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Education in Zambia

Education Deputy Minister David Mabumba says there has been lack of investment in the education sector in the last twenty years.

Mr. MABUMBA says this is evident from the large number of pupils found in one class due to inadequate classrooms.

He said this when he toured some schools in Solwezi in the North Western Province.

The deputy minister said the education infrastructure in most parts of the country is not adequate to cater for the growing population.

Mr. Mabumba however said government is ready to address some of these problems./ZNBC

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Chikwanda

[/wide]The Minister of Finance says empowerment policies such as the citizen Economic Empowerment Commission are not helpful as they only favour the elite who usually do not pay back loans.

Alexander Chikwanda also says the empowerment commission only encourages corruption because of patronage.

Mr Chikwanda who was speaking to businessmen during a Zambia Association of chambers of commerce and industry dinner, also said empowerment programs only make people dependant.

He feels that government should instead create an environment for citizens to prosper through personal creativity rather than offering
them money as empowerment.

And Mr Chikwanda also advised the Chambers of Commerce President Geoffrey Sakulanda not to use dinners to resolve problems with government over the economic environment.

Mr Chikwanda says dinners are not ideal because most people are too tired or hungry to concentrate on the speeches made during the event.

Mr Sakulanda has listed a number of problems facing the private sector which included high cost of doing business and access to finance./ZNBC

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Zambia captain Christopher Katongo (L) and coach Herve Renard
Zambia captain Christopher Katongo (L) and coach Herve Renard
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.
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Sata sworn in Malawian High Court Judge,Chikopa

[/wide]President Michael Sata has defended his position to appoint high court judges to probe a supreme court judge on allegations of misconduct.

President Sata says the constitution does not specify what type of judge can investigate the misconduct of a Supreme Court judge in a tribunal.

The President made the remarks in response to suggestions that high court judges cannot investigate the misconduct of a Supreme Court judge.

Mr. Sata said this when he swore in Malawian High Court Judge, Lovemore Chikopa.

Judge Chikopa will chair the tribunal constituted to investigate allegations of misconduct of Supreme Court Judge Philip Musonda and two high court judges Ccharles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna.

Others sworn in to sit on the tribunal are former High Court Judges Naboth Mwanza and Thomas Ndhlovu.

President Sata also swore in Chipili Katunasa Magayane as secretary of the tribunal.

President Sata on April 30 suspended the three judges and constituted a tribunal to investigate alleged corrupt activities in the judiciary.

Supreme court Judge Philip Musonda and two high court judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna will remain suspended pending recommendations by the tribunal./

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MAP OF ZAMBIA: All the seven districts in western province have endorsed breakaway of the region from Zambia.
[/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

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From Left: Shamenda and Meembe

Post Newspapers Managing Editor Fred Mmembe says all former leaders who committed crimes should be made to answer for their actions.

Mr. Mmembe says the PF government should not in any way be seen to pardon criminal activities committed by former leaders even if there is friendship involved.

He says The Post Newspaper is happy with the current leadership and will do all its best to support government so that it delivers in accordance with the promises it made to the people.

Mr. Mmembe says his Newspaper’s support to government should not be seen as compromise because the paper is beyond compromise.

He was speaking at the opening of an in-house training course for Post Newspaper journalists in Lusaka on Monday.

And Information and Broadcasting Minister Fackson Shamenda praised the Post Newspaper for the role it has played in helping shape Zambian democracy.

He says the Paper has over the years demonstrated its courage in ensuring that it stands on its principles.

The Minister also took time to thank Mr. Mmembe for encouraging him to join politics.

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