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Let goodwill prevail

WITH a few days remaining before the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Independence, it is worrying that Zambians may be without their President, Michael Sata, who has travelled out of the country for a medical check-up. But more gratifying is that Government has for  the first time publicly announced that President Michael Sata needs a medical […]

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Golden Jubilee

THERE is something wrong with the way Government is preparing Zambians to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of independence on October 24 and yet this big  day is only five days away. There appears to be little activity, if any, being done to prepare an ordinary Zambian to anticipate a different kind of Independence as the […]

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Draft constitution release

 ALTHOUGH the release of the final draft Constitution will not bring about much change in Zambians’ quest to have new laws, it will however give citizens an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the provisions of the document they have spent so much public resources on but which has largely remained under lock and key. According […]

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Medical user fees

THE decision by the University Teaching Hospital management to increase user fees is regrettable but perhaps understandable given the prevailing financial circumstances. It is regrettable because the hospital caters for a very wide section of Zambian society. As a referral hospital patients come from within and outside Lusaka and in both cases many patients are […]

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Wage freeze

The answer to our deeply flawed public remuneration structure lies in a wages and incomes commission. It does not lie in  more awards that will only entrench inequality and  unfairness. The importance of independent evaluation of wages and incomes cannot be overstated. Only yesterday President Jacob Zuma of South Africa appointed a new Independent Commission […]

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Forgotten maize farmers

IT has become clear that the Food Reserve Agency has no intention of purchasing any more maize from farmers, because the market has closed. At the same time, millers are not particularly enthusiastic about mopping up the remaining stocks of maize because of political and price considerations. Paramount is the political consideration. Buying maize from […]

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Criminals, tax evaders

Criminals and tax evaders should not be allowed to foment insurrection and national discord over the public service wage freeze. Our national “cesspool” detractors have now latched on the public sector wage freeze to perpetuate their nefarious scheme. They have lost power and influence in the Patriotic Front and now want to influence Unions to […]

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Corruption and wealth creation

THE nation is looking forward to the national Budget with great anxiety, anticipation and different expectations. Public service workers are undoubtedly expecting relief from the wage freeze, although this is most unlikely considering that this sector is already consuming more than 52 percent of the Budget in emoluments. This state of affairs is unsustainable. More […]

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Resolve Rule 18

The hiatus between Government and exporters over Rule 18 must be resolved urgently before any more damage is wrought to the economy. Similarly the standoff between the mining industry and the Copperbelt Energy Corporation over spiraling energy costs must find resolution and closure. The mining industry, the engine of the economy, should be allowed to […]

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PF infighting a shame

WE condemn the intra party violence that the Patriotic Front cadres engaged in on Monday in Livingstone when their Secretary General Edgar Lungu addressed in the council chambers. The Patriotic Front should put its house in order to be seen as an organised political party able to continue providing the much needed leadership of the […]

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