Wage freeze is illegal and an indication of dictatorship-ZCTU

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has maintained that the wage freeze as prescribed in the 2014 national budget is illegal and an indication of dictatorship on the part of the PF government. ZCTU president Leonard Hikaumba says this is because government did not...

Commerce Minister saddened by low intra-Africa trade

COMERCE Minister, Margaret Mwanakatwe, speaking during the first Eastern Province Symposium on development held at Protea Hotel in Chipata on Thursday. On her right is Luapula Province Minister, Nixon Chilangwa and on her left are Eastern Province Minister, Makebi Zulu and Agicultural Minister, Dora Siliya. PICTURE BY STEPHEN MUKOBEKO/ZANIS
MINISTER of Commerce, Industry and Trade Margaret Mwanakatwe has called for concerted efforts in boosting intra-Africa trade. Ms Mwanakatwe said she was saddened by reports of the low levels of intra- Africa trade with statistics showing that intra-Africa exports only accounted for 18 percent of...

Mount Meru setting up first-ever filling station in Namwala since Independence

NAMWALA residents have extolled Mount Meru Group of Companies for its initiative to embark on setting up a K2 million first-ever service filling station in the district since Independence. Despite being a cattle-rich-district, Namwala has no reliable source of fuel as residents have to...

President Lungu assures Zampalm of government’s support

President Edgar Lungu Thanks Teachers Based in Nabwalya
President Edgar Lungu says government will support Zampalm company realise its palm out-grower scheme initiative in Chief Kopa's area in Mpika district. President Lungu says as chairperson of the Industrial Development Corporation, he will ensure that plans by Zampalm to introduce an out-grower scheme come...

Rehabilitation of damaged road infrastructure to kick off

Vice President George Kunda said government has sourced funds for Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to rehabilitate all the roads and bridges that were damaged during the last rain season. Mr Kunda said yesterday that the DMMU, the Zambai...

Zimbabwe’s Economic and Trade Performance and implications of Regime Change

By Economic.Governance Economic growth Without using statistics, most Zambians would not only label Zimbabwe a financial basket case but also tha it is a country whose economy and trade are more backward than Zambia‘s. Not necessarily so. Since its independece in 1980, the economy has not...

China to inject $ 376 million in Tazara

Roland Msiska
China is to inject US$ 376 million into the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara ) for rehabilitation of the railway infrastructure. The funds will help Tazara rehabilitate its 1, 860 km rail line from Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Saleem to Kapiri Mposhi District...

Munincipal Bonds to be used to upgrade Shanty Compounds-Vincent Mwale

MINISTER of Local Government and Housing, Hon. Vincent Mwale says his ministry has come up with a solution which will allow local authorities to issue municipal bonds so that they can invest in low cost housing. This is among the initiatives for the upgrade of...

Chikwanda defends governments employment freeze till 2015

Government decided to freeze employment in 2014 to ensure that there are sufficient funds for the provision of basic social services and investments in public infrastructure, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has said. Mr Chikwanda said the move was also meant to reduce the proportion of...

Ministry of Foreign affairs to punish those involved in abuse of funds at foreign missions

Foreign affairs Minister Kabinga Pande has revealed that his ministry is studying the 2008 Auditor General's report which has exposed the misappropriation of huge amounts of funds by Zambian foreign missions abroad. The Zambian mission in Washington is one of the missions named in the...

ZESCO to hike electricity prices

Zambian state power company Zesco Ltd. plans to hike prices for electricity by 17 to 33% from May to raise money for reinvestment in the sector, it said on Wednesday. "The adjustment in electricity tariffs is a vital part of ensuring that electricity supply is...

Polish Prime Minister to visit Zambia for a 3 day state visit

POLISH Prime Minister Donald Tusk is expected in the country for a three day State visit and will meet President Michael Sata for bilateral discussions. The two leaders are scheduled to meet at State House, where Mr Tuck is expected to pay a courtesy call...

Government directs public transport operators countrywide to reduce fares

Government has directed public transport operators countrywide to reduce fares following the reduction in fuel prices. Minister of Transport, Works Supply and Communications Yamfwa Mukanga said transport operators should not resist reducing fares as it is only fair and logical. The Minister told journalists in an...

Mines Ministry to root out Foreigners taking over jobs that Zambians can do-Yaluma

Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Christopher Yaluma
Minister of Mines Christopher Yaluma says President Edgar Lungu’s directive to immediately investigate and stop Foreigners taking over jobs that Zambians can do, is timely. Mr. Yaluma says his Ministry will now scale up its performance audit in all Mine Companies to ensure their...

REA to resume construction of Kasanjiku mini Hydro Power station in Mwinilunga

Batoka gorge hydro – electricity power station is scheduled to be constructed on this proposed site as can be seen in the picture above. The proposed site is situated in the Zambezi river 26 kilometres from Livingstone town. The project will be financed by both the Zambian Government and Zimbabwe.
Rural Electrification Authority (REA) Corporate Affairs Manager Justine Mukosa has said works on Kasanjiku Mini Hydro Power Station in Chief Ntambu’s area in Mwinilunga District in Northern Province will resume in May. Speaking at a media briefing Thursday, Mukosa explained that the Hydro Power project...