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Next Fifty years

THE tasks for the Zambian people for the next fifty years are clear and well defined. We must create for ourselves a functional and viable democracy in which substantive constitutionalism will prevail. This is a democracy in which all institutions of governance including the executive will be answerable to the Supreme law of the land […]

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The Jubilee Day

TODAY is Independence Day, the daywhen the British Union Jack was lowered and removed to pave way for the Zambian flag and Zambians ultimately embarked on a self-rule journey. This is the day Zambians broke the chains of colonialism to start determining their own destiny in the political and economic affairs of the country. Looking […]

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ZCTU demos

SINCE the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) have complied with the law of notifying Police on their intention to demonstrate and show Government that they are aggrieved by the imposition of the wage freeze, it is only fair that they are allowed to do so. We also hope that the ZCTU will allow those […]

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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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