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Government has announced the appointment of a new Board of Directors for the ZESCO.

Energy Minister PETER KAPALA announced the new ZESCO Board at a press briefing in Lusaka.

Mr KAPALA disclosed that the new board is composed of professionals who will be expected to provide a different approach in addressing the challenges faced by the power utility.

The new ZESCO board will comprise six members who will be chaired by VICKSON N’CUBE.

Mr KAPALA disclosed that government has identified alternative sources of energy to help control deforestation in the country and has stated that a lot of progress has been made to ensure that the country becomes the energy hub in the region in the next three years.

The Minister further dispelled rumours of fuel price hike and that that the country has received enough stock which should normalize the situation by the end of the week.

Mr KAPALA further clarified that Indeni Oil Company in Ndola is not closing but rather on care maintenance to resuscitate it and explore the full potential of the company and that all employees are still being paid salaries despite the halt in production.


Source: ZANIS

The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested and charged two civil servants with two counts of corrupt practices involving concealment and possession of 51 properties suspected to be proceeds of crime valued at over 37 Million Kwacha.

In the first count, CHARLES LOYANA 51 and his wife SUSAN LOYANA, 46 of House Number 2728 off Shantumbu Road, Chalala in Lusaka have both been charged with One Count of Concealment of Property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.

In the second count, the duo is charged with One Count of Possession of Property suspected to be proceeds of crime under the forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act.

Details are that on dates unknown but between 1st January 2012 and 30th June 2019, Mr. LOYANA, Senior Accountant at the Ministry of Finance and Mrs. LOYANA, an Assistant Accountant at the Ministry of Works and Supply jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, did conceal and possess Fifty -one properties valued at Thirty-Seven Million point nine Kwacha.

The said properties are located in Lusaka’s Chalala area.

The duo has been released on bond and will appear in court on 14th December, 2021.

This is according to a statement released to ZNBC by ACC Spokesperson QUEEN CHIBWE.


Source: ZNBC

Malawi has announced that President Lazarus Chakwera has cancelled all public engagements "in order to attend to emerging national and regional matters".

The government statement doesn't explain what those matters are, but these cancellation comes amid protests in the country over the high costs of living and alleged government corruption.

President Chakwera was elected last year on a promise to reform.

In recent days, he has branded as "Afrophobia" the travel bans on southern African countries by the US and other nations.

Among the cancelled events Mr Chakwera was to preside over are the commemoration of Malawi police day on Tuesday, and world aids day on Wednesday.

Source: BBC

A man accused of selling fried grasshopper snacks to passengers aboard a Ugandan Airlines plane has been charged by police alongside a second man who's accused of filming it.

Footage has been widely shared online since the weekend.

Mubiru Paul and Hajib Kiggundu were arrested on Monday on arrival from Dubai and charged on Tuesday with three counts - creating nuisance, refusing to follow airline crew's instructions and negligent acts likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease.

The charge for spreading an infectious disease attracts a sentence of up to seven years, the Daily Monitor reports.

The national carrier Uganda Airlines condemned what it called "unruly" behaviour and local media reported that some staff were suspended.

Yet Uganda Airlines said it would consider adding the delicacy to its menu upon request, noting the excitement onboard from passengers during a low season for grasshopper numbers in Uganda.

Source: BBC

Contrary to popular belief, an increasing number of men have become victims of gender-based violence.

Fungai Jachi takes a closer look at this worrying trend in the wake of calls for male victims to get help.

When it comes to abuse in a relationship, the obvious assumption is that the victims are always female.

It has however emerged that a growing number of men after suffering in silence.

38-year-old Amadu Mambo is one such individual who suffered abuse during his two year marriage.

“Emotional abuse was the major form of abuse I went through. She would shout at me and tell me hurtful things. At times she would get physical with me because I remember at one time she wielded an axe and almost struck me. It was difficult for me to go to report her but found relief in finding a safe space to share my story. Up to now I have not healed from the trauma but I am glad I found people to share with. I urge men to share what will be troubling them because if they don’t some will end up committing suicide,” he explained.

According to a local Counsellor Never Mujikwa, what is even more worrying is the fact that most of these male victims suffer in silence with the rallying call during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence being for them to come forward and get help.

“It is still difficult for men to share when they are in abusive relationships but there has a break through since we are getting more men coming through for counselling. However, going to the police to report still remains a major challenge,” he said.

Padare Men’s Forum Programmes Officer Zipho Ndebele highlighted some of the cases they deal with as an organisation noting that emotional abuse as the most rampant.

“Emotional abuse tops the cases we deal with, it’s important to note that most men are afraid to report abuse cases because of the stigma they will suffer from society. It is a good thing that more men are coming to us for help that is a good sign that we are getting someone where,” said Ndebele.

Research shows that one in four men will experience some form of physical abuse in a relationship during their lifetime and are likely to deal with emotional, psychological, verbal or even sexual abuse

Source: ZBC News

Former Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba has said that it is disappointing that President Hakainde Hichilema is not in the hurry to change the welfare of the country, adding that Mr Hichilema and the new dawn government is departing from its promises and that the President has not done anything to show off.

Mr Mwamba said Mr Hichilema is even taking time to appoint people in key positions which are critical to the nation and that this development is a drawback.

“The President is not taking issues of the nation with a sense of urgency. This is very worrying because this is the person who gave us a timeline that when voted he will do this in 48 hours, will do this in 30 days but nothing is being done,” he said.

Mr Mwamba said the state of the economy needs quick intervention but nothing serious is coming out from the new government and the President’s new Government talked about restructuring the debt but this is not happening.

Former Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba says President Hakainde Hichilema is being misled by the civil servants.

Mr. Mwamba said the accusation of PF led government awarding K12 billion contract to contracts that did not even have a shovel is baseless.

Mr. Mwmba said Mr. Hichilema should know that whatever is being told today and then issue alarming statements does not exist.

He said Mr. Hichilema must be careful before issuing any statement to the public.

Speaking on Hot FM today, the former Ambassador said civil servants who are telling him lies want to secure their jobs.

Mr. Mwamba said this happened during the Chiluba regime when civil servants lied that first Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda stole about K4 billion and after investigations the information was false.

Mr. Mwamba said Permanent Secretaries who were responsible for awarding contracts can not award a contract to a contractor who has not registered with National Council for Construction (NCC).

“The country is waiting to hear which PS awarded such a contract and waiting to see that the K12 billion is recovered.

But in the next 2 to 5 years, you will find out that such allegation is false. So the President needs to be very careful with statements,” he said.

Mr. Mwamba said such a statement can even false the Law Enforcement Officers to take the matter to court and at the end of the day they will be embarrassed.

Mr. Mwamba said President Hichilema was supposed to learn from the previous President and be a good leader but he repeated the same mistakes.

Source: Lusaka Times

Mangochi South West lawmaker Shadric Namalomba has accused the Parliament Secretariat of wasting his time and money drafting the Interest Capping Bill when they were fully aware that another Member of Parliament (MP) was working on a similar document.

Namalomba told The Daily Times that he smells something fishy in the way the whole issue was handled by Parliament’s secretariat.

According to Namalomba, he first brought a motion to Parliament on March 25 this year but was sent back on the basis that he did not follow the right procedure of bringing a motion to the floor.

As a result, Namalomba came up with a motion.

“That having observed that exorbitant interest rates on loans obtained from banks and other lending institutions have failed most citizens of the Republic of Malawi to service the loans and in some cases [they have led to] forfeiture of property, this House resolves that a Private Member’s Bill that prohibits all commercial banks and all finance lending institutions from recovering more than 100 percent of the principal loaned amount be drafted and introduced in the House for consideration,” the motion reads.

He claims that, when he submitted the motion again during the June meeting of Parliament, he was advised to proceed and come up with a draft bill on the same.

Namalomba added that he has been waiting for the matter to appear on the Order Paper— the official business document of Parliament— to no avail.

According to Namalomba, when he took leave to travel to the United States early this month, Parliament communicated to him on a weekend, asking him to go and sign for the bill.

He said he was shocked to see his motion and bill appearing on the Order Paper with the name of Dowa West MP, Abel Kayembe.

“It is ironical that Parliament facilitates this unprocedural way of getting another member to present a bill of another member. Again, it is politics. Here is a member of the Tonse government presenting this bill, yet the government has all the resources at its disposal to bring the same bill as a government bill.

“Why is the government pushing their member to bring this bill as a Private Member’s Bill? I should warn Malawians that this bill will not see light at the end of the tunnel. The process will be dragged, controlled by the government and sadly never will it become a law,” Namalomba said.

When contacted Parliament spokesperson Ian Mwenye asked for more time to consult on the matter.

But Kayembe yesterday denied hijacking the bill, saying the piece of legislation was from Dowa West and was initiated by his predecessor Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi in the previous term.

Kayembe said the task was handed over to him to complete in Parliament.

“I am not aware that Honourable Namalomba drafted a bill on this; if he did, then Parliament can explain better on this.

“I am pursuing the task that Honourable Kusamba Dzonzi left and, having been requested by our people to reintroduce the Interest Capping Bill, I moved a motion in Parliament to that effect,” Kayembe said.

According to Kayembe, he remembers that when Namalomba raised the issue in Parliament, the Speaker of Parliament challenged him that he failed to submit a bill to Parliament for processing and that he was even asked to give evidence if he did, but he just remained silent.

“You may cross-check this information with his parliamentary leadership in Business Committee which endorsed my proposed motion to reintroduce the bill,” Kayembe said.

The bill, which was introduced in Parliament on Thursday, is designed to iron out challenges being faced by Malawians as they are required to pay exorbitant interest rates whenever they access a loan from banks and other financial institutions.

It cites exorbitant interest rates on loans obtained from banks and other lending institutions as the motivating factor for coming up with the draft piece of legislation, indicating that some Malawians have lost property worth millions of Kwacha over failure to pay back loans.

Among other things, the bill seeks to amend the Financial Services Act, Cap 44:05 of the Laws of Malawi, to regulate interest rates on loans obtained by banks and other financial lending institutions after it was observed that some borrowers had lost property after failing to honour loans.

The bill proposes a fine of K500 million to banks that recover interest of more than the principal from borrowers.

However, the Bankers Association of Malawi (Bam) warned on Thursday last week that, by reducing the lending rate to levels below adequate risk pricing, banks would stop lending to individuals and small and medium-scale enterprises.

Bam Chief Executive Officer Lyness Nkungula warned that, given the short-term nature of lending books in Malawi, with high reliance on overdrafts, the decision by banks to limit their lending appetite would have an almost immediate impact on the economy.

“The private sector would stop having access to credit and excessive funds would be allocated to government-driven projects, leading to higher losses in parastatal entities and [to those that] pursue non-viable activities,” Nkungula said.

Source: The Times Group

Zimbabwe has launched a National HIV and AIDS strategic plan which is set to guide resource allocation and implementation of the HIV response for the next five years.

This Monday saw the official launch of the Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS strategic plan 2021 – 2025 which will guide the country towards ending AIDS by 2030, with Chief Director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Munyaradzi Dhobbie praising the National Aids Council for the strides made in the fight against global epidemic.

“As government we are committed to national health coverage and the Goz has committed to fund at least 65% of the health requirements instead of relying on donors we have reached the 90 90 90 target and now we want to reach the 95 95 95 and this can be done if we  deal with the older men. HIV prevalence and mortality has fallen and now we are working towards ending Aids by 2030.we have to remain on guard,” he said.

UNAIDS Country Director Sophia Moniko noted the need for a paradigm shift in health financing for the country to achieve its targets.

“To end Aids, we have to end the inequalities. We need a paradigm shift in health financing. We need to invest in data systems. The new Global Aids strategy and political declaration adapted by Zimbabwe calls on all countries to end Aids to get there we need to integrate A shared vision in ending the three zeros,” she said.

National Aids Council board Chairperson Mrs Margaret Mehlomakulu also took the opportunity to launch this year’s theme for the National Aids Day commemorations dubbed “End Pandemics End Inequalities, End Aids”.

Source: ZBC News

A 52-year-old Indian businessman has built a scaled-down replica of the iconic Taj Mahal as a home for his wife of 27 years.

Anand Prakash Chouksey built his "monument of love" in Burhanpur city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

"It was a gift for my wife but also for the town and its people," Mr Chouksey told the BBC.


The house cost about 20 million rupees (£199,000; $260,000) to build, he said.

The Taj Mahal is a 17th Century mausoleum in Agra city. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his queen Mumtaz who died while giving birth to their 14th child.

The stunning marble monument, famed for its intricate lattice work, is one of India's biggest tourist attractions. Before the pandemic, it drew as many as 70,000 people every day - a list that has included celebrities and dignitaries.


Mr Chouksey's replica - nestled deep inside his sprawling 50-acre property, which includes a hospital, has also been attracting a steady stream of visitors.

People walk in the lawns and click pictures, he said. "A lot of people have also started to do their pre-wedding shoots here," Mr Chouksey added.

"I don't stop them because in our town, we are a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone. So, my house is open for all."

Mr Chouksey said that not all visitors are allowed inside the house because "after all, it is our home and we live there".


But sometimes, the family indulges its guests who come and marvel at the house's lush interiors - the intricate flower motifs that decorate the marble walls and floors, and its overarching lattice windows.

The house consists of two main bedrooms that are located on two separate floors. It also has a library and a meditation room. The drawing room flaunts marble columns, a curving staircase and a gilded ceiling.


Although the Taj Mahal was the ultimate inspiration, Mr Chouksey said the interiors are not strictly Islamic in design but are infused with contemporary influences, which is evident from the choice of sofas and the curtains.

Building the replica of the famous monument took three years and a flurry of visits to the city of Agra, where the Taj s located, so Mr Chouksey and his wife could study various aspects of the mausoleum.


"We also used a lot of 3D images of the Taj Mahal on the internet to build our own," Mr Chouksey added. The idea was to build something similar, so the engineers reduced the size to one third of the actual monument.

Mr Chouksey is not the first one to be inspired by the beauty of Taj Mahal.

The four bedroom house is located in a small city in central India

In 2013, a retired government official in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh had also built a replica of the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife.

But Mr Chouksey says his house is not dedicated to his wife alone.

"Today, there is a lot of hate in our country. People are being divided in the name of religion and caste," he said.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP government has been widely accused of polarising India along religious lines, and fostering intolerance. Even the Taj Mahal has been caught in the crosshairs - in 2017, a BJP lawmaker called the monument a "blot on Indian culture" built by "traitors". Mr Chouksey said he wanted to "spread love" in such distressing times.

"And this house for me is a symbol of that love - one which goes beyond our social differences and the political noise."


Source: BBC

The Uganda Army has launched joint air and artillery strikes against the rebel group the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Uganda People’s Defence Forces Spokesperson Brigadier General Flavia Byekwaso has confirmed this via her official twitter account.

She said that the operations were carried out with Congolese allies, against ADF camps, but did not give further details on the areas they have been conducted.

Ugandan authorities blame the ADF, which is affiliated to so-called Islamic State, for a series of bomb attacks in the country since October.

Two weeks ago, IS claimed responsibility for twin bombings just outside the capital Kampala’s central police station and near parliament.

At least five civilians have been killed in these bombings, some of which were suicide attacks, according to the Ugandan police.

Source: BBC

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