2019 National Budget: Explaining the resistance of migration from VAT to Sales Tax

Minister of Finance ,Margaret Mwanakatwe arrives at parliament building to presents eagerly-anticipated 2019 national budget in Lusaka.
By Isaac Mwanza The presentation of the 2019 National Budget on Friday, October 28, 2018 brought with it anxieties in some quarters where apparently, there are worries about the government's decision to replace the Value Added Tax (VAT) with the Sales tax and during this...

2019 Budget is bold, progressive and PF best ever but is there political will to implement it?

Minister of Finance ,Margaret Mwanakatwe arrives at parliament building for 2019 National budget presentation in Lusaka.
By Kalima Nkonde In October,2018, this writer penned a strong Op- Ed on the 2018 budget and criticised it as flawed because it did not address issues of tax evasion and avoidance, illicit financial flows and taxing the mines sufficiently as part of domestic revenue...

Why are we overwhelmed by the presence of Chinese colleagues?

Chinese delegates arrive at parliament building for eagerly-anticipated 2019 national budget in Lusaka.
By Kumbukilani Phiri Growing up, I used to like Chinese Kungfu movies more especially the Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jack Chan ones. It was also common for us to imitate the actors by organising some karate fights by the street. Therefore, during my childhood...

The precarious status of the Zambian economy, 2017 gains reversing & Prices to go up

The meeting between the Government officials from the Ministry of FInance and the World bank Officials
The near-term outlook for the Zambian economy has improved in recent months, driven by good rains and rising world copper price. Directors noted that domestic and external risks pose significant challenges. They advised the authorities to take advantage of the current favorable conditions...

The China Propaganda in Perspective

By Kumbukilani Phiri It has indeed been a busy few weeks after the FOCAC where the entire African leadership except for Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) went to Beijing to cut deals with China. The West has gone wild with propaganda and most African countries have been...

President Lungu’s Full Speech During the Opening of Parliament

Introduction Mr. Speaker, 1. I come here today cognisant of the fact that the hope of our nation rests, in greater part, with us the honourable men and women in this August house. We have the greatest power in our land. The power to shape the...

Africa’s CON-FIDENTIAL and Laura Miti: A case of Recklessness and Incompetence

Sunday Chanda
By Sunday Chilufya Chanda In philosophy, a “razor” is a principle or rule of thumb that allows one to eliminate ("shave or cut off") unlikely explanations for a phenomenon or avoid unnecessary actions. One example is "Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by...

Copperbelt:The Emergence of a tribe Part 2 – Chitimukulu

By Henry Kanyanta Sosala Tribal Characterists I decided to look at the behavioural characteristics of various tribes in order to ascertain the impact they have had on the copper-belt social system. Reverend Clement Doke, an acknowledged expert in Lamba language and customs noted in The Lamba...

Copperbelt: The Emergence of a tribe – Chitimukulu

By Henry Kanyanta Sosala PART I Preamble Sociologists explain the underlying role of culture, family, history etc., in society and although I cannot claim to conform to this discipline, I have, however, attempted to establish that over 91 years (.e., 1927- 2018), at least a social pattern...

Wynter Kabimba’s full verbatim interview with Diggers

Q. We have heard a different kind of politics from you. Firstly, I would want to understand your relationship with the President. Most people are saying that your tone has changed. You don’t seem to be the Wynter Kabimba who will say things as...

Lessons from the local government by-elections

Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa taking some notes during a public discussion organized by the Oasis Forum in Lusaka on Tuesday evening
By Sishuwa Sishuwa On 24 April 2018, voters in 16 different wards spread across the country went to the polls to choose new representatives following a series of vacancies occasioned by the death or resignation of incumbent councillors. The affected wards were Luapula and Kansuswa...

SERIES 7: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – When the Courts get choked with ‘smoke without fire’

By Isaac Mwanza Introduction Following the filing of the motion on 22nd March, 2018 in an attempt to impeach the President of the Republic of Zambia by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND), through the Mazabuka Member of Parliament, Hon Garry Nkombo, this author...

SERIES 6: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – a motion which alleges that Hon. Chishimba Kambwili and others are unsuitable to hold ministerial office

By Isaac Mwanza SERIES 1: IMPEACHMENT MOTION: President Lungu To Be Impeached For Debt Which Parliament Approved SERIES 2: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – Did Government break financial regulations and the law on the monies from Mukula logs? SERIES 3: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – Is The Frustrated...

SERIES 5: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – How should voting be done on the impeachment motion?

SERIES 1: IMPEACHMENT MOTION: President Lungu To Be Impeached For Debt Which Parliament Approved SERIES 2: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – Did Government break financial regulations and the law on the monies from Mukula logs? SERIES 3: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – Is The Frustrated Fire Tender...

SERIES 4: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – Is UPND turning Parliament into a Court to hear same matters that are before the Constitutional Court?

President Edgar Lungu delivers his speech during the State of the Nation address at Parliament Buildings
SERIES 1: IMPEACHMENT MOTION: President Lungu To Be Impeached For Debt Which Parliament Approved SERIES 2: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – Did Government break financial regulations and the law on the monies from Mukula logs? SERIES 3: IMPEACHMENT MOTION – Is The Frustrated Fire Tender...