicated’ transaction to sell Zamtel to Libya’s Lap GreenN after allegedly grossly under-valuing it.
Henry is also linked to some East African companies that were given contracts to supply petroleum products to Zambia.
A Wynter Kabimba-led commission of inquiry has disclosed that up to K2 trillion in tax payers’ money was lost in the two years former President Banda’s government awarded some companies fuel supply contracts.
Henry was questioned by police at his offices on Longolongo road in Lusaka where he was also searched before he fled the country.
He has since engaged lawyer Robert Amsterdam, who has constantly defamed Zambia in the international media in often emotionally-charged statements that have earned him the eccentric tag.
President Sata has embarked on a spirited anti-graft fight that has earned him kudos locally and abroad and has vowed not to slow down amidst “witch-hunt” accusations.
Henry has been linked to the corruption-marred sale of Zamtel and also to some oil supply deals with some east African companies. His father and his lawyer have declared him innocent while police insist all they want to do is question him.
NOLLYWOOD stars Desmond Elliot and Patience Ozokwo have called on Zambian artistes to be original and complement Government efforts in the economic growth of the country.
Mr Elliot said Zambians need to promote their culture to contribute to the wealth of the country.
He was speaking in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.
“The film industry contributes to the wealth of a nation if handled well and taken seriously,” Mr Elliot said.
He said Zambia is a good country and has friendly people that can help in improving the film industry.
And Ms Ozokwo said Nigerian artistes started on a low key but now have managed to put their country on the world map.
She said Nollywood stars have contributed to the wealth of their country through the promotion of culture.
The two are in the country to officially launch Africa Magic channels in Zambia.
Big Brother presenter IK Osakioduwa is also part of the delegation./Daily Mail