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Zambia Weekly - Week 5, Volume 2, 04 February 2011

Zambia Weekly - Week 5, Volume 2, 04 February 2011

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Preliminary results o the 2010 census o population and housing indicate that thepopulation o Zambia has increased rom9,885,771 in 2000 to 13,046,508 (imes/Daily Mail 28). Central Statistical Oce(CSO) acting director John Kalumbisaid a comprehensive preliminary report would be disseminated to the public soon.O the total population, 61 percent(7,978,274) live in rural areas while 39percent (5,068,234) live in urban areas.Lusaka Province has now surpassed theCopperbelt Province in housing the largest section o the population with 2,198,996 people,ollowed by Copperbelt (1,958,623), Northern (1,759,600), Eastern (1,707,731), Southern(1,606,793), Luapula (958,976), Western (881,524), and, nally, North-Western Province with 706,462 people.An economic commentator, Oliver Saasa, said there is no need or government and otherstakeholders to worry about the increase in population: “Te population recorded is withinthe capacity o the economy to manage” (Sunday Mail).He did however point out that the population is unevenly distributed. o counter urban mi-gration, Saasa advised the government to invest in rural inrastructure to spur more develop-ment in these areas: “Many people are shunning rural areas because o lack o inrastructurebut I still believe that we can take people to rural areas where they can be productive. Wemust ensure that we put the right people in right places because right now the rural areas aredepleted o energetic people,” he said. Te results also show that there were 6,069,753 eligible voters at the end o 2010, equivalentto 47 percent o the Zambian population, with Lusaka Province sitting on the highest shareo voters at 19 percent and North-Western Province at the smallest share at 5 percent.
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Zambians shun rural areas Te trade decit that disappearedStier penalties or pollutionNew railway to NamibiaQuotesAnother drug shortageAdvert: Book: Te Father o Andromeda Te conusion at ECZMahtani arrested - againIs Sata a bad employer?Listing and de-listing on LuSEDon’t provoke us!112223345667
It has become a regular eature to readabout how Chinese investments in Zam-bia continue growing. Tis week it wasrevealed that trade between Zambia andChina exceeded 2.2 billion US dollarsin 2010. Tese articles are usually ac-companied by a bit about how great it isthat China is showing such an interest inZambia – and how this will make Zambia’seconomy grow even more. Te other day,however, I spent quite a long time queuingin a government agency. Ahead o me inthe queue were our immaculately dressedmen whom soon got engrossed in someserious bashing o – the Chinese. “Tey areeven pushing out the Indians,” exclaimedone, while another cackled about his –Chinese – shoes labelled “or ornamentaluse”. Te consensus was that the Chineseare taking over – and it’s not good! I amnot the one to judge whether Chineseinvestments are benecial to Zambia –overall – when one considers more thaneconomic growth and include issues suchas governance, environment and labourconditions. Te latter are all areas wherethe Chinese have been criticised. But i thegovernment believes Chinese investmentsare good, it is doing a bad job at convinc-ing its voters o the same. It is not enoughto simply praise the growing gures orChinese trade, investment, mines, com-panies, etc. Someone should also try toexplain how these gures translate intobetter lives or everybody in Zambia.
 
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Zambia recorded a trade surplus o more than 840 billion kwacha in December 2010bringing the annual trade balance to almost 9 trillion kwacha (imes 28). CentralStatistical Oce acting director John Kalumbi explained that “[s]ince January last year,the country has had monthly trade surpluses with the highest valued at 1.14 trillionkwacha in March 2010”. In October 2010, however, Kalumbi – himsel – reported atrade decit o 451.5 billion kwacha due to the 45-day shutdown at Indeni PetroleumRenery, which resulted in increased importation o oil products. Back then he urtherexplained that continued appreciation o the kwacha against major convertible cur-rencies also negatively impacted on the country’s trade balance in October as exportearnings dropped (Post/imes/Daily Mail 26 November).
The trade decit that disappeared
 Te annual ination rate has increased rom 7.9 percent in December 2010 to 9.0percent in January 2011. Te Central Statistical Oce attributed the rise to increasesin the cost o both ood (accounting or 2.6 percentage points) and non-ood items(accounting or 6.4 percentage points). Tis was the second month the ination wasrising since it hit an all-time low o 7.1 percent in November 2010 (Daily Mail/Post/ imes 28).
Inaon connues to rise
 
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Wa w kow i a r ar irrg-
laries in any elecon.
FORMER Inter-Arican Network or Human Rights and Development(Aronet) executive director Ng’andeMwanajiti – who has led several electionobserver missions in Arica and otherparts o the world (imes 31).
Ser penales for polluon
 Te government intends to in-troduce stier penalties or envi-ronmental pollution. Minister o  ourism, Environment and NaturalResources Catherine Namugalaexplained that the government haspresented to parliament the Envi-ronmental Management Bill, which will repeal the current Environmen-tal Protection and Pollution Control Act. “Te Bill will give powers to the authority to punish,ne or even jail the directors o companies ound polluting the environment,” said Namugala, who observed that mining rms were polluting the environment requently because the cur-rent law was not strong enough (imes 28). Konkola Copper Mines recently polluted theKaue River with mining efuent – or the third time.
It is not the government that is creat
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ing these jobs. They are being createdby the private sector. The duty of mygovernment is to facilitate the creaon
of  job by rig a 
private sector thrives so that, in return,they create more and more jobs for ourpeople.
President Banda during the launch o the micro, small and medium-sized en-terprises development policy (Post 29).
Zambia Weekly produces (write, edit, design and photograph) alltypes of publications: from brochures to posters, from pressreleases to newsletters, from technical reports to books.Contact Camilla Hebo Buus if you or your company needs assistance!(cell 0977 461 877, cabuus@zambia-weekly.com)
Much more than news!
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New railway to Namibia
 Te government has signed an agreement with a South Arican consortium, Epinsan, or aeasibility study on the construction o a 1,000-kilometre railway rom Solwezi in North- Western Province through Mongu in Western Province into Namibia. Communicationsand ransport Minister Georey Lungwangwa said the railway will assist in prolonging thelie-span o roads in the country. Many roads buckle prematurely due to the burden o heavy equipment such as mining machinery. Te 4 million US dollars easibility study will start thismonth and conclude in February 2012 (Daily Mail/imes/Post 3).
I feel the dissoluon of Cabinet andParliament would make it easier to curbthe misuse of resources by the party inpower.
MMD MP Sylvia Masebo (Post 28).
Zambia is being rebranded
Zambia is being rebranded to make it more appealing to international tourists. Minister o  ourism, Environment and Natural Resources Catherine Namugala said Zambia needs to berepositioned as a tourist destination o choice through the rebranding o the tourism product.An international slogan and logo competition has thereore been launched to replace “Zambia– the real Arica” which has been used or 31 years (Daily Mail 29).
Do not be cheated by these boys. Wait,concentrate on your educaon becauseit is the only key. These boys will cheatyou and once your breasts are at, theywill not even look at you. Be educatedand you will nd a beer man who willtake good care of you.
Deputy Minister o Education, BoniaceKawimbe, to girls at Kankumba BasicSchool in Ruunsa (Post 28).
There was no sing provincial chair
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man who was asked to step down. Butamong the competors, there weremes when we had to stop others sothat we don’t rock the boat. If some
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one was chairman for ve years and
all of a dd, ombody appar o
the scene trying to take over when the
pary i orgaid ad ig ar goig
well, is that in order? (...) that does notmean we are being undemocrac.
MMD chairperson or elections MikeMulongoti – again – reuting allegationsthat MMD’s provincial conerences wereundemocratic (Daily Mail 31).
 
 AZARA transported a total o 552,505 tonnes o goods in 2010 against a budgetedtarget o 651,408 tonnes – the best perormance the last 18 years as it represented 84.8%o budget goal and a 20.4% increase rom 2009 (AZARA managing director Akasham-batwa Mbikusita-Lewanika in Post 29).
FIGURES: TAZARA
 
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Zambia is once again embroiled in a debate about drug shortage. Tisollowed the government’s decision to ration anti-retrovirals (ARVs)to two-week dosages rom the usual three to six months (Daily Mail/ imes 29). “Why give some [people] drugs or six months while oth-ers do not have? It is better we give two weeks to all while we awaitthe consignment,” said Ministry o Health Permanent Secretary PeterMwaba, and assured that the consignment would arrive by mid-February. Early in the week, he reuted that Zambia was experiencinga shortage o B drugs (Daily Mail 29), but later he said the shortageo the rst-line treatment drug Streptomycin was a global problem(imes 3). Te rationing o ARVs is according to Mwaba caused by a delay by the Global Fund to deliver the drugs, which led MP JeanKapata (PF), who is also the chairperson o the Parliamentary Com-mittee on Health, to ask the government to und drug programmesinstead o relying on donors (Post 31). Te Health Workers Union o Zambia however claimed the drug shortage is caused by some distri-bution ocers who steal the ARVs to resell them on the black market– all in order to create an articial drug shortage in a bid to discreditthe MMD government (Daily Mail 3).
Another drug shortage?
Bailis rom the sheri’s oce in Ndola have grabbed property worthmillions o kwacha belonging to Ndola Central MP Mark Mushili. Te latter had ailed to meet the repayment obligations on a 539, 000US dollar loan rom Leasing Finance. Tis, however, aected Mushililess than his evicted tenants. Te Bailis seized a block o ats onCross Crescent in Kansenshi, Prime ime Lodge and some MarksMotorways buses. One o the tenants, Enny Njovu, said the eviction was unair because as legal tenants they should have been given timeto remove their belongings rom the ats (imes 28). Mushili waslast year convicted to 120 hours o community work or attempting toswindle government o over 300 million kwacha.
Bailis pounce on innocent tenants
 
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Organic cercaon needed
Zambia is losing about 120 million US dollars in oreign exchangeearnings every year due to non-certication o organic honey, rice,pineapples and groundnuts (Daily Mail 3). A market survey rom theOrganic Producers and Processors Association o Zambia has oundthat Zambia’s organic production is too insignicant to tap into thehigh demand or the our crops in the regional and European mar-kets. OPPAZ consultant Abraham Makano said small-scale armersail to pay the certication ee o 7,000 euro (50 million kwacha).In 2010, oreign mining rms earned USD 6 billion (about K 28 trillion) in gross revenues rom a record export o 822,676tonnes o copper, the highest output in the country’s history.Zambia’s total mining tax revenues came to K 1.7 trillion in2010 – including windall arrears rom 2008. As a percentage o GDP, mining taxes have risen to about 2.2 percent (Daily Mail 1and Post 3).
FIGURES: Mining tax

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