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PRIORITIES

  IT IS totally unacceptable that electricity load shedding should force the mining industry to close down operations. This is contrary to assertions by the Minister of Energy Mr. Christopher Yaluma who assured the nation against such eventuality. Obviously something is very wrong. The nation should be able to take the Minister at his word, […]

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Land management

  THE widespread illegal alienation and conversion of land among  local authorities  is a scourge that must be nipped in the bud. We hope the councillors who were in Livingstone last week for the Local Government Association of Zambia meeting took seriously the advice from President Edgar Lungu about proper management of land in their […]

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Public coffers spending

  Barely one year after President Robert Mugabe promised to increase the wages of public service workers,  the government has ordered severe austerity measures including retrenchments and slicing of public emoluments from 80 to 40 percent of government revenue. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has declared that 83 percent of government’s $2 billion costs were going […]

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Force Majeure

It is not correct that Government is talking at cross purpose over load shedding with the mining industry. On one hand the Minister of Energy Mr. Christopher Yaluma has assured the nation that the Mines would not be subjected to unilateral load shedding dictated by Zesco and yet in reality the   Mines are already suffering […]

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Shameless liars

  When the Indeni oil saga started, FDD president Edith Nawakwi, cheered on by the usual suspects, charged the Government of corruption. They deliberately failed to tell the nation that the feedstock arriving now was ordered and paid for during the time of Acting President Dr. Guy Scott. During this time there was another controversial […]

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Crop marketing

It is wrong that the issue of the maize floor price has now been politicised. The Food Reserve cannot be expected to start buying maize when the moisture content is above 12.5 percent, as doing so would introduce the problem of mycotoxins including fusarium which is dangerous for human consumption. At the same time it […]

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Leakages

The Government must deal with leakages seriously. These are both intellectual and physical leakages. Intellectual leakages include premature leakages of information on time sensitive projects which the Government is working on and physical leakages include losses of property and indeed literal leakages such as the ones being suffered by Indeni Refinery through corrosion of equipment. […]

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Sabotage

Government should institute investigations into Zesco and Indeni Oil Refinery’s challenges to rule out the possibility of some elements trying to sabotage the economy of this country even if experts are trying hard to convince Zambians that the problems at the two utility companies are natural. Workers at Indeni have cried foul because they believe […]

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Desperation

Zambians should be wary of Press conferences and briefings where reporters are paid for transport or any other expenses because these are nothing more than sponsored extensions of hate speech. Editors must also watch out about these scams. Scratch a little deeper and the true sponsors with an agenda will be discovered. Lusaka is a […]

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Masebo’s arrest

  It is ironic that those who take delight in accusing others of corruption will not themselves accept the test of vindication through the established “vindication” systems. Instead of accepting to go through courts of law Ms. Slyvia Masebo, the Chongwe Member of Parliament, who has been accused of abuse of authority, has chosen instead  […]

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