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Sata deserves rest

PRESIDENT Michael Sata deserves a rest and this is perfectly in order. The events of yesterday at the official opening of the National Assembly are evident enough that Zambians should all come to the harsh reality that their President is not enjoying good health and he deserves a rest. We have said this before that […]

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ZRA and VAT rule 18

WHY would any responsible person fabricate a story that President Michael Sata intervened in the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Value Added Tax (VAT) rule 18 controversy? The ZRA published a proposed amendment as a means of generating debate and feedback from the business community and in order to avoid any misunderstanding, they published another advertisement […]

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Government silence

Government silence over pressing national matters is a cause for concern, because it has  led to idle speculation which has  in turn given room for manipulation and disinformation. There is no reason why Government is failing to explain the deportation of two South Africans in circumstances that point to very high level corruption. If there […]

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Gestapo tactics

The corrupt and clandestine deportation of two South Africans businessmen, in a manner that suggests the highest level of collusion must be condemned in the strongest terms possible. It is unacceptable that in a country that prides itself as a constitutional democracy that respects the rule of law, public officers can conduct themselves in a […]

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Investigating investigators

A truth commission must be established after the 2016 elections to investigate and prosecute the gross abuses of power and authority that have occurred in the last 12 years. This period has witnessed the steady and pervasive degradation of governance institutions because power has been privatized by a hegemonic clique, leaving institutions impotent and invariably […]

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Explain secret deportations

SOMETHING is very wrong with the deportation of two South African businessmen. While the Department of Immigration has the mandate to exercise its powers unhindered when foreign individuals transgress immigration laws, This must be done in a transparent and accountable manner. There is no governance institution in Zambia that is above the law with absolute […]

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Stalk Borers

It is heartwarming that estranged Patriotic Front Kasama Central member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba is calling for reconciliation within the ruling party. This is as it should be in political groupings after undergoing turbulent times. But we would want to see all the various political parties in the country unite in order to foster […]

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Twisting facts

The media should not be used to deliver twisted facts. It is particularly unfair to take advantage of the privileged position the media enjoys to promote tribal hate messages which are inimical to national cohesion.  Media ownership should not be abused to advance divisive messages that bring sections of society into hatred and ridicule. Genuine […]

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Don’t be cheated

“Betrayal is common for men with no conscience.” The argument has now shifted.  It is no longer that President Sata has lost his faculties, resulting in his decision to fire Wynter Kabimba. The argument is now about corruption perpetrated by a tribal cabal.  These shifting arguments on the corruption mantra belie the corrupt abuse of […]

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Enforcing democracy

Democracy is not cheap and enforcing it is an expensive exercise that requires oversight institutions that will make all levels of governance accountable. One of these institutions is the office of the investigator general which does not seem to have received the profile, resources and legal support that would be required to tackle the mammoth […]

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