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Crop marketing

  With the crop marketing season fast approaching, it is important for farmers to understand that they have the right to sell their produce to the highest bidder and not necessarily the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). When Government established the FRA, its purpose was clearly spelt out as an organisation tasked to manage national strategic […]

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Load shedding

  KONKOLA Deep Mine is reputed to be one of the wettest mines in the world pumping out more than 450,000 cubic meters of water per day. Paradoxically it is one of the largest electricity power consuming mines, paying a higher tariff than other consumers.  In the paradox may also lie the solution. The Mines […]

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REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY

THE tendency to underplay and denigrate results from elections is gaining currency in Zambia. An impression is being created that elections, especially by-elections, are of no consequence. This is unfortunate because at the base of any democracy is the notion that the electorate will go to the polls to elect a small group of people […]

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RB’S ACQUITTAL

  THE acquittal of former Republican President Rupiah Banda must have come as a great relief to many Zambians. This verdict, we hope, marks the end of an era, an era in which a small group of unelected people could abuse political power and state power by holding leaders to ransom, thereby subjecting the country […]

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Hate speech

    WE will have ourselves to blame if we succumb to the hate speech that is threatening to undermine the rule of law and democracy in this country. Clearly the third force is intent on abusing the media to foment disaffection, hatred and disregard to democratically established norms. Hate speech cannot be equated to […]

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Hapless ACC

  WHO is controlling the Anti-Corruption Commission? We ask because major cases of corruption involving billions of Kwacha are not being followed. Not even the corruption and impunity of Lusaka traffic police officers who continue to use road blocks in Lusaka as ATMs are curtailed. In mid day light on a Saturday or Sunday the […]

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Load shedding

  THE reasons for the current electricity load shedding by Zesco are understandable, but certainly not the modality. Although load shedding schedules have been published these are more often observed in breach than in practice, meaning that the exercise is not only intermittent but at worst haphazard thereby putting business houses and domestic users in […]

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LOAN CEILING

  THE hysteria that accompanied Government decision to increase the debt ceiling was most unbecoming and depressing. Instead of nuanced and logical arguments the nation was treated to un- informed and often misleading tirade of emotional debate. No effort was made to contextualise the debate in relation to global borrowing ratios and realities of Governance. […]

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Kaseba’s eviction

  WE do not think it is wise for Zambians to be going overdrive in offering political solutions to every problem that confront us when communication and diplomacy can best sort out our predicament. Zambians should learn to communicate and resolve their problems without adding political overtones;  avoid misunderstandings because of a set political stand. […]

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MPEZENI, STOP IT

  IT IS much easier to start a war than to stop it. But for Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni speaking people of Eastern Province to start behaving a like an old battle axe, it will not help anyone. He should know that ambition, even a futile one, is a multi-part process and sketchily […]

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