Power outages due to malfunctioning transformer on the Copperbelt and Kariba North Bank Power station-ZESCO

Zesco Limited has attributed the power outages that have continued in some parts of the country to the malfunctioning transformer in Luwano valley on the Copperbelt and Kariba North Bank Power station. Zesco Managing Director Cyprian Chitundu says engineers are however, working round the clock...

Government bemoans poor work culture in districts

Western Province Minister says the poor work culture among government Heads of Departments (HODs) has dragged government progress backwards. Ms. Josephine Limata observed that HODs had no regard for subordinates and were also reporting late and knocking off early for work. The Minister noted the need...

EU signs 13.5 million Euros agreement facilitate trade between Zambia and Malawi

The European Union and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have signed a 13.5 Million Euros agreement aimed at enhancing trade facilitation between Zambia and Malawi. The four year agreement is meant to contribute to infrastructure development, improved trade, private sector development...

ERB acted correctly to upward round off fuel prices

The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has refuted accusations suggesting that it has increased the prices of fuel following the rebasing of the Kwacha. Members of the public recently raised concerns that ERB increased the price of fuel for petrol and diesel by upwards rounding...

Zambezi River Authority says Kariba dam spill gates were not opened

The Zambezi River Authority have dismissed reports suggesting that it opened spill gates this year at the Kariba Dam which has caused low water levels that have affected the generation of electricity. The River Authority has clarified that the current power deficit the country is...

Tax exemptions are narrowing Zambia’s tax base, says IMF Country Rep

IMF Zambia country representative, Alfredo Baldini
THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) has observed that certain tax exemptions are narrowing Zambia’s tax base which urgently needs to be broadened to allow Government collect more revenue for development. IMF Zambia country representative, Alfredo Baldini, observed that tax exemptions on certain areas which had...

Ministry of Works, Supply want to single source contractors to complete stalled projects

THE Ministry of Works and Supply will apply for authority from the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) to allow it to single source contractors who should take over construction projects that are behind schedule in the new districts countrywide. Most of the contractors engaged to...

High interest rates killing manufacturing base – Scott

Vice President Guy Scott has cited the high lending rates in the country as a hindrance to the revival of the manufacturing industry. Speaking when officiated at the first ever tripartite employment national conference in Lusaka today, Dr. Scott described the rate which stood at...

Government dismisses three accounting staff from the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development for stealing public funds

Chileshe Kandeta
The Government, through the Civil Service Commission, has dismissed three accounting staff from the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development for abuse and theft of public funds. Those dismissed are Enoce Kashweka, a Principal Accountant, Eugen Kausu, an Accounts Assistant, and Huston Hachuma, an Accounts...

PF Government has done nothing to improve the energy sector since assuming office-ZUFIAW

The Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) has said that the Patriotic Front government has done nothing to improve the energy sector since assuming office last year. In an interview with Qfm news in Lusaka, ZUFIAW president Cephus Mukuka has expressed disappointment...

Government appoints new board at ZESCO

Government has appointed a new board of directors for the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) Limited. The seven new Zesco board of directors comprise of eminent people from both the private and public sector. Energy and Water Development Minister, Kenneth Konga, said former Zambia National Farmers...

The Zambian government should engage foreign auditors- Chamber of mines

THE Chamber of Mines of Zambia has recommended that the Government should appoint an independent international auditor to carry out compliance audits to address concerns expressed by stakeholders and members of the public on whether the mining companies are honest enough in their voluntary...

Govt seriously addressing matters contributing to delayed payments by FRA

President Rupiah Banda says Government is seriously addressing matters that contribute to delayed payments by the Food Reserve Agency (FRA), to encourage farmers to grow more crops and ensure food security in the nation. The President was speaking today when he graced this year's Ukusefya...

Delegates want the Government to get parliament approval for any borrowing

The on-going National Constitution Convention has retained an article in the First Draft Constitution on the borrowing and lending by government to permit it to borrow money from any source but subject to parliament authorization. Clause (1) of Article 282 provides that Government may borrow...

UNZA to affiliate colleges upon assurance of quality education

University of Zambia (UNZA) Vice Chancellor, Professor Stephen Simukanga says it will only affiliate colleges to the higher institution of learning upon being satisfied of provision of quality education. Professor Simukanga says the demand by private colleges to affiliate themselves...