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timberGovernment will soon lift the ban on the exportation of timber, Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Wylbur Simuusa has said.

Mr Simuusa announced this during the launch of the National Tree Planting Programme and opening of the 2012/2013 forest season in Chongwe on Thursday.

The minister said the Government had held a series of successful meetings with stakeholders such as the Timber Association of Zambia after the ban came into effect.

“I would like to announce that with the successful meetings, we have had some understanding and I wish to report that shortly I will be lifting the ban on timber with conditions,” he said.

He said current statistics indicated that Zambia’s deforestation levels stood at 250,000 to 300,000 per hectare annually.

This entails that the country has one of the highest deforestation levels in the world.

Mr Simuusa said first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda’s government had a policy on national tree planting and that the current Government had come up with a similar programme.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the first Republican President. I would like to acknowledge that the trees we are enjoying now were planted in the time of UNIP with our first Republican President,” he said.

Chieftainess Nkomeshya, who attended the tree planting launch, was happy that the programme had been launched.

“We were planting under his (Dr Kaunda) administration. We were planting trees every year from 15th December to about (December) 21. But those who came after him they said ‘it was primitive, we can’t do that’,” she said.

The traditional leader said she was committed to ensuring that the tree planting programme was fully implemented in her chiefdom.

Area Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo was equally happy with the development, particularly for choosing to launch it in her constituency.

She said Chongwe faced high deforestation levels because of the indiscriminate cutting down of trees for charcoal burning.

Ms Masebo said as a result, some rivers and streams were drying up, thereby causing water shortages in Chongwe District.

Times of Zambia

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liftGovernment will soon lift the ban on the exportation of timber, Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Minister Wylbur Simuusa has said.

Mr Simuusa announced this during the launch of the National Tree Planting Programme and opening of the 2012/2013 forest season in Chongwe on Thursday.

The minister said the Government had held a series of successful meetings with stakeholders such as the Timber Association of Zambia after the ban came into effect.

“I would like to announce that with the successful meetings, we have had some understanding and I wish to report that shortly I will be lifting the ban on timber with conditions,” he said.

He said current statistics indicated that Zambia’s deforestation levels stood at 250,000 to 300,000 per hectare annually.

This entails that the country has one of the highest deforestation levels in the world.

Mr Simuusa said first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda’s government had a policy on national tree planting and that the current Government had come up with a similar programme.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the first Republican President. I would like to acknowledge that the trees we are enjoying now were planted in the time of UNIP with our first Republican President,” he said.

Chieftainess Nkomeshya, who attended the tree planting launch, was happy that the programme had been launched.

“We were planting under his (Dr Kaunda) administration. We were planting trees every year from 15th December to about (December) 21. But those who came after him they said ‘it was primitive, we can’t do that’,” she said.

The traditional leader said she was committed to ensuring that the tree planting programme was fully implemented in her chiefdom.

Area Member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo was equally happy with the development, particularly for choosing to launch it in her constituency.

She said Chongwe faced high deforestation levels because of the indiscriminate cutting down of trees for charcoal burning.

Ms Masebo said as a result, some rivers and streams were drying up, thereby causing water shortages in Chongwe District.

source: Times of Zambia

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OASIS Forum
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The Oasis Forum Stands together with the Law Association of Zambia. There is no doubt that Zambia, today, is at a crossroads.

We, the undersigned, having consulted within our organisations, find it to be in bad taste the attempts by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government and State House officials to demonise and try to isolate the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ).

We are dismayed by statements aimed at LAZ as an organisation and in particular its president, Mr. James Banda. The President of LAZ, Mr. James Banda, speaks on behalf of the association and usually after wide consultation and deliberation by the various committees of LAZ. To vilify him in his individual capacity is therefore grossly unfair and highly divisive.

As the Oasis Forum, we wish it to be known that we stand solidly with LAZ and fully support the stance taken by the association on several issues that are of concern to all well-meaning Zambians.

We support wholeheartedly the position of LAZ on the Public Order Act and we commend them for taking, to the High Court of Zambia, this matter of the Public Order Act and Statutory Instrument No.33.

We agree with LAZ that the way the PF Government is going about implementing the Public Order Act is both high-handed and “unreasonable”. The PF Government is abusing the Zambia Police and infringing, with impunity, the freedoms of citizens.

The recent arrest of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) leadership, on the Copperbelt, is one such case in point.

Similarly, we are solidly behind other positions taken by the LAZ such as the need (among others) to interrogate the current practice on who can be acting president in the absence of the Republican President; the need to protect the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) from being intimidated as the Republican President attempted to do when he recently insisted that the ACC inform him if investigating senior Government officials.

We expected the Republican President to reprimand the Justice Minister, Hon. Wynter Kabimba, for his conduct at the ACC offices. We are equally concerned and join LAZ in condemning the unprecedented spate of deportations and revocations to remain in Zambia by the Government.

We believe these deportations are illegal and an abuse of the deportation Act by the current Minister of Home Affairs.

As key stakeholders in the affairs of this nation we are alarmed at the speed with which the PF Government is reversing the many hard-won democratic gains of the Zambian people. We wish to remind this Government that we have come a long way, as a nation, and we will not sit and watch as the PF Government attempts to re-introduce a de-facto one party state in this country either through costly and unnecessary bye –elections or through intimidation of critics.

We therefore call for an end to detentions, arbitrary arrests, harassment and intimidation of all those critical of Government and of the PF.

We wish to remind the Republican President, Mr. Michael Sata, that at his inauguration as President, he stood in front of the Supreme Court and before the whole nation and with his hand on the Bible swore to God and Zambia that he would preserve, protect and defend the Republican Constitution. Soon afterwards he personally proclaimed that he would rule this nation on Christian principles. We would like to see him do more of these things.

It is imperative that Zambians unite as we have done in the past to resist this new attempt to take us backwards. Governments are good only when citizens are vigilant.

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Fr. Cleophas Lungu (Secretary General, Zambia Episcopal Conference – ZEC)
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Rev. Suzanne Matale (General Secretary, Council of Churches in Zambia – CCZ)
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Ms. Beatrice Grillo (Chairperson, Non Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council – NGOCC)

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Patriotic Front (PF) President, Michael Sata says this year’s general elections will be held on 27th August.

This comes as the country still awaits the announcement of the elections date by President Rupiah Banda.

MUVI TV’s In’utu Mwanza reports that Mr Sata says he has been reliably informed that the polls were initially set for 11th August before being shifted to 27th August.

The outspoken opposition leader was speaking today when officially opening the PF national convention at Mulungushi University, in Kabwe.

At least 3,500 delegates are attending the convention, during which the party will also elect its national leadership.

And Mr Sata has been re-elected unopposed as President of the PF.

Meanwhile, journalists from the public media have been barred from covering the convention.

And Mr Sata has accused government of misusing the public media.

He has told the PF convention that public media has lost its vision of informing, educating and entertaining.

Meanwhile, first republican president, Kenneth Kaunda was among several dignitaries, who attended the official opening of the PF convention.

Others were the ambassadors from Britain and the United States of America./Muvi TV

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Late Republican President Levy Mwanawasa’s son Patrick has joined the opposition Patriotic Front and has since applied to contest the Kafulafuta constituency seat.

Speaking with Qfm in an exclusive interview in Lusaka today, Patrick said he has decided to join the opposition PF as it is the only party capable of delivering development to the Zambian people.

He says the MMD under Republican President Rupiah Banda has failed to live up to his father’s legacy on which President Banda campaigned during 2008 Presidential elections.

He adds that his father’s dream for Zambia was to see an economically viable Zambia adding that there is need for political reform if Zambia is to be better country.

Patrick has also disclosed that Kafulafuta Member of Parliament George Mpombo will be his campaign manager in the race to Manda Hill.

He has expressed confidence of scooping the seat adding that the ruling MMD stands no chance of retaining the seat./QFM

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The Patriotic Front has challenged government to tell the Zambian people the circumstances that led to the death of second republican president Dr Fredrick Chiluba.

PF Mandevu Member of Parliament Jean Kapata says it is shocking that Dr Chiluba was left to die at his home when he could have been rushed to the nearest medical facility the moment he complained of feeling unwell.

Ms Kapata says the five hours in which Dr Chiluba was not feeling well was enough to even evacuate him to South Africa.

And Ms Kapata says the assurance by government of security for people who want to attend second republican President Fredrick Chiluba’s funeral without being harmed does not go far enough.

Speaking on a special QFM programme this morning celebrating Dr Chiluba’s life, the Parliamentarian says government should go further and remove the MMD cadres who are manning the gate at the funeral place.

She says PF leader Michael Sata would like to attend the funeral of Dr Chiluba in whose government he served but that because of threats to harm him he is unable to.

And Ms Kapata has dismissed assertions that the PF knowingly went ahead to hold a rally in Lukulu in western province after the death of Dr Chiluba.

Ms Kapata who was one of the PF officials who attended the rally disclosed that contrary to reports in the public media, they only came to know about Dr Chiluba’s death after returning from the venue of the rally due to lack of mobile phone network in the area.

And speaking on the same programme Lukashya Member of Parliament Efreda Mwamba says the second republican president was not the property of the MMD but was a national leader and therefore everyone should be allowed mourn him without being harassed.

He says the government and the MMD should depoliticize the funeral by removing cadres stationed at the funeral venue.

And Chingola Member of Parliament Joseph Katema says it is un African to bar someone from attending a funeral./qfm

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