GOVERNMENT has requested Japan Tobacco International (JTI) which is a
global tobacco company to set up a cigarette manufacturing industry in
Eastern Province.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo said when JTI
officials paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Chipata
that he was looking forward to see to it that the tobacco
company set up a cigarette manufacturing industry in the province.

“This can be a good idea because most of the tobacco is being produced
from Eastern Province and I am looking forward to see to it that JTI
set up a cigarette processing plant (manufacturing) in this
province,”Mr Kasolo said.
Mr Kasolo said President Edgar Lungu has been
encouraging investments stating that he was looking for various
investments opportunities from the corporate World.

He said he would ensure that he works in line with the ‘Walk the Talk’
and implement what was in the Patriotic Front (PF) Manifesto by
lobbying for more investments.

He said JTI had shown a good example of ploughing back to the
community through different initiatives.

He explained that Government was aware that JTI has drilled 96
boreholes in the farming communities as part of providing access to
water.
Mr Kasolo said it was also gratifying that JTI has rehabilitated
classrooms blocks at Vizenge and Sisinje Primary Schools with addition
of providing the computer hub.

And JTI Zambia Leaf Operations Manager Ezekiel Mtonga said JTI was
thrilled with the partnership with the Government.

Mr Mtonga said JTI has been supporting a number of key social economic
programmes that include improving the quality of education in its
areas of operations.

“It is for this reason that in April 2016, JTI embarked on a school
rehabilitation project aimed at improving education facilities at
Sisinje and Vizenge primary schools,”he said.

Mr Mtonga said JTI would ensure that it continues to provide education
and access to safe water in various communities.

Meanwhile, Eastern Province Education Officer Dr Allan Lingambe hailed
JTI for coming up with such investments in the education sector.

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    • YOU GUYS- SET UP FOOD PROCESSING PLANT AND NOT,”cigarette manufacturing plant”. AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS DON’T CEASE TO SURPRISE ME. WHOLE THE WORLD IS FIGHTING AGAINST SMOKING AND THE ZAMBIAN (government for that matter) IS PROMOTING SMOKING. OUR LATE BELOVED PRESIDENT MR MICHAEL C SATA DIED OF CHAIN-SMOKING. BECAUSE WHEN HE FINALLY GAVE IN TO SMOKING IT WAS TOO LATE. THIS REMINDS ME OF WHAT ANOTHER LATE PRESIDENT FUULISHLY SAID, “…I DO NOT MIND AS LONG AS IT IS BRINGING MONEY”. HE REFERRED TO GROWING MORE TOBACCO. CAN’T WE BE A MAJOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD PROCESSING COUNTRY AS OPPOSED TO A MAJOR MANUFACTURER OF DEATH SENTENCES?

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  1. Marijuana use can be used to treat and prevent the eye disease glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision.

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  2. Using medical Marijuana to regulate seizures is another one of the more high-profile findings coming out of medical science. For folks with disorders like Epilepsy, marijuana is showing immense promise

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  3. This investment is unhealthy.. let us encourage marijuana. Most countries are running away from tobacco.

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  4. Zed is always behind the curve. Soon, after commissioning the cigarette plant, the blind leaders will start advertising the dangers of smoking tobacco after being forced to do so by the tide. What dorks!

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  5. @6 YOU ARE 101% RIGHT. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY ZAMBIA SHOULD BE A MAJOR EXPORTER OF TOBACCO AND CIGARETTES INSTEAD OF BEING MAJOR PRODUCER AND EXPORTER OF FARM PRODUCE AND PROCESSED FOODS WHILE THE WORLD IS CLOSING IN ON ABOLISHING SMOKING. IT LOOKS LIKE ZAMBIA LIVES ON A DIFFERENT PLANET AND HENCE BLIND TO HAPPENINGS AND CHANGES IN HUMAN ACTIVITIES. THIS COUNTRY ALONE NEEDS MORE (especially) ORGANIC FARM PRODUCES WHICH ZAMBIA CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. IT IS SHOCKING THAT SOMEONE IS EVEN AGING A FOREGIN COMPANY TO SET UP A CIGARETTE AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURING PLANT INSTEAD OF A FOOD PROCESSING PLANT. SHAME.

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  6. Malawi Gold is just next door and Eastern Province has among the best marijuana leave…we are always 10 steps behind…

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