THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) is facing challenges in maintaining the drainage system in the City of Lusaka. LCC Public Relations Manager Mulunda Habenzu confirmed this to the Lusaka Star in an interview that maintaining drainages in Lusaka is even more challenging when it came to the underground drainage system.
THE Cancer Diseases Hospital (CDH) has applauded the Zambia Police Service for their support in improving the sanitary conditions at the hospital. This was after the Zambia Police Service donated assorted cleaning materials and sanitary goods worth over K15, 000 to the CDH to help maintain and improve the sanitary conditions. CHD Executive Director Dr. Kennedy Lishimpi said the hospital was grateful for the gesture shown by the police service and urged them to continue with the good work they had shown.
Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Dr. Joseph Katema says members of the public especially women should consider taking up family planning as it is a good reproductive health practice. Dr. Katema said this when he presented gifts comprising of baby hampers and prams to the University Teaching Hospital, (UTH) Christmas babies on 25th December 2013. Dr. Katema, who was dressed as Father Christmas took time to talk to the mothers of the babies and was happy that most of them had some knowledge on family planning.
THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has expressed gratitude to First Quantum Mines (FQM) for its continued investment in education. This was after FQM donated 350 textbooks worth ZMK 165,000 to UNZA’s school of mines and pledged to refurbish one of the school's reading rooms. Speaking during the hand over ceremony, UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Simukanga said the donation showed that FQM recognized the need to have well-trained and skilled graduates for improved productivity.
FORMER University of Zambia Students Union (UNZASU) president has instructed students in unions at universities and colleges all over the country to use their positions to speak for the voiceless. In an interview with Lusaka Star, 2008 UNZASU president Antonio Mwanza urged the current UNZA students union as well as unions at different learning institutions in the country to speak out on issues of national development.
SOME Non-Governmental Organisations have called on government to come up with land policies that will promote access, control and ownership of land by women. Zambia Land Alliance (ZLA) director, Henry Machina said although most land related policies were gender neutral, they tend to neglect the interest of the disadvantaged in society especially women. He said there was need to strengthen the capacity of traditional court systems in order to promote equality concerning land rights in Zambia.
UN Resident Coordinator Kanni Wignaraja says a well-functioning civil court system is a core pillar of ensuring national development. Ms Wignaraja, who is also United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative stated that a well functioning civil court system would protect and promote social justice for all, irrespective of their differences.
A University Of Zambia Literature and Languages lecturer has urged students to learn foreign languages. In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Mr. Lombe Musonda said studying foreign languages linked people to the world and to foreign opportunities. He noted that knowledge of foreign languages made international trade easier because people could easily communicate. “Language is a vehicle of culture and therefore, studying foreign languages helps one to experience a new culture” he said.