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Uhuru Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta
Western nations were Sunday silent on how they will work with the new Kenyan government to be headed by President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta even as the Chinese congratulated the Jubilee flagbearer.

Even though Britain, the United States of America, Canada and the European Union in separate messages, praised Kenyans for holding peaceful elections, they avoided naming Mr Kenyatta and only offered blanket congratulations to all those elected.

UN boss Ban Ki-moon also refrained from mentioning Mr Kenyatta. A statement by Mr Ban’s spokesman said the UN chief “has noted the results” of Kenya’s election.

Mr Ban “congratulates the people of Kenya for their impressive determination to participate peacefully in the elections, and for the patience they have demonstrated while awaiting the results,” it added.

African countries including South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Somalia have however been more forthcoming, directly congratulating the winner of Kenya’s March 4 election.

Western countries had previously warned that it would not be business as usual should Mr Kenyatta and his deputy president elect William Ruto, all of whom are facing crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court, win the March 4 elections.

The countries consequently sent coded messages that Kenya’s choices at the elections had consequences, which was interpreted by many as warnings against voting for Mr Kenyatta.

This triggered an angry reaction from Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee coalition which dismissed it as unwanted foreign interference in domestic matters as well as a plot by foreign powers to impose a preferred candidate.

Yesterday, the US Secretary of State John Kerry said even though his country will remain closely allied with Kenya, he did not reveal whether its foreign policy towards Kenya had changed now that Mr Kenyatta had officially been declared the winner of the presidential election.

“ We stand with you at this historic moment and will continue to be a strong friend and ally of the Kenyan people,” said Mr Kerry.

Court decisions

Britain on the other hand said with the elections, Kenyans had expressed their sovereign will.

The country’s Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said; “This is a historic moment for Kenya, when the Kenyan people have come together at the ballot box to achieve the promise of the new Constitution and choose their future leaders.

I am confident that any disputes will be dealt with by the courts swiftly and fairly. We value our historic partnership with Kenya, and will continue to work in support of stability, security, development and prosperity,” added Mr Simmonds.

Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya David Angell said Kenyans exercised their democratic rights in electing their leaders.

“Millions of Kenyans stood calmly and patiently in line for several hours in order to exercise their right to vote for presidential, parliamentary and county candidates,” he said.

The European Union, through its Foreign Affairs boss Catherine Ashton, while congratulating Kenyans for conducting a peaceful process, said the rule of law must be maintained in Kenya at all times.

“It is particularly important that the rule of law should prevail. Went on the statement;

“The EU is confident that any disputes will be dealt with by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the established judicial mechanisms swiftly and fairly,” she went on.

The Chinese government however congratulated President-Elect Uhuru Kenyatta for winning the just-concluded elections and Kenyans for voting peacefully.

‘Friendly relations’

The Chinese embassy in Kenya said they were looking forward to working with the new President when he formally takes office.

“The elections were conducted peacefully and smoothly. We congratulate Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, the president-elect of Kenya. We hope to push forward our friendly relations with the coming government,” said embassy’s spokesman Shifan Wu said

Former UN boss Kofi Annan, on behalf of the Panel of Eminent African Personalities, applauded the calm exhibited by Kenyans as they waited patiently for the results of the election and urged them to always remain peaceful.

Mr Annan said he was encouraged by the move by Cord’s Presidential candidate Raila Odinga to contest the outcome of the election as provided for in the constitution – through the courts.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Saturday congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta for winning Kenya’s presidential election.

“We would like to congratulate the new president and say well done,” Mr Zuma told reporters, saying Kenyatta’s trial at the ICC would not affect ties between South Africa and Kenya.

“Our simple understanding is that anyone who has been indicted is innocent until proven guilty, so why should you punish a man before the man is found guilty, who knows what will be the result of the case… he might be convicted, he might be acquitted.”

Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon also congratulated Mr Kenyatta. PM Shirdon called the election in Kenya democratic and exemplar and promised closer collaboration between his government and the government in Kenya.

“We shall take all possible measures to boost cooperation between Somalia’s government and the Kenyan,” he said.

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Sata
Sata

PRESIDENT Michael Sata has appointed two more UPND members of parliament as deputy ministers.

Meanwhile, re-elected PF Mpongwe member of parliament Gabriel Namulambe yesterday sat in the deputy ministers’ pew, showing that a ministerial position has been given to him.

Sinjembela’s Poniso Njeulu and Kalabo central’s Chinga Miyutu have been appointed deputy ministers in the ministry of information and broadcasting, and sports respectively.

Njeulu confirmed his appointment yesterday saying as far as he was concerned, he had not broken any law in the UPND.
“If anything, as members of parliament, we are already in government. We just use our parties as tickets to get there. This is an added responsibility.

I will now do two jobs, making of laws and implementing government programmes through the fostering of development. Even the UPND, I don’t think they have said it is an offence to accept a position in government,” he said.
Njeulu also said he had no disciplinary case pending with his party.

“I will be direct now with the government and it will be easy now to develop Sinjembela, Sioma and Shan’gombo unlike what was obtaining when I was in the opposition. I will be in direct contact with government,” said Njeulu.
And Miyutu, who could not confirm, said whatever appointment would come his way would benefit the people of Kalabo.

“I have not yet attained that position. You attain that position when you are sworn in, before swearing in, it means it is not something that you should talk about. I have capacities and many roles to play in life. When I feel that there is need to act in a positive way, I act in a positive way. I represent the multitude in Kalabo who must also benefit through that person who they sent to Parliament. So if the appointment has to come, we have to look at the people who I am representing. How are they going to benefit because of this appointment?

To me what is in my heart is the people of Kalabo,” he said.
Miyutu said his interest was to serve the people of Kalabo.
He said there was no way he could decline something that would benefit the people of Kalabo.

“It is better for me to resign as a member of parliament. I should not look at myself, the salary that I get is from government, so I have to work for the people of Kalabo in many ways. The people of Kalabo need someone who can work for them. I am not looking at myself because I am physically fit myself, I can fend for myself. I have to consider who is going to benefit from this position if it is to come. I have to be wise if that is to come my way.

My prayer is that whatever comes should be directed to the people of Kalabo,” said Miyutu.
Earlier in the afternoon, the UPND party spokesperson Charles Kakoma told journalists at a briefing that the party was aware of the appointment of two of its members of parliament by President Sata as deputy ministers.

And Namulambe who resigned from the MMD and was re-elected last week Thursday under the ruling PF, sat right behind the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
During the same session, Monze UPND member of parliament Jack Mwiimbu rose on a point of order asking the whereabouts of Njeulu and Miyutu.

“Mr Speaker, I rise on a serious point of order to find out where our outspoken and critic of this PF government and also about my friend Njeulu, whose microphone has also been disabled (removed), I have looked around and can’t see them in this house,” said Mwiimbu.

But Speaker Patrick Matibini responded that his office only keeps records of MPs doing parliamentary work.
“I don’t keep track of MPs’ personal engagements but I am sure they will be coming,” said Dr Matibini.
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President Michael Sata
President Michael Sata
President Michael Sata has warned that his government will start regulating online media in an effort to put a stop to the habit of insulting women on the internet.

President Sata said his government is concerned that some online users are in the habit of targeting insults on women.

“There is a plague at the moment with internet abuse aimed very largely at women. There is a lot of bullying, slandering and insulting on certain social media sites. It’s a problem worldwide but in Zambia we also have this problem,” President said.

“The government will do everything it can to regulate this out of existence.”

President Sata was speaking in Lusaka today in a speech ready by Vice President Guy Scott during the commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day under the theme, the gender agenda: gaining momentum.

He said the PF government is also concerned at the rate of gender based violence targeted at women.

“Hardly a day passes without reports of rape, defilement, spouse battering and gruesome killings of women, this trend is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.”

“As government, we are making all efforts to combat the scourge through enhancing security, establishment of one stop centre across the country and engagement of the media to create more awareness and encourage responsible messages aimed at behaviour change,” he said.

President Sata also stated that another emerging issue among women in the prevalence of breast and cervical cancer which has increased tremendously in recent years.

“My government is determined to address the situation and will continue to focus on preventive and control measures by scaling up of awareness raising activities and provision of breast and cervical cancer screening services across the country.”

“In this regard, I urge you all to take voluntary cancer screening seriously,” President Sata said.

At the same event, NGOCC Vice Chairperson Mary Mulenga commended the PF government for ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women but called for a fast track approach to domesticating the convention.

Mrs. Mulenga also called on government to domesticate the SADC and AU gender protocols in order to advance the status of women in Zambia.

She reiterated the demands by the women’s movement for the PF government to adopt the next constitution through a referendum.

“As a matter of urgency, we urge this government to set up the Referendum Committee to start preparatory work towards the referendum, we also want to appeal to government to make defilement non bailable offence and increase sentencing powers of the Magistrate.”

The event was shunned by women from the key opposition parties.

Accident
Accident
After last month’s tragic Chibombo road traffic accident which left more than 50 passengers dead, Government plans to procure more than 200 ambulances to boost emergency response during accidents, Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has said.

Dr Kasonde was speaking during a Chibombo accident stakeholders’ review meeting at the National Malaria Control Centre in Lusaka this week.

It has been noticed that emergency response at accident scenes was still poor and raised a high risk of victims dying at accident points.

The 200 ambulances to be equipped with basic and advanced life support machinery would be distributed in all the districts countrywide.

This is amidst increasing accidents in most parts of the country.

Also on cards was to improve aero-medical services by the Zambia Flying Doctor Services (ZFDS) to efficiently evacuate the injured by air.

“The setting up of national, provincial and district emergency response teams and centres will improve response time and the teams will be thoroughly trained in emergency response. The need for appropriate and reliable transport in emergency response can’t be overemphasised,” Dr Kasonde said.

He said his ministry would create a trauma rescue service that would respond to emergency cases resulting from accidents.

Officials from the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), security wings, and health institutions attended the review meeting.

The meeting was aimed at reviewing the performance of emergency response during the Chibombo accident and map out a stronger approach to respond to future calamities.

Dr Kasonde said Government had a passion to increase emergency health services and as such trained paramedics would manage the rescue services.

He said pre-hospital care of trauma victims was needed by improving on response time and by providing such care at the site and in transit up to the referral facility.

To this effect 139 staff had been trained in critical care while 69 were trained in trauma management in all the provinces.

His ministry planned to establish a command and communication centre which would improve coordination and communication in an emergency situation.

Dr Kasonde said emergency health services had been non-existent with no trained personnel to transport victims which had resulted in poor emergency response systems due to poor communication.

According to a RTSA’s report of 2012, the country recorded an average of 1, 200 fatalities from road accidents annually and 80 percent of these occurred in Lusaka.

In 2011 RTSA recorded 1, 670 fatalities, in 2012, a total of 2,265 fatalities were recorded indicating an increase of about 26% in the number of fatalities from road traffic accidents.

It was for this reason that Government had seen the need to streamline the emergency preparedness and response with full participation of all stakeholders including the private sector.

And acting director mobile and emergency health services, Chabwera Shuma said if all emergency needs were in place, the number of deaths in the Chibombo accidents could have been reduced.

Dr Shumba said it was for this reason that the ministry saw the need to intensify emergency needs for the country to mitigate the number of emergency deaths.

And Government yesterday told parliament that it will soon procure motor vehicles for all police stations across the country.

Minister of Home Affairs Deputy Minister Winfridah Kasembe noted that government wants to enhance and easy the operations of the police.

Ms Kasembe said this in response to a question by Mwinilunga Member of Parliament Steven Katuka who wanted to know when government will provide a motor vehicle to Mwinilunga Police Station for operations.

The Deputy Minister said once government procures the vehicles they would be distributed immediately to the police stations.

Ms Kasembe said once the vehicles are distributed government through her Ministry expects the vehicles to be used for their intended purposes.

And Ms Kasembe pointed out that Mwinilunga Police Station has a vehicle which is operational but was currently going through maintenance.

She however said that an additional vehicle will be procured and provided to enhance productivity at Mwinilunga Police Station.

Dandy Crazy
Dandy Crazy
The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) on the Copperbelt has arrested popular local musician “’Dandy Crazy’ for trafficking in Cannabis.

And the commission in Lusaka has arrested a 26 year old Zimbabwean woman for trafficking in ephedrine.

This is contained in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by DEC Public Relations Officer Samuel Silomba.

Mr Silomba said Dandy Crazy whose real names are Moses Wesley Chibambo 36, residing at house No. 4817 Ndeke village, Kitwe has been arrested for trafficking in 14grammes of cannabis concealed in the pocket of his trousers and also in the compartment of his unregistered Toyota progress.

Mr Silomba also disclosed that Yvonne Chada, 26 of house no. 205 Tamboti Denvil Johannesburg, South Africa has been arrested for trafficking in 10.2kg of ephedrine.

He said the suspect was intercepted at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on arrival from India en-route to South Africa.

And Mr Silomba has said more than 40 people countrywide have been arrested for trafficking in illegal drugs in the last five (5) days and the suspects will appear in court soon.

In another development, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested two Immigration officers in Kazungula district in Southern province for various corruption offences.

The offences include being in possession of obscene materials, abuse of authority of office, theft, possession of property reasonably suspect to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained, and theft by
public servant and fraudulent false accounting.

This is according to a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today by ACC Acting Spokesperson Queen Chibwe.

Ms Chibwe said the duo Christine Banda Lukwesa 44, of plot no 1156 Kazungula, an Immigration Assistant and Nasilele Sakubita Namate 35, of house No. DNB 297 Dambwa North an Assistant Registration Officer were arrested on 5th March 2013 and face six charges between them.

She explained that on the first count, Mr Namate being a public officer in the National Registration Citizenship and Passports office with intent to defraud, did make entries on the quadruplicate of receipts purporting to show that some named person had paid cash when in fact not.

She further said on the second count Mr Namate also stole original government receipts valued at K310,000 (KR310), property of the government of the republic of Zambia which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.

Ms Chibwe said the two offences occurred on dates unknown but between 31st May 2007 and 24th May 2009.

She affirmed that on the same dates, Ms Lukwesa failed to account for possession of 26 original government receipts serial numbers reasonably suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

The ACC Public Relations Officer also revealed that on dates unknown but between 2nd June 2008 and 29th January 2009, jointly and while working together with another unknown person, MS Lukwesa did steal general receipt book valued at K2.5 million (KR2500) property of the government of Zambia.

“On another count, Ms Lukwesa also did have in her control or possession property namely two houses at plot No 1151 and Plot No. 1156 in Kazungula, Hino Ranger truck registration number AJB 7426, Toyota Hiace minibus registration Number AJB 7416, Toyota Sprinter registration number AJB 6772 and Toyota Mark II registration number AJB 7413 altogether valued at K437, 941,215 reasonably suspected to have been acquired fraudulently” she said.

And on the final count Ms Chibwe said on 24th May 2009 Ms Lukwesa did have in her possession four (4) obscene cinematographic films tending to corrupt morals contrary to section 177 (1) (a) of the penal code chapter 87 volume 7 of the laws of Zambia.

Ms Chibwe disclosed that the two suspects appeared in court yesterday and pled not guilty to all their respective charges.

ZANIS

Veep - Guy Scott
Veep – Guy Scott

Government has deferred the presentation to Parliament of the Access to Information Bill also known as the Freedom of Information Bill for enactment to June this year.

Vice president Guy Scott who last year had indicated that the Bill will be presented to Parliament in February 2013, told Parliament today that it is not possible for government to table the bill during the current sitting, owing to time required to complete all the process and procedures that have to precede the presentation of the bill to the house.

Dr Scott a Cabinet Memo has been drafted and delivered to Cabinet office which will in turn circulate the bill to Cabinet Ministers through their respective ministries for comments.

He says the process of Ministers commenting on the bill will take two weeks, before the Ministry of information and broadcasting services collects the comments and submit the bill to cabinet office.

The Vice president said it is only after the formal approval of the bill that it will be tabled before Parliament for enactment.

Dr Scott said government remains committed to the enactment of the Access to Information bill.

sugarZAMBIA should urgently re-negotiate its bilateral tax treaty with Ireland to halt multinationals flying the money out of this economy, says ActionAid.

The charity, which recently documented alleged tax avoidance practices by Zambia Sugar – findings that have been disputed by the company – said Zambia could do well to learn from countries that have renegotiated or even cancelled bilateral tax treaties in a bid to stop such ‘treaty shopping’ behaviour by multinationals.

Indonesia cancelled its tax treaty with Mauritius in 2004 to stop such ‘treaty shopping’ by Indonesian companies while Mongolia also took the same route on the tax treaty with the Netherlands in December 2012.

Pamela Chisanga, ActionAid Zambia country director, said countries like Indonesia have thus been able to safeguard their tax revenues without significantly deterring foreign direct investment.

On Zambia Sugar, Chisanga said ActionAid maintains that Zambia Sugar’s tax practices mean that Zambians are losing out on vital revenue that would otherwise be applied to meet basic social services.

Chisanga explained that the aim of the recent report on Zambia Sugar was not only to highlight problems with company behaviour or Zambian tax rules, but to also highlight loopholes in the international tax system, including international tax treaties.

“ActionAid maintains that Zambia Sugar’s tax practices mean that Zambians are losing out on vital revenue that would otherwise be applied to meet basic social services,” she said.

“This isn’t simply ActionAid’s interpretation: the evidence is clear to see in Zambia Sugar’s own published accounts, and the accounts of its related companies around the world. Anyone can look at the evidence for themselves.”
Chisanga said Zambia Sugar uses an array of transactions which have reduced or cancelled Zambia’s share of cross-border interest income and profits distributed to its overseas parent company.

“Some have also shrunk the company’s taxable profits in Zambia. From such transactions alone, Zambia has forgone taxes of around US$17.7 million since 2007 – entirely separately from any farming tax break or capital allowances,” she said.

Last Friday in Parliament, Vice-President Guy Scott came to Zambia Sugar Company’s defence, accusing ActionAid of not engaging the government before coming up with their findings.
But Chisanga said for the people of Zambia to judge whether they are losing money or not through Zambia Sugar’s practices, the government ought to make public the agreements it has signed with Zambia Sugar Company regarding further incentives.

“Further, the government must avail the public information on any other commercial agriculture entities that enjoy the current special farming tax rate and to outline clearly what the benefits of such incentives have been to the Zambian public,” said Chisanga. POST ZAMBIA

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Residents of Lusaka’s townships have received little attention from government, whom they claim has done little to improve water and sanitation facilities in the peri-urban areas of the city.

LUSAKA, 11 August 2011 (IRIN) – Charity Muyumbana, 45, has spent her entire adult life contending with recurrent flooding, poor drainage, and a lack of toilets in Kanyama, the sprawling Lusaka township where she lives.



“Most of the people use plastic bags to relieve themselves during the night. They find it more convenient because some toilets are up to 200m away from the house,” she told IRIN.



The situation in Kanyama represents a countrywide problem. According to a 2008 study by local NGO the Water and Sanitation Forum, only 58 percent of Zambians have access to adequate sanitation and 13 percent lack any kind of toilet. 



While the government has improved water and sanitation in urban areas, this is not the case in unplanned, high density peri-urban settlements like Kanyama where residents complain that lack of space and poor soil make it difficult to construct latrines, and a haphazard road network has contributed to a serious drainage problem. 



The over-used existing latrines attract vermin, and in the rainy season overflowing sewage pollutes wells causing water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery and cholera.



A 2006 study of the water supply and sanitation situation in 570 peri-urban and low-income areas of Zambia carried out by the National Water Supply and Sanitation Council, a government agency, found that Kanyama was by no means unique. 



The links between poor sanitation and poor health are well known, said Amanda Marlin from international NGO, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. “Sanitation at a basic level is making sure we separate human excreta from any contact by people or by animals.” 



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Kanyama’s poor drainage has made it prone to cholera during the rainy season, but a partially completed project by the government to construct a proper drainage system in the township was abandoned in October 2010. 



According to research by the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), a local network of civil society organizations which advocates pro-poor development policies, the Treasury allocated 20 billion Zambian kwacha (US$4.05 million) for the construction of the drainage system, but only a fraction of that amount was paid to the contractor who completed about a third of the project. 



The abandoned construction site has created another problem for the residents of Kanyama, said Diana Ngula of CSPR. “During the rainy season, water collects in those holes, creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes.” READ MORE…

Africa News released an article previously on the hazardous conditions residents of Lusaka’s Kanyama township find themselves in due to the lack of sanitiation facilities.

Sichinga
Sichinga
Government has apologized to the farming community and the entire nation for the late delivery of inputs in the 2012/2013 farming season.

Farmers in the country have expressed disappointment over the late delivery of inputs in the 2012/2013 farming season, which is feared will lead to low yields.

In a ministerial statement to parliament today, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Robert Sichinga said there were serious problems on both the government and suppliers side which impeded the early and successful implementation of the 2012/2013 FISP.

He said on government’s side, the delays to make the final decision on whether to pilot the E-Voucher system or not was the main reason, thereby delaying the launch of the procurement process.

Mr Sichinga stressed that there should be no doubt in any farming group’s mind of the commitment of the PF government to supporting agriculture programmes especially for the vulnerable section of the population.

Mr Sichinga said that the ministry of Agriculture and Livestock under the PF government has unreservedly resolved to supporting agriculture in significant and practical ways by improving the implementation of the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), as well as in diversifying of crops beyond the challenges of 2012/2013 agriculture season especially in relation to maize.

He told the house that distribution of the 2012/2013 is closes on the 7th of March 2013, adding that as of 27th February, 2013, a total of 180,944 metric tonnes of both compound D and Urea fertilizers, out of a total contracted quantity of 183,634 metric tons had been delivered to all districts across the country.

He added that 179,166 metric tonnes of both sets of fertilizers had been paid for and collected by beneficiary farmers across the country, representing 97.5 percent of the total fertilizer tonnage which had been for distribution.

Mr Sichinga said that the distribution of inputs to farmers for the 2013/2014 farming season will be completed by October 2013.

And Parliament heard today that government spent K25 billion (KR25 million) to rehabilitate the Nitrogen Chemicals of Zambia (NCZ).

Mr Sichinga said an additional K250 billion (KR250 million) making a total of KR275 million was channeled towards rehabilitating the Ammonia plant.

Mr Sichinga who is nominated Member of Parliament said in parliament today that government wants the plant to be producing ammonium and urea fertilizers to cushion the demand of fertilizers by the farmers.

The Minister was responding to a question raised by MMD Mwandi MP Michael Kaingu who wanted to find out how much funds was used to rehabilitate the NCZ.

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 The Nova Cidade de Kilamba, Angola's largest Chinese-funded housing project, remains a "ghost town" as the high-cost of properties proves far beyond reach for the average Angolan.

The Nova Cidade de Kilamba, Angola’s largest Chinese-funded housing project, remains a “ghost town” as the high-cost of properties proves far beyond reach for the average Angolan.

Built at a reported cost of $3.5-billion, it was supposed to solve Angola’s chronic post-war housing shortage and go some way to fulfil a 2008 election promise to provide one million homes in four years.

But the Nova Cidade de Kilamba (New City of Kilamba), designed for several hundred thousand people, is home to barely a tenth of that number, earning it the moniker of “ghost town”.

For the past 18 months the government has been showing off the Chinese-built development to every visiting foreign dignitary, including United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon and former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

But now Kilamba is rapidly turning from a flagship reconstruction project into an expensive white elephant that is mocked on social networking sites and has become a must-see for every visiting overseas journalist.

Since the first batch of 20 000 apartments went on the market more than a year ago barely more than 4000 have been sold, of which fewer than 600 have actually been paid for – 465 outright and 96 with a mortgage. The remainder were “purchased” through a 30-year monthly-installment scheme, known as “renda resolúvel”, which is available exclusively to government employees, some of whom it is understood are getting the properties for free as a salary perk.

Of the flats that have been sold few are occupied, leaving row after row of the newly paved streets empty and much of the 54km2 development bathed in an eerie silence. There are some tiny pockets of life on the estate, mostly around some of the schools that began operating earlier this year, although their pupils are being bussed in from outlying areas.

The slow take-up of properties is blamed on their high cost – between $120000 and $200 000 each – well out of the reach of the average Angolan, an estimated half of whom live on less than $2 a day.

Untested property market
For the country’s tiny middle class who could afford the apartments with a mortgage, most already have homes. But for others a lack of land registry documentation has complicated the access to bank credit and many people also feel uncertain about the viability of investing in Angola’s so-far untested property market.

Paulo Cascao, manager of Delta Imobiliária, a private firm – widely reported to be owned by senior government officials – that is responsible for the commercial sales of Kilamba properties, admitted there had been delays. “It is complicated to get bank credit for properties in Angola; that has been an issue. We don’t yet have land registry title deeds for Kilamba, so we have to use a temporary document, but I believe this will be resolved soon. By the end of the school year we will see more people moving there and the city will start to have more residents.”

The government also insists that Kilamba will be a success and the “city” will soon start to fill up once the renda resolúvel scheme is made more widely available and the title deeds are processed.

But Alcides Sakala, a spokesperson for Angola’s main opposition party Unita, told the Mail & Guardian: “Kilamba is a ghost town, a total political and social failure that has failed to respond to the needs of Angolans.” READ MORE…

image credit: Reuters
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Mail and Guardian