Zambia’s sports minister says that funds are finally in place to secure the services of Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach Herve Renard.
Renard’s position has been unclear in recent months, with his contract having expired at the end of the 2012 finals.
With the financial assistance of Zambian mining companies, Zambia’s sports minister Chishimba Kambwili expects Renard to officially pen a new deal on 30 May.
“We are now ready to pay the coach,” the sports minister told BBC Sport.
“The mining companies have responded privately and I think by 30 May, we are going to have the actual money that the mining companies are providing.
“I know that we have managed to get more than the 100,000 dollars that we require on a monthly basis to pay the coach.”
“We have – in principle – agreed the contract with the coach but I think after 30 May, when the money has been put on the table, we shall put pen to paper on the final document of the contract.”
Renard is in his second spell as Zambia coach, having first led the Chipolopolo between 2008-2010 before reassuming his role last October.
Earlier this year, his charges were surprise yet deserved winners of the Nations Cup as the Zambians beat favourites Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal en route to their first African crown.
Kambwili added that the government has finally covered the Frenchman’s salary for his work since February.
Kambwili believes Renard will sign a new contract later this month
And the minister explained some of the reasoning behind asking the mining companies to help cover Renard’s costs.
“When we won the Nations Cup, almost all the mining companies wanted to be associated with the win so we asked them what they did to contribute to winning the trophy,” he said.
“We said that if they want to be part of the team winning in future, they must be prepared to part with a little bit of their profit to contribute to the development of the national team.”
There are now high hopes in the southern African nation that Zambia can make further history by qualifying for a first World Cup.
The reigning African champions open their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign next month when playing in Sudan before hosting 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana on 9-10 June.
Lesotho, who Zambia play next year, make up the four-team Group D.
“Winning the Nations Cup is not a simple thing – it’s highly competitive – so for us to win, it means there is absolutely nothing that we can fail to do, unless we become lazy,” rallied Kambwili.
Police in Nchelenge have finally arrested and charged the driver of a mini-bus, which was involved in a fatal road accident in the district.
At least 13 people died in the accident, which happened last Thursday, when a Rosa mini-bus collided Head-on with a Benz truck, loaded with pockets of cement.
Luapula Province Deputy Commissioner of police, Aaron Mushanga says the driver has since been charged with 13 counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
Mr. Mushanga has identified the driver as James Chisumo aged 40, of Musumali Village, in Chief Kalasa Lukangaba’s area in Mansa district.
He has explained that police officers arrested the fugitive driver at Kawambwa District Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment, after running away from the accident scene.
Ten people died on the spot, while two others died at Nchelenge’s Saint Paul’s Mission Hospital and one died at Mbereshi Mission Hospital in Kawambwa District, where they were rushed for emergency treatment.
[wide][/wide]All the seven districts in Western Province have endorsed breakaway of the region from Zambia.
The districts have submitted their resolutions to the Barotse National Council demanding that Western Province breaks away citing alleged abrogation of the Barotse Agreement of 1964.
The districts that have submitted their resolutions are Mongu, Senanga Sesheke, Kaoma, Kalabo, Lukulu and shangombo.
The resolutions were presented at the on going Barotse National Council at st Lawrence parish limulunga royal village in Mongu.
Delegates from Sesheke have called for the UN’s intervention in their quest for Barotsseland independence.
And resolutions from Kalabo include calls for the resignation of members of parliament from western province so that they help push for Barotse independence.
Meanwhile, Zambia Congress of Trade Unions -ZCTU- has called on the Barotse National Council to discuss and resolve issues that will strengthen unity in the country.
ZCTU Secretary General Roy Mwaba say there is need for delegates to put the interest of the people first.
Mr Mwaba said in a press release to ZNBC news that dialogue is an important ingredient of solving even the toughest situation.
And Mr Mwaba says ZCTU is saddened with the on going debate among politicians regarding the trip to India undertaken by President Sata.
He says the labour movement is shocked that some named political party jubilated over speculation that President Sata had been taken ill.
He says the action has shown great hatred for President Sata and described the action as in human./ZNBC
A man of Mansa District in Luapula Province has killed his wife. Zambia Police Service Spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela says John Kabanga who was on separation with his wife killed her on Friday after he got word that she was flirting with another man. Ms Kanjela has told ZNBC news in a statement that the suspect approached the deceased on the matter and a fight erupted.
She has explained that after the suspect killed his wife he run away and his whereabouts are still unknown.
Ms Kanjela says police have launched a man hunt for the man and that anybody who may know his whereabouts should report to any the nearest police station.
She says the woman identified as Mano Mpwanka of Nsonga Village was found lying on the ground in pain and narrated her ordeal to a passerby before she died. Her body is lying in Mansa General Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile, the First lady Christine Kaseba on Friday night became emotional as she denounced the rampant defilement, rape and cases of women being battered in the country.
Dr Kaseba, who almost wept lamented that such cases are prevalent, despite Zambia, being prided as a Christian nation.
She said this during the Julia Chikamoneka Awards Ceremony organised by the Post Newspaper’s Press Freedom Committee.
She has called on women to break the silence on defilement , rape and battering.
And Dr Kaseba commended government for its deliberate efforts to increase the number of women in decision making positions.
She however says more needs to be done to develop and empower women.