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THE Zambia Football Coaches Association (ZAFCA) has backed Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili’s directive for the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to find a coach to help Honour Janza qualify Zambia to the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Kambwili on Thursday said the Chipolopolo technical bench needed to be beefed up following a sluggish start to the qualifiers that has seen the 2012 African champions picking up just a point from a possible six.
The Chipolopolo, who guest Niger on October 11 with the return fixture billed for Levy Mwanawasa Stadium four days later, are currently third in group F with one point, having drawn 0-0 against Mozambique and suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Cape Verde.
ZAFCA president Patrick Kangwa said in an interview yesterday that Kambwili’s
directive was in line with the association’s position.
Kangwa last week issued a statement in which he recommended that the national team’s technical bench needed to be boosted ahead of the remaining qualifiers.
“The minister has reaffirmed what we proposed and if anything, we need two coaches to assist Janza execute his duties and we wrote to FAZ on the same proposal, so I think the Minister has just touched on an important issue that needs attention,” Kangwa said.
Kangwa said it did not matter whether the inclusions to the technical bench were sourced from within or outside the country but that the bench required strengthening.
Meanwhile, Chipolopolo assistant coach Chintu Kampamba has been awarded with the second best performing certificate at the B Licence International coaching course in Hennef, Germany.
The course attracted 29 participants from all over the world.
Kangwa commended Kampamba for the feat but urged him to apply the expertise he had acquired from the training to the development of the squad.
“I would like to congratulate Kampamba for that achievement but I think what is important is the conversion of the knowledge he has acquired on the team, that’s what counts in football,” he said.

VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott has maintained that mealie-meal prices will go down as soon as the maize purchasing exercise is completed.
Responding to a question by Nalikwanda MMD MP Geoffrey Lungwangwa in Parliament, Dr Scott said mealie meal prices in Zambia were not as high as they were being portrayed by some opposition members of Parliament.
Professor Lungwangwa had sought to find out what the Government was doing about mealie meal prices that had gone up as high as K90 in some parts of the country.
But Dr Scott said the Government did a survey with the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflections (JCTR) and established that mealie-meal prices in most parts of Zambia were below K70.
The Vice-President urged MPs to ensure factual information was brought to the House at all times. This was during the Vice-President’s question and answer session.
Dr Scott also informed the House that seven heads of State and Government were scheduled to attend this years’ Golden Jubilee celebrations in Zambia.
He was responding to a question from PF Bwacha MP Sydney Mushanga who wanted to know which dignitaries would attend the Golden Jubilee celebrations this month.
On the Constitution, Dr Scott told the House that Justice Minister Edgar Lungu had continued to dialogue with stakeholders on the way forward over the Constitution.
Kabwata PF MP Given Lubinda sought to know what was holding back the cleaning up of Lusaka city despite the issue having been resolved more than three years ago.
Dr Scott said it was sad that there were some people in some parts of Government who were not performing their duties and instead were used to a culture of attending ‘workshops’.
Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Mkhondo Lungu has asked Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba to give a ministerial statement on what transpired at the United Nations General Assembly to the House by Wednesday next week.
This followed a point of order raised by Chadiza MMD MP Allan Mbewe who wanted to find out if Mr Kalaba was in order to remain silent after returning from the General Assembly.
The House also heard that Times of Zambia workers were owed K8,945, 618.71 in salary arrears as at August, 2014.
Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Poniso Njeulu said this in response to a question by Chipili PF MP Davies Mwila who wanted to know how much money Times of Zambia workers were owed as at August 2014.

A TWENTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD man of Makeni in Lusaka has been sentenced to death by hanging for defiling and later strangling his 35-month-old daughter.
Judge Nicola Sharpe-Phiri said Nalyela Mwakamui should be hanged by the neck until he was pronounced dead because his act on the baby was ruthless and barbaric.
Ms Justice Sharpe-Phiri said the sentence was necessary, to send a strong message that such violence perpetrated on babies would not be tolerated in society.
Ms Justice Sharpe-Phiri said yesterday when she sentenced Mwakamui that there was no normal father who could defile and inflict injuries on his own child and expect to be left living freely in society.
Mwakamui on November 29, 2009 sexually abused his daughter resulting in her sustaining a ruptured kidney, liver and fractured head.
The girl was left in Mwakamui’s custody by his wife Matildah Mwiinga, who had gone to her mother’s place to cook nshima for the family.
But instead of offering protection to the baby, Mwakamui sexually molested her before she died later at the University Teaching Hospital.
He stood outside watching his wife who was trying to save the girl’s life and offered to compensate his wife with money for the death of the girl.
Mwakamui fled to Mazabuka in Southern Province where he was arrested this year.
Ms Justice Sharpe-Phiri said Mwakamui was a cold-hearted man who did not bother to escort his wife to the clinic to seek medication for the girl or attend his child’s funeral.
She said the best punishment for people like Mwakamui was the mandatory sentence of murder, which was to hang by the neck until pronounced dead.
Ms Justice Sharpe-Phiri said there were no extenuating circumstances to warrant her not to give the convict a mandatory sentence for murder because even his mitigation that he was not in his right mind when he conducted himself in a manner he did was not part of his defence but was only brought up during mitigation.
She said the girl went through a lot of pain resulting from the sexual abuse, strangulation and rupturing of her kidney and liver by her father.
Ms Justice Sharpe-Phiri said that Mwakamui had a duty of offering protection to his daughter and not cause brutal injuries and killing her.
She said it was incomprehensible that a father would inflict such atrocity on a child.

GOVERNMENT has commended Nanga Farms for being the only agriculture entity that has consistently been declaring dividends since 2009.
Secretary to the Treasury, Fredson Yamba said Government had so far received K10.2 million from Nanga Farms since 2009 when Zambia Sugar took over the majority shareholding in the farm.
Mr Yamba said this yesterday when he received dividends from Nanga Farms worth K3,008,872.10 for the year ending March 31, 2014 at the Ministry of Finance in Lusaka.
Government holds 14.27 per cent shares in Nanga Farms which sells the bulk of its sugar cane to Zambia Sugar, who are the majority shareholder.
“I commend the company for posting and sustaining good performance as can be witnessed today as the dividend which also attests to good management,” he said.
He said Government appreciates the partnership with the private sector to drive economic growth through competent management of commercial operations, while focusing on policy to provide the relevant investment climate to drive economic growth.
He urged the company to continue being sensitive to the plight of workers, even as it worked hard to increase value for money for shareholders as well as taking care of communities around them such as smallholder sugar cane growers in Magobbo community.
Zambia Sugar acting managing director, Rabecca Katowa said since 2009 when her company invested in the company, the conditions of the service for Nanga Farms workers had continued to improve with salaries that were above the statutory minimum wage.
Ms Katowa said significant investment had been made in employee welfare through construction of additional housing, refurbishment and electrification of existing housing while ensuring sustainable production, growth and profitability for the shareholding.

THE Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) says it has never received instructions from any quarters to write off the money which is subject of a case involving the bank versus JCN Holdings Limited, Post Newspapers and Mutembo Nchito.

DBZ Managing Director, Abraham Mwenda said the decision to discontinue the matter was arrived at on April 18, following the advice and guidance of the Attorney-General.

Dr Mwenda clarified in a Press statement yesterday that Finance and National Planning Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, did not instruct DBZ to write off any money.

“Our understanding is that the Honourable Minister of Finance desired an opinion of the Attorney-General on wider issues of public interest touching on complaints unrelated to the merits of the case but related to the conduct of the matter and public interest issues relating to justice delivery,” he said.

Some opposition parties on Friday called for the resignation of Solicitor-General, Musa Mwenye and Mr Chikwanda alleging that the two instructed the withdrawal of a court case in which DBZ sued JCN Holdings and the Post Newspapers.

Dr Mwenda explained that the letter of undertaking was executed by the defendants guaranteeing DBZ’s right to later pursue the matter.

He said the letter, which has since been made public to avoid speculation, was obtained on advice of the Attorney General’s Chambers.

The letter of undertaking from Nchito & Nchito Advocates, dated April 18, 2012, titled, ‘JCN ETAL AND DEVELOPMENT BANK OF ZAMBIA:2009/HPC/0322’ and signed by Nchito & Nchito, states that “We refer to the captioned matter and would like to undertake that when the matter is discontinued to enable the State review our complaint we will not object to the matter being recommended should the review so determine nor make a claim for costs.”

Dr Mwenda also emphasised that there was a judgment in favour of DBZ in this case but that the bank could not comment on the merits of the same because the matter was subjudice owing to the fact that there was a pending appeal over the same.

Post Newspapers Limited and JCN Holdings have been in court with DBZ over K14 billion which the bank is claiming arising from a loan.

THE Zambian Government has signed a loan agreement of US$12 million (about K63 billion) with the Saudi Fund for Development for the Kalabo–Sikongo–Angola border road project.

The total cost of project implementation is $54 million (K280 billion).

Finance and National Planning Minister Alexander Chikwanda said the Kalabo-Sikongo-Angola project was a syndicated financing project.

Mr Chikwanda said of the $54 million, $10 million would be financed by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) while $14 million would come from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (Kuwait Fund).

He said $10 million would be financed by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) while $8 million would be met by the Zambian Government.

The Government has already signed a loan agreement with BADEA, Kuwait Fund and OFID.

Mr Chikwanda said the road project was one of the identified Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) core networks.

It would contribute towards poverty reduction in Zambia through increased accessibility, provision of job opportunities and trade opportunities which would trigger economic investment that would enhance growth.

The minister said the road induced other socio-economic activities that would be of benefit.

It would also provide a short route to the ports of Lobito and Benguela on the Atlantic Ocean in Angola.

Based on a feasibility study for the upgrading and construction of the road project in 2006, the project was economically, technically and socially viable with an average economic rate of return of 13.7 per cent for the full design of the road.

Mr Chikwanda said the signing of the loan agreement was a manifestation of the cordial relations that existed between Zambia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Vice-chairperson and managing director of the Saudi Fund for Development, Yousef Albassam said the signing of the loan agreement showed the interest Saudi Arabia had in Zambia ‘s economic development.

Mr Albassam assured his institution’s continued support to Zambia.

A GUNMAN stormed a bar in Kapiri-Mposhi and held the patrons hostage before shooting one of them dead at point-blank range.

The gunman spoiled an exciting mood when he stormed the bar in the town centre around 23:00 hours on Monday and ordered patrons to lie down and surrender money and other valuables.

An unidentified man gathered courage and challenged the gunman, but was shot dead as the bar went dead silent.

Central Province Commissioner of Police Solomon Jere said the criminal got away with money and K1.5 million worth of talk-time.

A manhunt has been launched.

In another incident, three people died on the spot while five others are battling for their lives in Kapiri-Mposhi District Hospital following a road traffic accident involving two trucks.

The accident happened after the driver of a Volvo truck registration number ALD 6626 failed to maintain his lane and in the process hit into an oncoming truck registration number ALD 4374 which was carrying maize for the Food Reserve Agency.

The driver of the truck carrying maize and two passengers died on the spot.

Dr Jere said the accident happened near Mubalashi on the Great North Road around 23:00 hours.

The two trucks were extensively damaged while most bags of maize were damaged.

He said preliminary investigations revealed that the driver of the Volvo truck could have dozed off.

Meanwhile, alert State police and Zesco security in Kabwe on Monday night intercepted two trucks laden with 40 tonnes of cables after a tip off from the public.

The two trucks which were loaded with 20 tonnes each of cables were found at a metal company near Kasanda area where some people attempted to offload the cargo.

Police are holding two drivers of the trucks to assist with investigations.

The cables were suspected to have been stolen from Zesco and Zamtel installations.

CHIBOMBO District Council has revealed alleged abuse of authority by former Local Government and Housing deputy minister, Moses Muteteka, in the run-up to last year’s tripartite elections.

Council secretary, Muimui Nasilele made the disclosure yesterday when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Local Government, Housing, Environment and Chiefs.

The council secretary presented a memorandum on queries raised by the Auditor-General on council accounts for the period 2008 to 2011.

Mr Nasilele told the committee chaired by Lumezi Member of Parliament(MP) Edgar Sing’ombe that Mr Muteteka, who is Chisamba Member of Parliament, had ordered the council to buy six hammermills, four solar panels and 25 bicycles at a cost of K150 million from Saro Agro Limited.

He said when the council officials went to get the items from Saro Agro Limited, they were informed that Mr Muteteka had allegedly already collected them.

Mr Nasilele said the beneficiaries of the items had not yet been established as all documents pertaining to the transaction were in Mr Muteteka’s custody.

He said Mr Muteteka allegedly directed the council to purchase a Chisamba Constituency Development Fund (CDF) vehicle at a cost of K75 million without following tender procedures.

He said the former deputy minister instructed that the vehicle be purchased from a named car dealer.

He alleged that the vehicle was not put to its rightful use as Mr Muteteka got it and registered it in his name.

Chibombo District Council treasurer, Miriam Moono, alleged that the council was instructed to make payment to a car dealer but could not collect the vehicle as they were told that Mr Muteteka had taken the vehicle to his home in Lusaka.

The purchasing officer and driver went to collect the vehicle but came back empty- handed.

“We wish to report to your committee that the issue at hand which concerns fraudulent purchase of motor vehicle number ABV 1OOO at Chisamba Constituency is before the investigating wings of Government and the council has since been advised to stay away from the case until conclusion,” Mr Nasilele said.

Mr Nasilele said Mr Muteteka had instigated the payment of more than 50 per cent down payment to a contractor instead of the stipulated 15 per cent in line with the CDF guidelines.

Ms Moono alleged that Mr Muteteka instructed that the payment be effected to the contractor that was drilling boreholes, adding that this was done without approval from the minister.

She said Mr Muteteka allegedly often took advantage of his position to issue directives in his capacity as deputy minister of Local Government and Housing as was evidenced by the numerous correspondence that he wrote demanding certain decisions to be

Matters he involved himself in required to be dealt with at the constituency level.

She said there was immense pressure during the run-up to elections and that any person who objected was perceived to be blocking development and would be transferred.

But Mr Sing’ombe said CDF was intended to alleviate levels of poverty in constituencies and that it was not “purse money” for MPs.

Mr Sing’ombe said it was such activities that were discouraging Government from increasing the CDF as it was not reaching the intended beneficiaries.

“Such problems are the reasons why Government becomes reluctant to increase CDF.
These funds should reach the intended beneficiaries to encourage Government to increase the allocation,” Mr Sing’ombe said./TIMES

THE Constitution Technical Committee will on Monday next week launch the first draft constitution.?

Technical Committee spokesperson Simon Kabanda said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the committee would on the same day launch a website for people to access the first draft constitution on-line.?

Mr Kabanda said on May 2, 2012 the first draft constitution would then be made available to members of the general public as inserts in the Zambia Daily Mail, Times of Zambia and The Post newspaper editions.?

Mr Kabanda has encouraged members of the public to get copies of the first draft constitution from any of the three daily newspaper editions./Times

Prof Nkandu Luo
LOCAL Government and Housing Minister Nkandu Luo has urged Zambians in the Diaspora to invest back home and help develop the country.

Professor Luo observed that countries like Ghana had steady economic growth, partly because nationals in the Diaspora were investing significantly back home.

The minister was addressing Zambians resident in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN).

She said her ministry had come up with a housing initiative for Zambians in the Diaspora.

“As a ministry, we urge you to participate in the construction of low cost housing in Zambia. Our housing stock deficit today stands between 2 million and 3 million, so we need to build at least 200, 000 houses every year all over Zambia, not just Lusaka,” Prof Luo said.

This contained in a statement issued by First Secretary for Press at the UN mission Chibaula Silwamba.

The minister said the houses would cost between US$10, 000 (about K51 million) and US$16, 000 (about K81million).

She called for partnership with big foreign investors to build houses and other infrastructure that would enhance national development.

“I am here to present an opportunity to you Zambians in the Diaspora that there is so much going on back home and you can participate,” Prof Luo said.

Chairperson of the Zambian Families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Henry Sakala said he and his colleagues were keen to participate in the low-cost housing project and other national development initiatives provided the procedures were clearly laid down.

Mr Sakala said Zambians in the Diaspora remitted huge sums of money to their homeland every year.

A Zambian resident in New York Cynthia Chirwa urged the Government to enact dual citizenship to enable Zambians in the Diaspora to access loans and other facilities for them to re-invest back home.

In response, Prof Luo urged Zambians abroad to make submissions to the Constitution Technical Committee concerning the dual citizenship clause.

She recalled that dual citizenship was included in the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) draft report.

However, she urged the Zambians in Diaspora to invest home without using their demand for dual citizenship as a conditionality..

Another resident Webster Munyenyembe said there were many American investors interested to invest in Zambia and called for dissemination of information about procedures.

Mr Munyenyembe said there was need to curb corruption in Zambia to boost investor confidence.

The Zambians expressed happiness that the Government had banned the consumption of infamous sachets Tujilijili.

Additionally, they requested the Government to help them acquire land on which they could build their houses and set up their investments.