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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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Church
Council of Churches in Zambia -CCZ- General Secretary Suzane Matale says the increase in gender based violence cases is saddening.

Reverend Matale says people should reflect on importance women and Mothers play in society.

She was speaking to ZNBC News in an interview as a way of celebrating Mothers Day which is being commemorated on Sunday.

Reverend Matale has pointed out that Mothers are special because they play an important role in ensuring the continuation of God’s own creation.

Mother’s day is a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May.

And in Lusaka a check by ZNBC News crew found people buying flowers to take to mothers.

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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.