Govt to ensure Public Service Wage Bill does not exceed 45%

Finance Minister Felix Mutati

Finance Minister Felix Mutati says government will ensure that the Public Service Wage Bill does not exceed 45 percent of domestic revenues by 2020. Mr. Mutati says the Public Service Wage Bill currently absorbs over 51 percent of domestically generated resources, thereby crowding out domestically financed operational and capital expenditures. Mr. Mutati says in this regard, government is proposing to ...

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Four survive Ndola fuel fire

Ndola City Council

Four people in Ndola escaped death after a house habouring almost 200 liters of fuel which is a highly flammable substance caught fire. Fire fighters who were called to the scene at 03:51hrs managed to save two of the four roomed house as well as the occupants. However, it was later established that the house had 50 litres of kerosene ...

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Corruption in Zambia has increased – TIZ

Wesley Chibamba

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) Executive Director Wesley Chibamba says corruption in Zambia has increased and is wrecking havoc on the economy. Mr. Chibamba says this is because government is allegedly protecting certain corrupt individuals as evidenced from the acquittal of certain high profile individuals who have been taken to court for corruption. He says government has failed to act on ...

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‘I will not act based on rumors’ – President Lungu

President Edgar Lungu

President Edgar Lungu says he will not hesitate to discipline any erring government official provided he is furnished with facts. And the Head of State has expressed concern that the Pull-Him-Down syndrome in Zambia is very rife. Speaking to Journalists shortly after returning from the USA where he had gone to attend the UN General Assembly, President Lungu says he ...

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Reduce interest rates, Mutati tells banks


Finance Minister Felix Mutati has challenged both commercial banks and financial service providers to further reduce interest rates so as to make credit affordable to Zambians. The Minister said this in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Finance Deputy Accountant General Joe Ukwimi during the official opening of the 3rd International Banking and Finance Conference organized by ...

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Probe procurement of fire tenders, ACC urged

ACC offices

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has been called upon to investigate allegations of corruption in the awarding of the tender for procurement of 42 fire tenders by government at a total cost of US$42 million. The ACC is also being called upon to probe the awarding of the tender for construction of the US$1.2 billion Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway tender. UPND ...

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YALI urges govt to enact ATI Bill

Andrew Ntewewe - YALI President

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) says if President Edgar Lungu is committed about eradicating corruption in the country he should consider directing the Minister of Justice to take to parliament Access to Information Bill. And the organization has called on President Lungu to consider suspending all the officials involved in the procurement of the 42 fire tenders that were ...

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Zambia has enough water to generate power up to next rain season

Victor Mundende

ZESCO Managing Director Victor Mundende says the country has enough water to generate power up to next rain season. Mr. Mundende says Kafue Gorge Power Station has been operating at full capacity since the first quarter of 2017. He has told journalists at a press briefing in Lusaka that the average generation at Kariba Power Station is generating about 500 ...

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Speaker reprimands Antonio Mwanza

Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini

Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini has reprimanded Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza for giving false information to the media. Dr. Matibini reprimanded Mr. Mwanza on the floor of the House after finding him guilty of committing contempt of Parliament through a Facebook posting on emoluments of Members of Parliament. The FDD Spokesperson was ...

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Investigate Fire Trucks Tender – President Lungu

Fire Trucks Tender

President Edgar Lungu has called for a thorough investigation regarding the acquisition of the 42 fire tenders that were procured at a total cost of for US$42 million. Speaking to Zambians living in USA on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, President Lungu has said that he is not corrupt and will not be intimidated to do ...

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