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Z ambia W eekly Week 46, Volume 1, Issue 29, 19 november 2010 In thIs

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Week 46, Volume 1, Issue 29, 19 november 2010

In thIs Issue

In this issue

If in doubt, ask a crowd!

A sector worth mentioning

Sweden still making noise over Zambia

Quotes KCM to list in London - and Lusaka Chinese gunslingers avoid prosecution Riot in Garden Compound Advert: How you look is how you feel Less corruption in Zambia? This week’s controversy: Chiluba Football: Childish problem solving

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editor’s note

This season, Zambia has produced 2,795,483 tonnes of maize – an unprec- edented bumper harvest. It has been hailed as a major step towards food security, although critics believe the latter is a matter of better distribution rather than higher production. The national food balance sheet for 2010/11 indicates that Zambia needs 1.3 million tonnes for human consump- tion and 230,000 tonnes for industrial use. This leaves Zambia with a surplus of 1.27 million tonnes of maize – not including the stocks from last year. But what are we going to do with 1.27 million tonnes? Export it? Unlikely! After all, the rest of Southern Af- rica has also reaped well, since rain does not respect borders. We also have the problem that the Food Reserve Agency is buying the maize – so far it has bought 873,779 tonnes – at a price far above market price, which makes it rather difficult to sell on. Surely, the bumper harvest should not be used to subsidise the rest of the region? Anyway, this is all speculation based on speculative figures. The figure of 2,795,483 tonnes of maize is based on forecasts obtained – be- fore the harvest – primarily with the help of questionnaires. This week, the government was urged to ascertain the actual quantity of maize in Zambia. It was suggested that farmers, millers and traders should be com- pelled to declare their maize stocks. Easier said than done, but it would make it a lot easier for the government to determine how much maize is needed where. Voila, food security without having to produce expen- sive, surplus maize!

If in doubt, ask a crowd!

expen- sive, surplus maize! If in doubt, ask a crowd! Crowdsourcing should play a bigger role

Crowdsourcing should play a bigger role in informa- tion gathering – especially during crises – in Zambia (Times 12). This is the conclusion of a recently held Crowd-Sourcing Information Workshop, organised by the World Bank.

The workshop, the first of its kind in Zambia, was part of a pilot programme that explores the use of crowdsourcing in climate change adaptation in Zambia.

Devoted crowdsourcers argue that people on the ground often know better than the socalled experts what they need where and when. According to Wikipedia (in itself a good example of crowd-

sourcing as it allows its user to write and edit entries for its online encyclopaedia) crowdsourc-

ing is the task of outsourcing tasks to an undefined crowd of people through an open call.

One successful example of crowdsourcing is the Ushahidi platform; a crowd feeding tool that was founded during the 2007 election violence in Kenya – Ushahidi means testimony in Swahili – to enable communities to report into the platform by web submission, SMS, Twitter or email. Ushahidi has since generated interest in more than 30 countries and 60 projects are being run from electoral monitoring in Burundi to violence reporting in the Congo – and it was used by the World Bank to collect information from Haitian earthquake victims.

Crowdsourcing was also used by BP during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP prompted the public for ideas on how to stem the flow of oil after its own solu- tions had failed. It received thousands of suggestions. And the Canadian mining company Goldcorp used crowdsourcing to turn around its financial woes when it was unable to find gold on its land in northern Ontario. It put all its geological data online, asked for help on where the gold was located and put up 500,000 US dollars in prize money. Eventually it found 3 billion US dollars worth of gold and Goldcorp became one of Canada’s biggest min- ing companies (news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8788780.stm).

Crowdsourcing is usually available at little cost, as people are willing to share their ideas for free, especially because crowdsourcing projects are often anonymous – which represents the other side of the coin: How to avoid drowning in silly, unethical or lobbying suggestions. This is one of the reasons why crowdsourcing has become unpopular with some people like – sur- prisingly –Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

“The problem with the term is the notion of a crowd - this amorphous crowd has no individ- ual perspective. There’s value in mass participation but where possible the people need some expertise,” Wales said to the BBC.

Nevertheless, crowdsourcing can be a very valuable tool, and the workshop in Zambia was received with a lot of enthusiasm. “This workshop is an eye-opener. I have learnt a lot on crowdsourcing tools which I intend to use in my ministry, which is spread all over Zambia,” said chief fisheries officer at the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Harris Phiri.

Electricity: Zambia has been linked to Namibia

The new Caprivi Link Interconnector, which links the electricity grids of Zambia and Namibia, has been commissioned (Times/Daily Mail 13). President Rupiah Banda and his counterparts Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana took part in the ceremony. Banda said the interconnector is important because it has opened an alternative north-south power highway to the one going through Zimbabwe in the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). Furthermore, it will facilitate the exchanges of power between Zambia and Namibia during emergencies.

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Z ambia W eekly news Manufacturing: A sector worth mentioning Zambia has attracted investments worth

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Manufacturing: A sector worth mentioning

W eekly news Manufacturing: A sector worth mentioning Zambia has attracted investments worth 3.4 billion US

Zambia has attracted investments worth 3.4 billion US dol- lars from January to October 2010 – exceeding the 3 billion US dollars target for the whole year. As a result, 25,704 jobs have been created, explained Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Felix Mutati – of which the manufacturing sector accounted for 13,786 jobs (Times/Daily Mail 12).

He attributed the development to the improved investment climate and stability in major macroeconomic indicators arising from prudent economic management and business reforms – after all Zambia’s economy emerged as one of the best performers during the global financial crisis. And the government intends to “continue to provide a favourable investment environment by continuing to reduce the cost of doing business”, said Mutati (Times 17).

In order to sustain growth and development achieved over the past decade, government will soon launch the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP) with a focus on strengthening and widening the manufacturing sector. The aim is to add value to Zambia’s natural resources.

The major challenge in the manufacturing sector is the high cost of doing business, which the government wants to address with “vigorous business and licensing reforms”.

Despite the challenges, new manufacturing companies have set up base in Zambia, including Varun Beverages (Pepsi), Universal Mining and Chemical Industries Limited, MM Mobile, El Sewedy Limited and MM Integrated Steel Mills Limited. And a number of established manufacturing companies such as Zambia Sugar plc and Zamanita Limited have expanded their production capacities.

Other projects in the pipeline include a 400 million US dollars cement plant to be built by Dangote industries of Zambia.

Sweden is still making noise over Zambia

Sweden is demanding more accountability of its aid – all due to Zambia. The acting direc- tor general of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, who has just visited Zambia, said that Zambia should not look at Sweden as a troublemaker for questioning the financial irregularities at the Ministry of Health but rather as a critical and supportive friend: “It’s our conviction that if we don’t put corruption issues on the table, poor people will suffer in the long run,” she said (Post 15). Her predecessor, Anders Nordström, was fired in June with particular reference to Zambia’s corruption record. Now, Sweden has decided not to pledge 85 million US dollars for 2011 to the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria following concerns of financial misappropriation in Zambia, Cameroon, Mauritania and Mali. Zambia stood for about 13 of the 25 million US dollars misapplied funds. Nordström, who is now Sweden’s AIDS ambassador, said “[t]here is a certain pattern here and we would like to see how the Global Fund is handling these cases”. Sweden had since demanded to be paid back before considering the resumption of funding (The Lancet in the Post 18).

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We want [president] Rupiah, [vice- president] George Kunda and [works and supply minister] Mike Mulongoti to know that they will not get away with what they are doing. The PF in govern- ment will reinstate section 37 of the ACC Act in our laws and ensure that no

public officer is allowed to enjoy prop-

erty that they cannot explain.

PF president Michael Sata on the con- troversial abuse of office clause – section 37 (Post 12).

Almost 46 percent of the diplomatic service is not professional. there is no problem with the president appointing

a few of his political cronies but a situ- ation where such a high percentage is

unprofessional is unacceptable.

UPND

MP David Matongo (Post 13).

If

you have married a lady and you are

making her suffer, forget about promo-

tion. You should look after your wives and children because a man who has

a

stable home is also able to perform

highly at work and they are more pro-

ductive.

 

Zambia National Service commandant Major General Anthony Yeta on spouse abuse to ZNS officers (Sunday Post).

At the end of the day, we as govern- ment leaders will come and go, but Zambia remains, and whatever we do we must ensure that we keep the inter- est of Zambians.

Tourism minister Catherine Namugala

urging

Zambians to demand account-

ability from their leaders (Post 18).

the Bank wishes to tender its unre-

served apology to your client for any embarrassment or damage that might have been caused as a result of the unauthorised release of confidential

customer banking information.

Finance Bank in a letter to PF president Michael Sata’s lawyer on a transaction used to accuse Sata of funding Fr Bwa- lya’s Red Card Campaign against the

MMD

government (Post 18).

 
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Z ambia W eekly Business KCM to list in London – and Lusaka Konkola Copper

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KCM to list in London – and Lusaka

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) is about to become the first min- ing company in Zambia to be listed on the London Stock Exchange. KCM advisory group representative Patrick Chisanga described the occasion as a “proud moment” (Daily Mail 18) and the government said it was “delighted”. “[T]his landmark transaction highlights the role of Zambia as the leading African copper producer and one of the world’s premier mining destinations,” minister of finance and national planning, Situmbeko Musokotwane, said (Times 17). The owner of KCM, Vedanta Resources plc, intends to list its Zambian mine through a holding company called Konkola Resources plc. Once the London listing is completed – where shares will be offered to institutional investors only – Vedanta will pursue a listing of shares on the Lusaka Stock Exchange and allocate shares to employees. The Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and National Union of Miners and Allied Workers said it would empower many Zambians:

“The company has now opened up to the public. It will be obliged to publicise its operations, and it will create a sense of ownership among its workers, said MUZ president Rayford Mbulu. KCM intends to use the proceeds of its global offer – expected to exceed 1.1 billion US dollars – to fund its capital expenditure programme, repay loans from and liabilities to Konkola Resources’ existing shareholders and for general corporate purposes.

BP becomes Puma

BP Africa Limited has sold its 75.0000002 percent shareholding of BP Zambia plc to Puma En- ergy (Ireland) Holdings Limited (Post/Daily Mail 16). The whole deal, which is worth 296 million US dollars, also includes the sale of 100 percent of BP’s operations in Botswana and Namibia and 50 percent of operations in Malawi and Tanzania.

Puma Energy (Ireland) Holdings Limited is a wholly-owned sub- sidiary of Swiss-based Puma Energy International B.V., which is a subsidiary of Trafigura Beheer B.V. Trafigura is the world’s third-larg- est independent oil trader – and it does come with a history. Earlier this year, Trafigura was found guilty of illegally exporting toxic waste from Amsterdam to Ivory Coast, where more than 10 people died and thousands got sick. The company was also linked to the Oil-for-food Iraq scandal (Post 15).

The sale in each country is subject to regulatory approvals and it is expected that the sale of BP Botswana would be the first to be completed in 2010 with the other countries following suit in 2011. The deal does not include BP’s refining and marketing businesses in Mozambique and South Africa. BP is cash-strapped especially con- sidering that estimates of expenditure for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been revised to 40 billion US dollars.

Puma Energy chairman Pierre Eladari said the deal marked a signifi- cant milestone in the growth of the company’s business, positioning Puma Energy as one of the largest independent downstream compa- nies operating and investing in the region today. Puma Energy’s joint venture partner, Sonangol, Angola’s state-owned petroleum company, will take a 10 percent stake in the acquired businesses.

will take a 10 percent stake in the acquired businesses. news in brief Citizens to receive

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Citizens to receive more empowerment

The Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) will “soon” be reviewed to “improve its performance and ser- vice”, said Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Felix Mutati. The CEEC assists local entrepreneurs with loans, men- torship and capacity building. Since it was launched in Novem- ber 2008, the CEEC has approved 515 projects, of which 362 have been funded at a total cost of 121 billion kwacha. Projects include Kauba and Luwaka vegetable farms of north-western province which employ 50 people, Kechas General Dealers that manufacture corrugated iron sheets in central province (27 jobs), Jazz Company of Lusaka that makes engineering equip- ment (16 jobs) and the Western Cashew industries which are expected to create 205 jobs.

The - important - fight about digital standards

The switch from analogue to digital broadcasting in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) is being held up by arguments over which standard to use. The South- ern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA) strongly recommends adopting Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB-T and possibly DVB-T2), while Brazil and Japan are pushing for Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB), a Japanese standard. MultiChoice Africa head of regulatory affairs, Mgqibelo Gasela, said Japan was putting pressure on SADC countries like Zambia, whose state-owned ZNBC already has received broadcasting facilities based on ISDB. All countries are supposed to move to digital broadcasting by 2015 in line with guidelines from the International Telecom- munication Union, an UN agency which regulates information and communication technology. Gasela appealed to ministers meeting in Lusaka on 24 November 2010 to make the right decision which “puts SADC forward” rather than succumbing to pressure from Japan which, he said, would hurt technological growth in the region (Post 15).

Chinese gunslingers not to be prosecuted

The two Chinese managers who shot and wounded 13 work- ers at the Collum Coal Mine will not be prosecuted. All the 13 workers have chosen to instead receive compensation of between 20 and 45 million kwacha. The mine has also increased the minimum basic monthly salary from the statutory 286,000 kwacha to 450,000 kwacha and introduced food, housing and transport allowances (Times 18). The 13 miners were wounded during a protest for improved working conditions.

This week’s figures

When the mines were bought by the current owners, the copper prices stood at around 1,500 US dollars per tonne. Today the prices exceed 8,500 US dollars (Andrew Sardanis in Post 12).

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Z ambia W eekly news Riot in Garden Compound Garden Compound turned into a battleground

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Riot in Garden Compound

Garden Compound turned into a battleground on Friday 12 Novem- ber after word went around that a local resident had died in the hold- ing cells at the community police post – allegedly after being beaten by the police (Times/Post 13).

The mourning of the man’s relatives outside the police post attracted the attention of several residents, and when the police failed to give a satisfactory explanation to what had led to the death of the de- tainee, the residents rioted. They blocked Katima Mulilo Road with logs, threw stones and other objects at the police, who eventually had to retreat after running out of teargas. The residents then looted, demolished and set ablaze the police post – along with several private vehicles parked outside.

Lusaka division commanding officer Greenwell Ng’uni later said the detained man had not died in custody (Daily Mail 13) – but that he was battered by an angry mob and had died in hospital (Sunday Post). The man was arrested – with the help of residents – for loitering the previous night (Sunday Mail).

Inspector-General of Police Francis Kabonde called the riot “shame- ful” and that all those involved will be identified, arrested and charged with arson. Kabonde also assured the public that whether or not the

police post is demolished “we are still going to police that area”.

The government asked the police to provide a report on the death of the detainee because “death should not be allowed in cells”, said Minister of Home Affairs, Mkhondo Lungu (Times 16). He did however urge residents to not take the law into their own hands as there “were several institutions and offices available for people who have complaints”.

Fines are paid with sex

Police officers across the country demand sex from women nabbed for loitering if they fail to raise the admission of guilt fine. Reacting to complaints from residents in Garden Com- pound, home affairs deputy minister Gaston Sichilima said reports had been difficult to investigate because the victims “are not usually helpful”. The ministry, however, has asked for a thorough investigation, and “if these reports are proved, we shall take action against the police officers,” he said (Post 14/15).

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Z ambia W eekly International Ratings Less corruption in Zambia? Zambia’s anti-corruption rating has im-

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Less corruption in Zambia?

W eekly International Ratings Less corruption in Zambia? Zambia’s anti-corruption rating has im- proved according

Zambia’s anti-corruption rating has im- proved according to the Millennium Chal- lenge Corporation (MCC) in Washington (Daily Mail 17).

The recently released MCC scorecards for 2011 show that Zambia’s control of cor- ruption has improved – slightly – from a score of 0.30 in 2010 to a score of 0.27 in 2011, giving the country a percentile ranking amongst low-income countries of 77 percent in 2011 compared to 74 percent in 2010 (0 percent is worst, 50 percent is the median and 100 percent is best).

The MCC evaluate a total of 17 policy indicators in three categories: ruling justly (6 indica- tors), investing in people (5 indicators) and economic freedom (6 indicators). It uses the 17 indicators to determine eligibility for its assistance programme.

Zambian Ambassador to the USA, Sheila Siwela, expressed happiness with the progress, but she forgot to mention that out of the 17 indicators, Zambia improved its score for 6 indicators, worsened it for 9 and remained on the same score for 1. The last indicator had no data.

The MCC is an independent foreign aid agency that was created by the US Congress in 2004. It provides large-scale grants to fund country-led solutions for poverty-reduction – but only to countries committed to good governance, economic freedom and investments in their citizens. In 2006, Zambia initiated its MCC threshold programme to facilitate eligibility for MCC compact funding, which it qualified for in December 2008, when, for the first time, its indica- tor for control of corruption and at least half of the indicators in all three categories exceeded the median of all low-income countries for the first time.

Last month, Transparency International released its Corruption Perception Index 2010, which ranked Zambia as 101 out of 178 countries on corruption. The country had maintained its 2009 score of 3 out of 10, and President of Transparency International Zambia, Reuben Li- fuka, called the results “a pointer to the fact that little has been done” (Post 27 October).

A citizens budget would improve this index!

This week, the International Budget Partnership released its Open Budget Index (OBI) 2010 – which provides the only independent, comparative, regular measure of budget transparency and accountability around the world. Zambia’s 2010 OBI score is 36 out of 100, which is significantly worse than most countries in Southern Africa. The poor score indicates that the government provides the public with minimal information on its budget and financial activities assessed in the OBI, the report reads in part (Daily Mail 16). One of the two Zambian OBI researchers, the executive director of the Economic Association of Zambia, Alexander Chil- eshe, suggested the government should start publishing a citizens budget to make the national budget accessible to the public, as the yellow book, which contains all the budget information, is too technical for laymen and difficult to acquire (Post 15). The OBI is produced every two years by independent experts. This year’s report reveals that 74 of the 94 countries assessed failed to meet basic standards of transparency and accountability with national budgets. The International Budget Partnership cooperates with civil society around the world to use budget analysis and advocacy as a tool to improve effective governance and reduce poverty.

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Everybody - almost - have been counted

The 2010 National Census of Population and Housing closed on 16 November. Acting director of the Central Statistical Office, John Kalumbi, said the exercise had been successful, although some areas are yet to be fully covered, he explained, especially in towns. These areas will be counted before the end of November (Times 17).

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12,000 wrong NRCs

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has had to neutralise about 12,000 national registration cards (NRCs), which did not conform to the standard format of six digits, forward- slash, two digits, forward-slash and one digit in the end. Election body director Danny Kalale said the commission has had to change all the affected NRC numbers to 111111/11/1 on the mobile registration kits during the current mobile registration of voters to facilitate the upgrade of the 2006 register of vot- ers database. Kakale assured the public that the original NRC numbers have been maintained on the database at the ECZ’s head office. The affected voters are being traced to correct their NRC numbers. Minister of Home Affairs Mkhondo Lungu said government will investigate how 12,000 voters came to have wrong NRCs (Daily Mail 12/16).

Autonomous prosecution

The government plans – in due course – to transform the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Ministry of Justice into an autonomous body to be called the National Prosecutions Authority. Vice-President and Minister of Justice, George Kunda, said the aim is to uphold good governance principles and practices in Zambia. The DPP will be transformed as part of the minis- try’s new strategic plan that has been developed to guide its activities over the next five years. The DPP is responsible for all public and criminal prosecution as provided in Article 58 of the constitu- tion (Times 13).

This week’s figure

Since 2008, the government has built 4,050 classrooms to create school places for 161,080 pupils (Minister of Education, Dora Siliya in Times 13).

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Z a m b i a W e e k l y this week’s controversy

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Charge Chiluba for money laundering?

week’s controversy Charge Chiluba for money laundering? The Patriotic Front (PF) has given the Drug En-

The Patriotic Front (PF) has given the Drug En- forcement Commission (DEC) 14 days to institute investigations against Frederick Chiluba for money laundering or face legal proceedings in the High Court.

In a letter dated 15 November 2010, PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba stated that “this is a case appropriate for investigation and consequently pros- ecution in the interest of the Republic of Zambia and its people” (Post 16). Kabimba refers to last week’s case of UK lawyer Bimal Thaker who had his practicing license revoked because of the way his law firm handled Zambia’s money under the reign of Chiluba.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in the UK said Thaker “had been grossly reckless” by per- mitting substantial sums of money passing into and out of the account of his client (Zambia) when the payments “had clearly not been in any way connected with any legal work” but “bore the hallmarks of money laundering”.

The DEC said it would not institute investigations because the alleged crime was commit- ted before the enactment of the Prohibition and Prevention of the Money Laundering Act No 14 of 2001. DEC public relations manager John Nyawali explained that article 18 of the constitution did not allow prosecution of an individual for an act which did not constitute an offence at the time it was alleged to have been committed (Times/Daily Mail 18).

But PF spokesperson Given Lubinda said the investigations could still be instituted under the Penal Code.

The last time Chiluba occupied the limelight was in August, when High Court judge Evans Hamaundu set aside an application by the state to register a London High Court judgement in which Chiluba and seven others were found guilty of defrauding the Zambian government of about USD 46 million. This effectively bars Zambia from pursuing assets owned by the accused – in Zambia.

Chiluba’s right hand man arrested

Emmanuel Mwamba, the busy spokesperson of former president Frederick Chiluba, has been detained by police for contempt of court. Last week, Supreme Court judge Gregory Phiri, sitting as High Court judge, ordered authorities to investigate and trace the author of two “contemptuous and scandalous” articles on the Zambian Watchdog website commenting on the ongoing Mathew Mohan murder trial (Post/Times 18). The defence lawyer for Matthew Mohan had applied to court that the blog-based articles were prejudicial to court proceed- ings (Daily Mail 16). Mathew Mohan, the managing director of Inktech, is together with Idris Patel and Shabir Patel charged with the murder of Cyclone Hardware Director, Sajid Mohammed Itowala. Managing editor of the Post, Amos Malupenga, had in a letter accused Mwamba of being the author of the articles (Post 16) – but Mwamba denied the accusation.

MMD national secretary in road accident

MMD national secretary and MP, Katele Kalumba, has been involved in a road acci- dent in Kashikishi in the Luapula province (Daily Mail/Post 15). Kalumba was initially admitted to a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from where he was evacuated to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka. Kalumba’s Pajero overturned as he was trying to avoid a pothole. He sustained a ruptured bladder and lost a lot of blood – but his condition is stable (Times 17).

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Banda in Brazil

President Rupiah Banda has been on a four-day reciprocal visit to Brazil at the invitation of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who visited Zambia in July (Daily Mail 15). Banda held talks with da Silva, signed a few agreements, opened the Zambia-Brazil Business Fo- rum in Sao Paolo – urging Brazilian busi- nesses to follow in the footsteps of mining giant Vale to invest in Zambia, and visited Dedini, the largest bio-fuel equipment producing company in the world (Daily Mail 15/17/18 and Times 17).

company in the world (Daily Mail 15/17/18 and Times 17). More activities at Vic Falls Visitors

More activities at Vic Falls

Visitors to the Victoria Falls will now be able to select from an even larger range of adventure activities. The Min- istry of Tourism, through the National Heritage Conservation Commission and the Zambia Tourism Board, wants to introduce new tourism products above the falls. The Minister of Tourism, Catherine Namugala, stated that the future suc- cess of tourism depends on the ability to develop more tourism products at some of the country’s natural resources. The new activities – which only will be offered during the dry season – include breakfast, lunch and candle/moonlit dinners on the lip of the falls, guided walks, rock climb- ing, geological research and guided tours of the gorges (Post 12).

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Z ambia W eekly Football Childish problem solving? Zesco United has won the 2010 Super

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Childish problem solving?

Zesco United has won the 2010 Super Division after being award- ed three points by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for an – un-played – encounter against City of Lusaka (Daily Mail 15).

The trouble started in the end of September, when four members of FAZ’s executive committee resigned. The Kalusha Bwalya-led committee then co-opted four new members, but since the beginning of November, several clubs have boycotted games to push the FAZ to call for an emergency council meeting to legitimise the new committee as the five originally elected members could not constitute a quorum.

This week, Zambia Premier League (ZPL) chairman Kephas Ka- tongo said that Super Division team would call off their boycott – if FAZ would nullify all disciplinary matters, as some teams have been docked point for boycotted games (Daily Mail 13), but FAZ said it “could not bend rules” (Times 13) – and pointed out that the ZPL is not a member of FAZ.

FIFA has reiterated that the co-option of the four members into FAZ was done in accordance with the association’s constitution (Daily Mail 12), but the Sports Council of Zambia maintained that the committee dissolved itself with the resignation of the four executive members (Sunday Mail).

Last week, the executive committee bowed to demands. The emer- gency council meeting was scheduled for 27 November 2010. This week, a group of members set up another council meeting – on 26 November 2010 – upon submitting a petition signed by the required two-third majority of FAZ’s members (Times 12). “It would be illogi- cal for the people that have convincingly argued that the executive is illegal to attend that [FAZ] meeting,” explained FAZ life member Luxon Kazabu (Post 12).

But FAZ general secretary George Kasengele said the meeting planned for 27 November would go on as planned as the meeting called by the petitioners had no blessings of FAZ (Times 12). A few days later, however, Kasengele said FAZ would consider the validity of the meeting on 26 November (Sunday Mail).

Katongo said it was “very clear” that the Kalusha administration did not want to dialogue and the ZPL together with other petitioners would chart the way forward at the emergency council meeting set for 26 November (Times 17).

emergency council meeting set for 26 November (Times 17). This week’s figure The Food Reserve Agency

This week’s figure

The Food Reserve Agency has so far bought 873,779 tonnes of the 2009/10 bumper maize harvest of 2.8 million tonnes (Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Eu- starckio Kazonga in Times 16).

 

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Car chase(r) ends up in river

A

man plunged his – appropriately named – Toyota Chaser

into the Kafubu River in Ndola during a car chase with an- other man in the early hours of 11 November. Morgan Mwalu- kanga of Matero Township in Lusaka veered off to the left of the bridge on Dag Hammerskjoeld Drive in Itawa, while his opponent, Azwell Sonjolo of Chifubu Township in Ndola, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, ended up “rested on the pave-

ment of the river” to the right of the bridge (Times 12). Both men survived – with injuries – and have been charged with dangerous driving. Eye witnesses said that one of the men was

in

town when the other man started pursuing him. The two

men then started chasing each other in their cars. The police said the dispute that led to the car chase was unclear.

Priest arrested for drug trafficking

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joint team of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC)

and Zambia Police in Lusaka has arrested a priest at the New Apostolic Church for drug trafficking. Godfrey Kahuma Chifunda, was arrested after he was found with four bags of dry cannabis weighing over 80 kilograms. DEC spokesperson John Nyawali said the DEC was saddened by the development. On Christmas Eve last year, another apostolic priest was ar- rested for cultivating about a tonne of cannabis near the church premise (Post 12).

Stray lion with a taste for goats

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stray lion has left people in Kapilamikwa area in Lufwan-

yama District “gripped with fear” after it has killed 11 goats –

so

far. The lion, which is expected to have come from the Kafue

National Park, is being pursued by officers from the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA). Lufwanyama District Commis- sioner Miniver Mutesa said people were concerned that it was taking long for the officers to find the beast. “[P]eople want to

go and cultivate their fields, but they can’t because they fear to

be

killed by the stray lion,” she said (Times 16).

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