Revisiting Zambia’s political and economic history: A letter to the now generation – Chitimukulu

By Dr. Henry Kanyanta Sosala PART I I have been prompted to write this article on Zambia’s political and economic history because of the following extract which a young ‘’blogger’’ had posted on Watchdog on 12th August 2014: ‘’I was surprised to find out that Zambia...

Customers getting the short end of the stick

Dear Editor, Why should data bundles and airtime expire? May I ventilate my concerns regarding the limited validity of data bundles and related pre-paid services. How is it that when we pay for water or electricity prepaid services, we enjoy the services we pay for until...

Zambia is truly going in the wrong direction as stated by Outgoing British High Commissioner

President Edgar Lungu is welcomed by British High commissioner, Fergus Cohrne Dyet at Kasama airport for the official launch of Block 31 Oil and Gas exploration by Tullow Zambia limited. .
By Joseph Kangwa Zambia is truly going in the wrong direction economically, socially and politically. All this is as a result of the irresponsible and selfish leaders we have entrusted to run our national affairs. What the Zambian citizens are witnessing and going through today...

The Zambia – India Partnership: A Mutually Beneficial Bilateral Relationship Pre-Independence Zambia – India Ties

Patriotic Front Secretary General Davies Mwila welcoming UPND Member Bizwell Mutale.
By Hon Davies Mwila Zambia and India have enjoyed enduring mutually beneficial economic and political ties predate Zambia’s own independence on 24th October, 1964. Having attained its independence from British rule on 15th August, 1947, India became an inspiration for political independence to peoples...

UPND MPs Are More of Absconders than Representatives

UPND MP's seats unoccupied in Parliament this morning
Analysis by Sunday Chilufya Chanda One of the main duties, if not the most important, of a Member of Parliament, is to effectively represent their constituents. Save for the occasional by-election, every five years Zambians elect one of their own to be their voice in...

How unstable power supply can affect business growth

By Mupota Muchelemba Managing Director of Seidor Zambia In 2015 Zambia suffered from large scale and prolonged load shedding which had a substantial impact on the day to day running of businesses, resulting in a negative effect on the economy. At the time businesses were almost...

Lucy Sichone–conscience of the Zambian nation

Late Lucy Sichone
By Grieve Chelwa The first Zambian woman to be a Rhodes Scholar, lawyer Lucy Sichone returned home to represent people whose rights were trampled on. Zambians awoke to the delightful news that the late Lucy Sichone had become the first female Rhodes Scholar to have a...

Finally, an end in sight to KCM debacle?

President Lungu meeting the owners of KCM
By Chimwemwe Mwanza You ‘ve got to hand it to President Lungu for his resolute stand on government’s decision to grab KCM. He has been decisive and unwavering; at least he wasn’t going to loosen his grip on this asset without securing a deal that...

Malawi’s warm heart of Africa under siege:Pre-lessons for Zambia in election year 2021

By Aristide Bance Introduction Malawi has claimed to be ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ for decades now. The marketing slogans of countries can be far from the truth, but Malawi’s case is a title that is well articulated and is well deserved. When you visit Malawi,...

Justice Ireen Mambilima should recuse herself, she owns land in the controversial forest reserve 27

Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima
By Vincent Mwanza As National Democratic Congress (NDC), we welcome the decision by whistleblowers who have officially written to the judiciary to set up a tribunal to probe lands' Minister Jean Kapata. This is in connection with the illegal allocation of land in forest reserve number...

Dora Siliya and social media

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dora Siliya
Relieving an encounter with Dora Siliya And why she’s right about need to curb social media By Chimwemwe Mwanza A heavy sound emanating from a high pointed shoe (stiletto) pounded the staircase leading to the reception at Kanjombe house. In no time, an elegantly dressed lady strolled...

The Achievements of the Patriotic Front Government In 7 Years (2011 – 2018): A 7NDP, Vision 2030 & SDG Perspective

PF Secretary general Davies Mwila
By Hon Davies Mwila INTRODUCTION The Vision 2030 goal is to make Zambia a “prosperous middle-income country by 2030”. As a stairway to attain the Vision 2030, the PF Government’s developmental agenda is guided by the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), whose goal is to “accelerate...

Forest 27 controversy

Dear Editor, Ref: Forest 27 President Lungu signed SI No 62 of 2017 degazetting of the Forest number 27. Now, why would a President sign such a destructive SI, knowing very well that forest reserve 27 is the only forest remaining in Lusaka and a recharge area...

The cost implications of the Konkola Copper Mines Debacle

KCM Nchanga Open Pit
Judge Bobo’s decision to dismiss Vedanta’s application on August 8, 2019 to halt the liquidation process of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and refer the matter to arbitration has declared the legal battle between the two stakeholders official. As per the shareholders agreement signed in...

Can collective punishment be justified? Letter to CBU Vice-Chancellor

CBU Jambo Drive Campu
Dear Vice-Chancellor, I write in relation to media reports that the institution that you lead, the Copperbelt University (CBU), has directed all returning students to pay K 1, 500 as a penalty for alleged damage to property that occurred when a number of students protested,...