The Full YALI Statement on Yellow Banner Campaign and other Issues

Introduction Last week, we saw our fellow citizens exercise their freedom of assembly and expression under the banner of Yellow Card campaign. We want to firstly commend the Inspector General of Police and Government for their decision to okay the holding of the public gathering...

Reject Mr. Edgar Lungu and His Politics of Toilets 

Mr Hichilema speaking at a news conference at his residence.
By Hakainde Hichilema We have taken note of the remarks attributed to Mr. Edgar Lungu, as quoted in the 'News Diggers while campaigning in Katuba constituency parliamentary bye election. To say we should have been building toilets for the residents of Katuba and other places where...

A brief analysis of Zambia’s Constitutional Amendment Bill by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre

The Zambian Constitutional Amendment Bill was released for public comment on 21 June 2019. Section 79 of the Constitution provides that a Bill which seeks to amend the Constitution must be published in the Gazette 30 days before its first reading. On the second and...

Draft Amendment Bill seeks to Strip Away the Powers of Bank of Zambia to issue the Currency

Bank of Zambia
By Dr Grieve Chelwa Like everyone else, I have been reading through the draft of Zambia's 2019 Constitution Amendment Bill. The Bill, which is yet to be tabled in the National Assembly, proposes a host of amendments to the current constitution. Many of the proposed amendments...

Why l think Hon. Chitotela Acquittal exposes the Rottenness of the Judicial System

Minister of Tourism and Arts Ronald Chitotela
The acquittal of Minister of Infrastructure, Hon. Ronald Chitotela by Magistrate David Simusamba, and the sentencing of Mwenya Kankunkutula to 4 years in prison for stealing soap worth K18 (about $1.20) illustrates the rottenness of Zambia’s judicial system. Mr. Chitotela was celebrating his “vindication”, while...

KCM debacle – Why Vendata is in a bind?

KCM Nchanga Open Pit
By Chimwemwe Mwanza A derelict settlement called Kapisha is one of the offshoots of several townships in Chingola that were created by migrant miners recruited to dig for copper at Nchanga Mine.Roads linking to this settlement from main town Chingola are littered with potholes –...

Chic Cup: women gifted with sanitary solution

By DERRICK SILIMINA MENSTRUATION is a natural and valuable monthly occurrence in healthy adolescent girls and pre-menopausal adult women. This biological phenomenon concerns women and men alike as it is among the key determinants of human reproduction and parenthood. Menstruation and menstrual practices still face many social,...

A brilliant mind fought a thousand times

Today marks exactly 90days since the battle of brilliance (CLOSURE OF CBU) begun. We have undergone the waste ranging from being apologetic or just carrying the blemish for "few rampant and unruly" students who went amok when the battle of brilliance reached its hottest...

Full Speech by the U.S. Ambassador Daniel Foote on the Governance Issues in Zambia

United States Ambassador To Zambia Daniel Foote
Mulibwanji, nakulandilani. My wife Claudia, son Danny, my Embassy colleagues, and I extend our warmest welcome to you, as we observe the 243rd anniversary of the independence of the United States of America. The United States and Zambia share values, ideals, and dreams for our...

The closure of the CBU shows that the PF government is not interested in education.

By Faston Mwale The inordinate closure of the Copper belt University by the Ministry of Higher Education about three months ago raises pertinent questions about the calibre of those appointed to serve in the country’s tertiary educational sector. It is unimaginable that in this day...

Understanding Zambia’s new Secretary to Cabinet

Dr Simon Miti
By Isaac Mwanza Introduction PRESIDENT Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s appointment of Dr. Simon Kamwendo Miti as head of Zambia’s civil service has attracted the attention and some hot debate as expected from modern elites who make speculative rather than evidence-based comments on any person appointed to lead...

My Approximately 4 minutes with Mr Hakainde Hichilema

Sunday Chanda with UPND President Hakainde Hichilema
”Politics by their nature can get intense, but politics should by no means become a grudge driven no-holds-barred personal battle where one individual develops personal vendettas against another. Mr. Hichilema permanently appears to be in a rage where he permanently blames others even for...

Why I disagree with Rev. Sumaili’s fight against gay artist Somizi

Rev Sumaili's opposition to, and Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo’s justification of the baring of South African gay television personality and artist Somizi Buyani Mhlongo from performing in Zambia hurts our nation’s democratic intergrity. The government wrongly characterizes Somizi as a person “with questionable character”...

NDF Constitution Drafts Amendments:Do not Throw Away the Baby and Disappoint Many

UNITED LIBERAL PARTY President Sakwiba Sikota S.C
By Sakwiba Sikota Now that we are going to be getting the proposed amendments to our laws as debated and arrived at the NDF, it is important that all Zambians look at them soberly and with the best interests of the people in mind. One may...

What a PhD is and what it is not

Zambia News and Information Officer (ZANIS) Livingstone Information Officer Angela Mwandu (left) and Rusangu University Vice Chancellor Pardon Mwansa (right) after she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communication during the 10th Graduation Ceremony for Rusangu University in Monze
After having completed a PhD degree myself, and having supervised and co-supervised a number of PhD students, I would like to offer some humble advice and pointers to those aspiring to pursue a PhD degree. I find that many people misunderstand the purpose of...