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Stop the rot

  IT IS a mark of great confidence in Zambia that the Swedish Government has decided to reinstate aid to the health sector. The wanton theft of foreign health aid which happened six years ago in the Ministry of Health should never be repeated now that financial support has been unblocked. In 2009, Zambia’s health […]

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Private schools in quandary

  THE Government must explain the sudden increase in fees levied against private schools. From a flat charge of K400 the Ministry of Education raised the fee to  K6,000 for early Childhood, K8,000for   primary schools  and  k10,000 for secondary schools. These are blanket charges applying to all schools regardless of their size, location or indeed […]

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Document theft

  INFORMATION is power and information in the wrong hands can be used for very destructive purposes. An impression has been created that the Chairman of the  Mutembo Nchito Tribunal was compromised because he had met the President to seek his benefits. No such meeting took place. The reality is that Justice Annel Silungwe had […]

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Constitutional Polemics

  THERE is absolutely no need for acrimony in the constitution-making process. In a democracy, there is room for all. Differences of opinion over such a substantive matter must be understood as the working of the democratic enterprise. There is actually a name to it, it is called the deliberative or discursive character of democracy. […]

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Diversifying agriculture

  IF we truly put our minds to it Zambia could become the bread basket of the region, if not the continent. Out of the 75million hectares of land, 43million has potential for agriculture production and yet we are using about 6million or just under 14 percent for the purpose. Our national irrigation potential stands […]

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Ziale scandal

THE failure rate at the Zambia Institute for Advanced Legal Education is simply scandalous and must be exposed for the ploy that it is – it is simply meaningless. It cannot be that out of 323 lawyers who sit an examination only 75 pass and are admitted to the bar.  The 75 represent about 23 […]

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Coffee Collapse

  The virtual collapse of Zambia’s coffee industry makes very, very sad reading. From a high of 6,500 tonnes in 2004 production has slumped to virtually undetectable levels, according to the global harvests record. The records have still maintained Zambia as an Arabica coffee producing country but shows zero production. This is a very serious […]

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Accountability of the ACC

  THE ACC must explain to the nation why they have failed to investigate the looting of more than US$1.3million from properties illegally seized by the defunct Task Force on Corruption. The order for a criminal investigation and prosecution was made by a court of law, why has the ACC failed to implement the order? […]

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Of temerity and bad judgment

   The temerity of Mutembo Nchito and his team most certainly dealt a death knell to any prospects of his preliminary challenges being upheld. There otiose arguments lacked any legal merit but were intended to disparage and hopefully in the process derail a very well intentioned exercise. The vacuous tirades couched in disparaging language which […]

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HH and Police

THE application of the Public Order Act has always been contentious because it seemed intent on suppressing opposition public manifestation, as provided for under the right of assembly and conscience. Very often sitting governments have used the Act to deny the opposition an opportunity to hold meetings, express their views and seek common action It […]

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